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Narrated by: Julia Gibson
Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson whisks listeners away to Oregon for a suspense-filled romance. Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, where she finds work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by Parker Harrigan. But as their initial attraction blossoms, Rainie fears she can't continue to elude the man who has sworn to kill her - and that her mere presence could jeopardize everything the Harrigan family holds dear.

©2009 Adeline Catherine Anderson (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Roberta
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • 02-11-14

Interesing premise, didn't like the narrator.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narrator would certainly have added a bit more liveliness.

Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine Anderson? Why or why not?

No. The story was original on the one hand, but everything was so spelled out. And sometimes a bit repetitious what with the reasoning behind the heroine's actions.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Gibson’s performances?

No, I didn't enjoy her performance at all. The only difference between characer voices was the higher and deeper voice. One male had an accent, but other than that all the females sounded alike and so did all the males.

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

Like I wrote, the premise was a good one - but it deserved better from both author and narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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disappointing

After reading "Comanche Moon" I found this book sadly lacking in both the author's ability to keep my interest (the canine antics were the only parts of value for me) and the reader's ability to change tonal quality at the end of each sentence. Maybe it was only an off day for this listener...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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good light and fun

You know what you will get if you read the review. Not much else, but the writing and people are enough to keep your interest, and you can clean drive and work through it. I liked the narration Very well.

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  • Nyoka
  • Brownstown, MI, United States
  • 01-14-14

A Keeper

The story had a good plot, and I never lost interest, what a shame, but thing's like that really happen, some women don't stand up, but Ranie is one who did....I will listen to this again...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Inspirational romance rather than suspense

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It reads like an inspirational romance rather than romantic suspense, with the most un-Alpha hero I have ever encountered. I don't have a problem with him saying grace before meals, but the message is rather pushed. And he goes to ask his father if it's OK to have feelings for a woman he suspects is married. Come on!

What was most disappointing about Catherine Anderson’s story?

It just didn't go anywhere. There is no 'action', where is the suspense? At least, not as far as I've listened - about a third of the way through, and I can't bear to listen to any more to find out if it improves, I'm afraid.
Also, I don't find the characters sympathetic - I don't really care whether they get together in the end or not. They are cardboard cutouts, there is no real depth to them

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She makes Rainie - and the other female characters I've encountered - sound quite 'whiny', giving them sugary sweet voices that grates on me. Also, her pronounciation of some words, is frankly bizarre, as if she'd never encountered them before and is making up what she thinks they should sound like. The emphasis is on the wrong part of the word.

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

Not for me, I'm afraid

Any additional comments?

I'ts the first and last Catherine Anderson I'll be listening to. I really dislike this book and it's put me off trying others. Also, I'll listen more carefully to the samples from now on to see whether I can stand the narrator's voice.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Star Bright

Excellent! Very well narrated! Hating putting this novel down! Kept my interest repeitivly! Thank you for this Amazing Novel!