#1 New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts presents a passionate story from the thrilling Night Tales series.…
They called him Nemesis. He walked the dark alleyways alone, a shadow among shadows - and that's the way he liked it. Until the night he saved Deborah O'Roarke from an attacker and rediscovered the quiet ache of yearning lodged in his heart. It had been a long time since he had wanted to reach out to someone…. But Deborah was an idealistic prosecutor who played by the rules and abhorred the vigilantism of her mysterious defender. Could she come to love the phantom who lurked in the Night Shadow?
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Audiobook just over seven hours long, narrated by Kate Rudd.
Gage = Lead male character = Charming, tall and handsome, ridiculously rich, Type A chauvinist.
Nemesis = Charming superman-vigilante, with a bizarre paranormal ability, who always seems to be in the Night Shadow ready to rescue a damsel is distress. He wears all black, including a mask (Spoooooky).
Deborah = Lead female character = Assistant District Attorney (the damsel in distress), career obsessed, beautiful, swoons to the charms of both.
Before the end of the first chapter you’ll have no trouble guessing Nemesis = Gage, both of them give Deborah weak knees. Deborah is written to be the strong female lead, but succumbs to the sexual innuendo of these two characters like a high-hormone-laden teenaged girl. Her reactions are awkward and silly. The romance aspect of Night Shadow is so mawkish your eyes will roll back to bounce on your tailbone. Fast-forwarded a lot through several required, and lengthy, sex scenes to get back to the mystery. Typical of Nora Roberts, 70% of the novel is sickly sentimental foo-foo, 30% mystery, and point of view is an author whim. Nora has a wonderful way of throwing conventional writing dictums out the window :-).
For anyone familiar with the In Death series by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb, the Deborah/Gage dynamic is just too similar to that of Eve/Roark. Coffee references, Gage being filthy rich … even has a secret high-tech room in his mansion, Deborah being in law enforcement … all uncomfortably similar. Roberts/Robb should simply adjust character names and re-work a bit to create Night Shadow - In Death. Might consider changing the narrator to Susan Erickson for the audiobook and ta-da … new book in the In Death series.
The story line is pretty basic, but good. A cop killing drug dealer is the target of the DA, and for personal reasons, the target of Gage. When the two can stay focused on the bad guys instead of dewey-doe-eyed lovey-dovies, it’s not a bad story.
Kate Rudd is okay. Over emotes a bit.
If you like Nora Roberts romance novels, you’ll like much more of the story than I. *shrug*
"Narration was very disappointing."
The story was a well written Nora Roberts Romantic Suspense featuring a strong leading couple. The Narrator ruined the story. As always, Roberts gave us a strong independent woman who left her family to go to the big city to establish herself as an assistant DA. She had strong beliefs in following the law and often argued with the hero's beliefs. The Narrator made her sound like she was crying while explaining her feelings. She whined through most of the scenes with the hero. I just wanted to tell her to stop whining. I wanted to stop listening about 1/4 of the way into the story. I only continued to listen because I trust Nora Roberts' style of writing. When the arguments decreased, the narration improved. I do not recommend Kate Rudd as a narrator. The whining was very annoying.
The super power of the hero and Nora Roberts' style of writing. It was a great Romance. Nora has indicated that she has no say about who narrates her books. I believe that she would not have been happy about this whiny narration.
I bought the entire Night Tales Series on Audible. I hope that there are different narrators. If not, I will give Kate Rudd another try. If it isn't any better than this book's narration, I will be returning the other books.
This romance would have been much better if Deborah would have been portrayed as the strong woman Nora described instead of the cry-baby Kate made her.
It is a shame that the authors can't audition prospective narrators. This would ensure narrators dramatized the book properly and did not become too melodramatic.
"very bad performance"
I enjoyed the story vertu much
the narrator did not allow the right emotion to come forward she seemed to clip the end of each sentence very disturbing
"Laughable Narration to a Laughable Story"
I have enjoyed many Nora Roberts novels. I didn't carefully read the plot summary and was very disappointed with the supernatural elements of the book. My mistake. But, the book is pretty lame in terms of plot and characters, and the narration is laughably poor. Kate Rudd over-enunciates her consonants and appears to struggle with the words - as though she's sounding out the unfamiliar syllables of a foreign language. She cannot convincingly express strong emotions without resorting to hysterical, breathy whining.
The female protagonist is an absurd melding of powerful professional woman with a heart of gold, a will of iron, and a body to knock your socks off. She isn't believable in the slightest.
Roberts also falls into the tiresome plot contrivance of creating false and hollow conflict to enliven the story. The characters fall in love but they don't want to. They want to sleep together but they fight it. She must resist. He must pull back. Yes-no-yes-no. And, then Roberts switches it up with no-yes-yes-no.
The characters are flat, stereotypical and rather unsympathetic. They are cardboard cutouts of Hero and Heroine; and, they left me cold.
On the other hand, I was laughing out loud listening to Rudd's ridiculous narration. So, it wasn't a total loss.
There were a few times when Deborah acted too dumb to live in the beginning, but got better as the book went on. Gage was a tormented soul & I was happy to see him in love. The paranormal aspect was little more than a footnote & was never explained fully. It was fun to reconnect with Cilla & Boyd from Night Shift, which if I'm being honest, is the best story of all the "Night Tales" series. Imo.
"Better than anticipated"
I had reservations on the book because I wasn't certain that the narrator was ...well, good enough. My initial reaction was pretty much, a disappointment... but I thought I would give it a bit longer - at least 1 chapter. The narrator was surprisingly very good and she brought the characters to life. So, those who read the reviews & "buy" based on the reviews, remember that many do what I was going to do… I was NOT GOING TO GIVE it a chance. Seriously, DECIDE FOR YOURSELF & REMEMBER, after you allow 2-3 chapters and you decided for yourself, you can always return the book for refund/credit.
"Nora Roberts never disappoints!"
loved it, her novels your typical romance, but appeals to your sense of a romance story with twists of intrigue, great story telling. it leaves you wanting to finish in one sitting!
"Don't waste your time!"
The story was mediocre and would have been so much better with another narrator. The male characters all sounded the same and you could just picture the narrator puffing up to sound gruff to do a male character voice.
The narrator clipped the ends of sentences in a very awkward, unnatural way making the main character sound like she was always out of breath or about to cry - which made her come off as too weak for me.
Story was just ok. I didn't look forward to picking up where I left off, like I do with most of Nora's books.
Only memorable because the narration was so bad!
I didn't much care for the narrator , it seemed as though she was talking to loud.
"Skip this one"
Predictable, corny, shallow characters... struggled to finish. Reader's voice is just not suited for audiobooks.
"Couldn't finish this"
I felt the narration of this was dreadfully dull. I tried to get on with it, because the story seemed promising, but could only make it through four chapters before shelving. I might pick this up again in paperback.
"Not as good as I had hoped!"
This book focuses mainly on the romance between the two main characters and how they feel about each other. They have an instant attraction to each other and it is obvious from the outset that they will overcome any obstacle to be together. This detracts from the romance which would have been far better with a slower build up.
The background story is much better. It involves the Nemesis character wanting vengeance on the criminal who killed his best friend, and the assistant DA, Deborah, wanting to track down a drug dealer who is causing devastation in the city. This is a good plot with some tension and action as Deborah makes progress with the investigation, and the drug dealers see her as a threat. The action scenes are quite good. There is also a good twist in the end which I didn't see coming.
If the book had spent more time focusing on the plot, and built up the romance at a reasonable rate instead of undying love at first sight, this could have been a much better book. This is the first Nora Roberts I have read. I didn't feel inclined to rush to get another, but you never know. The performance was better than the story. Kate Rudd handled the accents and different voices well, and put some feeling into the dialogue.
It is an easy listen but the characters are a little flat, a little too common place
The characters need to be less stereotyped, the action more plausible in places
The old neighbour
An easy listen but a disappointment if considering the skill of that author
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