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Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a novel about a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed and danger that brings them together - and could tear them apart...

When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one...

Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence - against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Chalking up their intense attraction to the heat of the moment, Lila agrees to help Ash try to find out who murdered his brother and why. From the penthouses of Manhattan to grand Italian villas, their investigation draws them into a rarefied circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away and stolen; where what you possess is who you are; and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession...

©2014 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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The best Book I've listened to in ages

What made the experience of listening to The Collector the most enjoyable?

I couldn't stop listening, waiting to find out how things would pan out.

What other book might you compare The Collector to, and why?

Thats a difficult question to answer as I have very poor memory and listen to so many books but The French Gardener by Santi Montefore has always come up in my top 5 list.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

Everything. Cant fault it.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Gripping, romantic but with an edge.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this and it took me away from my own thoughts and troubles. won't spoil it for anyone but it keeps you on edge all the way to the end. Now want to read another but not sure what to go for next.

Audible You Keep The Black Dog away in the Middle of my Nights. Love you Audible you are the best and I think you deserve to remain the best.
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Can't be bothered

There's a great saying for something that is rubbish, " a pile of mince". Sorry Mrs Roberts, I used to like your books which is why I keep buying them, but you've lost your way a bit with this one.

There are no redeeming qualities to the main characters and to be honest, I wasn't that bothered what happened to them once it was obvious an assassin was trailing them!

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Not for the literate

I bought this without researching it...big mistake. What I got was, I believe, chick lit. If you like 2 syllable words, 4 inch heels, lippy, romance, a tall handsome stranger (now that's original), predictable story-lines then you'll enjoy this. If you like a challenging read, mind stretching novels written for adults then I'd give this one a miss. However, as a chronic insomniac, I can recommend as it sent me to sleep very quickly.

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rubbish

What would have made The Collector better?

the plot line

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

yes

What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan’s performance?

dull but then again that was probably the story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

I love Nora Roberts - but this was just awful, and boring

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Great story

Loved the narration, loved the story
Such a well written story and the narration brought it to life

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Wow.

Loved it from start to finish. One of those you’re happy but sad to finish

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One To Listen To

One of the best audio books I have listened to.
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Enjoyable. Not fazed by narrator. Good Storyline..

This was another Excellent novel by Nora Roberts. A good story line, gripping until the end.

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Gripping

Another fabulous story brought to life by the narrator. A story you don't want to miss.

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  • Janels
  • 02-05-14

I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

It grates on me to buy a book considered chic lit in some circles. Even Audible classified this as "romance". I like cerebral mysteries with good character and plot development.

Even though Roberts' women all echo the same stubborn independence, an abhorance for gold-digging, are the reluctant ones in the "perfect" love matches, and nearly always marry wealth, somehow she manages a good and unique plot line in each of the books I have read. Her characters are well-developed and sympathetic. And, she somehow conjures up good mysteries while brimming with often steamy sex.

So, I didn't want to like this, but it's an incredibly engaging story. It has suspense, introspection, artistic interpretation, and is just plain interesting.

The peeping house-sitter witnesses a murder, befriends the victim's brother (of course all out of kindness and empathy), and, although predictable, the rest is a fun and wild ride.

I don't understand how an author who pumps out so many books can come up with so many plots, in spite of the main strong female character remaining essentially the same. The narrator was quite good, and managed the male characters equally as well as the variety of female intonations.

It's definitely worth a credit, you won't regret the choice. And, it's really not just "chic lit".

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  • ElleOregon
  • 07-07-14

At Last-a good Nora Roberts!

I've been so disappointed with the past few NR books that I was hesitant to buy another..however this book is Nora Roberts at her best.

No triplets with powers, no cool cop or haunted house her..just a good mystery/romance in classic Nora Roberts style.

I found the story arc excellently crafted and the protagonists believable. The plot was nicely contrived and the villain excellently bad. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to those who are NR readers as well as those who are new to her work-this would be a great place to start!

Buy it and ENJOY.

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  • Carmen C
  • 12-08-14

Fresh Romantic Adventure

This was a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, the characters, and the romance. With a great setup and magnificent world-building (a Roberts specialty) the story was entertaining and the characters relatable.

The performance was super too, and I loved the villain! Highly recommend - one of my favorite Nora Roberts titles.

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  • Susan
  • 20-02-15

Right up there with "The Witness"

When Lila Emerson an unsuspecting writer and professional house sitter, is a witness to the brutal murder of a man and woman in a high rise across from where she is staying, she is pulled into a whirlwind of the upper echelon of a family dynasty. As the police end up at a dead end and then there is another torturous murder in the same family, she is approached by Ash Archer, the elder brother one of the decedents for some answers.

Lila and Ash find themselves searching for a ruthless, female assassin who is not just doing the bidding of her employer but who now has acquired an agenda of her own. Greed, revenge and historical obsession draw them deaper into the mystery behind some priceless heirlooms.

The story was full of suspense and I thought it was almost as good as, "The Witness", another Nora Roberts book I enjoyed very much. Both of these were admirably narrated by Julia Whalen who some may know from, "Gone Girl".

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  • Joan
  • 17-04-14

Good author and good narrator

I am a fan of Julie Whelan. I purchased this book because of her. I am also a fan of Nora Roberts, but I have disappointed with her books a few times recently. I stayed up late into the night listening to this book. It was worth the credit.

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  • Houston mom
  • 01-05-14

Compelling story framing an interesting romance

The story pulls you in quickly and doesn't let go. I didn't like the overbearing nature of the male lead (Ashton) but could still like him as a character. Lila is strong enough to push back on him and has a wonderful quirkiness that really makes her endearing. The narrator did a great job of dramatizing the book, and overall her voices were good. I'm not a big fan of the 'whispered' male voice that some female narrators (like this one) use, but I guess it would be hard to go down an octave for the entire reading. The Witness had you on the edge of your seat more often that this one, but I still found myself wanting to stay in the car to get to the end of a section. Well worth the credit!

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  • Elaine
  • 19-04-14

One of Nora's best in years

I am not into witches and supernatural so I skip the Nora Roberts books that involve such. This was a romantic mystery that involved interesting characters, pets, and a pretty decent story. It held my attention and left me happily satisfied. Let's hope her alter ego JD Robb can do as well next time.

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  • Diana
  • 22-04-14

Definitely not one of Nora Roberts' best

I'm normally a big fan of Nora Roberts' standalone books, but this one just didn't work for me. The hero, Ash, was meant to come across as the strong guy, the guy the family counts on. Instead, he comes across as controlling and condescending, and frankly, had Lila been my friend, I would have encouraged her to look for another prince among the frogs. Ash's persona was made worse by the narration, which interpreted him as pretentious, right down to the snooty nasal voice.

The other characters--Lila, Julie, and Luke--are actually lovely and I stuck it out to find out what happens to them. However, the story just didn't come together well. Julie and Luke sort of disappear about two-thirds of the way in to the story. Then the story just...ended.

There are many, many Nora Roberts' books are bring out again and again because listening/reading them is comforting, like hanging out with old friends: The Villa, Tribute, Montana Sky, the Three Sisters Island trilogy, Angels Fall, and the books written under the name J.D. Robb. The Collector, sadly, is a one-timer.

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  • Shaloreial
  • 24-04-14

Boring and Slow

I love Nora Roberts, but this one was a bore. I didn't like the storyline with the egg and Russia. It just wasn't interesting. I love Julie Whelan, her character voices are great. I was looking forward to the book because of her and was hoping it was as good as The Witness, which I think is the last well-written book by Nora. The Collector was not one of my favorites, but I will always come back to Nora Roberts.

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  • Janie
  • 22-05-14

Stupid Story

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

Comparing this to another book by the writer, The Witness, you would not think it was written by the same person??? She pushed out a good book with her mystery/thriller the Witness and I was hoping for similar quality with this. Alas, it was not meant to be. However, it did meet the parameters of her chick lit books, of which there are many. I doubt if I will try another. It would have to have fantastic write-ups for me to put my toe into the water again. As for Julia Whelan. I'm not sure whether it was the annoying characters or whether she gave them annoying voices but right from the start it irritated me. I think I would have to listen to a decent size sample of her performing another book before I would jump into the water with Julia again, as well.

Has The Collector turned you off from other books in this genre?

This was portrayed as a romance/suspense by Audible and The Witness as Thriller/Suspense. I will steer clear of romance/suspense in future, yes. Perhaps, the 'romance' should be in emboldened typeface.

What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan’s performance?

The characters dialogue tainted her performance for me. I'll give her a second chance.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Collector?

All the treacly romantic stuff, except there would only be about 10% of the book left.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy a good thriller/mystery/suspense, this book IS NOT FOR YOU. However, if you enjoy happily every after romantic clap trap you will enjoy this book.

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