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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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    suzy SHERMAN, TX, United States 06-11-12
    suzy SHERMAN, TX, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!!!"
    What did you love best about The Next Always?

    Because it was realistic without being depressing. The auther left you wanting more at the end of the story...to keep going with the lives of the Montgomerys and their lives. Justine, is an amazing woman~


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human eliment of it all. Todays issues in a real life setting


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Montgomery realizes that he must go through Henry to marry his mom...he followed through on his promise and realized the importance of it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Really...I am not sure


    Any additional comments?

    Get that third one recorded!!!! #2 was awesome too!

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    Florida Mom 06-11-12
    Florida Mom 06-11-12

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    "Dragged on - I couldn't keep going anymore."
    What did you like best about The Next Always? What did you like least?

    Good foundation of a story, but it dragged on and nothing was really happening.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Give it some situations - something to want to follow to know more.


    Was The Next Always worth the listening time?

    Not worth my listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    Good foundation of a story - but it wasn't going anywhere chapter after chapter.

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    tracie Beloit, WI, United States 06-11-12
    tracie Beloit, WI, United States 06-11-12
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    "Enoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It was an enjoyable book that kept you wondering what would happen next. All the characters were great!


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

    It's him telling you the story. He gives you the true feel for the characters and the story behind them.


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

    Because this was an audio book, I could still listen and get stuff done around the house. I listened to this book in three days but I have a very busy schedule as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Book two was better, can't wait for book three.

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    G. Rueger Payne Lafayette, OR USA 06-11-12
    G. Rueger Payne Lafayette, OR USA 06-11-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Romance and a Ghost Story - Pure Nora Roberts"
    What did you love best about The Next Always?

    Nora always creates interesting characters and puts them in fun, romantic locations. As always, there are stresses to be overcome in the both the usual and extraordinary variety. Loved the small town setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the characters is a benevolent ghost who lends a helping hand at a critical moment.


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

    I enjoyed her performance of the lead male the best. Very believable. All the characters were well performed.


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

    I enjoyed the remodeling process on the Inn. Roberts really brought it to life with her beautiful descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    romance, mystery and suspense all wrapped up in a quaint, beautiful setting. Totally enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angeline 06-03-12
    Angeline 06-03-12
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    "I dissagree. The narration was just fine."

    I was not going to purchase this book based on the reviews about the narration. However, I am a new Roberts' fan and wanted to continue to explore her work. So I purchased it and I am so glad I did. I began this one right after listening to The Witness with the female narrator. So admittedly, hearing MacLeod Andrews' voice was a downer. But after getting past his description of characters and scenes, things picked up and I "fell into" the story and didn't think again about the narration. That took all of 20 minutes into the 11 hour narration. While I think all of the women seem as though they are heavy smokers (lol) he does a great job with the reading all in all. One challenge is that I can't tell Owen and Becket's voices apart. They seem to be the same.

    As for the plot, it was great. Funny and sweet. I am already listening to book two and am enjoying it. And I was so pleased to know that Andrews is the narrator on that one too. I have come to know his voice as the voice of these characters. To switch up would be a bummer. Looking forward to book 3. Hope Nora is cranking it out as I type.

    Good book. Good performance!

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    Shelly Tampa, FL 05-19-12
    Shelly Tampa, FL 05-19-12 Member Since 2015

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    "I like male narrators, story okay"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The guy was too perfect, but I guess that is the point. Wouldn't any sane person get a little more annoyed with the kids? The ghost story was a bit lame to me and I think the book would have been better without it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The cute town was interesting, simple lives (unlike my own in the city). The least interesting was the ghost story.


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

    Yes. I really enjoy male narrators, but I've noticed they always get bad reviews since most people seem to like having a woman read men's voices rather than a man read a woman's. I will take the trade off though - I like hearing a man read the steamy scenes more than a woman. A large portion of the book is told from the persepective of men. He does read a bit slow (but I think it lends to the whole slower lifestyle in a small town), but you can probably speed up the audio on your mp3 player if it bugs you.


    Could you see The Next Always being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes, but i wouldn't watch it. It would have to be on lifetime I guess - I hope they leave out the ghost story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was fine, classic. It passed the time, but overall the story was a bit vanilla and the characters are pretty forgettable. I can say the same thing about most of the mystery/crime novels I read though - the point is to relax a few hours. I picked it because I like male narrators for a change of pace and it is a trilogy. If you think the first one is decent, it is nice to have sequels so you can revist characters you like.

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    Casey United States 05-07-12
    Casey United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, bad narration"
    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Next Always was an enjoyable way to pass time while doing chores even if the story line is predictable and the same as all other Nora Roberts books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator makes the women and children sound extremely annoying. I also didn't like that during conversations between the characters it was difficult to figure out who was talking since many of the voices sound the same.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 05-05-12
    Helen 05-05-12
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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book to listen to in the Spring or Summer and it really makes you see the South as it "is" now.


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    Andrea Ohler 05-01-12
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    "Narrator Killed It"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed the plot, but I would not recommend this as an audiobook. The narrator killed the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed this book very much. Every time I turned the page, or pressed play, I felt that I was walking through Nora Roberts inn. I really enjoyed reading about the reconstruction of her very own property, and often found myself wondering if the reconstruction actually happened in this way.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-27-12
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    "Narrator Ruined This Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Always the most enjoyable?

    Let me start by saying this book was good. Another one of Nora Roberts well written imaginative books. However, the narrator was so lack luster and unemotional I struggled with it. His voices for the different characters didn't change much from one character to another and it had me going to other books then coming back to it trying to struggle through to the end. If you like Nora Roberts, as I do, you may be able to listen with more patience.

    One of the reasons I enjoy Audio books is because I can get lost in the story by the narrator as they pull you in and make you believe the characters are real, this one did not do that for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of MacLeod Andrews?

    Someone who feels the story as they read it like most of the other narrators I have listened to have done.


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

    It might have been if I wasn't so distracted by the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    A good narrator can make a not so good book interesting. However, in the same token a bad narrator can ruin a good book.

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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
  • 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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