This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods 21 years ago, the signs have never been this strong before.
Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly, he must rely on Quinn as well. She, too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town - and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness.
©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Phil Gigante gives a spirited performance of the first book in Roberts's new trilogy. Fans of her storytelling will revel in this new series, which weaves romance with supernatural events." (AudioFile)
I have to say I have always enjoyed Robert's books and this is another one to add to my list. The only problem I had was the narrators choice of voices was horrible. All the women were screetchy and annoying as well as Fox's which made it somewhat hard to listen to without cringing when one of them "spoke". This is a great gripping story, you just need to make it through the voices.
I am easily amused!
This book fell a little flat for me. I liked the characters and the plot idea but it just felt a little contrived and not up to Nora's usual standards. I bought the whole series in advance so I am hoping for an improvement. I might have just had really high expectations after reading "The Circle Trilogy" that I adored. I will finish the series but it definitely shifted to the bottom of my TBR pile.
The narration was good but the female voices were a tad cheesy.
Terrible Narrator. I rarely say this as I believe to listen to audio books I must be flexible as to how a character is portrayed by the narrator. But this one was terrible, no. Horrible. Not only was his voices for the women appalling but his male voices were not much better. The sex scenes were painful- to the point where further into the book I had to skip them. The scenes were well written, but it was embarrassing to hear it from this narrator. I could tell he was embarrassed by them too!
I only wish Susan Ericksen had narrated this one, she is brilliant with Nora Roberts books. This narrator was so bad I really don't know if I liked the book or not. It was so hard to listen to it and even harder to care for any of the characters, the way it was read. So disappointing.
Wasn't sure how I was going to like a Nora Roberts book, I was getting lots of trash talk from my family and friends about it being girlie. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I continued on with my listening journey. First, I enjoy Phil as a narrator, I read where someone said the book needed a better narrator, I find that hard to believe as it seemed to me that Phil did a great job bringing personality and a believable difference to the many characters. I've listened to some readers that prettty much put me to sleep, didn't happen on this book.
The story was very different from the sort of books I normally listen to, yes I am a guy and pretty much feed on Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Griffin, Wood, Silva and that sort, but I found this very enjoyable fair. Imaginative and fun to listen to, I do recomend it now. What is best, I have the last laugh on my family.
I won't buy any more audiobooks that he narrates. Listened to some others by another author and he just sounds false and whiney most of the time. No genuine emotion in his voice which detracts from the books he reads.
I gave three stars because the book is vintage NR, an easy and predictable read.
Fantastic Trilogy. I can't get enough of these three books, Blood Brothers, The Hollow, and The Pagan Stone. You'll want to hear them again and again!
I listened to this book in audio and enjoyed the story, but was disappointed with the narration. Enough so that I went with hardcopy editions of the next two books in the series. I found it distracting when the narrator switched to a comedic falsetto for the women's voices and I'm not sure where he came up with the accents he chose for certain characters. Another excellent story from Nora Roberts, but I recommend enjoying it in the paperback version.
I usually listen to Nora's triologies over and over. There is not going to be any way I can listen to this one again. The voices are horrific. The main characters, the boys at first, sound unlike any actual boys, but I could bypass that, since it's a small part of the book. The men sound stupid, especially Gage. The women sound like gay men in a sitcom. I swear to God, they do. I can barely listen to the "romance" talk between the characters. So bad.
The most realistic sounding character is Cal's granny. And still. Ugh.
His main narration sounds like he's selling something. His characters are awful.
Hard to have that.
I am usually not that fussy about narration, but this guy needs to stick to non-fiction or self help. Maybe technology books.
Scary, well-plotted, interesting
Sybil, because of her complexity
He voiced the parts quite well, although a few minor characters didn't sound like the book descriptions.
The town where hell visits every seven years
This narrator is terrible. The voices he uses for the women makes them all sound frail and weak. And the Bronx accent for Layla makes her seem plain stupid. Fox sounds goofy & as dumb as a bag of rocks not like a lawyer at all even a small town one. The voices for the male characters when they were younger were ok & so were the older Cal & Gage--but the rest of the cast is so bad it makes it hard to listen to. I was glad when I saw this narrator isn't used for the rest of the series. The story is good though I must say. I'm glad I also have the kndle version so I can read a good bit of it.
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