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Publisher's Summary

RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2004

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

What the critics say

“Suspenseful.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“The literary equivalent of a big delicious meal whipped up by a talented home cook. She offers a dash of exoticism and innovation.... Satisfying.” (Publishers Weekly)

“An electrifying story filled with danger, heartache, love, passion and murder. An amazingly intense and utterly gripping tale!” (RT Book Reviews

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Enjoyed it!

I like Nora Roberts, this is as enjoyable as they all are. I didn't care for the narrator, I've heard much better work with voices. But overall enjoyable, definitely worth the credit!

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The whodunit part is better than the romance part.

This narration didn't help a mediocre plot. The narrator tends to pause every 4th or 5th word. It's like she's....reading in phrases instead....of reading in sentences...

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Terrible voice for man ruined the whole story for me, ladies parts was good though

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The storyline was very interesting and the narrator did a very good job when she read female characters. However, her narration of male characters wasn’t good. Their tones were too feminine, especially Jake’s. He sounded weak and wasn’t portrayed as being a strong masculine figure.

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Bad Narrator

This book may have been better with a better narrator. I find the story really suffered because of her voice. Was hard to finish, good thing the story kept me listening!

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  • Krista
  • 2010-03-20

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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  • HW
  • 2009-01-21

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.

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  • Phyllis S. Mike
  • 2012-12-27

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.

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  • Natalie Bester
  • 2010-11-18

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.

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  • Menon
  • 2010-11-27

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.

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  • M. Dybedal-Bristow
  • 2009-01-12

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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  • tina
  • 2010-05-25

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

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  • Meghan M Jenkins
  • 2010-03-25

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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  • Susan
  • 2008-08-23

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.

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  • DB
  • 2020-08-05

lousy narration

the narrator butchered the story. The female lead sounded like a man. the male lead sounded like a loser.

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