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Whiskey Beach Audiobook

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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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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    Elle in the Great NorthWest OREGON 05-22-14

    Elle AKA PlantCrone..I'm an organic gardener, quilter, volunteer and elder who enjoys different genres from biographies to si/fi to fantasy

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    "Poor Plot-Luke Daniels is a great narrator though"

    This was in an Audible "Three books for two credits" deal this week-I'd been bit with a couple of other titles that I returned and I have a feeling this one is going back.

    Nora Roberts writes similar stories-we all know that. I thought Luke Daniels narration would sufficiently save a unsubstantial plot but sadly not even that worked with this story arc.

    I've come to the confusion that I'm never buying books from the "loser list" again.

    Not worth the time or money, even for a real Nora Roberts fan

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    DK 05-13-14
    DK 05-13-14 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "Average Contemporary Romance/Mystery -Easy Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Again I find myself questioning, "Who is Nora Roberts?"

    I LOVE many of her works but it seems that her best and most interesting are her older books! It seems that her newer stuff is blasée... Whiskey Beach is a romance with history wrapped around a mystery but all aspects are boring to this reader.

    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.…


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

    The most interesting aspect was who murdered Eli's wife. The rest of the book was SO LONG and drawn out... there were so many details that were not specific or needed.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Eli and his grandmother... Luke Daniels did a good job, it was just SO tedious.


    Was Whiskey Beach worth the listening time?

    No, I may recommend the Abridged version...but I'd listen to other Nora Roberts books over and over. Some of those are: Carnal Innocence, The Villa, Northern Lights, Honest Illusions, Rivers End, Three Fates and The Witness


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    Carolyn 05-07-14
    Carolyn 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Worst narrator ever!"
    What did you love best about Whiskey Beach?

    The story was good. Typical Nora Roberts. Kept my attention for a week of my commute.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    Absolutely not! His performance almost sent me to the print version by Chapter 10. He was ridiculous and made the characters sound stupid and corny. Made it seem like a comedy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 03-12-14
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I should have listened to the reviews."
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Luke Daniels?

    Nora Roberts, yes. Luke Daniels, no. I couldn't tell who was speaking most of the time. His female voices, like many male narrators do, was whiney and off. I almost felt like he was making fun of females throughout the whole book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It someone like Loreli King had done it.


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    Faith 01-16-14
    Faith 01-16-14
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    "Well told, charming characters"
    Where does Whiskey Beach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A favourite audiobook, right at the top of the list


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The male lead was a great character as he was vulnerable, real and smart and interesting.


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

    When the couple finally realize they were in love, and would be together.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that they both loved Whiskey Beach, the manor and the grandmother, but didn't know each other was weird but believable as the story of Whiskey Beach unfolds

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    Merrci 01-01-14
    Merrci 01-01-14
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    "Not my favorite"

    I listened to this again with the new narrator, but I still didn't find it that interesting. Didn't connect with the characters. The mystery part of it could have been entertaining, but the Eli and Abra distracted from it. I don't think it was the narrator as much as their personalities. There are several Nora Robert's books that I've listened to several times over, but this won't be one of them. Can't like them all I guess!

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    Smitten with Reading Texas 12-28-13
    Smitten with Reading Texas 12-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "B rating...."

    My Review:
    Overall... 3.50 star
    Performance.... 3.50 star
    Story... 3.75 star

    I'll be honest, and this is the first time I've ever had this happen, but I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it rather than listened to the audiobook. And there's a very simple reason for this which makes me sad...Luke Daniels. Hands down, this guy is talented. His voices and inflections and the sheer number of different ones he can do is astounding. He is so talented. But I hate his female lead voices...something about the breathy way he does them and the laugh he has for females makes them sound air-headed to me and it's hard for me to look past that in an audiobook.

    The book was interesting enough although it didn't move very fast for me, but again, I was listening to it in audio and I don't get a whole lot of audio time anymore. So it took almost a month for me to get through this book. The set-up was very good...male writer (LOVE that and I loved the little insights into his writing process) and female yoga instructor (her attitude toward life and stress was outstanding especially knowing that she came from a MUCH HIGHER stress background.)

    There was a bit of suspense to the story line...between the murder of Eli's wife, the break-in's at Bluff house, and Eli's grandmother's fall. I enjoyed the town, the addition of Barbie the dog, and the mystery of the sunken ship's treasure. I enjoyed the interactions between Eli and Abra and that they were a true committed couple throughout most of the book, without the normal emotional drama although there was a tiny bit of that at the beginning as they were sorting out their attraction. I loved how they were opposites in that he is high strung where she's much more mellow. Her ability to relax him was great. I also loved how playful she could be and honest...wow, her ability to speak her mind was great. Loved her especially when she got fiesty on his behalf.

    Someday I will sit down and read the book in print (I do own a hardback copy of it) and see if my overall impression of the story improves. I think it just may. This just wasn't a book that worked for me all that well on audio.

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    Barbara Bozeman, MT, United States 12-23-13
    Barbara Bozeman, MT, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor reading."

    While I thought the story was engaging and Eli was a likable and realistic character, I can't get over the reading of the book. I should have read it rather than listen because Luke Daniels' interpretation of the characters' reactions and personalities was so exaggerated and irritating.

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    Julie WILLARD, OH, United States 12-19-13
    Julie WILLARD, OH, United States 12-19-13

    Like to read (and listen) to books!

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    "Nora Roberts - love"
    If you could sum up Whiskey Beach in three words, what would they be?

    always love Nora Roberts book and this remains with Whiskey Beach. I could picture it all in my head as I was reading the story


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    andrea 12-19-13
    andrea 12-19-13
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    "Loved it"
    If you could sum up Whiskey Beach in three words, what would they be?

    Not stupid characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra. I loved her personality & humor.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    I loved all the characters he did making each have their own voice.


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

    Never. I always listen while walking dogs & doing housework-it makes it more enjoyable.


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  • CathyR
    Ilminster, United Kingdom
    9/30/13
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    "Second recording so much better"

    Revisited this since it's been recorded again with a new narrator....and it's a completely different listening experience. Luke Daniels gives the characters' life and personality, which was lacking in the first narration, and makes it incredibly easy to care about and empathize with them. You know immediately who's talking, each character has a distinct voice, brilliantly done. The story took on a different perspective with much more depth and was like a first listen. Loved it this time round.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine
    HORSHAM, West Sussx
    8/11/15
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    "TYPICAL NORA ROBERT"

    This story is a typical Nora Roberts. It is filled with wonderful characters, humor, romance, plots with lots of unexpected twists and turns, a book that keeps you want to know more. Being a Nora Roberts fan I enjoyed the book.

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  • Graeme
    STEVENAGE, United Kingdom
    3/3/15
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    "Too soppy and soapy for me"

    Not sure what attracted me to this book but it was far too soppy with a far fetched story line .
    I like a good Chicklit book but this of course is under the romance genre .
    My fault, I finished it, but not really sure why !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/5/14
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    "Does not disappoint"
    If you could sum up Whiskey Beach in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, interesting, worthwhile


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli as the main character. It was great 'seeing' his journey back to health.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but would be prepared to.do.so. His female accents do come across as a little camp but not annoying


    Any additional comments?

    Read the paperback so knew the story but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FrancescaD
    London
    6/10/14
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    "Unsuitable narrator unfortunately"
    What did you like best about Whiskey Beach? What did you like least?

    Nora Roberts writes great books so a no star review will not affect her in the least, but the narrator was unsuitable for this story as his 'female' voice sounded ridiculous. Why did he have to resort to a simpering man to get the heroine's dialogue across!?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    DNF


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    No


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

    Yes, probably.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be more careful when ordering audio books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Davis
    UK
    3/26/14
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    "A romantic thriller"
    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Many many wonderful scenes impossible to pick a favourite.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the 1st book I've read by Nora Roberts, but it won't be the last. The characters were brilliantly written by her and portrayed by the narrator. They were people you began to care about, wanting things to go well for them and whilst the story was fairly predictable it was told well and kept me listening, not wanting it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    2/27/14
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    "Same old, same old"

    Pretty daft storyline of a previous family member burying treasure on the beach and lots of people trying to find it; while present day family deals with an ailing grandmother and false accusations of murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    2/26/14
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    "Another Triumph"

    As always, I tried to work out who had "done it", and as usual remained wrong until the final couple of chapters.

    Any Nora Roberts fans will enjoy this hugely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AMG, London
    London UK
    9/27/13
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    "Not up to her usual standard"
    What disappointed you about Whiskey Beach?

    I am a big fan of Nora Roberts, and when she makes an effort her standalone romances are often her best work - The Witness was great - but this has a knocked off feel to it. Boring plot, and the lead female character was AWFUL. So smug and annoying, even worse than Mia Devlin in Face the Fire. Eli really should not have let her get away with dictating to him so much and "knowing better" than him constantly. I feel very sorry for him if he's stuck with her ever after.


    Has Whiskey Beach put you off other books in this genre?

    Nope. Nora is very variable, so you take pot luck. She can write extremely well, but she doesn't always bother to.


    What character would you cut from Whiskey Beach?

    Abra!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • valerie
    4/23/14
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    "Story was okay bit weak"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy listening but Abra got on my nerves towards the end


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

    the detail descrinig bluff house


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance might you have changed?

    Abra's protrayal in the last 5-6 chapters she was a bit giddy and annoying.


    Was Whiskey Beach worth the listening time?

    Whiskey beach was a worthwhile listen


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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