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Publisher's Summary

Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child.

After young Hope's brutal murder, unsolved to this day, Tory's life began to fall apart. And now, as she returns to the tiny town of Progress, South Carolina, with plans to settle in and open a stylish home-design shop, she is determined to find a measure of peace and free herself from the haunting visions of that terrible night.

As she forges a new bond with Cade Lavelle - Hope's older brother and the heir to the Lavelle fortune - she isn't sure whether the tragic loss they share will unite them or drive them apart. But she is willing to open her heart, just a little, and try.

But living so close to unhappy memories will be more difficult and frightening than she ever expected. Because the killer of Hope is nearby as well.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is romantic drama at its best." (Publishers Weekly)

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This is a good book, I like the plot of the story and was not surprise who the killer was. The bad part is the narrator. The narrator read with NO emotion. She is reading the story as if she is bored. If you can get pass the narrator, please listen to the book.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Marilyn
  • Cary, IL, United States
  • 01-02-10

AWFUL narrator for romantic fiction

The narrator sounds just like Janet Reno. Terrible choice for a romantic novel. Although I appreciate the non-use of fake accents.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Grating Narrator

I really enjoyed the story and am a long-time Roberts fan, but the narration of this book just grated on me. Being a southerner myself, I appreciate the appropriate accent, but the voice quality and dramatic effect were just awful. I am so sorry about it. Wish I could hear the book with another voice.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Carolina Moon

I am a great fan of Nora Roberts. Her book (of corse) is good. Her reader, however, is the worst I've ever heard. I would advise never to use this one again.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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good book, poorly read

I almost didn't get past the first chapter or two of this audiobook, as the reading really annoyed me. It is fast and sentences are strung together. The reader doesn't have the best voice to listen to either. However, I continued because I didn't want to waste my money. I began to get past the voice and hear the book. The book itself is good. Nora describes things in a way that you can picture the scene. The characters are well-developed. If you can get past the voice, you will like this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Camille
  • Beavercreek, OH, United States
  • 07-29-09

WOW

What an intense book. And the ending. WOW Didn't care for the narrator. Couldn't differentiate between characters. Otherwise, a very good book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narration elevates the experience

Okay, Okay....so a lot of people really disliked Dean Robertson's narration of Carolina Moon. I absolutely loved it. Robertson is an old-fashioned reader, a storyteller. She doesn't act parts, doesn't change her voice and doesn't tell you what to think. She gets out of the way of the story and lets it flow in her honey-southern voice.

It's not a great story. It's early Nora Roberts- you can see everything-even the red herrings- coming a mile away. But it's Nora Roberts, a master of sustaining both the story and your interest. It's a great pairing- like pizza and a really good Cote du Rhone, Robertson's reading style made this listen a memorable experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Raemar3356
  • Williamsport, PA, United States
  • 05-21-13

Ignore narrator, listen to the story.

What did you love best about Carolina Moon?

I enjoyed the interaction between all the characters. The story line is very interesting and kept me listening.

What other book might you compare Carolina Moon to and why?

I think Nora Roberts Sanctuary. It has similar suspense and character dynamics that keep it interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dean Robertson’s performances?

I would prefer not. There just wasn't any emotion. I couldn't tell the difference in many of the characters and there were many times that a sentence blended with the next one so it was hard to make sense of what was being said.

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

It may have been with someone else reading.

Any additional comments?

I have many Nora Roberts (as well as many other authors) and even if you have a strong story, if the narrator doesn't do a good job, it detracts considerably from the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • 05-26-09

carolina moon

Excellent book.Held my interest all the way to the end. I thought I knew how it would end but was I supprised!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator

I really enjoyed the story line, but the narrator didn't fit. It was hard to get past the way she narrated, and sometimes difficult to determine which character was speaking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tamara
  • 12-15-08

Enjoyable

An enjoyable story. but the narrator doesn't quite have the full character defination that I feel she was aiming for. This is most noticable for some of the minor characters, as they can some time blur together with the similar tones. But her range for the main characters old and young is certainly spot on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheri
  • 05-28-16

Terrible narration!!

Would you try another book written by Nora Roberts or narrated by Dean Robertson?

Nora Roberts - yes! Dean Robertson - definitely NOT!!! The name is male, but the voice is female - what a surprise!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Faith - she is an "in your face" kinda gal, but definitely has a softer, sweeter side.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The cadence and inflections were OFF. She read it as though she was reading a scientific treatise instead of an emotional novel. Won't buy another book narrated by this one.

Was Carolina Moon worth the listening time?

The story was wonderful - full of surprises, and the characters were interesting, but the narration ruined the book for me.

Any additional comments?

I just wonder if anyone actually listens to the performances by these narrators before the books are released. If so, new listeners with a more discerning ear need to be hired for that job!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Beverley
  • 12-07-15

Unexpected twist

Any additional comments?

The story is enjoyable with an unexpected twist to it but it can be quite hard work to listen. the narrator's reading is ok but often seems rushed, almost as if trying to keep to a certain number of words per minute. There is not much difference in the voice between different characters, which is fine and infinitely preferable to poorly done accents, however when coupled with the deadpan and slightly rushed delivery can make it hard to follow some of the conversations between characters. On the whole, I enjoyed the book but if I reread it, will probably do so in print.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-27-15

good story. Narrator's voice is REALLY annoying

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really have trouble listening to voices that are irritating or have something so distinct that you cannot differentiate between the characters. She is croaky and hoarse and it carries thru to every character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lorrie
  • 08-03-15

Good story, shame about the reader

This is a story that is bound to enthrall. The reader is not! A dull boring voice that does no justice to the book.

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  • Rebixx
  • 07-07-14

A great beach listen..

Would you listen to Carolina Moon again? Why?

It's a bright story about good people.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Carolina Moon?

The initial road trip to stock the shop.

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

Not sure

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The past doesn't control the future

Any additional comments?

A great listen where slightly annoying people improve, good people get what they deserve and mostly bad people get their come-uppance. It's a glad to be alive story which triumphs over the dark evil which wins a lot of book time in other stories.

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  • Antonia
  • 01-07-13

Badly Narrated

The main reason my rating is not higher is because I found the narrator incredibly difficult to follow. I kept falling asleep, which is not the best recommendation for a suspense romance. This was because there was no noticeable difference between one character's voice and another character's voice. Dialogue was very difficult to follow. Though the narrator's voice was pleasant of itself it seemed to lack both characterization and a sense of wide emotional range.



I think I would have enjoyed the story if I was reading it but the purpose of an audiobook is that it stands as it is. A fairly good story not well served in this audio version.

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  • Dannielle
  • 03-04-16

Great story, riviting, couldn't stop listening.

Riviting, thrilling , a great story that you can't get enough of. Definitely worth listening/reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful