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Publisher's Summary

On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

As an archaeologist, Callie Dunbrook knows a lot about the past. But her own past is about to be called into question. Recruited for her expertise on the Antietam Creek dig, she encounters danger - as a cloud of death and misfortune hangs over the project, and rumors fly that the site is cursed.

She finds a passion that feels equally dangerous, as she joins forces in her work with her irritating, but irresistible, ex-husband, Jake. And when a strange woman approaches her, claiming to know a secret about Callie's privileged Boston childhood, some startling and unsettling questions are raised about her very identity.

Searching for answers, trying to rebuild, Callie finds that there are deceptions and sorrows that refuse to stay buried. And as she struggles to put the pieces back together, she discovers that the healing process comes with consequences - and that there are people who will do anything to make sure the truth is never revealed.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"As in other delectable entertainments by Roberts, it is not the wild denouement but the pursuit itself - studded with scrumptious romantic encounters - that is the real dessert." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good story; narration a distraction

I liked the story, and have read the book multiple times. I got the Audible version to listen to while mobile. It was very disappointing to hear the narrator’s voice for Jake. It seems some female narrators make their male voices by making them raspy, like they have a sore throat. She didn’t do that with any of the other men, why do it with the main male character? It was a distraction throughout the book, although less in the second half. I don’t know if it’s because she toned it down, or I just blocked it out to concentrate on the story. But I will listen to a complete sample of any of her narrated books before I buy another she does.

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Great story, awkward recording

I loved the story but found the reading difficult. The inflections were often/frequently not reflective of the context. She did a really fantastic job with the birth mother’s voice, but the rest of them were very difficult. It almost seemed like she was trying to hard, like she was going to lose her voice from straining to speak, and it was very distracting.

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the narrator is awful, very bad

The story line is slow. The narrator is awful. it just drags. all sounds alike.

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Birthright

A story of love and treachery behind a back drop of an archeological dig. Deals with fraudulent adoptions.

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Awful reading

What would have made Birthright better?

The reader was horrible with every sentence so dramatic. Was impossible to listen to.

If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

Terrible because of reader

Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Quigley’s performances?

Never

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

disappointment

Any additional comments?

Story was probably okay but couldn't listen

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Excellent book, with likeable main characters and some great peripherals too

I really loved this book and it's characters. All are throughly likeable and the whodunnit portion kept me guessing till the big reveal.

The narrator did a good job too (though Lana's voice irked me a little, too breathy!), really brought the story alive for me.

All in all an excellent read and one I'll be listening to again.

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It was fine

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending just made no sense to me.

If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

It is ok. Not my top 10 favorite

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

No, her performance was fine. Just didn't care for the overall storyline.

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  • Laura
  • United States
  • 06-17-17

Enjoyed the book lots of turns and twists

good narration good story little bit of a surprise at the end. enjoyed the adventure

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Awful Audio Performance

The lady performing this book is awful. The lead guy sounds like he is on drugs. The voice of the little boy, Tyler, sounds like a teenage girl who is trying to behave like a toddler.
I don't think she should be reading anything that requires anything other than monologs. She absolutely does not have what it takes to perform a multiple character audio book.
I love Nora Roberts' books. This lady made it a very painful experience.

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  • Leisha
  • Longview, Texas, United States
  • 06-08-17

Not too bad

the overall plot of the story was actually pretty good. It took some time getting into it because the narrator had a monotone for most of the story so I had a hard time telling what character she was supposed to be. but overall the story plot was not bad at all. I enjoyed it and will always continue to be a Nora Roberts fan :-)