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Publisher's Summary

A marine archaeologist and a salvager join forces to search for a legendary treasure in this novel that takes readers to the depths of the Caribbean and the heights of passion and suspense - from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

Tate Beaumont has a passion for treasure-hunting. Over the years, she and her father have uncovered many fabulous riches, but one treasure has always eluded them: Angelique’s Curse - a jeweled amulet heavy with history, dark with legend, and tainted with blood. In order to find this precious artifact, the Beaumonts reluctantly form a partnership with salvagers Buck and Matthew Lassiter.

As the Beaumonts and Lassiters pool their resources to locate Angelique’s Curse, the Caribbean waters darken with shadowy deceptions and hidden threats. Their partnership is placed in jeopardy when Matthew refuses to share information - including the truth behind his father’s mysterious death. For now, Tate and Matthew continue their uneasy alliance - until danger and desire begin to rise to the surface...

©2008 Nora Roberts (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the critics say

“Having made waves with romantic suspense on the coast and at sea, Roberts now takes a satisfying plunge into the deep…Roberts will keep fans’ appetites alive to the end.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A thrilling treasure hunt with a trademark edge. One of her most suspenseful tales to date.” (Booklist)

“Roberts’s legion of fans will swarm to this.” (Kirkus Reviews)

What listeners say about The Reef

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Good, but a few hiccups

*spoilers*

Overall I really enjoyed this book. In typical Nora Robert’s fashion the scene setting and vernacular used to describe the careers, activities, locations etc were thorough and detailed, making me yearn to go diving in the Caribbean myself.

Additionally, like many standalone Robert’s books, you can expect the typical (and looked forward to) system to play out: love interests meet, squabble, danger ensues and relationships deepen, finishing off with a wedding planned. I’m not at all mad at this, it’s what I’ve come to expect from these books and I keep coming back for the easy reading of it with that zest of a low-key thriller/romance novel too.

The part that dropped this from 4 to 3 stars was the strange use of violence in the relationship between Tate (heroine) and Matthew (love interest), honestly it was a little disturbing. Matthew gropes and low-grade assaults Tate to “scare her off” when she’s considered too young for the kind of relationship he wants with her, and because he thinks he’ll ruin her life. When they meet again, Tate has anger there for the lies and poor treatment, but nothing is said about the violation. Then later, when he thinks she’s double crossed him, the violence he threatens and displays at her was concerning, but Tate, though terrified, accepts it quite quickly as fine and they move on. Her reactions felt unnatural to me, and for a fast-paced story with lovely descriptions and romantic intrigue, it left a bit to be desired in the feminism/consent and proper treatment categories for me.

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Where do I Start?

The narration - she reads quickly and with limited expression. Everyone has the same syrupy Southern accent. Tate's voice is childish, making her sound even younger than she is supposed to be (19-20).

The story - there's slow build and then there's this. it takes until Chapter 8 for the bad guy to show up. The 1st 8 chapters are vaguely formulaic and somewhat awkward man meets girl, man kisses girl, girl falls in love with man, man resists girl.... I do mean girl - Tate may think she's an independent young woman but she sounds and acts like a naive, protected and inexperienced child.

I really like Nora Roberts and her more recent books are outstanding, well researched, and properly paced. This is an earlier book, featuring none of Roberts' present skill. I don't think I'll bother finishing this one.

ETA: I finished the book. Definitely not one of Roberts' best. BTW - there is no mention of a reef in this book other than the title. Tate remains stubbornly annoying and syrup-voiced. Matthew remains 1-dimensional, especially for a male lead. Near the end, in a stellar example of poor proofreading, everyone magically ages 10 years. Keep scrolling.

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awesome listen

i loved it. it held my interest and loved dreaming about the warmth of the St Kits area

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couldn't get more than 3 minutes in

the narrator was just a letdown for this one. I have heard more genial, lively tone and cnversations from siri lady, Google maps lady, voicemail machine, etc everything about it is irritating to me. just not my cup of tea. I think I will get the Kindle version and read it on my own

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Painful

Maybe this is a reflection of the time this was written, but the sexually aggressive male “hero” and his smart, independent yet submissive and overly emotional “heroine” storyline just doesn’t do anything for me. The various accents were very poorly done and just made it that much harder to listen to. Wanted to like it but was turned off by those old tropes.

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Good story;unreasonable conclusion

I enjoyed the story;however,the final two chapters were ridiculous and I struggled to finish the book.

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Meh!

This was my first Nora Roberts book. The narrator did a decent job but there was too much sappy romance and predictability. This type of story is not for me.

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The Reef

Terrific story with intrigue, passion and great characters. Mythical storyline and buried treasures. Loved it.

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Great narration. I loved the long play time too.

Great fun. Listened over the summer holiday and found it kept me involved throughout the whole story.

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Fantastic

fantastic ! a must read! Narration on point, a must listen. I listened to this tree times!

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  • Maggie
  • 2017-09-17

Narration ruined the book for me

What disappointed you about The Reef?

Too long and drawn out. I felt like parts of the book were just added to make the story longer.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure. Like Nora Roberts and will try her again. Not the narrator

What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

The male voices sounded like the narrator sucked helium before reading. Buck sounded like Popeye. The southern accent used for Tate was annoying.

What character would you cut from The Reef?

I wouldn't cut a character, just the voices.

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  • Kerri
  • 2008-08-12

My 1st Nora Roberts book.......

This was the 1st book I read by Nora Roberts and I was very pleased with it. I couldn't stop listening.....she captures your mind and fills it with her story. What a great ride this was!

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  • j lin
  • 2020-06-18

Poor Narration - over the top

Too many sex scenes and not enough plot. I have read and enjoyed many Nora Roberts books. I don’t like descriptions of rough handling of women in the bed room scenes. I felt that overall the heroine came out looking weak and needy. I didn’t like the hero. He was uneducated and didn’t have any depth.

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  • Shayla March
  • 2015-12-26

I couldn't stop listening!

The reef is by far the best book I have ever read. It started off with a twist, and through out the entire read there was something exciting happening. If I could have stayed awake and never slept, I would have read (listened to) the entire novel in one sitting. Wow, I have nothing but great reviews for the reef. If you need one book to read for your entire career, give this one a chance. There were just the right amounts of mystery, romance, excitement, twists, science and thrill in it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-23

Would have been better to read instead of listen.

I did not finish this. I could not get past how the narrator did the character voices, especially the men. The story is an interesting subject, something very interesting to me, but Tate was needy and talked about love way too fast. The idea of this book is great, but the execution is lacking. I probably would have liked it more if I had read it as a book and not listened to it as an audiobook.

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  • Norma Gozner
  • 2017-08-27

The Reef

A behind the scenes look at treasure hunting woven with love, betrayal and treachery all in search of a necklace.

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  • boatsrmything
  • 2017-07-15

Fantastic sexy suspense thriller

excellent story in even better if you like the water and that lifestyle. I hated to hear it finish and wanted more.

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  • E. Goldman
  • 2021-05-09

A bit disappointed

I have listened to several other Nora Robert’s book. The storyline was interesting however at times it read like a cheap romance novel. I was not thrilled with the performance of the reader. I’ll stick to one of Roberts line of books if I choose to select one of hers again.

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  • Ashley & Kris Hartwell
  • 2015-10-19

Not Nora's Best

What did you like best about The Reef? What did you like least?

I'm a big fan of Nora Roberts, and have read most of her books (so long as they weren't published by Harlequin). Most of her books describe a strong female character with realistic character traits - her male characters are the same. I did not like the two leads in the book, and found that their 'lines' were very cheesey. I'll just chalk this up to it being a book written by her a long time ago, because she had really developed her craft as a writer.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

Yes

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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  • Jenny W
  • 2008-09-18

A boring cliche, and disappointment

I'm usually really easy to please, and not a harsh critic, but I totally couldn't get into this book. I'll admit, this was my first attempt at Nora Roberts. Are all her books this way? I love the genre of adventure / romance, which is why I bought this. But I could NOT latch on to the characters at all, and before I knew it they were already "in love", when I didn't think anything had even begun. It felt like I missed something, but I didn't. The Heroine falls for this guy before there is even any build up or anything desirable about him! Very strange. It made it impossible to feel any connection whatsoever.

Maybe it is the narration that I didn't like. It's read very very quickly, with no pause between sentences or phrases, as if she were trying to just get through the thing. Also, the accents just lost me.

I didn't even download the second half of this book. 2 hours in, I give up.

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