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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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    Melanie 01-12-12
    Melanie 01-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad Narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Loved the Book, read it frist them got the audio. This Guy just cant do women and Kids. If they wanted him for the books they should think about someone else doing the other parts


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Winny voice


    Any additional comments?

    Will get the next book don't know yet weather the audio is worth it.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    D. Evans Central New Jersey 12-05-11
    D. Evans Central New Jersey 12-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable romance"

    This was a good listen, a good romance. This is only my second Nora Roberts, and it appears her stories always seem to end happily, so the story was somewhat predictable. But that doesn't matter if you like Nora Roberts stories, which I do.

    I had a little trouble with the narrator at first. He started out so slow! At first, I wasn't sure I'd be able to get through the entire book; but he got better. I found myself unable to stop listening! There were quite a few female characters and he wasn't the best with creating a separate voice for each. He was better at creating different voices for the men.

    Luckily, the text included enough information so that it was easy to follow who was saying what.

    Overall, this was a really good listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 11-29-11
    Carol 11-29-11
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    "bad narration"

    Classic Nora Roberts story, as always, good, fun. Narration bad. Great for men's voice, but women's and children's voices horrible

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alisha She, Australia 12-18-11
    Alisha She, Australia 12-18-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Hurry up book 2"

    I really enjoyed the story and unlike others wasn't turned off by the narrator. Well worth a listen.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 06-21-12
    L.W. 06-21-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Thorough Enjoyment!"

    I appreciated this story and look forward to the others in the series. I kept coming back to this book..put off buying due to the reviews about the narration. I found his narration style and delivery thoroughly pleasant. It was relaxing. I found he did as good a job as a man can when narrating women's voices. I thought the children's voices were fine. He did a very professional job. I love NR's stories. They seem to be my most favorites. Thanks for this lovely book. I absolutely loved the cover!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Terra Araluen 10-06-14
    Terra Araluen 10-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Who doesn't enjoy being transported to another world, and traveling on an unforgettable adventure? Thank you audio books! Happy dance <3

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    "Enjoyable cute story, funny narrator"
    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so. I really did enjoy his narrating. He had many distinct voices to bring life to the characters, and he was so honest in his performance. But I must say I did bust of laughing to tears on a couple parts when he spoke for a female character or one of the little boys. It was just sooo cute or utterly ridiculous the way he said it in a certain voice. Perhaps because he says it with such honesty. This jolt out of the story can be irritating in some books, but he really is very good. I think it was more charming then anything else.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the picturesque ending. And I loved Claire's sons. I think they where probably the best part of the story besides the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very slow moving slice of life story in small town USA. There's some romance and everyday life going on, but overall I enjoyed it and will be listening the the next two books. Seeing how this is my first Nora Roberts book (I know weird, right?) I will probably listen to more of her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy 09-22-14
    Peggy 09-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Overall strong story"
    If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

    Romance, Mystery, Thriller


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

    The most memorable moment for me (without spoiling anything) was the point in the book that gave me goosebumps! Close to the end, the guest that was "staying at the end" warns of some impending danger. The sequence of events was perfect. Sorry I don't want to include a spoiler!


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I'm not sure why so many people disliked his narration. I enjoyed it, his character change was very smooth. Overall, I thought it was a good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was sweet, a little steamy, a bit of a tear jerk-er but with just enough mystery tied in to break you away from the traditional romance novel. I'm very excited to finish the trilogy and I would absolutely suggest this to friends. I live fairly close to Boonsboro so it was nice to place a connection with places and towns she brings up throughout the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shai FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 08-31-14
    Shai FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Great Feel-Good Book!!!"
    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Next Always ranks among the top of my list.


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

    The remainder of the trilogy creates the same feel-good mood.


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

    I listened to the entire trilogy and since they are in succession, I see it as a continuum. Therefore, it's hard to compare, it was just one big book.


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

    When the plot thickened, I did just listen to chunks at once.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Andrews, the narrator, did a wonderful job differentiating among the characters. After listening to the first of the series, I purchased the remainder of the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kcplayers 06-03-14
    Kcplayers 06-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved the book.....GET A NEW NARRATOR!"
    What did you love best about The Next Always?

    Nora Roberts does it again! Once I started, I couldn't stop.


    What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    I don't like his performance at all. His womens voices are seriously lacking and his voices for the boys are HORRID! Absolutely awful!


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

    ABSOLUTLELY! I love the story!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gsc12345 New Mexico 03-23-14
    gsc12345 New Mexico 03-23-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Not one of N.R.'s best, but an excellent reader"
    If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

    Bland but pleasant


    Would you recommend The Next Always to your friends? Why or why not?

    As an undemanding read, sure.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a modern romance with a hint of the supernatural rolled in. A bit predictable, it is not one of Nora Roberts' best books, in my opinion, but a very good performance by Mr. Andrews made it an enjoyable listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • tina
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    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
  • sarahmoose2000
    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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