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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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    Bonnie 12-04-13
    Bonnie 12-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Needs sound editing."
    What did you love best about Dark Witch?

    I am a huge Roberts fan and while this is not my fave, I loved the new characters. Was ready for another tale set in Ireland.


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

    Out of control volume! Had a headache by end of first half. Her exuberance really did nothing to help the narration. Tension does not necessarily mean load and the same goes for excitement. More attention to sound editing would have probably helped.


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

    Wanted to as far as the story, but couldn't listen to it for that long. Second half was a little easier than the first.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to next installment. Maybe narrator can do some listening to other highly rated books to improve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holli Tomball, TX, United States 12-02-13
    Holli Tomball, TX, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great for mind wandering."
    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    The voices of so many people from just one person, phenomenal!


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

    Easily could have, I work from home and spend hours on hours working. This book was very easy to listen to and keep track of. Not jumping all over the place and flowed well.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for those who are multi tasking! I cant wait for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances 12-02-13
    Frances 12-02-13

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    "A lovely trip to Ireland"

    I've read or listened to all of Nora Roberts's books and this doesn't disappoint. If you're in the mood for a little trip to Ireland, this is the story for you. Nothing earth shattering... you'll not need tissues or therapy after this one. Just a nice escape from the doldrums of long commutes or nasty chores.
    Katherine Kellgren does a splendid job with male and female voices: lilting Irish brogues, a flat American accent and a few German tourists thrown in the story. I've listened to her narrate about 8 books now, and she never disappoints. If I see her name as narrator, I always stop to see what she's reading next.
    So, 5 stars for Ms. Kellgren and 4 for Ms. Roberts.

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    Janice United States 11-29-13
    Janice United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Nora Roberts ever."
    What disappointed you about Dark Witch?

    The narrator


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The story


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

    Probably not


    Any additional comments?

    I finally just gave up Listening to the book and I love Nora Roberts but not this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Todd CRESTLINE, CA, US 11-27-13
    Mary Todd CRESTLINE, CA, US 11-27-13
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    "Tone it down~"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really like the story line, I think the story is a good one, I would rather read it thou.


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

    The first book I ever read by Nora Roberts was the Jewel series and after I finished the first I really ran to the nearest book store to buy the next in the series. My Daughter had left the first one at my house and I was bored, I usually don't like romance, but I like the amount of mystery, history and suspense that she puts in her novels. The Dark Witch reminds me of the jewel series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Some of the narration I really liked, but some of it was just "over the top" and it did detract from the story. I wonder if maybe it was the direction rather than the narrator? It reminded me of my Dad telling a good night story and getting us kids all worked up rather than relaxed and sleepy.


    Could you see Dark Witch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe, but I am not big on turning every good novel into a movie, I think I need to see the rest in the series before I make judgement.


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to this Narrator again, but would like to see her be directed better, she does have an amazing voice and did really make the story interesting to me, I just hated to see the loud, dramatic when it took away from the actual story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Marietta, GA, United States 11-27-13
    Judith Marietta, GA, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Looking forward to the next one"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A Nora Roberts fan will enjoy it


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Irish setting of many of her books. But the accents were hard to follow in this audio version. I had a hard time to remind myself that the characters were young. They all sounded like people in their forties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 11-26-13
    Amanda United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2013

    A true Georgia Peach! Love reading but it's hard to find the time so I am a huge fan of audiobooks.

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    "Really enjoyed the book and the performance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I love Nora Roberts trilogies and this does not disappoint.


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

    Three Sisters Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts - only in Ireland.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with the Irish accents.


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

    Chapter Nine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judie Campbell, CA, United States 11-25-13
    Judie Campbell, CA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst Nora Roberts book I have ever read or listen"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    New story, new narrator


    Has Dark Witch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I will not purchase any more books in this series. I will also do more homework on purchasing any new Nora Roberts books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    DISAPPOINTMENT in author


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a normal Nora Roberts book. I really tried to like it and only went on because it was Nora Roberts. The narrator with her high voices was very irritating, I had to keep turning the volume down. I will be returning this. I would have given it no stars, if that would have been an option.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 11-24-13
    Alicia 11-24-13
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    "Over-excited narrator and boring villain"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. The story was okay but too familiar. Too like Nora's other stories. No surprises. Boring villain.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Always. I've been delighted more often than disappointed. I'll always pick up a Nora Roberts title.


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

    I've enjoyed MacLeod Andrews and Julia Whenlan reading Nora's books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll read the other two books in this trilogy but if Katherine is narrating then I'll read them to myself rather than enjoy the audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Simpsonville, SC, United States 11-23-13
    Patricia Simpsonville, SC, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A struggle to finish..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story and a much better narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    This was rehashed material, with weak, insipid characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator managed to make the weak, insipid characters even worse by playing up their flaws. The women's voices were either silly or sounded like crones. The men were...bland. There was more, but those things, combined with the old story, made this a difficult listen.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I am a long-time fan of Nora Roberts, and have either read or listened to everything that she has published (including the J.D.Robb series). I rarely write reviews. This is the first time that I have read one of her series novels and not only wished I could return it, but have no interest in reading the other two. I felt as if I had read this before--in the Gallagher series and the Three Sisters series. I am a series junkie, and will often read things just to find out how the story ends. I just don't think I can do it with this one. I'll wait for the next series from Nora, and hope that it is better.

    As for the performance...it too was terrible. Too much emotion in between the conversations, yet she couldn't bring the characters to life. The voices that she brought to the characters were of the wrong age--too old and crochety for some, silly and vapid for Iona. Of course, Iona was fairly silly, but...

    The whole thing grated on my nerves, and took forever to finish. I actually sighed with relief when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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