Escaping the rat race and the lure of gold-digging women, wealthy businessman Vance Banning moves to a small, rural retreat, telling the townsfolk that he's an out-of-work carpenter. All he wants is peace, quiet, and to keep away from women. So the last thing he needs is a charitable neighbor, especially a beautiful, gracious, and persistent neighbor of the female persuasion, but there's something about Shane Abbott he just can't ignore.
Vance is certain his cover story will stop his lovely neighbor from getting too friendly, but Shane is determined to break down his resistance. Vance has been burned once, so only a fool would fall for the same innocent act twice. And he's no fool. But he has no idea how relentless Shane Abbott can be when it comes to giving a helping hand...or a loving heart.
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The narrator actually does a good job with the non-dialogue parts of the story, but her voices for the characters are horrible! The main female character's voice is high pitched and fast and doesn't sound the way any normal person talks, and listening to it made me cringe. The voice for the main male character is flat and unemotional, probably because the narrator was working so hard to speak in a manly low tone, which sounded almost physically painful for her to do. It would have been much better if she didn't even attempt different voices, and just read the whole thing in a normal voice.
I agree with all the others. The narrator not the greatest and the story just dropped off. Almost like she gave up. I dont think another narrator could have saved the story. Two stars was being generous on my behalf.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nora Roberts but Suzanne Toren is a horrid narrator - in my humble opinion.... I will try very hard not to get a book that she narrates. I can't even get thru this book
Her voice is just not enough to play the many parts. She doesn't emphasis or play the different areas correctly. I don't know how to explain it - I just couldn't listen to the inflections in her voice done incorrectly
I love Nora Roberts and love all of her books. The narrator was very boring and plain so I would not listen to her again
no I don't think she did a good job. she sounded like an old lady the whole time
The reader sounded much older than the characters, which would have been okay if it had been from an older perspective. It was hard to remember that the main characters weren't senior citizens and made me keep second guessing what was going on.Seems if the main character was just out of college + 4 years of teaching she should have been in her late 20's early 30's not 60s+
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If this keeps up, I'm going to have to revise my opinion of Nora Roberts books released in the 80s. I liked this book more than my rating is going to show—mainly because I half fell in love with Shane, myself. She's quirky and determined, but mostly I like her self-trust and ability to accept people and events as they are. Vance is kind of a turd, but he does grow on you so I'm not disgusted that Shane was attracted to him. Plus, I like that he's running (more or less) from an unusual past that both explains his gruffness and why Shane is just the woman for him.
So why the downgrade? Shane goes all stupid at the end of the novel, more or less contradicting all that we know about her to that point. It was frustrating and completely unnecessary that she forgot herself so much that she could let it affect the love she knows she has. Frustrating beyond belief and it doesn't help that her crisis is propelled by the very least appealing character of the book (and possibly of all Roberts' 80s novels). The book might have been shorter if Roberts had simply cut out the next-to-last chapter or three, but it would have been vastly improved as well. If it weren't an audiobook, I'd be tempted to perform the edit myself...
I love the book very sweet story quiet disappointed in the audio version of it. Narrator seems monotone and lost my interest in it before the first chapter was complete
Not really bad for a run of the mill romance but this was not Nora Roberts quality. It was about as surprising and indepth as last night's meatloaf. I actually forgot it was a N.R. novel and checked on who the author was so I wouldn't waste money on any more books by this writer. If this were the first N.R. novel I ever read, I'd have missed out on so many great reads and/or listens. The Eve Dallas collection should be read by all avid readers; male and female. "Three Sisters' Island" and so many more. If you haven't read any of Ms. Roberts' novels don't start with this one. If you're always reading and listening to books, look up J.D. Robb. You'll never be sorry.
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