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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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    Jeannie Key colorado 07-18-13
    Jeannie Key colorado 07-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    What did you love best about Whiskey Beach?

    The characters are believable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abbra is very earthy and sees the positive and is able to bring that out of the other characters.


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

    not that I am aware of


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

    The relationship with the grandmother and her grandson


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 07-12-13
    Liz 07-12-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Nearly Didn't Get This Book - GLAD I DID"


    Do Not Trust the Negative Reviews

    This is another brilliant story from Nora Roberts. Mystery - suspense - romance - exciting setting - believable characters. Just as wonderful as Nora Roberts is expected to be. Couldn't put it down.

    The narrator had a nice, easy voice to listen to BUT he really lacked with his character portrayal. It was difficult at times to know what character was speaking during some dialogue. Very flat interpretation, however the story carried the day regardless.

    Apart from the narration I do recommend this book especially to Nora Roberts fans.

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    Avalon California USA 06-18-13
    Avalon California USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith

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    "Well Written & Highly Enjoyable"

    Complex and fascinating characters, layered back story, irresistible setting, and a tightly woven plot make Whiskey Beach one of Ms. Roberts' best. The setting is evocative. Bluff House has a characterization of its own. From Barbie to the beach, every element adds to the beauty of this suspenseful tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat, eager to discover the protagonist, but reluctant for the story to end.

    The narrator is awesome. Full differentiation of voices, great resonance, one of the best. His Boston accents are just right, realistic but not overdone. The matriarch's voice reminds me of Rose Kennedy, a quintessential Boston Irish accent.

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    Jeannie 06-14-13
    Jeannie 06-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nora Robert's is always a sure thing"

    Whiskey Beach was a great romance, an exciting adventure and a fun mystery! Nora Robert's does all three very well. Love all her JD Robb books. Love her mystery writing and her contemporary writing too.

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    Frances Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-09-13
    Frances Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A good story and a good a listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Whiskey Beach to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition was great and allowed me to multi task!!


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

    Similar to lots of other Nora books with a romance, a mystery, a plan to create something new and exciting.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    He is better than most of the male performers who do Nora books.


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

    the very last paragraph haha. I'm not sure why but it really gave me a flutter :)


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    Cynthia 06-02-13
    Cynthia 06-02-13
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    "UGH!"

    This story is so boring. Romantic mystery? Hardly. It's a redundant misfire. I've been listening and listening and no action, nothing developing, barely a plot. The author keeps rehashing what we already know. And the narrator - boy does he need help! - half the time he it sounds like Ely's character is talking baby-talk to Abra. The next he's whining. Whichever he's doing, it's just annoying.
    The Abra character, supposedly a strong female character comes off as a controlling nag all in the name of getting Ely healthy and she verges on the point of being bitchy because she doesn't know when to stop.
    There might be a decent story under all of the boredom and repetition but I can't find it.
    I do like Bluff House and Barbie. I'm not finished with the book yet and if the bad guy ends up poisoning Barbie, I definitely will never listen to another Nora Roberts book again.
    I keep waiting for some suspense or excitement but it's just more of the same crap, for lack of a better word.
    I read Northern Lights and really enjoyed it so thought I would try her latest. What a bust. I'm pretty sure I won't listen to any more of her books. And for sure won't listen to any with Peter Berkrot as the narrator. One other reviewer noted that he did no accents for Massachusetts natives. Seems like he tried with a couple of characters but failed miserably. All he can do is whiney baby talk. He's just an annoying narrator, no doubt.
    I'm only sorry I didn't read the reviews. Sadly I assumed this one would be light, a little romantic, a decent mystery, like Northern Lights. Hardly! It's like the author didn't have enough of a story so she repeated what had happened several times, having the Ely and Abra characters rehash it in detail over and over - for filler - like she need something to fill the pages. And then we get to hear Ely's sad story over and over but I don't care.
    I could go on, but I think you get the idea - the story is tedious and we don't really care about the characters except or Barbie. And Bluff House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. L. Royce 06-01-13
    R. L. Royce 06-01-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Kudos!!"

    What a wonderful experience. The narrator's voicing was really well done and I fell in love with this author. I hadn't read anything of hers before and this was really a treat. It was so easy to align with the main character and in fact all of the characters.
    I highly recommend this, it was truly enjoyable.

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    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 05-31-13
    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts"

    I have listened to a great deal of Nora's book.. This is a good listen and keeps you attention to follow the plot. The story line is pretty familiar throughout her books. Definitely more of a romance novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy SAINT CLOUD, FL, United States 05-29-13
    Peggy SAINT CLOUD, FL, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2002

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    "Don't waste a credit"
    What disappointed you about Whiskey Beach?

    I really did not like Abra at all. She goes around trying to "fix" or take care of everyone around her whether they want to be fixed or not....and her Mother a Nobel Peace Prize winner??? Let's get real here. It was hard to relate to Abra.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Almost seems like someone else wrote the book.


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

    Rosalyn Landor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and boredom. Abra was tedious and a know it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Astoria, NY, United States 05-26-13
    JoAnn Astoria, NY, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Abandoned after 20 minutes"
    What disappointed you about Whiskey Beach?

    The narrators voice was so appallingly bad my flesh crawled. I have never had this reaction to a narrator before. I've also never abandoned a book with NO intention of ever trying to listen again. Just could not get past the smug, effeminate and graceless voice and performance of the narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    Of course, provided its a different narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see comments above


    Any additional comments?

    truly a disappointment and a complete waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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