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Birthright

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Anne 04-23-14
    Anne 04-23-14
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    "Almost ruined by truly awful narration"

    I am about half-way through and simply stunned that Nora Roberts and her publishers would permit this narrator anywhere near her books. She should fire whoever hired Ms. Quigley. I'm sure she's a very nice person and I think she's a B-list actress of some note (maybe?), but she needs to rethink her career if narrating is an ambition (and I note she hasn't done a book that's on Audible since 2008, so perhaps she has.) The women all sound arch and breathy. The only way she is able to "do" a man is to make her feminine voice gravelly. After a bit, everyone end up sounding much the same. She also seems to struggle with modulation - I have had my ears blasted a few times by sudden elevation in her volume. I concede this may be a production issue.

    The story is OK. It's not Roberts' best, but an intriguing tale, mostly fast-paced, with well developed characters. There is a bit of stereotyping (or perhaps it's archetypes?) This always seems "lazy" to me on the part of the author, but I will concede that the narrator may have affected this a bit for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-24-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Good"

    I found this book very entertaining. It held my interest, I enjoyed the different people in the story. would recommend it.

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    Donna A Massachusetts 01-17-11
    Donna A Massachusetts 01-17-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Really needs to be two and half stars"

    I realy would like to give this book 2 ?? stars and need to review it on 2 levels
    1st the narrator: The actual reading was not bad her different voices were terrible. The voice for female lawyer was not appropriate ??? a constant bedroom voice. The ex-husband, Jake was by far the worse. He is described as being hot yet he sound like an old man that has smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day. In fact all the men in the book all sounded like they smoked way too much. I would never download another book with her as a narrator. I give her a 1 star.
    2nd the book: I enjoyed the story ??? I knew nothing about archaeology was fascinated and how they applied that to Callie???s life discoveries. At times I found Callie to be a little too strong. I did feel the story dragged on a little too long ??? it could have been a little shorted. I must say I usually figure out the ???who did it??? but I did not on this one.

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    Laura United States 06-17-17
    Laura United States 06-17-17 Member Since 2008
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    "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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    chhavi 06-13-17
    chhavi 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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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
    Leisha Longview, Texas, United States 06-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "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 :-)

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    Carlton Mercer 05-16-17
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    "story good /reader (preformance) not so much"

    storyline was good but the reader (preformance ) was not so good. I enjoyed this book.

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    tmspokane Dayton, OH, United States 03-08-17
    tmspokane Dayton, OH, United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprise Surprise Surprise"

    I didn't like the voice of the woman who read the fanatic book. It was full of surprises and keeps you guessing. I really enjoyed this book.

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    Amazon Customer 03-02-17
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    "good read"

    This is one of NR that I missed over the years. Good story. loved it.

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    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 02-01-17
    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 02-01-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story..."

    Love the all of the twists and turns that come and go throughout the story. Narrator is too slow but fast forwarding it did the trick.

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