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Summary

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Nora Roberts takes listeners deep into the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, where the shadows keep secrets, hunters stalk the land, and a childhood friendship matures into an adult passion.

Cooper Sullivan spent the summers of his youth on his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch, sharing innocent games and stolen kisses with the neighbor girl, Lil Chance. Now, twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills. 

Coop has left his fast-paced life as an investigator in New York to take care of his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something...or someone...has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into a heartless attack on Lil’s beloved cougar, memories of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.

Lil and Coop know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts has singled them out as prey...

©2009 Nora Roberts (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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story draws you in to the charactors

Would you listen to Black Hills again? Why?

yes, I always find more to a story when listened to again

What other book might you compare Black Hills to, and why?

The Nora Roberts Boonsborough books

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no and he did good

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Good character's and story line. Keep me interested and engaged to the end.

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It sure goes on a bit

Whilst the story is intriguing and the performance excellent it does drag on rather. The constant interplay between the 2 lead characters about their on/off relationship becomes tiresome after a while and i was well ready for it to end.

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Brilliant yet again

Having just found Nora Roberts books and not being able to get enough of them, I loved listening to Black Hills. Again it had all that I expected in a Nora Roberts book, crime, love and will you never learn. I also enjoyed the narration and mine as I would shout or sigh at the odd character to two, which is one of the many things Iike about this book. I would recommend giving this book a listen and I hope you will enjoy having chuckles and shouts as much as I did.

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Better

Better than my recent Roberts reads which were very poor formulaic reads. Great at sending me to sleep at night.

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Second half was better!

the first half was a little pedestrian at times but the story became better towards the end. I struggled with the narrator; many times I was unsure which character was speaking. I would avoid him in the future

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Not up to sundown

my first of her books was sundown over at it was truly awesome. this was fine but much more predictable and the narration was nowhere near as good

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Excellent. Visited all the locations on holiday so doubly exciting to revisit it in a story,

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black hills

as with all Nora Roberts books ,you get a good story and romance and in depth characters.
any romance readers a good afternoons read.
I recommend for you to reaf

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Awesome !

Another brilliant captivating story, with strong characters, by Nora Roberts.
Wonderfully bought to life by the narrator

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Excellent!

One of the best books I've listened to! Kept me very engaged and interested!

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  • Lorraine
  • 09-07-09

black hills

I think this is one of NOra Roberts best novels. The characters are defined so that you feel you know them and are part of their lives. Action packed...great read.

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  • Ed
  • 16-07-09

Good Story

The narrator is the weak link to this story. Perhaps she should consider someone like Christian Rummel on her next book.

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  • Lynne Phelps
  • 26-07-09

Great Read but a Poor Listen - a Wasted Credit

I always like to read the book first to form my own impression of the story and the characters. I was glad that I read Black Hills before I listened to it; had I done it in the reverse order I never would have bought the book.

The narrator spoke with almost no inflection. Dramatic scenes became boring. I was constantly having to back up to try and figure out who was speaking. My mind kept wandering - NOT a normal occurance during a Nora Roberts adventure!

I wish Audible had a "satisfaction guaranteed or your credit back" policy! This would be at the top of my list for return. I was so disappointed in the quality of the reading that I actually emailed Brilliance to vent.

As is, I feel sad and cheated after listening to the audiobook, as it was mediocre at best and it could have been GREAT with a more dynamic performance.

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  • Donna A
  • 09-10-09

Very predicable

This was a typical Nora Roberts book, it actual reminded me of Blue Smoke. The "he broke my heart but I will sleep with him anyways" went on too long. I actually thought the book was too long period and I guessed how the book was going to end way before it happened. Unlike the others I do not think the narrator was right for the book; he made all the woman sound like they were 13 year old teenage girls or dumb blonds; does he really think all women get screechy when they are a little excited? Would I recommend it - if you like Nora Roberts you probably will like it.

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  • D. A. Tyler
  • 12-07-09

Love it

This is classic Nora Roberts. She has done a few books along this line, but can still may the story fresh and new make you feel for the people. You have a feeling how it will end, but you have to keep reading/listening. You need to know every twist and turn of the plot. It is a great job on her part and i think this will be one of here lifetime movies. lol The narrater is great too giving life to the people. Drawing you in with a smooth voice, making for easy listen.

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  • Jane
  • 11-07-09

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Great is all that can be said. Such a great book!

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  • SaintsFan
  • 26-07-09

Slow moving.

Started out really good, but I'm not even finished Part 1 and I'm not sure if I can handle another 9 hours. Story is interesting, characters well developed, but it really drags. I don't have a problem with the narrator - he's fine for me. But at times I feel like I'm listening to a lecture about wildlife preservation. Where was the editor for this book? It's way too long for the storyline. I'm having trouble staying interested. I never listened to abridged books, but this time I'm wishing I had purchased the shorter version just to get things moving.

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  • Nanc
  • 06-04-19

Excellent book

I listened to this book and thought it was excellent! My husband loved it, too, as he listened to it most of the time when I did.

Nanc

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  • Shae
  • 06-04-19

slowly unwrapped gift

I liked the narration. Good pace and voices for the different characters. Very easy and not annoying to listen to. I loved the development of the different story lines over the whole course of the adventure. Good amount of suspense and chills without being too predictable. No major holes in the plot. My favorite aspect to this story is the unique setting. The romance was believable and developed differently than the other Nora Roberts books. I always enjoy the strong women she partners with genuine good guys. Sad to get to the end because I so enjoyed hanging out with Lil, Cooper, Jena, Tom and the other rich, fun people!

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