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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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    Kathy 11-22-13
    Kathy 11-22-13
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    "Reader Disappoints"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different reader is needed for this book! I guess that Katherine Kellgren uses a snotty aristocratic voice thinking that it sounds Irish. Instead it is just whiny. Every few minutes she starts sounding hysterical trying to drum up excitement in the story. A total washout for me. I love Nora Roberts and was so looking forward to this book. Now you couldn't pay me to finish it. I made it to Ch. 6 and for that I think I deserve a medal.


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

    Who knows, couldn't get past the poor performance to get into the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She opened her mouth. The performance is so subpar that I would rather listen to the original Whiskey Beach 10 times that to listen to one chapter of Kellgren. I only gave the performance a one because I couldn't give it any lower.


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

    Only the author. I will buy this one in regular book form.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my money back?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 11-22-13
    Brenda 11-22-13
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    "Liked the book just not the narrator."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would if they enjoyed this type of story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    About middle of the road. It isn't one of her best but, not the worst, either.


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

    From other readers, it sounds like I had the same problem they did. Her voice in some of the parts was far too shrill for my taste. Turning down the volume was sometimes the only thing I could do.


    Do you think Dark Witch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course, it does. We all know how his one ended, but there are the other 3 witches who are lacking in the romance department.


    Any additional comments?

    While this is by far not Ms. Roberts best work, it is decent. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, in the fiction area. Reading her books you know that there was quite a lot of research done in the locations, the lore of the land, whether in Ireland or wherever her plots are made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-22-13
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    "Better than reviewed"
    If you could sum up Dark Witch in three words, what would they be?

    I liked it, it kept me thinking about how it could end. Good suspense. Great characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all!


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time.


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

    How excepting her new family was.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait for the next addition to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven J. Mcdaniel Nashville, CA USA 11-22-13
    Steven J. Mcdaniel Nashville, CA USA 11-22-13

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    "A GOOD START"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    I would and will later on


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

    Three Sisters Island


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

    I found that I like to read along with the narrator. Katherine has a voice that I like to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept this title for a couple of weeks and read around it because I saw some bad reviews.
    I should know better. The first two chapters were difficult for me. When I hit chapter three and we were back in the present time it all came together for me.

    I enjoyed Three Sisters Island and this is quite alot like that series. Nora writes a very good story and now I have to wait for the next two.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 11-21-13
    Joe 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Witch"
    If you could sum up Dark Witch in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting .fun. gripping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young dark witch because she overcame a lot. But made freinds and found people who believed in her and loved her. And how as a team they found their place and where they belonged and with who they trusted and learned to love.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Very good reader with enough changes in the voices to keep me interested and following along. And at times I felt like I was thief with them


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

    Yes. I hope there are more books in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-20-13
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    "Horrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Love the book love Nora Roberts, but it took me three weeks to get through this book because the narrator irritated me. She made most of the characters sound old.


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

    There were multiple moments it Nora Roberts after all.


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

    Well, depending on the author and how much I like them it would be hard to make a decision If I would or not.


    Do you think Dark Witch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, the story didn't end really.


    Any additional comments?

    Just so you know I don't ever leave a review, but I really hated the narrator and thought people should know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Arcanum, OH, United States 11-19-13
    Danny Arcanum, OH, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a bad book"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Yes on the narrator. Maybe on Nora Roberts; not 100% sure. I do like to finish a series once I've started.The story wasn't all that great.


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

    Great character differences


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Metaphorical 1 Dekalb, Illinois, US 11-19-13
    Metaphorical 1 Dekalb, Illinois, US 11-19-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Guilty pleasure fulfilled"
    Any additional comments?

    I've been told that Nora Roberts is a romance novelist, so being a man of serious pursuits I must be careful acknowledging I'm a fan (LOL). Nora Roberts writing about a witch returning to Ireland was an irresistible temptation. Bottom line is she is a very good writer and the narration is outstanding. I strongly recommend this book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Milton, ON, Canada 11-19-13
    Sherry Milton, ON, Canada 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Narration was over done, could be toned down by half


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

    I loved the story and the characters


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

    I have no idea


    Did Dark Witch inspire you to do anything?

    wait for the next stories in the series


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Raymond, AB, Canada 11-17-13
    Dawn Raymond, AB, Canada 11-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story ruined by the narrator"
    What would have made Dark Witch better?

    I love Nora Roberts but after a half an hour of the narrator I just couldn't finish the audio book I went out and bought the print version.


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

    Anyone who doesn't yell every sentence.


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

    Very disappointed by the narration.


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  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • l m kasim
    1/2/15
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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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