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  • Under Currents

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huge Nora Roberts fan

  • By Dee Norenberg on 07-10-19

My New Favorite Nora Roberts Book!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-19

Under Currents is sooooooooo good! It sucks you in from chapter one. You become invested in the Bigelow family drama. You will definitely hate Graham and Eliza. The subject matter is intense but, enjoyable. It gives you a glimpse into domestic violence and how it affects the entire family; not just the victims. She also adds a little twist with the abuser but, I won’t tell you what that is. There are multiple characters in the book. Some you will love and some you will be giving the side eye. Just when you think the bad guys are gone, surprise surprise, she introduces a secondary villain. My only complaint is, once she introduced the secondary villain into the storyline, I was able to figure out who it was fairly quickly. So, there was no element of surprise once that person was revealed. Other than that, this book was awesome. It checked all of my boxes. I would definitely recommend it. Oh, and January LaVoy did an awesome job narrating! She does not disappoint.

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  • Drop Dead Gorgeous

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Blair Mallory, last seen in To Die For, has already survived one murder attempt. Now, while planning her wedding and dealing with holiday-season madness, Blair once again dodges a bullet. Or, more precisely, a Buick. And though the driver's identity remains a mystery, his or her murderous intentions are all too clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This narrator is great!

  • By SassiKassi on 05-07-10

Not As Good As The First Book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Drop Dead Gorgeous was nowhere near as good as To Die For. It was an identical plot to the first book with a different killer. So basically, we read the same book twice. The narrator was horrible. Surprisingly so, I liked the narrator from book one that sounded like a 75-year-old woman better. She was much funnier than Joyce Bean. Instead of writing a second book about Blaire, the author should’ve made this a trilogy and gave Sienna and Jennifer their own stories. This book gets two thumbs down.

  • Stars of Fortune

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Typical NR

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-15

Definitely Her Worst Series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-19

I listened to Stars of Fortune when it first came out in 2016. It was an okay read but, I wasn’t impressed. These types of storylines have become repetitive for Nora Roberts. We’ve read about the witch, the warlock, and other mystical creatures in several of her books so, you can pretty much predict how the book is going to end. Which, is why I was not a fan of this series. It was definitely underwhelming.

  • To Die For

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Franette Liebow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration too horrible to listen to

  • By Lifelong Reader on 01-16-09

Hilarious and Entertaining!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-19

I have to say, when I started listening to this book, I hated the narrator. It was like listening to a 75 year old woman read to you and her southern accent was way too dramatic. But surprisingly so, as the book progressed, I actually grew to like the narrator. She actually made the book very entertaining. I often found myself laughing out loud while I was listening at work. I read it on paperback when it first came out but, it’s been so long, it was like listening to the book for the first time because I didn’t remember any of it. Instead of writing two books about Blaire, she should have made it a trilogy for all three sisters. It would’ve been nice to see Sienna and Jennifer get their own story. My only complaint about this book were the PG-13 sex scenes. These were some of the most non-sex scenes I ever read by Linda Howard. She’s known for her steamy sex scenes so, I was really surprised at how stale they were. I hope she does better in Drop Dead Gorgeous. Other than that, I’d give this book five stars. It’s definitely worth the read.

  • Private Scandals

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julie Finneran
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

This deliciously scandalous novel tells us the secrets of the reigning queens of television talk shows, Deanna Reynolds and Angela Perkins. Their high-staked rivalry, fought with public smiles and private betrayals, is more than a ratings competition. It becomes an off-screen war when Deanna replaces Angela both on the air and behind the scenes with Angela's former lover after Angela moves to the big time in New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Adrienne J. on 06-10-14

The Narrator Ruined The Book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-19

Private Scandals was my favorite Nora Roberts book until Julie Finneran ruined it with her horrible narration. I honestly didn't think she was as bad as most of the reviewers said but, as the book progressed, the narration just got worse. She didn't know how to articulate (I don't know if that's the right word) different emotions. Whether the character was scared, happy, or mad they all sounded the same. The narrator pretty much ruined all of the characters which, in turn, ruined the book. Private Scandals is a great book but, it is a horrible audiobook. I wouldn't recommend the audio version at all.

  • Dying to Please

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman Sarah has come to respect and love. But her perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Stop Listening.

  • By Nyrrocdooh on 01-25-09

My Favorite Linda Howard Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-19

I read Dying To Please when it came out in paperback years ago. When I saw Susan Ericksen was the narrator, I immediately bought this book. The audio version is way better than the paperback. It was as if I were reading the book for the first time. Susan Ericksen does a phenomenal job voicing all of the characters. The storyline is great. It's the perfect mix of romance and mystery and it holds your attention. The chemistry between Cahill and Sarah was hot. And, the sex scenes! Dear Lord, the sex scenes were steamy and hot! Just like I like them. If you've never read a Linda Howard book, I would definitely recommend this be your first book by her.

  • Shattered

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would give it 10 stars if I could!

  • By LeftyMom on 04-11-10

Pleasantly Surprised!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-19

If I'm being honest, I only bought this book because Susan Ericksen was the narrator. I am a total fangirl for Susan Ericksen. She's my favorite narrator. But, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The plot kept me interested from beginning to end. It was good and suspenseful. I loved the characters, I especially loved the chemistry between Scott and Lisa. The ending came together really well. I look forward to re-reading it again.

  • High Noon

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364

Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration and story - worth the credit

  • By Shannon Hobbs on 01-28-12

Another Winner For Nora!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I read High Noon when it came out in 07'. When I saw Susan Ericksen (who happens to be my favorite narrator of all time) was the narrator, I immediately purchased this book. And, she did not disappoint! The plot was excellent and the narrator was on point. You get drama, suspense, comedy, and romance. I loved the build up to Phoebe and Duncan's relationship. They could easily be my second favorite book couple. I hate that Phoebe had to live her life around her agoraphobic mother but, in the same instance, I also loved that she didn't mind the sacrifices she had to make. I wish Nora would've delved a little more into Dave and Ava's relationship. It would've been nice to see them finally come together as a couple. Overall, I'd give High Noon two thumbs up and five stars! I'll definitely be listening to it again in the near future.

  • Chasing Fire

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,090

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story + Great Narrator

  • By RL Green on 08-19-12

Loved The Book, Hated The Narrator!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I loved the plot of this book. It was the perfect combination of suspense and romance. It was exciting delving into the lives of smokejumpers and it made me appreciate a firefighter's job a little more. And, while I loved the book, I hated the narrator. Rebecca Lowman was a horrible narrator! It was like listening to one character the entire books. Her pitch NEVER changed and and she talks slow. I tried changing the speed to 1.25 but, I didn't like the way the book sounded at that speed. So, I was forced to listen to her voice ten plus characters in the same pitch and tone. Never again! I will never purchase another book narrated by Rebecca Lowman. I'm just grateful this is the only book by Nora Roberts she narrates.

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,595

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

This Is The Nora I Know and Love!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-19

She's back! This is the Nora Roberts I've been missing. This book was awesome! Yes it was dark and, at times, a little depressing. Rape is not an easy subject to write or talk about but, Nora did an excellent job with this book. The storyline was tasteful and sad at the same time. Your heart just breaks for Alice for everything she endured. I also loved that the book featured several strong female characters from the same family. They really stood out. Grab your tissues and prepare yourself for an emotional read. This book will definitely have you in tears.