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I'll start by saying that I certainly can't do better, but I'm not a professional narrator. It's only the one voice that made me cringe: Trent. The upper class Boston businessman who shows up to buy the Calhoun's family home to remodel as a hotel. His accent sounds more like a bad version of New Jersey mob. I've re-read the dead tree version of the book countless times since it was published in 1991 (you may find some of the situations a little outdated but it hasn't bothered me in this book). As much as I dislike abridgments I've owned the first two books in the series in the abridged versions (only 2 hours, they had to cut more than half the story) since they became available in 1998. Those were narrated by Laural Merlington, who is just about always at the top of my list of narrators. So I looked forward to these coming out as unabridged audiobooks for a long time. Then I had a hard time finishing this one. I put it down and listened to half a dozen books before I came back to finish it this morning and I almost put it back down but there was only an hour to go.
To temper my overall negative review I have to say that I will take a chance on the 2nd book. Since Trent is the only voice that bothers me and he doesn't show up as much in the succeeding books I hope that this is a one off complaint rather than a slam on the series. You don't get to hear Trent speak during the sample so I can't suggest that listening to that will help you decide whether it's a voice that won't bother you the way it did me. It's a good enough story though of the five in the series it's my least favorite. Its importance is in the fact that it lays the foundation for the series. You could always read this one and go on to listen to others but if you're like me there isn't a lot of time to sit and read these days so I turn to audio books. I relisten to audio books since I'm fortunate enough to have a poor memory and can enjoy them repeatedly, Still, with some series I skip a book if I know the story well enough and I expect that I'll skip this one most of the time, I might listen to it every couple of years to re-lay the series foundation but I may just take time to read it instead.
If you like old Nora Roberts books I can recommend the narrations of the Stars of Mithra series and the Mackade Brothers series. I had a few problems with the narration of the Mackades but I've listened through a couple of times since they came out so it certainly didn't bother me the way this did. The second and third books of the Stars just came out so I've only listened to them once but they were very enjoyable.
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I have come to the conclusion that all of Nora Robert's books are the same, just change the names, change the surroundings, and tweak the romantic parts a bit. Her books are good to read between all the 'heavier' mysteries, political thrillers, apocalyptic literature I consume, so I consider Nora Robert's books relief and pleasant reading, though boring and repetitive.
I would say "don't bother buying these books" but if you need a book you can fall asleep to or don't have to think about, this is a decent series. Otherwise, eh...........
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