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First Impressions | [Nora Roberts]

First Impressions

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: True story. I once saw a little old lady sitting on the floor at Borders, in the romance section. She had pulled every Nora Roberts book off the shelf and was looking at each with intensity. She had just finished three over the past few weeks and enjoyed them so much—she was telling this to a much younger woman who accosted her—that she was looking for another. The young woman's recommendation? This one. With its pleasant, homey quality, and subtle humor, this early gem from the prolific Ms. Roberts left a good enough first impression on us that it qualifies as an iPod jump-starter.

Publisher's Summary

From the master of romance, Nora Roberts, comes a story about love and the magic of the holiday season.

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.

©1984 Nora Roberts; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Shadia dublin, OH, USA 02-09-07
    Shadia dublin, OH, USA 02-09-07
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    "Annoying narrator"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Pensacola, FL, United States 08-07-07
    Ann Pensacola, FL, United States 08-07-07 Member Since 2007
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    "First Impressions"

    Content of book was good, but narrator ruined it all; could not listen to entire book; will never purchase another with this narrator

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 02-08-11
    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Not her best"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    missy2199 olivehurst, ca 07-09-13
    missy2199 olivehurst, ca 07-09-13
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    "couldn't get into this book"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Suzanne Toren?

    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


    Did Suzanne Toren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    no I don't think she did a good job. she sounded like an old lady the whole time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    melissa Utica, NY, United States 01-07-13
    melissa Utica, NY, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad choice in reader"
    Would you listen to First Impressions again? Why?

    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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    Jacob Proffitt 11-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great book marred by some of the last chapters"

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah oakbank, Manitoba, Canada 12-05-11
    Deborah oakbank, Manitoba, Canada 12-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Light listening romanance"

    Was an easy listen. Light romantic tale. Typical Harlequin romance story.
    Enjoyed the romantic escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer livermore falls, ME, United States 10-18-11
    Amazon Customer livermore falls, ME, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Poorly narrated"

    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

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    Pat Carroll, OH, US Minor Outlying Islands 05-18-10
    Pat Carroll, OH, US Minor Outlying Islands 05-18-10
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    "Nora Roberts?"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RRWS Wenatchee, WA USA 03-12-09
    RRWS Wenatchee, WA USA 03-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "What happened"

    The story was o.k. I agree with the other reviewers, the narrator was not the best especially for the lead female. The other disappointment was the ending. It appeared the author just got tired of writing the story. It ended with loose ends left to tie up... like it was an abridged version of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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