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The Next Always Audiobook

The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Though busy and with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look… at both the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett is happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time, in between blueprint meetings and kindergarten pickups. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something that could arouse the secret yearning that resides in Clare’s independent heart - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next....

©2011 Nora Roberts (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    DK 02-15-13
    DK 02-15-13 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "Was it the story/narrator? It didn't do it for me."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe if the friend enjoyed over done descriptions of architecture, design, decoration and renovations. The sweet romance is kind of lost in the over all renovation description.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Too many details as described above.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator really did not help - his interpretation of women and children's [whining] voices was especially grating.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad to have purchased this on sale...not worth a credit, in my opinion.

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    Garland L. Burch San Antonio, TX USA 02-13-13
    Garland L. Burch San Antonio, TX USA 02-13-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Classic Nora but poor narrator"
    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 1/3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Always?

    When the boys got their puppies.


    What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    Voice too raspy and whinny. Poor women and kids voices. Not up to par for a Nora Roberts novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Beckett took Clare and the kids to his land and his unfinished house and presented his plan to his new family.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope accepting the Innkeeper job on the spur of the moment. Can't wait to get to Book 3 but have to read 2 first.

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    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA USA 02-11-13
    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not acceptable narration"
    What would have made The Next Always better?

    A different narrator


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoy Nora Roberts, but I will never listen to this narrator again. I read the text version instead. It wasn't one of her best works, but I couldn't get through more than a chapter with the narrator. He set my teeth on edge.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In a book that is predominantly about women, having a narrator whose falsetto makes the women seem simpering and ridiculous is offensive and unpleasant. There are other male narrators who can alter their voice to distinguish the different characters without having that negative effect.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Next Always?

    She relies a bit too much on sociopaths of one variety or another. I could have done without that bit of plot entirely.


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    Darlene Perkiomenville, PA, United States 02-11-13
    Darlene Perkiomenville, PA, United States 02-11-13
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    "Great romance story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Loved the history, antiques, romance and ghost involvement. Couldn't wait to get the next book.


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    Debbie HIGH POINT, NC, United States 02-09-13
    Debbie HIGH POINT, NC, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. May need an intervention!

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    "Nora Roberts at her best!"

    I loved the entire trilogy, including the narration. OK, maybe the first few pages of the first book are too slow, but after that, it's great. If you like Nora Roberts, you won't be disappointed. I wish there were more than3 books in this series!

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    anothercolleen Chicago, IL 02-09-13
    anothercolleen Chicago, IL 02-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "As Mom Said: To Each There Own"
    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I guess I differ from many of the others who hated the narration. I actually enjoyed it. I thought Andrews did a fantastic job and added to the experience of reading the book. Yes, it was a bit slow but I liked that. It felt right for a book about a small town. Things just happen a little slower in small towns they don't feel as rushed. I would also rate his ability to do different voices higher than some other narrators. The characters all had a distinct sound and I appreciated that. (Especially his narration of Murphy and the boys.)


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked Andrews' narration, particularly the differences between the brothers and the children. I could picture adorable little Murphy.


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    Annmarie Hernandez 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Will read the whole series"
    Would you listen to The Next Always again? Why?

    I don't think I'd listen to it again. I have the next two books to help keep me informed about the characters in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bechet wasmy favorite. He was so good with the kids and you never felt like he wanted just Claire and not the whole package


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I think a sign of a good reader is when you don't notice that they're there. They are just part of the story that keeps things moving.


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

    No. I listen in my car and don't usually listen at home.


    Any additional comments?

    You always know you'll have a happy ending with a Nora Roberts book and that's not suvh a bad thing.

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    Eddy 02-04-13
    Eddy 02-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Nora Roberts hits a home run"

    As truck drivers my husband and i listen as we drive. This entire series is fantastic. The characters are amusing, touching, and truly unforgettable. Normally, once I hear a book, it takes a while before I am ready to listen to it again. This series however, I find myself re-listening the next day while he's driving instead of going to sleep as I should, and laughing out loud again, even though I just listened to it the night before.

    Boonsboro, the small town in Maryland has both male and female characters who are strong successful individuals, yet vulnerable in their own ways. Nora Roberts always entertains, but this series may become my all time favorite of hers (which in the past was the In Death series she writes under JD Robb). Don't miss the fun nor the ghost in Inn Boonsboro as the Montgomery boys meet their individual matches, in women, dogs, and kids.

    And as Hope says in the final book of this series, what women wouldn't want to grow up to be Justine Montgomery, the mother and driving force of the Montgomery clan.

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    Sheri 02-01-13
    Sheri 02-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting"
    If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

    Different, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Always?

    The engagement with the boys


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not think so.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Same as "Memorable Moments"


    Any additional comments?

    A little predictable. And was different for Nora Roberts. I liked it and was left with wanting to listen to the other two books. Which I will do soon.

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    Rona Bideford, ME, United States 02-01-13
    Rona Bideford, ME, United States 02-01-13
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    "I love the story all 3 books is worth listening to"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, Story kept you wanting to listen for the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Always?

    What was Lizzy going to do nest?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of MacLeod Andrews?

    none, love the narrator,


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I am not 1 to see a movie after reading or listening to a book. Movie always makes me upset. Never like the book.. Book is always better.


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