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Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.
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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love.…

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself - and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope - and love – alive.…

Don’t miss the next two books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy!

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Cheryl 04-23-14
    Cheryl 04-23-14
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    "Another Awesome book"
    Where does Dark Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them, Katherine Kellergren was able to bring them all alive.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her irish lilt in her voice and her ability to make you know which character is talking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was all great


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fishpool FL 04-22-14
    Fishpool FL 04-22-14 Member Since 2014

    I love highlander romance books set in England, Scotland or Ireland. I'm also a big fan of Karen Marie Moning and Nora Roberts.

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    "Loved the book and the narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Witch to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Katherine Kellgren was an actor and distinguished the voices so well that I became entrenched in the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer WV 04-17-14
    Amazon Customer WV 04-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story loud narrator"

    I liked this story. But the narration was at many points almost yelling (no it was not my volume). The depiction of the Irish ladies had to my ear/perception the tone of a rather snobbish woman rather than my perception of a country person. I did think the Irish accent was done well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Cadotte 04-16-14
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    "Not my favorite"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator was too much. It made me uncomfortable. She would be too expressive at the wrong times...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gone girl


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More fun dialogue. And better banter between the lead characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 04-15-14
    Karen 04-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Reasonably good story, but not her best."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is dreadful. Iona always sounds hysterical and shrill, and the other women sound elderly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Someone who doesn't shriek all the time.


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    Might have been better reading the book than listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Tyler 04-14-14
    J. Tyler 04-14-14
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    "Love N.R., Hate the narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Witch to be better than the print version?

    Meh - not sure. The narrator's voice just grates on my nerves. I read the print version before listening, and the narrator makes it sound like some of the characters are 60 years old.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    No. Not at all. I've never had to change the volume so much while listening to an audiobook. She goes from whispering to shouting hysterically and back within minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration does not really do the story justice. Its classic N.R. but its a painful listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 04-13-14
    Sandra 04-13-14
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    "can't wait for book #2"
    Any additional comments?

    Like the story, and the characters. Can't wait for the 2nd book to continue on the story.

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    S B 04-10-14
    S B 04-10-14
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    "Disappointed"
    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write an original story. This book felt like a mash up of about four other well known series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator's voice did not portray characters very well. I kept thinking the voices were portrayed "older" than the characters were written.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Witch?

    Repetitive plot summarization throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Nora Roberts' books. I have never been disappointed before but just can't get through this book. I feel like I already know how each story will proceed and can't find an original spark in this particular book. I wish I could have loved it but just can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, United States 04-02-14
    Michelle GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Having a hard time getting through this story"

    I have started and stopped this book at least 5 times. I really hope it gets more interesting because right now I am just plain bored.

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    Amazon Customer Idaho 03-30-14
    Amazon Customer Idaho 03-30-14
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    "Dark Wiich"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    Yes. I enjoyed the story and the characters.


    What other book might you compare Dark Witch to and why?

    Reminded me of Robert's Circle Trilogy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    For the most part, I enjoyed the narration. However, I absolutely HATED the voice that she used for Iona. This was disconcerting to say the least, as it made it rather hard to like Iona's character to begin with. I had hoped that it would get better as the story went along. Sadly, it didn't.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Iona feeling as if she was finally part of a family.


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  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Fantastic modern witchy tale"

    set in the beautiful County Mayo Katherine Kellgren transports you back to a time of witch craft and famine where a young witch lives the life of a mother as well as a powerful witch but evil is never far away ... centuries later that evil still lingers when the last part of the puzzle comes to mayo in the form of a cousin. Horses, Hawks, dogs and friendships take this tale from a bit of a slushy love story to a pleasant tale which I really enjoyed. It wasn't a taxing listen and fairly light hearted.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Drogheda, Ireland
    11/5/13
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    "Dreadful Accent!"
    What disappointed you about Dark Witch?

    The performance completely spoiled the story.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The performance


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the reader had been someone who had some idea of an Irish Accent - surely an important element to a story?


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, because I have previously enjoyed READING Nora Roberts and will do so in the future, I hope


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda
    HUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom
    11/11/13
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    "raucus narrator !!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is a typically good Nora Roberts format,"pure escapism" but is totally spoiled for me, by the narrator .


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a huge fan, my interest is always held by the subjects written about


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    The narrator shouted aggressively all the way through,completely spoiling any interest I had in the story. Fortunately for me, I also have a hard copy of the book, so I could read, and put my own narrative in my head


    Any additional comments?

    I hope new Nora readers are not put off, her books are good and entertaining

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JAYNE W
    3/20/15
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    "captivating"

    a brilliant storyline very captivating narrated brilliantly definitely a fantastic buy cannot wait to get to the second book in the series I've loved every minute of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EMMA NCGRARTH
    1/7/15
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    "Escape from the every day"

    Oh the story is all consuming , a wonderful escape for me ❤️ I have loved all three books .
    Narrating is great !! I love the ascents :)
    Thank you

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  • l m kasim
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    "Boring drivel"

    I felt quite insulted at the sexual embellishment, that this should be considered 'women's fiction '. I struggled to no avail

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shirley
    10/14/14
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    "A little witchy magic"
    If you could sum up Dark Witch in three words, what would they be?

    light fun enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of the twists and turns


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    excellent reader ..atmospheric


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

    Black Witch ... an unfinished spell


    Any additional comments?

    just really enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherrie
    8/21/14
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    "Great Story"
    What did you like most about Dark Witch?

    I loved this book it had everything you could want from a Nora Roberts Novel, It frustrated me a little at the beginning though as the narrator seems to over act the text somewhat and it felt very rushed and erratic but the book was great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them very believable


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Once she slowed the pace and clamed down she had great accents and brought the characters to life


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

    Yes but couldn't :(


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
    6/24/14
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    "Wow, what a story"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    Yes, was fast and exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Witch?

    The beginning when I had no idea what to expect. The reader seemed to never take a breath, it was so fast.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    lovely voice, and passion. So well read.


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

    Oh yes


    Any additional comments?

    Cant find book 3 on Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. J. Pike
    West Sussex, England
    11/20/13
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    "Dreadfull Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love Nora Roberts books and enjoy listening to them, however the narrator is apalling. If a book needs an Irish accent then they should get an actor who can read in this form. The narration completlety ruins the book so much so I nearly gave up on it very early on but tried to persevere. This is one book I will be returning as I couldn't bare to finish it never mind want to listen to it again. Such a shame.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Nothing it was apalling


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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