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Whiskey Beach | [Nora Roberts]

Whiskey Beach

For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.
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Publisher's Summary

For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents - including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries - one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all.…

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Barbara CORONADO, CA, United States 04-25-13
    Barbara CORONADO, CA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another fantastic story by Nora Roberts."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good suspense/mystery and still very uplifting.


    Any additional comments?

    Nora Roberts does not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne New Lebanon, OH, United States 04-25-13
    Jeanne New Lebanon, OH, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Always a hit!"
    Would you listen to Whiskey Beach again? Why?

    I almost always listen to a Nora Roberts book more than once. She does a great job of putting the reader into the setting. This may not be my favorite, but she's given us a good read again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra, because she is so together. and green-eyed!


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    I didn't have a problem with his switching of genders. He didn't force it and it was natural.


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

    Not an extreme reaction, a satisfying reaction. It was a comfortable book and I had a good idea of where it was going. But Nora always does so well on descriptions that I really enjoyed the listen .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margie Bloomingburg, NY, United States 04-25-13
    Margie Bloomingburg, NY, United States 04-25-13
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    "I loved this book!!"
    What did you love best about Whiskey Beach?

    I loved the character Abra Walsh. She was a very independant woman that still had enough soft edges to keep her real.


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

    Peter Berkrot was able to change his voice enough to make the chatacters defined. I enjoyed his tones and inflections. Great narrator!


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

    Without giving too much away, there is an addition to the "family" and that truely made a difference in my enjoyment of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Spring Hill, TN, United States 04-24-13
    Kimberly Spring Hill, TN, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Bossy, bossy, bossy!!!"

    I anxiously awaited this book and pre-orderd as soon as it was available! I love Nora Roberts and have loved all of her previous books (The Witness is my most recent favorite). But, I am sorry to say that I have to agree that this book missed the mark and defintely isn't up to Nora Roberts usual standards.
    The character Abra was annoying and so bossy! If my husband gave in to me as easily as Eli gives in to Abra and was as controlled as easily as Eli was by Abra I'd have very little respect for him.
    With that said I don't regret purchasing the book but it's not going to be a book I will ever want to read/listen to again.
    As for the narration it's not the worst I've ever heard but it's also not the best. The Boston/New England accent wasn't consistent and yes I agree with other reviews that the voice for Eli wasn't very masculine which may contribute to my feeling as though he was a complete pushover

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becca Whitmore Lake, MI, United States 04-24-13
    Becca Whitmore Lake, MI, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic Nora Roberts romantic suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to Whiskey Beach the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy Roberts' romantic suspense stand alone novels, and this one is no exception. It's got a twisty plot (I didn't see who dunnit coming, although in retrospect I should have), and a nice, slowly developing relationship between the protagonists. Whiskey Beach doesn't have Roberts' usually well-defined cast of secondary characters, and the family relationships that make Roberts so much fun mostly take place off-stage - all the book focus is on the two main characters, really, with even the antagonists being mostly off-stage.


    What other book might you compare Whiskey Beach to and why?

    It's not as good as Blue Smoke, but it's better than Chasing Fire.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    anyone. Peter Berkrot just reads the book, makes no real attempt at differentiating voices, even of the male characters - this makes it sometimes hard to follow, given that Roberts usually avoids the "he said, she said" style of dialog.

    The lead character and his family are an old Boston family, and there's no attempt to sound East Coast at all - it's all read pretty much in a midwestern accent.


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

    The very beginning when a hear-sick and weary Eli first comes to the Bluff House, his retreat from a life in Boston that had become intolerable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SUZANNE BERGHEIM, TX, United States 04-23-13
    SUZANNE BERGHEIM, TX, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Suzanne

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    "2nd Narrator is no better"
    Where does Whiskey Beach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not good. I can't get through this version either. The new version with narrator Luke Daniels makes the main charactor, Eli sound like a gangster. His tone is rough and too dramatic. Eli is a successful criminal attorney, who should be a smooth talker and not cursing his ex-wife like some hoodlum. Don't know if this gets better, I can't get past the first few chapters. Again, I expect better from a Norah Roberts novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah ABILENE, TX, United States 04-20-13
    Sarah ABILENE, TX, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Books are my escape. Some books are even more inventive with someone else to make the right decisions on tones and inflection.

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    "Nora Roberts I love you"
    Where does Whiskey Beach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Nora Roberts for a reason. This book is wonderful and keeps you on your toes.


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

    He is one of my all time favorite readers. I always know when it's him that im in for a good listen.


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

    Yes. I had to stop to get some sleep but first thing the next day it was back on till the finish.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Davis GA 04-18-13
    M. Davis GA 04-18-13 Member Since 2008

    SouthernGirl

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    "Great book! Nobody does it better than NR!"
    Would you listen to Whiskey Beach again? Why?

    Absolutely - I just really enjoyed the storyline and the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whiskey Beach?

    It was a series of moments really - watching this interesting man regain his balance and re-engage in life. Just a sweet transformation.


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

    Not necessarily - but it was one I enjoyed going back to. I definitely wanted to see what would happen next with this fun and interesting couple. Great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really good feel good book! NR rocks again....

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    L. A. Rolfe Tacoma, WA United States 09-21-13
    L. A. Rolfe Tacoma, WA United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I liked the first narration of this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't agree with the decision to change narrators


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nora Roberts books are always fresh and interesting


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon APACHE JUNCTION, AZ, United States 06-17-13
    Sharon APACHE JUNCTION, AZ, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "very disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    definitely not up to nora roberts quality. I have read all of her books and this was awful.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    not much story line


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Whiskey Beach?

    all


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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