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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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    Patricia Simpsonville, SC, United States 11-23-13
    Patricia Simpsonville, SC, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    Rosemary United States 11-23-13
    Rosemary United States 11-23-13
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    "Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again! The characters and the story were so exciting I could hardly put this book down. This is my favorite Nora Roberts book to date.


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

    I really cannot compare this book to anything else I have read. The story for me was totally unique and I could never tell what would happen next.


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

    I have never listened to Katherine Kellgren before but I thoroughly enjoyed her narration and style. I thought she was fantastic.


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

    This story will draw you in and leave you breathless. if you only see one movie this year, it should be Dark Witch!


    Any additional comments?

    i cannot wait to read book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seana Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-22-13
    Seana Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2010

    I like Science Fiction, Post Apocalypse, mysteries, and good romance. If you can mix it all in together, I am one happy camper.

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    "It is exactly what you expect."
    Where does Dark Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to rate books. I will be reading/listening to the other books in the series. It's not the best book, but I certainly enjoyed listening.


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

    It's pretty comparable to other Nora Roberts trilogies.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    What more notable is my least favorite character as performed by K.K. I really didn't like her "Ionna." She made her sound like Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz and it was very disconcerting.


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

    I wouldn't make film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read comments that complained that this book is too predictable. And it's true, there isn't a lot of surprise in it. But it's a romance book. Of course I know how it's going to end. I would have been pretty annoyed if it had ended any other way. In a romance novel, it's not the destination but the journey that counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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

    Dogmac

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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.



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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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