Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Audiobook Review: Three Sisters Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts

The Books
Dance Upon the Air
When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she's finally found refuge from her abusive husband.... But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers from a terrible curse one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692.

Heaven and Earth
Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff's deputy keeps her busy and happy. She's perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her and though she tries hard to hide them, she can't get them under control.... Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke a researcher who's come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island.

Face the Fire
Mia Devlin knows what it is like to love with your whole heart and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared and determined to live without love. The new owner of the island's only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia's affections. She ll need his help and his powers to face her greatest, most terrifying challenge.

A Reader's Opinion
Story: This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts trilogies, and I've read it half a dozen times. The story is fun, mysterious, has a nice dose of dry humor, plenty of romance and suspense. Set on a picturesque island off the coast of Massachusetts, Three Sisters is quintessentially New England. The characters in all three books are well written and developed, though I have a special fondness for Nell and Zach in book one, and MacAllister in book two. Ripley (book two) and Sam (book three) are also delightful. Mia (book three) is the only character I never quite enjoyed, no matter how many times I've read the books, but don't let her stop you from enjoying a great trilogy. 

Narration: Sandra Burr did a great job narrating these books, and though the male voices left something to be desired, she can't be faulted for not pulling off the sexy male voices I hear when reading the dialogue. I was easily caught up in the story rather than be distracted by the voices, which in my opinion, is a mark of a good narrator. The sound quality was excellent.

Overall: Recommended. 

Edition: I listened to the abridged version of this collection read by Sandra Burr. If you have read the trilogy, you'll be able to mentally fill in the gaps. If you haven't read the trilogy, I strongly recommend getting the unabridged version, which is now available. The abridged version cuts out what I believed were valuable glimpses into the characters' lives.

Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Format: CDs (non-streaming)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio 

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