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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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    Kelly 11-04-13
    Kelly 11-04-13

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    "Narrator is just awful..."
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Witch the most enjoyable?

    The accents were wonderful.


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

    Absolutely - she is my favorite author of romance novels.


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

    MacLeod Andrews did a wonderful job with the Inn Boonsboro trilogy - I would happily listen to anything he narrates in the future. Ms Kellgren was entirely overdramatic in this performance. The opening chapters were very "breathy", which was annoying. I found that speeding up the narration mostly eliminated that. However, although she does use voice inflection, her main problem is volume. When the scenes got dramatic, she shouted them. They need to back her away from the microphone or tone down the entire performance in post-production. This book made me wonder if the director was asleep, or if there was a malfuntion with the soundboard. I only made it through Chapter 9 - I just can't listen to the rest and will read the book from start to finish, with my own voice as narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marla College Station, TX, United States 10-29-13
    Marla College Station, TX, United States 10-29-13
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    "No Sample took a chance WELL Worth the credit"
    What did you love best about Dark Witch?

    I took a chance on this book there was no sample available by have enjoyed Nora Roberts book before. All I can say is that after listening to only 3 chapters I was hooked. I have never written a review before but felt the need to write one now. The books release timing is prefect with Halloween only a few days away. So take a chance and get this book . I will write more after I finish it.


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

    I have not. But her voices are great. I usually will not listen to books with out hearing a sample first because the narrator can make or break a good book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It hooked me from the first sentence. an intense need to hear more and find out where and what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to books because I'm not a strong reader have listen to over 200 books in the past year all types . So I know Nora Roberts writing style.But again the Narrator can make the story good or bad and Katherine Kellgren does an excellent job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Hamilton, Bermuda 10-31-13
    Phyllis Hamilton, Bermuda 10-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant audio book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Witch to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print but the audio was fabulous...Katherine Kellgren brings Ireland and the characters alive with her Irish accent.


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

    There were so many I cannot choose ...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again I enjoyed so many the book is truly gripping, humerous and emotional the entire way through.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both laugh and cry but not much cry only one scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Nora Roberts has done it again. a brilliant story combining other worldly and the modern. Katherine Kellgren was fabulous in her character narrations. I felt I was in Ireland listening to the Irish people. Cannot wait for the next book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    joy 10-30-13
    joy 10-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't waste your credit"

    I'm "Moting" this book out of my library, too much drama, not enough substance. I just couldn't make my self listen anymore.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    tina Stamford, CT, United States 05-20-14
    tina Stamford, CT, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a audiobook NUT !!! I Can't Get Enough Romance Books!!!

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    "Great as Always!!!"
    Where does Dark Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nora Roberts NEVER Lets You Down She's The BEST!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


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

    Great


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

    YES YES YES


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Saline, MI, United States 03-30-14
    Jill Saline, MI, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator's Performance Ruined the Story...Sorry!"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    No - the narrator's voice was completely distracting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator would have added greatly to the story. She was so over-the-top that I had to stop listening at times. It was very difficult to tell which character was speaking during the dialogue (male and/or female) - the Irish accent was depressingly heavy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Moore 11-06-13
    G. Moore 11-06-13
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    "Wish there was a "minus star" rating for narration"

    This book started off really bad - trite and boring, but the narrator was so over the top dramatic that I could not keep listening to see if things ever got any better. I tried twice and turned it off almost at once. She was loud and dramatic in just about every line she spoke. Could not imagine a whole book listening to this. I am not a fan of Ms. Robert's trilogy books but was willing to give this a try. Not happening - returning today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shaman 11-05-13
    shaman 11-05-13

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    "Worst yet of Nora Roberts"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    No , I have enjoyed Nora Roberts as an author but this is just a rewrite of past witch books and a less than mediocre account at best. I suppose I could suffer through the mediocre story but the narrator at times is screaming like a banshee. I suppose this is supposed to add suspense and emotion to the narration but it is someone screeching so that I have turned the book off it is so irritating. I have managed about a third of the book but the characters are so mundane, the narration so awful that I will not continue. If ever this there was a book I was sorry I wasted a credit on it is this one . What a shame as Nora Roberts has written some great stories. I cannot imagine this as a series.


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

    Absolutely not


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

    All of it. Even the beginning was awful. Just felt it would get better.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    heather 11-05-13
    heather 11-05-13
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    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    I'm a huge Nora Roberts fan but this one just isn't pulling me in. The heroine is an-noy-ing. It may be the performance or the story. I don't have the patience to finish it.


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    Sadly not.


    Any additional comments?

    There's some great Nora Roberts to listen to. This isn't it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-04-13
    Amazon Customer United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I think I've read this book before"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If I had not read other NR trilogies that follow the same formula, I would have enjoyed more.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think NR has run out of story lines and is rehashing with new names and venues. Next will be a book about Connor and Mara (who realize they are more than just friends) then the big finale with Finn and Branna (who have been star crossed). Over and over this pattern occurs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out as new or fresh


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    NR should either try some new material or retire. This has become tedious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Suzanne
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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 2 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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