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The Next Always Audiobook

The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Though busy and with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look… at both the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett is happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time, in between blueprint meetings and kindergarten pickups. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something that could arouse the secret yearning that resides in Clare’s independent heart - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next....

©2011 Nora Roberts (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Teresa Dexter, MI, United States 09-17-12
    Teresa Dexter, MI, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story to start the series"
    What did you love best about The Next Always?

    I love the character development in Nora Roberts' books. This was no exception. Although the recipe seems to be repeated from other series there were enough differences to make this really enjoyable. A few nice twists too.


    What other book might you compare The Next Always to and why?

    The McKade Brothers books by Nora Roberts. Similar premise with brothers finding true love.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Becket for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get past the shrill children's voices from the performer the rest is pure pleasure!

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    Michelle Losch VERNON, VT, US 09-03-12
    Michelle Losch VERNON, VT, US 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A good story - could have been much better!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes - Only because the following books were better and the characters where good


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was horrible for the women's and kids voices. Having listened to over 300 audiobooks - I'd say it is close to the worse narrator ever.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been so much better if N. Roberts would have spent less time describing the rebuilding of the inn. May because I knew this was based on an inn she owns and remodeled made me feel like I was reading an infomercial. The character parts were great but she could have developed the story line of the characters more and the inn less.

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    Ellen A. Wilson 08-29-12

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    "Full of fun,spooky,romance and everyday living"
    Would you listen to The Next Always again? Why?

    I first read the book the got the audiobook so I could listen to it again while driving. I am a truck driver so I can not always read. So many books carry only 1 or 2 themes but this one had alot more and moved at a pace that grabbed you by the pants.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Always?

    The ghost and her way of dealing with the live humans and in turn the humans dealing with the ghost.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    They all blended in so well with each other but if I had to pick one it would be the ghost.


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

    Not only did I cry and laughed but did not want to stop listening till the story was done.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. I enjoy the trilogy lines that Nora Roberts does.

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    Debbye LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 08-27-12
    Debbye LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Uplifting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Always the most enjoyable?

    Great cast of characters. At first I had a hard time adjusting to a man reading a woman's part? Yet the further I got into the book I was hooked! Good mix of romance and mystery as well as a bit of a thriller! I loved it and I'm on book 2 of the trilogy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    It was an adjustment because I'm used to female readers.


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

    Not at first. A couple chapters in I was glued to it! Couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    Definately worth the read! Thanks

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    Brenda 08-21-12
    Brenda 08-21-12
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    "Another of Nora Roberts' Excellent Books!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depending on whether she likes this sort of book, I definately would recommend it as a good read.


    What other book might you compare The Next Always to and why?

    The "Three Sisters" trilogy. Because, again it's got the romance and the mystery of most of Ms. Roberts' books.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Claire, hands down.


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    Ginger Tampa, Florida 08-17-12
    Ginger Tampa, Florida 08-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book will pull on your heart"
    What did you love best about The Next Always?

    This book is so adorable, you feel like you are there and every woman in America is going to fall in love with Beck!


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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 08-15-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration was awful."
    Any additional comments?

    I was unable to listen to this book because of the narration - unless I wanted something to put me to sleep. It was so slow and had LONG pauses. I finally sped the playback up by 1/2 speed.. to 1.5 speed playback. It was much more tolerable. But, that is all I'll say... tolerable.

    If I were Nora Roberts or Brilliance Audio, I'd have these books re-read. This is awful and a real disservice to the books.

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    Amazon Customer 08-12-12
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    "Not as good as other Noras"

    Slow moving plot. Kids voices were distracting. Hope others in the BoonsBoro series are more worthwhile.

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    Dawn 08-11-12
    Dawn 08-11-12
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    "Very good book, one of the worst narrators ever"
    If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

    Fire the narrator


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

    Never heard any other books narrated by MacLeod Andrew but he almost ruined this book for me. The women all sound the same and he made the children's voices sound terrible.


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    Lynda Bryie 08-10-12
    Lynda Bryie 08-10-12
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    "Love it! Classic Nora!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I just love this story and I love the way MacLeod Andrews reads it. He gives every character their own voice and never gets them confused. Good job everyone, especially Nora R for writing another great story.


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  • tina
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "I'm hooked!"

    I have always enjoyed Nora Roberts books and going audible has been the best thing ever, as Macleod Andrews, has completely brought the book to life. Any chore which I used to dread, I couldn't wait to do, as it meant I could listen to this book as I cleaned, ironed and took the dog out (in the rain!). Nora Roberts is amazing at connecting you with real characters and I have so enjoyed getting to know Claire and Beckett. I feel connected and that is what a good book does. Brilliant!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    1/29/15
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    "Enjoyed every minute was really sad when it ended"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. It was a really good story and I was left wanting more. I hope there are going to be sequels where the other friends get a good life too.


    What other book might you compare The Next Always to, and why?

    I wouldn't compare it to anything. I thought it was quite original in it's story especially a woman with three kids getting a love life!


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I enjoyed his reading very much as he brought the characters to life. The choice of narrator is extremely important to a story and I think whoever chose MacLeod Andrews got it spot on with this book.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Widowed, business woman with three kids gets herself a love life....there's hope for the rest of us yet!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and could have listened for a whole lot longer. I really wanted her friends to end up with his brothers too....but, that could be a whole other book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • elizabeth sclater
    West Kirby UK
    9/6/15
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    "Love"

    Loved it great story to listen to while out walking the dog or doing house work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    7/18/15
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    "I gave up at chapter 3"
    What would have made The Next Always better?

    Sorry I found the readers accent too much for me to listen too - the story as far as chapter 3 was OK


    How could the performance have been better?

    not such a strong accent for the reader (it maybe because I'm a Brit that it's too much for me to listen too for long periods)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.G.Raynor-Krill
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    5/26/15
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    "Oh dear!"

    This is a soap set in some tiny American town. It is dire - save your money / credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    5/18/15
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    "Excellent"

    Loved it, have read the book but it was good to hear it read out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    5/4/15
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    "Great read."
    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed this series - fell in love with the brothers, have brought the whole set and loved them all, you really feel like you are part of the family, such different characters!


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Calming voice, relaxed me lots after hard days at work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisab
    4/7/15
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    "Don't waste your credit"

    This book is a complete waste of a credit, it's dreadful. Oh the tiles, oh the Walls, how wonderful can a wooden bowl be? And as for the endless pit of money, where is it all coming from???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    1/16/14
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    "Run of the mill Roberts"

    Three hunky brothers are converting an old inn. Everyone in town is really keen to see it up and running again, especially the book store owner who has a crush on one of the brothers.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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