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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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    Linda Loami, IL, United States 11-09-13
    Linda Loami, IL, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bang up start to a new series!!!!"
    What did you love best about Dark Witch?

    The best part, you ask? Nora's writing style. Even when there is some familiar aspects to the story she finds a way to make it new and exciting. The back story was told so succinctly but carried a wealth of depth in character and heart. I know some reviewers have said that the back story took away too much time from the story line for Iona & Boyle but I believe they got the story they were entitled to. Boyle's introverted and deeply private personality would not have permitted a longer story. It would have been too top heavy in Iona and we needed to be invested in their lives totally. The circle of friends and the mystery behind Finn & Branna are a strong undercurrent that has made me love this family and I can't wait to see where Ms. Roberts goes from here. One thing for sure, I know I will not be disappointed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Just one? No way I loved Boyle and Iona but all the other people were icing on the cake to a great story. The animals, Alaster, Darling, Kahal and Robard all had there own personality and spirit that permeated the storyline with humor & heart.


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

    I thought Katherine Kellgren's narration was really good but she got a little excited a couple of times when spell casting and it got a little weird.


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

    Teagan's fight to save her mother...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 11-09-13
    Sharon 11-09-13
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    "Don't waste your credits or money on this story"
    What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

    I'm not sure because I had a terrible time listening to this book... narrator was terrible.


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    If this narrator is used for the other books in the series I won't be buying them.

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    Teresa Dexter, MI, United States 11-09-13
    Teresa Dexter, MI, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator shouts 3/4 of the story :-("
    What did you love best about Dark Witch?

    I like the story, the flashbacks, the interconnected characters.


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

    I've listened to almost off of the Nora Roberts books on Audio CD/Audible. This narrator was, for me, one of the worst.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    First the Irish Brogue sounded more like old witches cackling. Then for intensity the narrator would crescendo into a shout for a lot of the scenes. Seriously loud. Romance - shout, danger lurking around the corner - shouting. I literally would have to turn the volume down in the car. I like an intense and moving love scene - when it's hollered at me, not so much.


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

    NO1


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audio performance I wish I had just read the book. If you need a little Nora, I'd recommend the Audio version of Born in Fire, Born in Ice, Born in Shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sacramento, CA, United States 11-09-13
    Elizabeth Sacramento, CA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too much drama!"

    The narration was awful, too much yelling and drama. Could not listen to the story line the narration was so distracting. The story never went anywhere, knew the whole story from the first chapter.

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    Linda 11-09-13
    Linda 11-09-13
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    "Terrible Narration"
    What disappointed you about Dark Witch?

    The narration was terrible! I have listened to 100's of audiobooks, but this is the first time I have had to quit listening to an audiobook because of the quality of the narration. I finally switched over to a print version because I could not continue listening. The narrator's voice was jarring, strident, and irritating. I had to constantly remind myself of what character was talking because the voices did not match the characters - young mothers sound like old crones, etc. I looked forward to this book coming out for months and was very disappointed that the audiobook was of such poor quality. The book was classic Nora Roberts, and I enjoyed it when I switched over to the print book.


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    Susan-Marie United States 11-08-13
    Susan-Marie United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great Nora Roberts Trilogy!"

    This book has the potential for another wonderful Nora Roberts trilogy. The story is set in Ireland, a favorite setting for the author, and is obviously written with a great deal of attention to detail on her part. I had one of the songs they’d sung in the pub stuck in my head all day. She Starts the story with a quick flash back which is in no way tiresome as some flash backs can be. When a cousin goes to Ireland to learn about her past she gets more than she was expecting. At first I didn’t like the main character but, somehow, I found myself on her side halfway through the book. It is clear that this is another romance where she has pretty much set up the couples at the beginning of the book. By the title you can probably tell there is a great deal of magic running throughout the entire book. It is very accurate and well done. If you like Nora Roberts and her ability to create a story about magic, and spice it up with just the right amount of romance, you’ll love this book. I’ve only just finished today and I am anxiously awaiting the next one which I believe should be released in May of 2014. I believe it is called Shadow Spell. The only thing that takes away from the listening experience is that the narrator makes everyone with an Irish accent sound like they are about 90-years-old and having a hard time breathing, but, she is still pretty good. It really is a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Creston, Iowa, United States 11-08-13
    Amazon Customer Creston, Iowa, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "need a new narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I could not finish listening to this narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Constant yelling and talking in a loud rush made this an ear bleeding tedious act. I made it to chapter four and just could not handle it any longer. I may or may not read the book. I would probably hear this horrible narrator with every sentence I read.


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    Colleen 11-08-13
    Colleen 11-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Welcome Back"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    Yes. I totally enjoyed it - great escapism, love the focus on the old ways and the characters added flavor and depth..


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

    Morrigans Cross Trilogy - whilst this was not quite as good as that series has the same depth and flavor of good versus evil, magic, love and strong woman coming into their own.


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

    Yes definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Is a shame we have to wait so long for the next book - i would like to read it now!

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    April Bluffton, SC, United States 11-08-13
    April Bluffton, SC, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not her best work"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I am a huge Nora Roberts fan; however, this book wasn't her best work. I didn't enjoy Katherine Kellgren's reading style or accents.


    Would you recommend Dark Witch to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her accents were not good and she was too dramatic in parts which didn't need that level of emotion.


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

    No


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    Stacy Austin, TX, United States 11-07-13
    Stacy Austin, TX, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Bored Endora"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounds like an over-emoting Christine Baranski channeling a bored Endora from Bewitched. I couldn't even concentrate on the story. I stopped listening after the second chapter. Don't waste your credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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