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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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Very good!

Always enjoy Nora Roberts books, and this one was great. I love the story line. The speaker was good, too.

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Great book

Great story, the narrator was excellent. I can listen to this book over and over. I love how it includes all the other character for the second book.

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Glad there's a nice inn because I'm feeling sleepy

What would have made The Next Always better?

Some actual conflict and tension between the characters. I guess I like my romance where there are some bumps in the road before the HEA. This one was really bland. I've heard there's a bad guy towards the end but I saw that coming from a mile away. I probably won't finish the audio version but will probably just skim a written copy. The supporting characters which predictably will be the focus of the next two novels in the series don't really capture me either except for Hope. I might read her and Ryder's story because there might actually be some spark there but it is way down on my list.

What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

How phoned in it is. She's done trilogy's way better. Blood Brothers and the one time travel story where they end up in Ireland is way better. Plus, I guess this book is nothing more than elaborate advertising for business she actually owns. Books as advertising material is likely to be uninspired.

What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

Sexy for the men, annoying for the kids, neutral with women's voices.

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

I would have sent the whole thing back and told her to come back when she's feeling inspired again.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy Nora Roberts in a guilty pleasure kind of way but I definitely want some pleasure with the guilt.

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love the narration

amazing all around. I loved the story, the narrator was amazing. he captured the feeling so well. I have listened to this many times over

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Disappointing Narration

What disappointed you about The Next Always?

Typical Nora Roberts storyline. Not quite as good as some of her books. But the narration was awful and a real trial to make it through. Narrator could not do women's voices and his children's voice was terrible.

What did you like best about this story?

That the story finally ended.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Would have been better to have read it than listened to it.

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Entertaining

I have listened to all of the JD Robb 'In Death' series and have begun to read some other Nora Roberts novels. This one, part one of a three part series, was entertaining and captivated my interest fairly quickly. The romance is not overly present, other than the story of a couple beginning their romantic bond, which is fine by me as I am not really that interested in what happens between the sheets. Roberts is very good at weaving the stories of several interesting characters with individual back stories into the overall theme of a novel. This one is no different. It does not have as many humorous moments as other Nora Roberts novels but is definitely worth a listen.

It took me a little time to get used to the narrator. He is quite good, however his children and female voices are not altogether convincing. Sometimes I also felt he put incorrect intonation on some of the characters words. I believe these types of novels are best narrated by women who seem more able to do mens' voices than men are to do womens' voices.

Overall, a good book.

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Great Story, Loved it!

I am a true Nora Roberts fan and this just cemented it more! looming forward to the rest of the series. The marathon was great, MacLeod Andrews hit it right on!

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Grew to like the narrator!!

I did like the story...the only problem I had was with the narrator...he just took too much time. He was reading slowly, like putting too many pauses in the middle of people talking. Strange. However the story was good and I can't write to hear the next one.

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Loved the Story... HATED the performance

If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

Romantic, funny and wonderful

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really love Becket. He's so concerned about Claire and not wanting to scare her off because as he says "he's wanted to be with her even when he didn't have a right to be with her".

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice was grating on the nerves. Every time one of the kids was speaking it sounded like nails on a chalkboard. When I read the book, not once when the kids were "talking" did I hear them the way this narrator made them sound - like whiny little kids. On top of that, a lot of the "voices" were the same with the exception of Ryder. It's been a struggle to listen to this book that's for sure.

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

When Claire and Becket finally have their first "real date" and she gets him to come inside and check the house.... I laughed and cheered when it happened.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely LOVE Nora Roberts and in particular this series. Even though the narration is tough, I will "soldier on" and listen to the other 2 books because I adore this series.....

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  • Tarri
  • United States
  • 10-31-14

Good story

The narrator was fine, but the voices he did for the women and especially the boys just didn't translate well.