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The Villa | [Nora Roberts]

The Villa

Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.
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Publisher's Summary

Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality - from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job - and excels at it.

But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family's winery - and Sophia will be assuming a new role.

As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They've been ordered to work together very closely, to facilitate the merger. Sophia must teach Tyler the finer points of marketing - and Ty, in turn, shows her how to get down and dirty, to use the sun, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard.

As they toil together, both in and out of the fields, Sophia is torn between a powerful attraction and a professional rivalry. At the end of the season, the course of the company's future - and the legacy of the villa - may take an entirely new direction. And when acts of sabotage threaten both the family business and the family itself, Sophia's quest will be not only for dominance, but also for survival.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 01-04-12
    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 01-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"

    I absolutely loved this book! The story had me gripped and the performance was fantastic. I was rather sad when it finished! It was well worth it and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 12-05-11
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 12-05-11 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "I tried!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Everything could have been better about this story. I tried and I tried and I just couldn't finish the audio.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    eeehhh...no


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    Darcy Arvada, CO, United States 11-03-11
    Darcy Arvada, CO, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    I love Nora, and this is one of my favorites. I also really enjoyed the reader. This book has everything you could want in a Robert's novel. Amazing characters, plot, sub-plot, and mystery, plus a nice twist at the end that I didn't even guess and usually I am pretty good at guessing the twists. The reader is fabulous, lovely voice and she did a nice job with the accent. I have listened to it twice now in less than a month, and will probably listen to it again before the year is out.

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    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 04-19-11
    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 04-19-11 Member Since 2008

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    "A Pleasant enough story"

    I have come to enjoy the new type of books Nora Roberts is writing. The romantic suspense is much easier to read than her previous romances.

    The Villa has a great cast of characters and Ms. Roberts does a good job of keeping them straight and organized with regard to the story. The premise of The Villa was interesting and I found all of the secondary characters necessary and well-developed.

    I have to admit though, I figure Tyler to be the main male protagonist/hero, but found David to be a much more likeable and admirable hero. The three generations of women were refreshing in their strength and the kids added a wonderfully light touch to the story.

    Overall, a great listen. And I do enjoy Laural Merlington's narration. She has a talent for the variety of voices that adds depth to the audio version not found in the print version.

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    michaela burien, wa, United States 04-16-11
    michaela burien, wa, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Nora"

    I really enjoyed this. It was a good, easy read. Not completely predictable, but it's exactly what you'd expect from Nora.

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    Nan Concord, MA, United States 12-29-10
    Nan Concord, MA, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Like A Soap Opera"

    Not much substance to this book, but lots of fun. A great read for the beach. All the bad characters get what is coming to them.

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    aurelie MONROE, NY, United States 01-01-10
    aurelie MONROE, NY, United States 01-01-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "bklyn316"

    Good light story, surprise ending.

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    Rod LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 10-24-09
    Rod LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 10-24-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Dismal"

    This is the first opportunity I have taken to read or even listen to a Nora Roberts book. However, with the recent audible.com sale, I thought it to be a perfect opportunity to try out some heretofore, unfamiliar authors.

    I would imagine that this had the potential to be at least an entertaining book, except for the God awful narration.

    Perhaps this could be blamed on the dialogue, which I found to be rather stilted and sophomoric. But there is no place to which the blame can be placed, except on the narrator, with regard to her utterly dismal attempts at an Italian accent. Thank goodness that it was attributed for the most part to La Senora and the overwhelming use of the family name Giambelli. Even the local California cops had this awful accent foisted upon them when making use of the family name.

    All in all, the characters were so lacking in development that I didn't find myself liking any one of them in particular, even those designated as the hero and heroine.

    Being a male, I have listened to many books narrated by, or explicitly written for, women and have liked many of them; namely those by Sandra Brown, Patricia Cornwell and/or Tami Hoag. This just didn't happen to be one of them.

    The only saving grace for me, as I mentioned earlier, was that I was able to download this book at the "sale" price.

    Personally, I think it would be a good idea for the producers of audible books to, when necessary, use more than one narrator. Listening to female narrators attempt the narration of a male character tends to make me feel like "clearing my throat".



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    Miss54321 missouri city, TX, United States 04-23-12
    Miss54321 missouri city, TX, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Nope!"

    I hate it when I waste money. Boring boring boring. The description was good, but that was about it.

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    Amanda Riverside, CA, United States 06-28-11
    Amanda Riverside, CA, United States 06-28-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Read the book then listened to it...."

    I love this story!! I read the book first but it was completly enhanced by the reader. Worth a credit!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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