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Carolina Moon

Written by: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Dean Robertson
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a novel of redemption and suspense, as a woman haunted by the unsolved murder of her childhood friend returns to her small South Carolina hometown...

Tory Bodeen grew up in a run-down house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. Her one escape was her neighbor Hope, whose friendship allowed Tory to be the child she wasn't allowed to be at home. Then Hope was brutally murdered, and everything fell apart. 

Now, as she returns to Progress with plans to settle in and open a stylish home-design shop, Tory is determined to find a measure of peace and free herself from the haunting visions of the past. As she forges a new bond with Cade Lavelle - Hope’s older brother and the heir to the family fortune - she isn’t sure whether the tragic loss they share will unite them or drive them apart. But she is willing to open her heart, just a little, and try. 

But living so close to those unhappy memories will be more difficult and frightening than Tory could ever have expected. Because Hope’s murderer is nearby as well...

©2004 Nora Roberts (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the critics say

"This is romantic drama at its best." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Highly recommended.

Despite the other negative reviews regarding the narrator, I really enjoyed listening to Dean Robertson. She did not try to do both male and female voices. It was as though she was just reading me the book and allowing my imagination to see the characters as I felt they should be. I have previously read all of Nora Roberts books and enjoy them all. I now enjoy listening to them as well. Some of them are difficult to listen to when the narrator does weird voices, accents, baby talk, etc. Carolina Moon is one of my favorites. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who might enjoy simply having a good book read to them. I quite enjoyed Dean Robertson. She has a lovely voice and a lovely accent.

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  • Marilyn
  • Cary, IL, United States
  • 2010-01-02

AWFUL narrator for romantic fiction

The narrator sounds just like Janet Reno. Terrible choice for a romantic novel. Although I appreciate the non-use of fake accents.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Joy
  • 2009-07-28

Grating Narrator

I really enjoyed the story and am a long-time Roberts fan, but the narration of this book just grated on me. Being a southerner myself, I appreciate the appropriate accent, but the voice quality and dramatic effect were just awful. I am so sorry about it. Wish I could hear the book with another voice.

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  • paula lewis
  • 2009-06-07

Good and Bad

This is a good book, I like the plot of the story and was not surprise who the killer was. The bad part is the narrator. The narrator read with NO emotion. She is reading the story as if she is bored. If you can get pass the narrator, please listen to the book.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Jenni T
  • 2010-04-10

good book, poorly read

I almost didn't get past the first chapter or two of this audiobook, as the reading really annoyed me. It is fast and sentences are strung together. The reader doesn't have the best voice to listen to either. However, I continued because I didn't want to waste my money. I began to get past the voice and hear the book. The book itself is good. Nora describes things in a way that you can picture the scene. The characters are well-developed. If you can get past the voice, you will like this book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2010-01-19

Carolina Moon

I am a great fan of Nora Roberts. Her book (of corse) is good. Her reader, however, is the worst I've ever heard. I would advise never to use this one again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Camille
  • Beavercreek, OH, United States
  • 2009-07-29

WOW

What an intense book. And the ending. WOW Didn't care for the narrator. Couldn't differentiate between characters. Otherwise, a very good book.

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  • Bette
  • 2017-01-18

Narration elevates the experience

Okay, Okay....so a lot of people really disliked Dean Robertson's narration of Carolina Moon. I absolutely loved it. Robertson is an old-fashioned reader, a storyteller. She doesn't act parts, doesn't change her voice and doesn't tell you what to think. She gets out of the way of the story and lets it flow in her honey-southern voice.

It's not a great story. It's early Nora Roberts- you can see everything-even the red herrings- coming a mile away. But it's Nora Roberts, a master of sustaining both the story and your interest. It's a great pairing- like pizza and a really good Cote du Rhone, Robertson's reading style made this listen a memorable experience.

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  • Raemar3356
  • Williamsport, PA, United States
  • 2013-05-21

Ignore narrator, listen to the story.

What did you love best about Carolina Moon?

I enjoyed the interaction between all the characters. The story line is very interesting and kept me listening.

What other book might you compare Carolina Moon to and why?

I think Nora Roberts Sanctuary. It has similar suspense and character dynamics that keep it interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dean Robertson’s performances?

I would prefer not. There just wasn't any emotion. I couldn't tell the difference in many of the characters and there were many times that a sentence blended with the next one so it was hard to make sense of what was being said.

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

It may have been with someone else reading.

Any additional comments?

I have many Nora Roberts (as well as many other authors) and even if you have a strong story, if the narrator doesn't do a good job, it detracts considerably from the book.

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  • Mary
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • 2009-05-26

carolina moon

Excellent book.Held my interest all the way to the end. I thought I knew how it would end but was I supprised!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-27

Terrible narrator

I really enjoyed the story line, but the narrator didn't fit. It was hard to get past the way she narrated, and sometimes difficult to determine which character was speaking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful