The Hero

Thunder Point, Book 3
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Series: Thunder Point, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (2,348 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Robyn Carr is a number-one New York Times best-selling author known for stories blending romance, warmth, and heartfelt charm.

In The Hero, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees to the tiny, coastal town of Thunder Point, Oregon. There, she meets high school football coach Spencer Lawson, a widower focused on raising his young son. Neither of them are looking for love, but they may be the only ones who can heal their wounded hearts.

©2013 Robyn Carr (P)2013 Recorded Books

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A Stepford Campfire Tale

Yep, I liked the first two books in the series, but this book was hard to finish. It seemed that the closer I got to the end, the harder it was to read (or listen) because it was really unbelievable.

Basically the main female character, Devon, escapes from a cult-like group and moves to Thunder Point, AKA, “Stepford Beach”. These Stepford citizens rally around this stranger and totally embrace her. Acts of kindness include coming over and cleaning up Devon’s filthy apartment and giving her furniture. She even shares an au pair with the local physician who gives her a job. Do they really know Devon or her background? Nope! But that’s okay. She’s now one of them and everything is terrific! Devon even finds a steady guy and BOOM they are in love.

So in the back of my mind, I kept wondering if it would’ve enjoyed it more had I only read the book and not listened to the audio. Why? Because the characters and situations were a bit unbelievable. Second, the dialog and actions didn’t make sense. Read previous paragraph.

Some of the questions I asked myself were: (1) If the FBI took you away for questioning, in an ongoing investigation, how many times would they let you contact friends and family to let them know what you are about to do, where you’re going…none of which is an attorney? (2) How often would the FBI let you visit, at length, with another buddy that’s also being questioned in the midst of the same ongoing investigation? (3) Would the FBI be concerned that you might discuss certain events and possibly alter your recollections to more closely reflect each other’s? (4) How does Cooper know so much about Rawley when Rawley can barely speak two sentences a day?

Back to the story. Everything is fantastic in Stepford Beach, but it can’t stay "Stepford" forever. Danger ensues, and oddly, the narrator’s voice and cadence suddenly turns uber-dramatic, I thought she might hyperventilate. Her breathing got really heavy and thick. She panted through sentences like, “He was DRIVING right down the RIVER. She shook her head in confusion, standing up to peek over the bridge and YES, HE WAS DRIVING down the river! She continued a bit later, “…she struggled and fought. ‘No, no, let the child be…leave her alone. No’”. My favorite line was “Don’t be afraid, I had a breakdown, that’s all.” Just so you know, it wasn’t a mental breakdown per se, I wouldn’t laugh at that, but in the context of the entire dialog, it was kinda silly. I giggled a lot in this chapter.

This story felt like listening to a bedtime story – albeit with adult subject matter. Most of the story was okay, but the ending was not great. The last unbelievable act was when the friends and neighbors jumped into their vehicle, guns blazing, and drove off to locate a missing person. And where was the FBI? Who knows, I can't even remember, but they weren't there.

Those were just a few examples of why I didn’t really like it. But I will say this: the narrator, Therese Plummer does excellent voices. I like her a lot! I prefer her male voices to her female voices. She's generally fantastic!

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Robyn Carr continues to Awe inspire me.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hero to be better than the print version?

with audio you get the emotions that come with closing your eyes and seeing it played out. Sometimes I just love to read, and others, I just love to listen and put myself right inside the book.

What other book might you compare The Hero to and why?

Robyn has a way of writing the Thunder Point series like her Virgin River series. But I got to say, I dearly love Thunder Point with each book she writes this series gets better.

What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

Ms. Plummer is one of my two fav's when listening to books. As a female. She can do all the voices and you have no problem of understand who she is while talking. She is Amazing and I dearly love to listen her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I did, laugh and cry. I think so far is my fav of the books in the Thunder Point series.

Any additional comments?

First let me say this. This is not erotica. I started out reading Robyn Carr's books years ago. Of course it's still a little hard to go back to just fiction book, expect when it's Robyn's Thunder Point series. You have suspense, drama, clean romance, all the sweetness of dear friends that look after one another. I dearly love her books. . But with this book, I didn't leave it all day. Yep, never let go. And it's like that with her books. This book starts out dark, unsure of what is to come. If you want to read this book, I suggest you please read her other Thunder Point books. The Wanderer, The Newcomer, and The Hero. this one I just read. They will make more sense of understanding the closeness of this small Oregon town. A town that adores the beaches and each other and how they let no one down when they need a helping hand. It's hard to see the suffering in this one, but I had to remember when they are at and what they are all going to do for this girl that find her way to Thunder Point. Best thing that ever happens to her. It's a town I would love to live in. In the Hero, it's not who you suspect, as the Hero, you figure it out in the last 45 minutes of this book. Someone who is at ease with everything rears his head and takes over to protect what he feels is an unjust thing that is going on near his town. And it was. I cannot tell you, if you want a warm and fuzzy book to love and where can fall in love will all of them. This Book is for you..The entire series is. I could not wait for this one to arrive and once I did, I got everything done early and late so I could have it all to myself. I don't do that but with a couple of my books. This series is one of them. The town of Thunder Point has some of the best stories to tel. Join them and start with the first and book, and it your in a mind to, read them all. I love my Romance/ Erotica Books, no doubt, and can't wait to find the next one. but when this hit the stands, it clears my head and reminds me that sometimes we just need to pay it forward.

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Remember your heros!!!

Would you listen to The Hero again? Why?

Yes, because it brings out new twists and undercurrents in the story

What did you like best about this story?

The number of characters involved in it.

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

Her voice brings warmth, joy, and realism to the characters!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Old heroes never die, they just wait until their needed again.

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4.5 The Hero Stars

Well I’ll be! This book was not what I was expected yet what I needed.

Rawley who we meet in the previous books was only one half of the hero of this book. Spencer was the second for me. He comes and save the football team when they needed it most but he also helps save Devon just as much as Rawley did.

I am loving this series, it’s a little like Virgin River but it’s also its’ own charm. I don’t think I was ready for that. Too like it almost as much as I like Virgin River.

Devon and her daughter have been through the ringer and if you think about it so has Spencer and his son. I think I like that they needed each other. I do wish we had more interaction with Austin Spencer’s son especially when his dad starts dating. I kind of want to know how he felt.

Again gushing here about Therese Plummer she is amazing again bringing each person a voice. I just love her work.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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How can I say this nicely?

I'm a male admirer of Robyn Carr. No, silly, not that kind of admirer. I really enjoy her writing. Her "worlds" are very real to life, the characters come alive. You - I - care about what happens to them. (Note: for anyone following the Thunder Point story, I do recommend this book. See the end of my review.)

Most important for me (and why I recommend Ms. Carr's books to other readers I know personally), is the challenge of conflicts, emotions and human frailties she writes about during the course of the "romance." I relish the way she takes real world human situations, situations that 'but for the grace of God' any of us (male or female, although female first) could have been, are, or will be in, and shows me how they play out. For example, what happens five, ten or twenty years later when two young people start a baby for whom they are unprepared. Or when a long time partner cheats on the other. Or how child abuse plays out when the child becomes adult.

[Don't think child abuse doesn't happen to boys by mothers. I know a man whose mother duct-taped him to his mattress when she wanted to go out drinking with boyfriends over-night.]

There are simply less of the things I enjoy about Ms. Carr's books in The Hero. I care about Devon but not about Spencer. The "real world" problem Ms. Carr addresses (without a spoiler, I'll just say it starts from where Devon begins) is not a 'but for the grace of God' problem I ever expect to encounter. And I found it hard to willingly suspend disbelief. Such as when Eric arrives in town at the end, Ms. Carr. Again, without spoiling the book, I don't want to go into specifics of what didn't resonate well..

Because I am not a typical romance reader (I prefer "women's fiction" aka "people's fiction") you may enjoy the romance in this story more than I did. "Romance" as I understand the term is not why I've enjoyed all of the 8 or so Carr novels I've read so far, anyway. I care little if significant guys are hunks. Not at all, in fact.

Good news. For fans of Thunder Point, I do recommend this book. It connects the dots, fills in the gaps, in the relationships of several of the couples we meet in other Thunder Point books. The narration is, as always top notch. Thank you Ms. Plummer. Although these books are pretty easy to read as stand-alones (as I did at first), I recommend starting with book one. It is a joy to watch Thunder Point fill up with "old friends."

Disclaimer. I don't personally know Ms. Carr, I have nothing to do with the writing or publishing businesses, I'm not a writer myself, I wasn't given a free book and no one asked me to read it. Thus, I have nothing to disclaim.

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Good story if a little predictable

Story & Narrator were both good. Theykept my interest. There were long pauses between chapters that made me think something was wrong with my device or the connection.

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The Hero

Wow what a story, intrigue, curiosity, courage as well as sad at times. I laughed and cried. Amazing to see how this story progressed.

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Love this series

One of my favorites of hers. I'm not sure what I will do when I run out of this series. I was worried it wouldn't be as good as Virgin River, but it definitely is.

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Rome is burning...

...and I’m listening to happily ever romances. All I can say is, it calms my nervous system enough to continue forward making a contribution in the world, in my little sphere, as best I can. I wish all people were as kind and supportive as these characters. I wish all complicated problems resolved as quickly and easily. I’m truly grateful to have the diversion of Robyn Carr’s audiobooks, skillfully narrated by Therese Plummer. I appreciate that Robyn Carr introduces tough topics, without being emotionally overwhelming. I have enough drama in real life. My five star review is not because the book is great literature, but for excellence within the genre.

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Parts great, parts not so great

I think Robyn Carr is a great author who has written many fine books. This one ran hot and cold, but mostly cold. The storyline just didn’t flow and the main two characters were bland and uninspiring. The story just wasn’t believable. Therese Plummer is one of the best narrators I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. I always enjoy her range of emotion and character interpretation. Sadly her narration of the main character, Devon, made her out to be weak, insipid and annoying as she continually sounded like she was on the verge of crying or was crying. I wonder whose decision it was to have a supposedly strong woman sound so incredibly weak. It made for an unpleasant listening experience. Loved Raleigh and his character development. And Therese did a masterful job with his voice. In fact she’s amazing with men’s voices. Lou’s character in this story went from supportive and awesome in the last book to nosy and annoying when she meets Devon. Why the switch? And why would anyone question Spencer suddenly freaking out over the possibility of his loosing Devon. Anyone who spends four years watching someone they love wasting away from cancer has every right to freak out. And in reality this character would have been wise to give himself a year to recover from that tragedy.

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  • 04-27-16

very good looking forward to the next read well

was very easy to listen to this is a really good series hope it never ends