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Carolina Moon | [Nora Roberts]

Carolina Moon

Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.
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Publisher's Summary

Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child.

After young Hope's brutal murder, unsolved to this day, Tory's life began to fall apart. And now, as she returns to the tiny town of Progress, South Carolina, with plans to settle in and open a stylish home-design shop, she is determined to find a measure of peace and free herself from the haunting visions of that terrible night.

As she forges a new bond with Cade Lavelle - Hope's older brother and the heir to the Lavelle fortune - she isn't sure whether the tragic loss they share will unite them or drive them apart. But she is willing to open her heart, just a little, and try.

But living so close to unhappy memories will be more difficult and frightening than she ever expected. Because the killer of Hope is nearby as well.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"This is romantic drama at its best." (Publishers Weekly)

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    paula lewis 06-07-09
    paula lewis 06-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good and Bad"

    This is a good book, I like the plot of the story and was not surprise who the killer was. The bad part is the narrator. The narrator read with NO emotion. She is reading the story as if she is bored. If you can get pass the narrator, please listen to the book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Cary, IL, United States 01-02-10
    Marilyn Cary, IL, United States 01-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "AWFUL narrator for romantic fiction"

    The narrator sounds just like Janet Reno. Terrible choice for a romantic novel. Although I appreciate the non-use of fake accents.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 07-28-09
    Joy 07-28-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Grating Narrator"

    I really enjoyed the story and am a long-time Roberts fan, but the narration of this book just grated on me. Being a southerner myself, I appreciate the appropriate accent, but the voice quality and dramatic effect were just awful. I am so sorry about it. Wish I could hear the book with another voice.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni T 04-10-10
    Jenni T 04-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "good book, poorly read"

    I almost didn't get past the first chapter or two of this audiobook, as the reading really annoyed me. It is fast and sentences are strung together. The reader doesn't have the best voice to listen to either. However, I continued because I didn't want to waste my money. I began to get past the voice and hear the book. The book itself is good. Nora describes things in a way that you can picture the scene. The characters are well-developed. If you can get past the voice, you will like this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Carolina Moon"

    I am a great fan of Nora Roberts. Her book (of corse) is good. Her reader, however, is the worst I've ever heard. I would advise never to use this one again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Camille Beavercreek, OH, United States 07-29-09
    Camille Beavercreek, OH, United States 07-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "WOW"

    What an intense book. And the ending. WOW Didn't care for the narrator. Couldn't differentiate between characters. Otherwise, a very good book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Tucson, AZ, USA 05-26-09
    Mary Tucson, AZ, USA 05-26-09
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    "carolina moon"

    Excellent book.Held my interest all the way to the end. I thought I knew how it would end but was I supprised!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Williamsport, PA, United States 05-21-13
    Amazon Customer Williamsport, PA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Ignore narrator, listen to the story."
    What did you love best about Carolina Moon?

    I enjoyed the interaction between all the characters. The story line is very interesting and kept me listening.


    What other book might you compare Carolina Moon to and why?

    I think Nora Roberts Sanctuary. It has similar suspense and character dynamics that keep it interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dean Robertson’s performances?

    I would prefer not. There just wasn't any emotion. I couldn't tell the difference in many of the characters and there were many times that a sentence blended with the next one so it was hard to make sense of what was being said.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It may have been with someone else reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I have many Nora Roberts (as well as many other authors) and even if you have a strong story, if the narrator doesn't do a good job, it detracts considerably from the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Shell Beach, CA, United States 02-23-12
    Laura Shell Beach, CA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "EXCELLENT !"
    If you could sum up Carolina Moon in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, exciting, suspenseful


    What did you like best about this story?

    loved the characters & the storyline


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    there WAS a movie of this book & I realized that as I read it. The movie was good. The book was better. A psychic thriller of romance, murder & suspence


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 08-08-10
    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2006
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    "One of my all-time favorites!!!"

    I first listened to this audio book in 2000, and have listened to it seven times since. When it became available on Audible, I had to get my own copy. I absolutely adore the marriage of Nora Roberts' talent and character development with Dean Robertson's reading. This narrator infuses the text with authentic pronunciation, a natural story rhythm, and subtle intonation. I especially enjoyed the humor behind sharp-tongued Faith Lavelle (minor character). Listen to the sample piece to see what I mean. This is truly a great work.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Tamara
    Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom
    12/15/08
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    "Enjoyable"

    An enjoyable story. but the narrator doesn't quite have the full character defination that I feel she was aiming for. This is most noticable for some of the minor characters, as they can some time blur together with the similar tones. But her range for the main characters old and young is certainly spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebixx
    Notts, UK
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    "A great beach listen.."
    Would you listen to Carolina Moon again? Why?

    It's a bright story about good people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carolina Moon?

    The initial road trip to stock the shop.


    Have you listened to any of Dean Robertson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The past doesn't control the future


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen where slightly annoying people improve, good people get what they deserve and mostly bad people get their come-uppance. It's a glad to be alive story which triumphs over the dark evil which wins a lot of book time in other stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antonia
    NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
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    "Badly Narrated"

    The main reason my rating is not higher is because I found the narrator incredibly difficult to follow. I kept falling asleep, which is not the best recommendation for a suspense romance. This was because there was no noticeable difference between one character's voice and another character's voice. Dialogue was very difficult to follow. Though the narrator's voice was pleasant of itself it seemed to lack both characterization and a sense of wide emotional range.



    I think I would have enjoyed the story if I was reading it but the purpose of an audiobook is that it stands as it is. A fairly good story not well served in this audio version.

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