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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 Madison, NY, United States 11-04-13
    Kelly Madison, NY, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2011

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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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    joy brentwood, ca, United States 10-30-13
    joy brentwood, ca, United States 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 18 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 Member Since 2012
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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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    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 Houston, TX 11-06-13
    G. Moore Houston, TX 11-06-13 Member Since 2007
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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 Burnsville, MN USA 11-05-13
    shaman Burnsville, MN USA 11-05-13 Member Since 2010

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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 San Francisco, CA, United States 11-05-13
    heather San Francisco, CA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Can't finish it.."
    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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    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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    Shakya Cedar Pocket, Australia 11-04-13
    Shakya Cedar Pocket, Australia 11-04-13

    Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.

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    "More of the same"

    While I love Nora Roberts and the magical theme I feel that this storyline is just the same as all the others. The Three Sisters Trilogy was the best and it is hard to improve on the best. I think Nora needs to dig deeper and use more imagination. While the story is well written and well read it is very predictable. Its definitely time for a change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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