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For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents - including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries - one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all.…

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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One big yawn

The storyline in Whiskey Beach would have fit perfectly into a short story format. It was frustrating to stop knitting and fast forward through the tedious parts, of which there were many. I listen to Nora Roberts when I'm in need of some light entertainment. This was a tedious slog through nothingness. No more Nora Roberts for me.

In my view, the narration was fine. It's hard to do much with a dull storyline.

38 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

I absolutely love it. I read the reviews and was really worried about getting it but I am so glad I got it. This is a great story. I love the characters (Abra is just AMAZING). I ADORE Luke Daniels. He makes books really come to life!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Oh what a satisfying Read!

I love this book
The narrator was excellent!
Daniel getting caught in the act!

Ms. Roberts never disappoint. And Luke Daniels, really, did he voiced all those characters? Wow! excellent. I definitely recommend this book. it's a page turner. This is one for the Library

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Loved the book

I really enjoyed this book. Some might think it is typical Roberts & I guess it is but it is good nevertheless. Berkot did a great job narrating too. I would listen to him again & I definitely will read/listen to Nora again.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not So Good

This was not an enjoyable experience for me. I don't normally complain about a book being too long but this one sags and drags. I did not bond with the characters or the improbable plot. There was no suspense for me. Very repetitive and farfetched. The narration was okay, it was the story that disappointed.

39 of 46 people found this review helpful

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Nearly same plot as Angel Falls

What would have made Whiskey Beach better?

If all her plots were more researched. Feels like she is getting lazy as she's using nearly exactly the same formula and recycling plot lines of many of her books. I really used to like her, but please, oh please... never use the quote "Dumb as a box of hair" again. She has used this eloquent quote in several books now. There are many more insulting comments she could use, trust me, I'm a teacher.

What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

Feels like she is recycling plot lines. Its all sounding the same. Literally, all female characters have a difficult past, overcoming a current insecurity, happen to be thin and beautiful, horribly opinionated and quite stupid. The guys all happen to be good, stand up men who are going through personal crisis and usually both charachters 'take the law into theie own hands' as they forgo common sense and 'risk it all' for love. All that changes is charachter name, career, a few personal details and location. Otherwise, its a fill in the blank template.

What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

He's not so bad, but a woman for a womans voice would be nice. But its just obvious hes trying his best, but, even he sounded bored in some parts of the script.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Whiskey Beach?

I would eliminate innane comments, which make up half the book. They are stumbling blocks over the stoeyline and what makes the story sound repetitive. I like the old man at the bar, it was a nice character who had just enough 'screen time' to make a scene interesting, provide key information, gave meat to the story, and mentioned in passing before disappearing. The rest of charachters are waaaay to chatty and overthink a situation.

Any additional comments?

Nora does have a way with words, she can make a descriptive scene but bogged down by her past plot lines. Can you get a woman who is in her forties, a little soft, tired and has a intersting backstory but is revitalized by love, personal transformation, not trying to solve a puzzle but gets swept up in getting involved with life, finds new goal, happiness in achieving and finding the guy? Her target audience is getting older, and kinda tired of reading about mid twenties love stories. Life gets more complicated and interesting after forty anyways.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Same stuff, different day

Her books are becoming rewrites of previous books. I remember other books with lost treasures to only be found by love. The ideas in the book are copies of other books. Change the characters and a few other things. The narrator was boring as well. I used to love Nora Roberts books, and JD Robb, but she has dried up and it's not cutting it for me anymore. I will wait for reviews on future work before purchasing it, hate to waste my money.

26 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable

I won't disagree that this is not Nora Roberts' best but I always enjoy characters that overcome their circumstances. Narrator was not my favorite but not detracting either.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not all that well written.

What disappointed you about Whiskey Beach?

Basically it's unbelievable. Roberts must have had a great massage and thought describing it was enough. Characters not interesting.

Has Whiskey Beach turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

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

No, but narration was Ok . You can't do much with a boring book

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

Disappointment

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • L
  • 03-11-16

Narrator ruins the story

Do you think Whiskey Beach needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

While the story was good, the narrator was awful. The womens' voices sound like a man making an obnoxious sing-song attempt to sound like a woman. Not just awful; weird.

Any additional comments?

I like the plot so I am going to force myself to finish the book. I wish the narrator read Nora Roberts' words as they were written rather than being so over the top.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • FrancescaD
  • 06-10-14

Unsuitable narrator unfortunately

What did you like best about Whiskey Beach? What did you like least?

Nora Roberts writes great books so a no star review will not affect her in the least, but the narrator was unsuitable for this story as his 'female' voice sounded ridiculous. Why did he have to resort to a simpering man to get the heroine's dialogue across!?

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

DNF

Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

No

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

Yes, probably.

Any additional comments?

Will be more careful when ordering audio books!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • CathyR
  • 09-30-13

Second recording so much better

Revisited this since it's been recorded again with a new narrator....and it's a completely different listening experience. Luke Daniels gives the characters' life and personality, which was lacking in the first narration, and makes it incredibly easy to care about and empathize with them. You know immediately who's talking, each character has a distinct voice, brilliantly done. The story took on a different perspective with much more depth and was like a first listen. Loved it this time round.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cornelia Frost
  • 08-11-15

TYPICAL NORA ROBERT

This story is a typical Nora Roberts. It is filled with wonderful characters, humor, romance, plots with lots of unexpected twists and turns, a book that keeps you want to know more. Being a Nora Roberts fan I enjoyed the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Graeme
  • 03-03-15

Too soppy and soapy for me

Not sure what attracted me to this book but it was far too soppy with a far fetched story line .
I like a good Chicklit book but this of course is under the romance genre .
My fault, I finished it, but not really sure why !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-14

Does not disappoint

If you could sum up Whiskey Beach in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, interesting, worthwhile

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eli as the main character. It was great 'seeing' his journey back to health.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but would be prepared to.do.so. His female accents do come across as a little camp but not annoying

Any additional comments?

Read the paperback so knew the story but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jo Davis
  • 03-26-14

A romantic thriller

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Many many wonderful scenes impossible to pick a favourite.

Any additional comments?

This is the 1st book I've read by Nora Roberts, but it won't be the last. The characters were brilliantly written by her and portrayed by the narrator. They were people you began to care about, wanting things to go well for them and whilst the story was fairly predictable it was told well and kept me listening, not wanting it to end.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 02-27-14

Same old, same old

Pretty daft storyline of a previous family member burying treasure on the beach and lots of people trying to find it; while present day family deals with an ailing grandmother and false accusations of murder.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • 02-26-14

Another Triumph

As always, I tried to work out who had "done it", and as usual remained wrong until the final couple of chapters.

Any Nora Roberts fans will enjoy this hugely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • AMG, London
  • 09-27-13

Not up to her usual standard

What disappointed you about Whiskey Beach?

I am a big fan of Nora Roberts, and when she makes an effort her standalone romances are often her best work - The Witness was great - but this has a knocked off feel to it. Boring plot, and the lead female character was AWFUL. So smug and annoying, even worse than Mia Devlin in Face the Fire. Eli really should not have let her get away with dictating to him so much and "knowing better" than him constantly. I feel very sorry for him if he's stuck with her ever after.

Has Whiskey Beach put you off other books in this genre?

Nope. Nora is very variable, so you take pot luck. She can write extremely well, but she doesn't always bother to.

What character would you cut from Whiskey Beach?

Abra!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Antonia
  • 05-16-17

unromantic horror

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know who might enjoy this book. I have enjoyed other Nora Robert's novels & like a good romantic suspense but here the woman spends every waking hour bending over backwards in every kind of way, cooking, baking, cleaning, laundry, running errands, waiting tables, and giving the odd massage in between exercising... so I guess anyone who finds hearing all about that might enjoy this.

This felt like a book Nora Robert's wrote when she needed a break from writing.

What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

The macho meatloaf loving man who can’t cook. The housekeeping woman who upon first meeting insists on cooking a man’s every meal, giving him massages, folding his underwear and cleaning his home while being super yoga flexible and putting up with his sulking. To me that’s romantic horror not romantic suspense. Every major female character seems to fit rusty typecasts. This is not so much sexy or suspenseful, it’s more stereotypes. I deal with the author’s unrealistic idea of how people talk because normally Nora Robert’s female leads have a more sass and a bit more going on in their present lives than getting the guy and making him happy. Nora Roberts also normally writes a good plot. This female lead, despite her back story, seemed pretty weakly drawn though half the book was focused around her, and the narrative seems slow without strong characters to carry it.

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

I enjoyed the setting of Whisky Beach and Bluff House. The book was also fairly well narrated, (though the female characters could get a little bit squeaky occasionally.)

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  • Teresa
  • 11-04-16

Not the best Nora ....

I have been a fan of Nora Roberts for some time but this book I found long winded and predictable. The main characters were annoying, Abra was just too unbelivable and too flowery with too many fingers in too many pies, and those post its... dont get me started on those. Although the narrator was clear and concise I found his female voices to be a little masculine. The detective in charge, Wolf, was just mean. I love audible books and this one will not stop me from being a Nora fan and would love to hear this narrator with a different author and style of book.