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  • Carolina Moon

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration!!

  • By Cheri on 28-05-16

Unexpected twist

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Any additional comments?

The story is enjoyable with an unexpected twist to it but it can be quite hard work to listen. the narrator's reading is ok but often seems rushed, almost as if trying to keep to a certain number of words per minute. There is not much difference in the voice between different characters, which is fine and infinitely preferable to poorly done accents, however when coupled with the deadpan and slightly rushed delivery can make it hard to follow some of the conversations between characters. On the whole, I enjoyed the book but if I reread it, will probably do so in print.

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  • Public Secrets

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • would be 5star but for narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-14

Beware!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-15

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

Don't even consider buying this as audio unless you've never heard any English accent other than Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins and even then you will be disappointed. The story is fine, as good as the usual Nora Roberts books so if you want to read it, buy the hard copy book, not the audio version. Would have been better just read straight in an American accent. The so-called cockney speech is almost unintelligible, even to a Brit.

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

Not sure I can face listening to the end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman’s performances?

Only if read completely in her natural American accent which is perfectly pleasant to listen to. Her pacing and interpretation is good. It's just that appalling attempt at English and Irish accents.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Public Secrets?

All the speech which isn't American. Sadly that would remove an awful lot of the book.