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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love.…

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself - and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope - and love - alive….

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Narration was Horrible!!!

What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

I love the story line. I hated all the yelling..

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator made me feel like Iona was Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. She made her sound like an idiot, constantly repeating lines loudly. All her voices for the other characters made them sound like old people. I don't think I have ever heard anything worse. I didn't even know they were supposed to be young for the first 4 chapters of the book.

Any additional comments?

I pray that the second book has a better narrator. I love Nora Roberts and I'm surprised she didn't make sure it had the right narration. Even though the narration was awful, I love the story and will read the 2nd book. I will review on the next narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I couldn't stand the yelling!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

"I couldn't stand the yelling!"
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I could not recommend this audio - it was next to impossible for me to hear the narrator's mus-use in over acting! The accent/Irish was somewhat bearable but the emotional portrayal to what the character was supposed to be going through took so much away from the story that I couldn't get into what was actually happening. the first chapter!
I really like Nora Roberts writing so I suppose this might have been a good book to read, but for me anyway, it was not a book that I would recommend listening to. Too emotional, at every other paragraph! It all got mixed up in the screaming, whining and carrying on... Trying to talk, or read like she is out of breath and done in appropriately, during times the the story just needed to be read, not Over acted out! I can understand the emotional parts being now and then but this was constant. It ruined the book for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Witch?

The most memorable thing I got from the book was the yelling. It was like, What is she screaming about now?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator detracted from the story by over emphasizing every little thing. It was not narrated or read, the parts where it just needed the story to be read blurred right into either the previous emotion or the proceeding sequence that was coming up next.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Unable to answer this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Witch?

The most memorable thing I got from the book was the yelling. It was like, What is she screaming about mow?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator detracted from the story by over emphasizing every little thing. It was not narrated or read, the parts where it just needed the story to be read blurred right into either the previous emotion or the proceeding sequence that was coming up nexr.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Unable to answer this.

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Hard to listen to!

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Katherine Kellgren?

I would not listen to another book by this Narrator. She is really hard to listen to as she seems to be talking at the top of her voice the whole time which is kind of stressful to listen to..... that's when she isn't practically yelling! It brings down the quality of the story. I have enjoyed all of Nora Roberts audio books until now.

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Horrible narration

What would have made Dark Witch better?

The narration of the story was so off putting that I couldn't even sit through the first 5 minutes of the book before I had to shut it off. If it had a different narrator I might be able to listen to it. Also not very happy that it is an abridged reading. Most Nora Roberts books are not very long so why do they need to be abridged when done in audiobook format?

What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

She seemed very over dramatic and she rushed quite a few of the lines on top of yelling them making it very hard to really understand what was being said.

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horrible nararater

the person telling the story ruined it she yelled the entire time and was overly dramatic it was awful i barely was able to finish I just wanted to get it done with so i can go to next book

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Not an enjoyable experience

I have always been a Nora Roberts fan, and I THINK this was a good story, however, I was so distracted by the narrator that I found it hard to focus. Emotion is great, but she went overboard, often nearly yelling. The Irish lead characters were made to sound not young, as they were written, but more like middle-aged matrons. Overall, very disappointing.

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loved it

great storyline filled with love friendship family and suspense how can you beat that! A++

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Stick It Out

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I was put off by the narrator's dramatic style, and I think it contributed to my finding the main character Iona annoying. But I got used to both after a while. The other two books in this series use different narrators.

Any additional comments?

The Irish culture shines through, and I liked each volume better than the previous ones in the series. This series was recommended to me because I like time travel romances, but this series isn't really about time travel. Nora Roberts' writing is so much better than other authors in this genre, so I enjoyed the telling of the stories more so than the actual stories.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful