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Editorial Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: True story. I once saw a little old lady sitting on the floor at Borders, in the romance section. She had pulled every Nora Roberts book off the shelf and was looking at each with intensity. She had just finished three over the past few weeks and enjoyed them so much—she was telling this to a much younger woman who accosted her—that she was looking for another. The young woman's recommendation? This one. With its pleasant, homey quality, and subtle humor, this early gem from the prolific Ms. Roberts left a good enough first impression on us that it qualifies as an iPod jump-starter.

Publisher's Summary

From the master of romance, Nora Roberts, comes a story about love and the magic of the holiday season.

Escaping the rat race and the lure of gold-digging women, wealthy businessman Vance Banning moves to a small, rural retreat, telling the townsfolk that he's an out-of-work carpenter. All he wants is peace, quiet, and to keep away from women. So the last thing he needs is a charitable neighbor, especially a beautiful, gracious, and persistent neighbor of the female persuasion, but there's something about Shane Abbott he just can't ignore.

Vance is certain his cover story will stop his lovely neighbor from getting too friendly, but Shane is determined to break down his resistance. Vance has been burned once, so only a fool would fall for the same innocent act twice. And he's no fool. But he has no idea how relentless Shane Abbott can be when it comes to giving a helping hand...or a loving heart.

©1984 Nora Roberts (P)2006 Audible, Inc.

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Shadia
  • dublin, OH, USA
  • 02-09-07

Annoying narrator

The narrator actually does a good job with the non-dialogue parts of the story, but her voices for the characters are horrible! The main female character's voice is high pitched and fast and doesn't sound the way any normal person talks, and listening to it made me cringe. The voice for the main male character is flat and unemotional, probably because the narrator was working so hard to speak in a manly low tone, which sounded almost physically painful for her to do. It would have been much better if she didn't even attempt different voices, and just read the whole thing in a normal voice.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

First Impressions

Content of book was good, but narrator ruined it all; could not listen to entire book; will never purchase another with this narrator

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Annie
  • McKinney, TX, United States
  • 02-08-11

Not her best

I agree with all the others. The narrator not the greatest and the story just dropped off. Almost like she gave up. I dont think another narrator could have saved the story. Two stars was being generous on my behalf.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Predictable and awful narrator

Sweet but predictable story. The narrator’s lady voice sounds so fake and her man voice sound like an old lady with emphysema.

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love it!!!

I have listened to it many times and I always love it a little more. Funny and smart characters

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Performance of male voice was disturbing

Male voice was not believable
Too harsh and cruel
It didn't fit the image of the character

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Ugh narrator

This isn't Ms Roberts best, story was too slow. Narrator was so bad it became annoying.

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  • crbrlrsn
  • West Jordan, UT, United States
  • 10-31-14

Can't listen to the narrator

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Suzanne Toren?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nora Roberts but Suzanne Toren is a horrid narrator - in my humble opinion.... I will try very hard not to get a book that she narrates. I can't even get thru this book

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

absolutely

What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

Her voice is just not enough to play the many parts. She doesn't emphasis or play the different areas correctly. I don't know how to explain it - I just couldn't listen to the inflections in her voice done incorrectly

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couldn't get into this book

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Suzanne Toren?

I love Nora Roberts and love all of her books. The narrator was very boring and plain so I would not listen to her again

Did Suzanne Toren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

no I don't think she did a good job. she sounded like an old lady the whole time

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  • melissa
  • Utica, NY, United States
  • 01-07-13

Bad choice in reader

Would you listen to First Impressions again? Why?

The reader sounded much older than the characters, which would have been okay if it had been from an older perspective. It was hard to remember that the main characters weren't senior citizens and made me keep second guessing what was going on.Seems if the main character was just out of college + 4 years of teaching she should have been in her late 20's early 30's not 60s+