Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year, they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to The Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it.
Since that day at The Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others' minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust, because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability - and this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she'll have no defenses against the desire that threatens to consume them both.
©2008 Nora Roberts; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
This is the second book in Nora Robert's Sign Of Seven Trilogy. The six main characters introduced in the first book continue to research their own history and that of their enemy, searching for a weak point in the demon's defences. Meanwhile, they are plagued by a series of incidents and time is running out for them. The final climax certainly looks as though it will be interesting.
The context of an historical witch-burning is hard to carry forward into the swirling-blood and boiling water in the woods context. . . or is it just that I suddenly found myself in the wrong genre? Despite this, Roberts does characters with such ease, and there are three nice couples involved here, each with their own personality, as developed throughout the series.
"Good book, Narrator awful!"
I have always read how some Narrator's are bad and then listened to that book and not agreed. However, this time listening was like pulling teeth. I couldn't tell which character was which as there was very little tone change per character. It also didn't help that 3 separate Narrator's were chosen to read a trilogy. Next time, please select one Narrator for all 3 books so we can at least keep the character's consistent.
I like the story. The author brought depth to his characters. The characters are warm and alive in the story. The story moves along well in some places you hold your breath because not sure what is going to happen. I like this book because of the various emotions that are displayed in this bring you to the edge of your seat, or make sigh with relief, and love the romance that the author brings in with the six main characters. Especially the two characters who have to work together but rub each other the wrong way. It is very good book. One I enjoyed very much.
"Book and story is great, but narrator is not"
the story is great. I love Nora Roberts books and I also love the supernatural, this book has the best of both worlds.
I liked the mystery of Anne Hawkins, Giles, and Hester's story, along with the suspense of where the group of six falls into their line. The "demon" is also something to wonder about.
She seemed to be reading the story for the first time. Drawing out the first syllable of each sentence as if she were stalling for time to read the emotion supposed to be put into this sentence. It's annoying, and amateur. There are also obvious flubs throughout the reading where she mispronounced or started to say the wrong word, then quickly righted it mid-word. If I were someone listening to an audiobook for the first time, this would have been my last.
parts made me laugh, parts made me cry but only because I was able to get past the horrible narration and view it from my mind's eye.
I'll never listen to another audiobook read by Marie Caliendo, even if it is a great book. I'd rather buy the written book and read it aloud to myself.
Promised myself I'd finish the series after taking heat on book 1. Wasn't thrilled at first on the change in narrator, however after a while I got used to it and moved on. I liked the way the author tied the first book to this one, kept it short but refreshed the story line. Some authors in series tend to drag too much of previous books into the next one in the series, Nora didn't do that as much as others.
Liked the characters, this book focused on the story and the background on two of the other characters. I guess the last two of the six will be in the last book in the series. Not my normal fare, but again, I found this enjoyable and easy to listen to.
The narrator is AWFUL!!!! The narrator of the first book-Phil Gigante- is amazing. So why oh why did they change the narrator after the first book?!?!?!
Truly unfortunate because it's an entertaining story. It's difficult to listen to when the distinction between characters is at best vague and at worst vague and inconsistent- as if she can't keep them straight. I think the low point in this book was a plot-critical scene in which a character is reading aloud. The narrator made her sound like an illiterate teenager with no recognition of punctuation! It was so bad- I actually struggled to follow what she was saying. Tragic. Beyond that, I became annoyed when the narrators portrayal of a well established character comes off dull witted and marble mouthed or worse...ditzy! It's a real downer when you've invested in a character for an entire first book only to be annoyed by the sound of their voice for the rest of the story. A real let down.
"Creepy but good"
Creepy used to be one of my favorite genres before I somehow wimped out and couldn't take it anymore. But, this one had just enough creep factor without creeping me out. Totally enjoyed this series. Listened to all 3, but got the other two from my local library. I liked Phil Gigante in the first book. I would have preferred the same narrator for all 3. But, it didn't kill the series for me, so I guess it was ok.
"Unbelievably bad narration!!!!!!!"
Didn't get there. Couldn't handle the cadence.
Worst narration I have ever experienced and i've listened to a couple of books voiced by volunteers.
Frustration and anger because of the narration.
I'm sure Nora Roberts and her producers make plenty of money so please don't cut corners when it comes to the talent. The performance is HUGE for an audio book! Duuuhhh!
"Sounded like "Scooby Doo""
Different voice talent or direction to talent.
Sounded like Darci from a bad Scooby Doo episode.
Too fake and "dramatic"
"Too Long and Drawn Out"
I agree with a previous poster that this story was very slow and the "sex scenes" were gratuitous and embarrassing. I actually had to fast forward through some of them, they were so silly and immature.
I picked this Blood Brothers series because I thought it would be an interesting story and a little spooky. The first book was pretty good but this second one is more like a sappy romance novel through 90% of the story with only 10% that actually contributed to the overall storyline of the series. It seems like it was intentionally fluffed up just to fill pages and still have some storyline left for the third book.
I did like the female narrator. I purchased the first installment Blood Brothers from a retail store and the male narrator was horrendous! So, this was an improvement.
Now that I'm two books into the trilogy I feel I have no choice but to listen to the third to tie up the story. I REALLY hope it is more meaty than this one and sticks to the storyline instead of adding a bunch of teenage romance novel filler!
"Something wicked this way comes"
It is coming.
The other books in the trilogy: Blood Brothers and Pagan Stone.
With the three women now settling into the Hollow until the Seven, it is Layla more than the others who is at loose ends--until she's bulldozed into stepping into the newly vacant role of office manager for Fox O'Dell's law office. Fox, one of the men who'd unwittingly unleashed the demon back when they were kids. Fox, with whom Layla shares the uncomfortable ability to read minds. Fox, who Layla is more attracted to than she wants to be. And as things with the demon ramp up earlier and harder than ever before, both Fox and Layla have to decide what to do about the passion building between them.
Don't think I can pick just one
The Hollow: Eternal Battleground.
A negative to this trilogy is that each book in it is narrated by a different reader (male, female, male, respectively). Little to no effort was made to keep the "sound" of each character's speech at all consistent from one reader to the next.
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