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Jewels of the Sun Audiobook

Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Although he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes. In Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her, while they create a passionate history of their own.

Emerald Isle: listen to the rest of the Irish Jewels trilogy.

©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Roberts, a storytelling wizard, is at her best here, creating a fantastic setting for the continuing romantic tales of the Gallaghers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amy G. 09-14-16
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    "Wrong choice of reader."

    Love Nora Roberts books and have always loved the readers for her books on audible. This one was atrocious! Horrible Irish accent and a really disjointed reading and inflection in general. Disappointed to say the least or such a magical and romantic book.

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    Kindle Customer 08-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome story"

    great book. great voices
    lovely story can't wait for the next book.
    love all of Nora Roberts books

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-20-16
    Jennifer 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely wonderful"

    The only thing I would change is the background echo. It was annoying at first.

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    Rosa 08-05-16
    Rosa 08-05-16
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    "loved it"

    loved it. the narrator was spectacular. a movie in my mind. thrilling and full of life.

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Jewels of the Sun"

    A love story of two head strong people who loved each other for the start, but didn't want to admit it to themselves or each other.

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    "Good story. Poor reader"

    The story was interesting and ejoyable. However the narrator/reader was very dry. She spoke too fast and the reading was too slow when the Audible speed was turned down.

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    Brenda S 06-23-16
    Brenda S 06-23-16
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    "Great story, terrible reading"

    I absolutely loved this story but it was spoiled by the reading. I've never heard such an awful Irish accent. I'm listening to the other books in this series, but will be avoiding any other books by this reader.

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    Lee Ann Fairfield, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Lee Ann Fairfield, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011

    It was a dark and stormy night...

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    "Horrible Narrator!"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Patricia Daniels?

    No, I won't be trying anymore of her books. I thought I was getting a ghost story and it turned out to be a treacly romance, with a terrible reader. You can't call this person a narrator, as she just plods along, reading the story. Awful book.


    Has Jewels of the Sun turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yep!


    What didn’t you like about Patricia Daniels’s performance?

    See above.


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

    So disappointed. Thought I might glean some insight as to what Ireland is like, but can't stomach to romance novel feel of it.


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    Jennifer 09-25-14
    Jennifer 09-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Neurotic meets Irish dream man, and a fairy prince"

    This book felt sweet and dreamy for the most part. Natural when a lot of the interactions are about, with, or in some manner revolve around fairies and a quaint village in Ireland. I loved the music and magic of the place and the fairy tales. And I can sympathize a little bit with Jude, following the sensible path and doing what was expected of her all the time... That's pretty much how I felt through college and I got burned out. Granted, I didn't get as far down the path as her, nor did I make such a big break with my life or have to cross an ocean to do it. But it gives me hope that I'll find myself and my purpose one day too, like she did, and maybe it'll get to include travel to the magical Emerald Isle. ^_^
    That being said, I was glad to progress from her analytical psychological belief that she was going nuts and imagining fairies and ghosts because of a mental breakdown on to her just accepting that they were there and living more contentedly with her work and dreams.

    I liked the ever-present story of Lady Gwen and her Prince - though knowing the story, and knowing that HE knew the story, I wanted to smack Aiden upside the head for not realizing he was making the same mistakes.

    The village was wonderful, and I felt like I could be right at home there, and enjoy a pint and laughs with the likes of Brenna and Darcy and dancing with old Mr. O'Rielly ... Such warmth and joy in their lives. I think one of my favorite parts was the girls' night in at the cottage.

    The narration was good - I love the accents. She did have different voices for everyone, but they weren't all very distinct or consistent beyond the central few. I relied on context and names to tell apart some of the women in dialogue. The audio-editors did this weird echoey thing with the mic for the sounds of Jude's computer journal voice and the voice of the Fairy Price. It certainly made them distinct and recognizable, but was a little jarring.

    A cozy tale, of finding yourself, friendship, and love, and even some fantasy, which I am sure to revisit.

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    deborah CARROLLTON, TX, United States 09-24-14
    deborah CARROLLTON, TX, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2017
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    "I've loved these books since I was a teenager!"
    Would you listen to Jewels of the Sun again? Why?

    I read these books first when I was a teenager. A single teen mother actually. That may not matter, but when all my friends left me stranded on an island of solitude and unexpected responsibility, books kept me company. This trilogy gave me hope to find love. That may sound ridiculous, but they did. I will listen to the story of these lovers, this family probably every few years until I'm a happy, hopefully wise old woman. They even inspired me to write some romance fiction of my own!
    I did find that love, by the way. And it's better than any book could tell it.


    What other book might you compare Jewels of the Sun to and why?

    I'm in the midst of listening to another Irish trilogy of Nora's - Born in Ice, Fire and Shame respectively. I like them, but not nearly as much as this series. I'm looking forward into delving into some of her other Irish works as that's what I'm most drawn to. I'd love suggestions!


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    4/2/17
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    "This narrator is awful"

    This is a typical Nora Roberts novel. Exactly what you'd expect. Only one irritating thing; Irish people don't speak Gaelic, we speak Irish.
    The really annoying bit was the narration. The "Irish" accents were horrendous. I have never heard an Irish person that sounded anything like this. It was actually painful.
    Also, she manages to mispronounce every single Irish word.
    I won't be getting the next two instalments because I can't stand this woman's narration.

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  • Christina
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    "Nice romance."

    I enjoyed this book. It was a nice romance with an Irish twist and a happy ending!

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  • C. Moizer
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    "Lovers of magical romance please don't miss this"

    A lovely, light book about romance entwined with Irish myths and legends setting the scene for a magical story. Whilst the end is probably predictable from the very beginning, it is one of those lovely books that make the reader, or listener, comfortable, warm and safe.

    I mostly enjoyed Patricia Daniels' storytelling but her portrayal of Irish male voices, difficult for any female voice, was a little too forced and unnatural. However, there were enough twists and turns in the story to engross me without dwelling on a few minor points like this.

    This sets the scene wonderfully for the next two books in the trilogy, with a legend to be finalised and true love for a fair maiden to be won. Please don't miss this.

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