This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods 21 years ago, the signs have never been this strong before.
Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly, he must rely on Quinn as well. She, too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town - and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness.
©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Phil Gigante gives a spirited performance of the first book in Roberts's new trilogy. Fans of her storytelling will revel in this new series, which weaves romance with supernatural events." (AudioFile)
I am easily amused!
This book fell a little flat for me. I liked the characters and the plot idea but it just felt a little contrived and not up to Nora's usual standards. I bought the whole series in advance so I am hoping for an improvement. I might have just had really high expectations after reading "The Circle Trilogy" that I adored. I will finish the series but it definitely shifted to the bottom of my TBR pile.
The narration was good but the female voices were a tad cheesy.
Wasn't sure how I was going to like a Nora Roberts book, I was getting lots of trash talk from my family and friends about it being girlie. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I continued on with my listening journey. First, I enjoy Phil as a narrator, I read where someone said the book needed a better narrator, I find that hard to believe as it seemed to me that Phil did a great job bringing personality and a believable difference to the many characters. I've listened to some readers that prettty much put me to sleep, didn't happen on this book.
The story was very different from the sort of books I normally listen to, yes I am a guy and pretty much feed on Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Griffin, Wood, Silva and that sort, but I found this very enjoyable fair. Imaginative and fun to listen to, I do recomend it now. What is best, I have the last laugh on my family.
I have to say I have always enjoyed Robert's books and this is another one to add to my list. The only problem I had was the narrators choice of voices was horrible. All the women were screetchy and annoying as well as Fox's which made it somewhat hard to listen to without cringing when one of them "spoke". This is a great gripping story, you just need to make it through the voices.
Fantastic Trilogy. I can't get enough of these three books, Blood Brothers, The Hollow, and The Pagan Stone. You'll want to hear them again and again!
Terrible Narrator. I rarely say this as I believe to listen to audio books I must be flexible as to how a character is portrayed by the narrator. But this one was terrible, no. Horrible. Not only was his voices for the women appalling but his male voices were not much better. The sex scenes were painful- to the point where further into the book I had to skip them. The scenes were well written, but it was embarrassing to hear it from this narrator. I could tell he was embarrassed by them too!
I only wish Susan Ericksen had narrated this one, she is brilliant with Nora Roberts books. This narrator was so bad I really don't know if I liked the book or not. It was so hard to listen to it and even harder to care for any of the characters, the way it was read. So disappointing.
I listened to this book in audio and enjoyed the story, but was disappointed with the narration. Enough so that I went with hardcopy editions of the next two books in the series. I found it distracting when the narrator switched to a comedic falsetto for the women's voices and I'm not sure where he came up with the accents he chose for certain characters. Another excellent story from Nora Roberts, but I recommend enjoying it in the paperback version.
I won't buy any more audiobooks that he narrates. Listened to some others by another author and he just sounds false and whiney most of the time. No genuine emotion in his voice which detracts from the books he reads.
I gave three stars because the book is vintage NR, an easy and predictable read.
Surprise twist to mystery/fantasy/romance
When the two main characters went to the stone
main male character
the saving of the dog
I loved the narrative bouncing around the three different (male) characters giving three different points of view. It was also fun to have a male as a main character
Phil Gigante and an unusual story line.
Quinn''s strong character and Cal's likeable, honorable nature.
I returned the last 2 of the 3 in the trilogy. I felt like a BIG bait and switch happened with the 2 super rotten narrator that finished the trilogy. I when I buy amd Audio Book I wamt it to be one that I'd at least be willing to listen to a 2nd time. They made a mistake not having Gigante on the whole series. I don't care if you don't like his female narration there is no one that does male narration better and given the book is predominately about the three boys it needed to stay Gigante as the narrator.
When I dont have a series I want.... I scroll through Gigantes' works. Boy was I unhappy to learn he was not on the full story.
As always, the story is the most enjoyable part. I also enjoy the freedom to do other things while listening to the book. I listen to it at home, on my way to and from work, and at work.
I like the plot of the story. An unknown entity wreaking havoc on a small town, but a band of "brothers" do what it takes to keep the town safe.
Gage. I liked how he made this "badass" character have a deep monotone voice. It's fitting for his description. However it was funny to hear the narrator portray a female voice when he has somewhat of a deep voice himself.
I can never get enough of Nora Roberts' books, including this one. It makes me sad when they end, and even sadder when the series ends. I would read or listen to this book all day if I could.
"Shame about the narrator"
If you know and like Nora Roberts' writing style, this is for you. It has all the usual ingredients, likeable characters, a good sense of location and the right balance between suspense and romance. It's not her best effort but a fair addition to her work. Would have rated this as a four star but dropped this down to a three as I didn't get on with the narrator. His interpretation of the female characters' voices were unconvincing and distracting - he did better with the male characters but it was an uneven read and lessened the ease and enjoyment of listening to the book. Having now heard the second audio book in the series (which uses a different narrator), it becomes even more clear that the narration for the first book was weak. A shame.
This is the first book in Nora Robert's Sign Of Seven Trilogy. Three young boys accidentally release a demon that has been trapped for centuries. Every seven years, the demon returns to wreak havoc on the town. Now grown, the three friends are determined to send the demon back where it came from. They are joined by three women who are intimately connected with the town and its history. For me, this wasn't quite in the league of the Circle Trilogy, but I think it would be almost impossible to top that. Blood Brothers is interesting, highly readable and with strong, likeable characters. Perfect for anyone who likes romance with a supernatural twist. Once you've read the first book, I guarantee you'll want to read the next two.
"Not what I was expecting!"
I was meant to down load Blood Brother - instead I got this! But it was a good book. Never read a horror before! I got though it as I expect its a gentle one! Kind of petered out towards the end. Allowing for another book which spoilt it a bit. Nicely narrated. Might give the next one a shot in a few weeks........
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