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Birthright

Written by: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
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Publisher's Summary

From beloved author Nora Roberts comes the #1 New York Times bestseller about shattering loss and shocking discovery - set in a small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains...

When five-thousand-year-old human bones are found at a construction site in the small town of Woodsboro, the news draws archaeologist Callie Dunbrook out of her sabbatical and into a whirlwind of adventure, danger, and romance.

While overseeing the dig, she must try to make sense of a cloud of death and misfortune that hangs over the project - fueling rumors that the site is cursed. She must cope with the presence of her irritating - but irresistible - ex-husband, Jake. And when a stranger claims to know a secret about her privileged Boston childhood, she must question her own past as well...

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

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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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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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Terrible narrator

Got to the end of the book but I did not enjoy it.... Male voices and female voices sound the and sometimes... Angry male voices.. Sounded old.... Good story.. Wrong narrator... I would not recommend it... Buy the book and read it...

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Overly dramatic narration ruined it for me

Story was ok - typical romance with some mystery. Struggled to finish it due to the narration which was overly dramatic and male voices were dreadful. Will likely avoid any other books with the same narrator.

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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 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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Did not enjoy the book

It was not my favourite Nora Robert’s book quite
Violent.people killed
Did not like the general storyline
Prefer other books would not recommend it

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Great story line

Very much enjoyed the story line and how it was read and all the characters

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A romance or a mystery?

Too much lovey-dovey stuff. All the male voices sounded alike. Could have skipped the soft porn. Don’t think I’ll try another by this author.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Donna A
  • 2011-01-17

Really needs to be two and half stars

I realy would like to give this book 2 ?? stars and need to review it on 2 levels
1st the narrator: The actual reading was not bad her different voices were terrible. The voice for female lawyer was not appropriate ??? a constant bedroom voice. The ex-husband, Jake was by far the worse. He is described as being hot yet he sound like an old man that has smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day. In fact all the men in the book all sounded like they smoked way too much. I would never download another book with her as a narrator. I give her a 1 star.
2nd the book: I enjoyed the story ??? I knew nothing about archaeology was fascinated and how they applied that to Callie???s life discoveries. At times I found Callie to be a little too strong. I did feel the story dragged on a little too long ??? it could have been a little shorted. I must say I usually figure out the ???who did it??? but I did not on this one.

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