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Summary

On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

As an archaeologist, Callie Dunbrook knows a lot about the past. But her own past is about to be called into question. Recruited for her expertise on the Antietam Creek dig, she encounters danger - as a cloud of death and misfortune hangs over the project, and rumors fly that the site is cursed.

She finds a passion that feels equally dangerous, as she joins forces in her work with her irritating, but irresistible, ex-husband, Jake. And when a strange woman approaches her, claiming to know a secret about Callie's privileged Boston childhood, some startling and unsettling questions are raised about her very identity.

Searching for answers, trying to rebuild, Callie finds that there are deceptions and sorrows that refuse to stay buried. And as she struggles to put the pieces back together, she discovers that the healing process comes with consequences - and that there are people who will do anything to make sure the truth is never revealed.

©2004 Nora Roberts (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic reviews

"As in other delectable entertainments by Roberts, it is not the wild denouement but the pursuit itself - studded with scrumptious romantic encounters - that is the real dessert." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Fantastic story! Terrible Narration!

The story itself was phenomenal!

But I couldn't listen to it all, because the narration was so awful. The character's voices were hardly distinguishable from each other, which made dialogue difficult to follow. And the lead female voices were ridiculous; Lana'a was breathy like a dodgy Marilyn Monroe impersonation; and Callie's was hard-edged and sarcastic, no matter what she was saying.

Would be much better to just read it yourself!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • Boston, United Kingdom
  • 29-03-13

Brilliant

Just couldn't 'put my phone down' woke up at 06.30 and got up 18.00 with the occasional break. Really well written with good plot, so enjoyable.

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Got less than five minutes into this

The story seemed to be good but I couldn’t get over the terrible narration. There were pauses in the oddest places and words drawn out so it was hard to follow. Will be downloading this on kindle to read myself.

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Great story!!

I love Nora Roberts’s books, I haven’t come across one I didn’t like yet. The only reason I gave this book a lower rating was due to the narrator, I found her voice a little drawl at times and the characters voices sounded the same so it was hard to figure out who was having a conversation with who. Otherwise the actual storyline was brilliant.

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excellent

lovely story. excellent reading. I really enjoyed listening to it. Nora Roberts makes kitchen duty go much more sweetly.

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Birthright

Brilliantly narrated.
Brilliantly written, suspense, intrigue and an excellent story. Characters that you root for and love.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening too this book, glad it had multiple love stories.

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Such a shame

In My opinion ruined by the narration, I cringed as some points! Such a shame as it could have been a really exciting listen.

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Rattling good yarn

A creative story with believable characters. Nora Roberts has found an award winning formula & sticks to it well. All one expects from her main protagonists; much fun can be found in some of the minor characters.

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  • Sarah
  • BECKENHAM, United Kingdom
  • 03-12-13

Very Enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to Birthright the most enjoyable?

Unlike a lot of 'whodunnits' you really didn't know who was the culprit and why and anyone could be next! Plus a good healthy bit of steamy romance always helps a story ;-)

What other book might you compare Birthright to, and why?

Similar to others written by Nora Roberts but liked the challenge of trying to marry to 'nice' families together - in many of her others the main protagonists family is usually the problem!

What does Bernadette Quigley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I make things for a living and unless I could listen to a story I would never have a chance to read. The narrator can make or break a story and Bernadette was excellent.

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  • Aleksandra
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 06-09-13

Loved the story, but the performance ...

I don't think I would listen to Birthright again, only because I didn't like the performance very much. I listened through it because of the story itself, but I was very tempted numerous times to go and find a hard /Kindle copy and read it myself. The story itself is really beautiful, but I think no justice was done to the characters by the narrator. I got to dread the long s sounds at the end of the words, some abrupt pauses like every word is the last. Eventually, I got used to it, but I think I would listened to it much faster and in longer chunks if it was someone else narrating.
The story itself is really good, but what else to expect from Nora Roberts. It had me smile, it had me feel sad and everything in between. I would be glad to recommend it to someone else- to read!

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  • Krista
  • 20-03-10

Nora must be mad

Wow. If I were Nora, I would make sure all future contracts included a clause that Ms. Quigley never, ever, ever was within a mile of her novels. I'm sure she is a perfectly lovely woman, but Ms. Quigley has chosen the wrong profession. Her readings have. Periods in the wrong. Places. It is nearly impossible to discern the subject of a sentence because of the poor emphasis. In addition, all the male characters sound alike. She has totally ruined a quality novel. Harsh, I know, but true. Spend your credit on Tribute instead. I wish I did.

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  • Jane
  • 21-01-09

Choppy Narrator

I have read the book and enjoyed it. It's fluff, pure and simple. Not one of the best Nora Roberts books, but it could be worse.

The narrator totally ruins this book. I would never download this or waste the money on the audio because the narrator speaks like this, "Callie went to the kitchen (7 second pause) to get a glass of water." She also makes each character sound like a moron. I am very disappointed in the narration.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Natalie
  • 18-11-10

narrator

Terrible narrator!! I only started listening to the book and I am already not sure I want to continue listening. It sounds as if this lady does not think it necessary to use any punctuation in her reading...it's all wrong! She reads 4 words and pauses and all done with this awe in her voice...I have been a member of audible for about 6 years and this is one of the worse narrators; Sorry Bernadette.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Dybedal-Bristow
  • 12-01-09

Frayed Nerves

I have never felt so irritated when listening to a novel. Just read the story. Every character sounded like a moron. I gave up by Chapter 3 and went to Copperfields and bought the book which I thourougly enjoyed.

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  • Phyllis S. Mike
  • 27-12-12

Loved It

What made the experience of listening to Birthright the most enjoyable?

I was totally wrapped up in this book. The story grabbed my attention right from the beginning. Nora Roberts characters come alive for me. She's my favorite novelist for developing her characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Nora Roberts does her homework. I felt a couple of her books had more detail than feeling but this book was a perfect balance, and very believable. I actually cried at the end. I don't usually do that.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were a few scenes that were my favorites. I loved the letters that Suzanne wrote to Jessie, her missing daughter. They were right from the heart and read very well. I also loved the scene when Callie was playing the theme from Jaws to irritate her ex.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Menon
  • 27-11-10

Help!!

This is a warning to all who want to read this book. Bernadette Quigley's voice is like nails on a chalk board. The book itself is good but the narrator is exceptionally BAD. I ended up buying the book on kindle and physically reading it, as opposed to listening to nails on a chalk board.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • tina
  • 25-05-10

sad but great

the worse thing to think about when you have kids but love where she went and how it got there best reader for this book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 23-08-08

Birthwrong

It's a Nora Roberts book. When they're good, they're good. But when they're bad, they're called Birthright. Add the horrible narrator to the story and there you have it - Birthwrong.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Meghan M Jenkins
  • 25-03-10

Overly harsh criticism in reviews on this book.

I almost did not get this book because there was some really harsh reviews. So i have few things to say about that.

If you are a Nora Roberts fan, the plot should be right up your alley (as i found it very typical of Roberts.) If you are a fan of audio books, the narration should not bother you. i have listened to A LOT of books. while not great narration, (the lead male character's voice was a bit irksome) i have heard REALLY bad narration and this does not meet the criteria of REALLY bad. To me, it again was typical. SO- if you are used to listening to books where the narrator takes liberties with voices you should be ok with this one. The plot wasnt Roberts best, but it was ok. For a weekend spent doing yard work i found this book good enough to keep me entertained while i worked and do not regret the points spent. I feel like a lot of the criticism i read came from people who were either not familiar with Roberts or used to audio books.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 20-11-14

Sizzling Love Among the Ruins Plus a Mystery

Where does Birthright rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this book. Rank? Well, I've read so many....Top several hundred. But it made me smile - a lot - and I cared about the characters & found them interesting and smart. I've read ALL of Eve Dallas series (Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb) and a goodly number of Nora Roberts and this is definitely in my top few Nora Roberts, probably bested only by The Search and The Witness.

What did you like best about this story?

This book had me from the very first scene: the little boy waiting to see Santa -- writing was very visual and I could see and feel everything...

What aspect of Bernadette Quigley’s performance would you have changed?

She's a little breathy, especially on Lana. Her Jake initially pulled me up short but I got used to it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible. Multiple parts. But looked forward to listening every chance I got.

Any additional comments?

I was really engaged in this story. I cared about the characters and liked spending time with them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful