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Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.
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Publisher's Summary

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Although he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes. In Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her, while they create a passionate history of their own.

Emerald Isle: listen to the rest of the Irish Jewels trilogy.

©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Roberts, a storytelling wizard, is at her best here, creating a fantastic setting for the continuing romantic tales of the Gallaghers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Marie Long Beach, CA, USA 03-07-09
    Marie Long Beach, CA, USA 03-07-09
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    "Reader ruined it for me"

    I have read this book before and enjoyed it very much, the writer's feel for and love of Ireland speaking to me and taking me back to the green hills I love so much. Having thoroughly enjoyed all three of the Born In series audios, I meant to continue my little mental vacations with this series and thought the reader would be okay from the sample, even though it only contained the American main character. Alas, much to my dismay when I settled down on a long flight to enjoy it, the reader's version of every Irish female turned out to be a rather shrill version of the Lucky Charms leprechan. To anyone who has spent any real amount of time in Ireland and loves the beautiful, gentle rhythm of the Irish voices, this reader will not sound like anyone they have ever met there, and her strained cadence actually interfered with expressive reading. They should have used the reader who did the Born In series again, as his voice was easy to listen to and his accents smooth and accurate. I will NOT be listening to the rest of this series unless I read it aloud to myself, that's for sure!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 09-06-11
    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 09-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Adding another name to my Worst Narrator List"

    This average book might have been elevated to bearable if it had been narrated by Davina Porter or Susan Erikson was made completely unbearable by this narrator. I cannot believe she is paid for this work.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Murfreesboro, TN, United States 07-11-11
    Samantha Murfreesboro, TN, United States 07-11-11
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    "Great Book - Bad Narrator"

    This book is a beautiful, well-written and colorful story with such dynamic descriptions of the Irish countryside that you truly feel like you're there. Unfortunately, the narrator is not quite as appealing. The first few hours of this book are almost painful to listen to, but she does improve and the other two books in the trilogy are much better. Hang in there, and it's worth it!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Fayetteville, NC, United States 06-05-11
    Sharon Fayetteville, NC, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The narrator was intolerable"

    I like to read Nora Roberts novels on occasion, they’re like a Lifetime movie on the page, easy, formulaic, predictable…sometimes that’s just what I want. The real problem for me was that the narrator was so lifeless; it really made the story painful to follow. If you’re looking for a beach book, this could be it…just get it in book form, not audio. If you’re looking for a great audio romance novel, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glendale, OR, United States 11-11-10
    Karen Glendale, OR, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Good story, struggling reader."

    Sometimes a good reader can take a lousy story and make it fun but unfortunately this was not the case for Jewels. The reader sound very stilted and uncomfortable with her story telling. She was hesitant and never developed a cadence or rhythm with the characters or the story. Many times a reader starts slow and then relaxes and begins to actually make the story a pleasure. This did not happen either and the reader for Jewels maintained the hesitancy and awkward pausing throughout the story. I managed to make it through but not without perseverance and patience. I would recommend going to a used book store and reading this one if you like a Nora Roberts romance.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 05-06-10
    Jennifer 05-06-10 Member Since 2009

    I enjoy listening to all kinds of books!!!

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    "Jewels of the Sun"

    Although the narrator takes a little while to get used to before you know it you are sucked into the book just like you where in Ireland with them! Another wonderful story, can't wait to hear the next one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ashburn, VA, USA 10-22-09
    Jennifer Ashburn, VA, USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator stinks"

    I am glad I only paid $5 for this because after about 10 minutes I had to stop listening. The narrator has a way of stressing certain words that should not be stressed. She will be going along fine and then change her cadence. After 10 minutes, I stopped following the story and could only think about her speaking pattern. I can't listen to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cornelia B. Green Valley, AZ 11-16-09
    Cornelia B. Green Valley, AZ 11-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a good narrator."

    Unfortunately, the reader is so bad at reading, that it is so distracting it's impossible to listen to the story. Yes, it was that bad. Don't bother.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Ann Fairfield, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Lee Ann Fairfield, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible Narrator!"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Patricia Daniels?

    No, I won't be trying anymore of her books. I thought I was getting a ghost story and it turned out to be a treacly romance, with a terrible reader. You can't call this person a narrator, as she just plods along, reading the story. Awful book.


    Has Jewels of the Sun turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yep!


    What didn’t you like about Patricia Daniels’s performance?

    See above.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    So disappointed. Thought I might glean some insight as to what Ireland is like, but can't stomach to romance novel feel of it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liane Allambie Heights, Australia 08-21-08
    Liane Allambie Heights, Australia 08-21-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story"

    Really nice story with lots of great characters. Loved the two main characters and their tug of war into a relationship. Made me want to go to Ireland and live in a cottage by the sea. Highly recommend this for an easy story to help you escape reality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • C. Moizer
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    "Lovers of magical romance please don't miss this"

    A lovely, light book about romance entwined with Irish myths and legends setting the scene for a magical story. Whilst the end is probably predictable from the very beginning, it is one of those lovely books that make the reader, or listener, comfortable, warm and safe.

    I mostly enjoyed Patricia Daniels' storytelling but her portrayal of Irish male voices, difficult for any female voice, was a little too forced and unnatural. However, there were enough twists and turns in the story to engross me without dwelling on a few minor points like this.

    This sets the scene wonderfully for the next two books in the trilogy, with a legend to be finalised and true love for a fair maiden to be won. Please don't miss this.

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