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The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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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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    Sandy Orlando, FL 03-29-14
    Sandy Orlando, FL 03-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration was so distracting to a good story."

    This was a good story and it could have been an easy listen. MacLeod Andrews was so bad with his imitation of the women in the book and especially the kids. I had to yank out my ear buds when he would imitate the small boys. He made them seem mentally challenged with a disorder or something instead of normal cute boys. I want to listen to the next book in the Triology but I can't buy it since this narrator I know will ruin it. He was ok as he spoke as the men in this story, but the rest is not worth the struggle. Sorry I won't finish the rest of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina Queensbury, NY, United States 03-02-14
    Kristina Queensbury, NY, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Almost impossible to get through"

    I have read (the old-fashion way) a few Nora Roberts books in the past and found them entertaining enough...this book was painful to listen to. Like other reviews, I found the narrator's version of children's voices downright awful, the women mostly bad and even some of the male voice silly. The story itself was fine, but slow going. The best part of this romance was the transformation of the inn...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 02-10-14
    Tammy 02-10-14

    Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)

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    "So boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one could possibly!


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The lack of character development.


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

    Everything. A man narrating a girly kind of romance. It was wrong on so many levels.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Next Always?

    Every page and demand a total rewrite


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    Toni 02-03-14
    Toni 02-03-14
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    "Great Story Irritating Performer"
    If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

    Good solid entertainment.


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

    Any Nora Roberts story-you can count on her to hold your attention and make you laugh


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His female voices were very irritating-weirdly softened and they all sounded the same. His childrens voices make you cringe because they are so whiney. The read itself is too slow. Thank goodness I leaned that I could speed the narration up! Was very disappointed that he was selected for the whole series. Wanted to hear the next story but not read by him.


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

    I enjoy how she interjects the supernatural into the story.


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    Melissa 01-28-14
    Melissa 01-28-14
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    "Predictable Nora Roberts"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Haven't read anything by Nora Roberts, so was hoping to really enjoy this book. It was okay - that's about it. Love her J. D. Robb books though. Probably the last "Nora Roberts" book I will purchase for a long while.


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    Ainsley United States 01-20-14
    Ainsley United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2010

    Just an average girl with a ridiculous commute trying to keep the road rage at bay.

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    "Unlistenable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I couldn't truly rate the book well, the narration was horrid. He truly made listening to even the first hour of this book (all that I could get through) a chore!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His shrill voice for children, terrible 'falsetto' for women and drudging pace made this the worst audiobook I have ever purchased.


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    K. 01-09-14
    K. 01-09-14
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    "Wrong narrator for this story"
    What disappointed you about The Next Always?

    I bought the audiobook before I read the actual written book. After many tries to get into the story via audio, I finally gave up and bought the book and read it myself. I just couldn't tolerate the narrator. His voice was monotone to me, and he made the story very boring, even though it actually is very good.


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    janet 10-13-13
    janet 10-13-13

    paranormal romance

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    "Just okay"
    What did you like best about The Next Always? What did you like least?

    Easy, predictable story, when multi tasking. The narrator was awful. He is fine for the male parts but each female voice sounded like they were a feeble 90 year old.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cute story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female parts were just awful. As stated above, they all sounded like feeble 90 year olds.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator really detracts from the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 10-08-13
    Amazon Customer United States 10-08-13
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    "The Narrator could use some help."
    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3 out of 5


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

    I didn't like how he portrayed the female characters, or her kids. It was awful, and because of it, I stopped listening about halfway through the book.


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

    I had a few laughing moments in the book, where my co-workers looked at me as if I belonged in the loony bin.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 09-15-13
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2015

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "PERFECTLY LOVELY LOVE STORY"

    THE BEGINNING WAS SLOW TO LAY THE BACKGROUND, BUT THAT ONLY TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF TIME. THEN YOU ARE CAST HEADLONG IN A WONDERFUL STORY, I COULD DO WITH THE SEEDY SEX SCENES, BUT NORA HAS TO PUT THEM IN, IT SEEMS. I IGNORED THEM OR FAST FORWARDED AND GOT TO THE MEAT OF THE STORY IN A HURRY. IT IS A DELIGHTFUL TRILOGY OF BOOKS, I KNOW HAVE TO FINISH, I AM SO INVOLVED IN THE STORY LINE. THIS IS TRULY WORTH THE CREDIT AND THE NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT. I JUST LOVE, LOVE.

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