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Black Hills

Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Nora Roberts takes listeners deep into the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, where the shadows keep secrets, hunters stalk the land, and a childhood friendship matures into an adult passion.

Cooper Sullivan spent the summers of his youth on his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch, sharing innocent games and stolen kisses with the neighbor girl, Lil Chance. Now, twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills. 

Coop has left his fast-paced life as an investigator in New York to take care of his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something...or someone...has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into a heartless attack on Lil’s beloved cougar, memories of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.

Lil and Coop know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts has singled them out as prey...

©2009 Nora Roberts (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Another great book by this author.

Fabulous narration of an enthralling story in a remarkable setting. Great love story too. Loved it.

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Excellent Story

I loved the story, the romance, the drama. Very well written. I think the storyteller has an excellent voice, at the same time he needed to provide more distinction between characters. He had different voices for them but wasn’t able to hold them consistently through the book. Still, a fantastic story and great to listen too.

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  • 01-02-2015

Very easy to listen to.

I did not know what to expect and had never read Nora Roberts before but I was surprised and pleased.The story contained believable characters and tension was maintained as inbuilt to an exciting climax

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2010

Excellent!

One of the best books I've listened to! Kept me very engaged and interested!

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  • Lorraine
  • 09-07-2009

black hills

I think this is one of NOra Roberts best novels. The characters are defined so that you feel you know them and are part of their lives. Action packed...great read.

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  • Ed
  • 16-07-2009

Good Story

The narrator is the weak link to this story. Perhaps she should consider someone like Christian Rummel on her next book.

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  • Lynne Phelps
  • 26-07-2009

Great Read but a Poor Listen - a Wasted Credit

I always like to read the book first to form my own impression of the story and the characters. I was glad that I read Black Hills before I listened to it; had I done it in the reverse order I never would have bought the book.

The narrator spoke with almost no inflection. Dramatic scenes became boring. I was constantly having to back up to try and figure out who was speaking. My mind kept wandering - NOT a normal occurance during a Nora Roberts adventure!

I wish Audible had a "satisfaction guaranteed or your credit back" policy! This would be at the top of my list for return. I was so disappointed in the quality of the reading that I actually emailed Brilliance to vent.

As is, I feel sad and cheated after listening to the audiobook, as it was mediocre at best and it could have been GREAT with a more dynamic performance.

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  • Donna A
  • 09-10-2009

Very predicable

This was a typical Nora Roberts book, it actual reminded me of Blue Smoke. The "he broke my heart but I will sleep with him anyways" went on too long. I actually thought the book was too long period and I guessed how the book was going to end way before it happened. Unlike the others I do not think the narrator was right for the book; he made all the woman sound like they were 13 year old teenage girls or dumb blonds; does he really think all women get screechy when they are a little excited? Would I recommend it - if you like Nora Roberts you probably will like it.

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  • D. A. Tyler
  • 12-07-2009

Love it

This is classic Nora Roberts. She has done a few books along this line, but can still may the story fresh and new make you feel for the people. You have a feeling how it will end, but you have to keep reading/listening. You need to know every twist and turn of the plot. It is a great job on her part and i think this will be one of here lifetime movies. lol The narrater is great too giving life to the people. Drawing you in with a smooth voice, making for easy listen.

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  • Jane
  • 11-07-2009

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Great is all that can be said. Such a great book!

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  • SaintsFan
  • 26-07-2009

Slow moving.

Started out really good, but I'm not even finished Part 1 and I'm not sure if I can handle another 9 hours. Story is interesting, characters well developed, but it really drags. I don't have a problem with the narrator - he's fine for me. But at times I feel like I'm listening to a lecture about wildlife preservation. Where was the editor for this book? It's way too long for the storyline. I'm having trouble staying interested. I never listened to abridged books, but this time I'm wishing I had purchased the shorter version just to get things moving.

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  • Nanc
  • 06-04-2019

Excellent book

I listened to this book and thought it was excellent! My husband loved it, too, as he listened to it most of the time when I did.

Nanc

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  • Mimmi
  • 03-11-2012

Good listen ~

What did you love best about Black Hills?

The family connections ~ nobody writes family and friends like Nora. The deep seated sense of comfort and belonging she somehow makes emanate from the pages of a book.

What other book might you compare Black Hills to and why?

One of her softer romances ~ while this IS a suspense, and it was actually one of her HC releases and they tend to be grittier, this one was softer in tone, with a more comfortable easy romance. I'd have to compare it to one of her Bride trilogy books or her Boonesboro Inn books

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh, there were many, but I LOVED, love the scene where Baby, the Cougar that has imprinted on Lil literally saves her life ~ and then just comes up to her like a house cat. LOVED it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, in several scenes, and it made me sigh with happiness in a few, too...it just gave me that feel good euphoria you get sometimes from reading a really GOOD book, you know?

Any additional comments?

While this isn't my favorite Nora, it was good! And again, it showcases one of her best talents, IMO ~ her ability to write relationships. Between friends, family, co workers ~ you name it, the woman excels. I want to BE a character in one of her books, lol. I loved reading about the animals they rescued in this book ~ wasn't preachy or too much info, just enough to make you appreciate it. I would have liked more suspense & little more mystery, but she tends to save that more for her JD Robb titles, and hey I'll take that too!

All in all it was a really good listen w/ a pretty darn good narrator. Not the BEST I've listened too, but pretty darn good!

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  • Wales
  • 15-06-2015

story draws you in to the charactors

Would you listen to Black Hills again? Why?

yes, I always find more to a story when listened to again

What other book might you compare Black Hills to, and why?

The Nora Roberts Boonsborough books

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no and he did good

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

no

Any additional comments?

Good character's and story line. Keep me interested and engaged to the end.

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  • Richard Warriner
  • 14-04-2014

It sure goes on a bit

Whilst the story is intriguing and the performance excellent it does drag on rather. The constant interplay between the 2 lead characters about their on/off relationship becomes tiresome after a while and i was well ready for it to end.

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  • Jane
  • 25-12-2012

Brilliant yet again

Having just found Nora Roberts books and not being able to get enough of them, I loved listening to Black Hills. Again it had all that I expected in a Nora Roberts book, crime, love and will you never learn. I also enjoyed the narration and mine as I would shout or sigh at the odd character to two, which is one of the many things Iike about this book. I would recommend giving this book a listen and I hope you will enjoy having chuckles and shouts as much as I did.

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  • Jackie Aitken
  • 31-10-2018

Second half was better!

the first half was a little pedestrian at times but the story became better towards the end. I struggled with the narrator; many times I was unsure which character was speaking. I would avoid him in the future

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  • Belinda Norton
  • 06-01-2018

Not up to sundown

my first of her books was sundown over at it was truly awesome. this was fine but much more predictable and the narration was nowhere near as good

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  • ellie
  • 02-12-2017

Black hills revisited

Excellent. Visited all the locations on holiday so doubly exciting to revisit it in a story,

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  • Saluki Selfie
  • 30-03-2016

black hills

as with all Nora Roberts books ,you get a good story and romance and in depth characters.
any romance readers a good afternoons read.
I recommend for you to reaf

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  • Dave Fower
  • 24-06-2015

Awesome !

Another brilliant captivating story, with strong characters, by Nora Roberts.
Wonderfully bought to life by the narrator