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Blood Brothers

Sign of Seven, Book 1
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Series: Sign of Seven, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the first novel in a compelling trilogy about three brothers bound by fate, blood, and a timeless enemy.

In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it’s called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone...

It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins - descendant of the town founders - has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one years ago, the signs have never been this strong before. Cal will need the help of his best friends Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on a stranger as well. 

Reporter Quinn Black came to Hawkins Hollow hoping to make its eerie happenings the subject of her new book. She too can see the evil the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town - and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, they will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a desire that will grow and form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness…

Don't miss the other books in the Sign of Seven trilogy:

The Hollow

The Pagan Stone

©2007 Nora Roberts (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Phil Gigante gives a spirited performance of the first book in Roberts's new trilogy. Fans of her storytelling will revel in this new series, which weaves romance with supernatural events." ( AudioFile)

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The narrator was a hoot

At first was a little unsure of the male narrators voice for female characters but it provided entertainment all on its own.

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Captivating

As usual Nora Roberts has managed to hold your attentions till the end and leaves you wanting more. I was totally captivated from the beginning. Loved it Bring on book two

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A captivating paranormal story.

This is quite different from other Nora Roberts stories that I have read to date with the strong paranormal story line, however it still contains all the things that we know and love about her work.The female voices almost ruin the performance, luckily the rest of the performance is very strong and entertaining.

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How do I explain this book?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy, love, life, and small country towns that hold the secret's, the terror and horror of magic and the paranormal, BUT it's SET in very realistic surroundings, very unlike many other books that branch into these subjects of lore, rite and magic. I think this is why I loved it so much. It also holds a lost coming of age. I don't know how to place it in any kind of genre though :) It could be a romance novel, horror story, or a paranormal magic spin, but how ever you perceive or enjoy any of these topics, this is one of the best I have ever read of it's kind. I love general novels, fantasy, sci fi, horror. A huge mix of topics and genre's, but this is a fantastic listen if you like this sort of thing. It's like a music mash up of all your favourites but written into a magical story.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself, yeah ok there is a small cheese factor but once past this the dialogue and quick witted retorts and responses from characters could have fallen straight out of the mouths of my friends which kept me laughing, some actually were and the way the were placed into the context of speech, made me think I recognised friends traits in their words and actions.

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

He was great. I'm a big fan.

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

yes, I think I did, it was either this one or book 2.

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  • beth
  • 27-01-2013

So-So for Nora

This book fell a little flat for me. I liked the characters and the plot idea but it just felt a little contrived and not up to Nora's usual standards. I bought the whole series in advance so I am hoping for an improvement. I might have just had really high expectations after reading "The Circle Trilogy" that I adored. I will finish the series but it definitely shifted to the bottom of my TBR pile.

The narration was good but the female voices were a tad cheesy.

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  • Rick
  • 09-08-2012

Frequent Listener

Wasn't sure how I was going to like a Nora Roberts book, I was getting lots of trash talk from my family and friends about it being girlie. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I continued on with my listening journey. First, I enjoy Phil as a narrator, I read where someone said the book needed a better narrator, I find that hard to believe as it seemed to me that Phil did a great job bringing personality and a believable difference to the many characters. I've listened to some readers that prettty much put me to sleep, didn't happen on this book.

The story was very different from the sort of books I normally listen to, yes I am a guy and pretty much feed on Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Griffin, Wood, Silva and that sort, but I found this very enjoyable fair. Imaginative and fun to listen to, I do recomend it now. What is best, I have the last laugh on my family.

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  • Steph
  • 02-10-2016

Easy reading trilogy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I recommend this book to people who want something light and magical and romantic. If you're looking for something deep and meaningful, you must look elsewhere.

Would you recommend Blood Brothers to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend Blood Brothers to my friends if they are looking for a vacation read.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator is a man, therefore the male voices are mostly spot on. Female voices...well, I felt as if he must have some pretty solid stereotypes of women in his mind when he read these characters. I had to sort of get around the problem by replaying the dialogue in my head, by asking myself how I would have read it and telling myself that it's okay...it's okay...these women are really smart, they just sound like fools. (Sorry, narrator.)

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Female narrators are best for Nora Roberts books.

Any additional comments?

I like these light romances. Though I would like for them to have more depth. I must assume that these kinds of magical romance trilogies are just fluffy, which is fine for light entertainment.

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  • Rachel
  • 27-01-2009

Terrible Narrator

Terrible Narrator. I rarely say this as I believe to listen to audio books I must be flexible as to how a character is portrayed by the narrator. But this one was terrible, no. Horrible. Not only was his voices for the women appalling but his male voices were not much better. The sex scenes were painful- to the point where further into the book I had to skip them. The scenes were well written, but it was embarrassing to hear it from this narrator. I could tell he was embarrassed by them too!

I only wish Susan Ericksen had narrated this one, she is brilliant with Nora Roberts books. This narrator was so bad I really don't know if I liked the book or not. It was so hard to listen to it and even harder to care for any of the characters, the way it was read. So disappointing.

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  • Jamie Ayling
  • 28-06-2019

Narration too bad to get past

The story was fine and the male character narration was fine (not great by any means) but the decision made by the narrator, and then okayed by someone in charge, for the terrible female character voices is just a shame. It was so distracting and irritating that I couldnt even finish it. I had to stop listening after a few chapters. I usually love anything by Nora Roberts but this was a rare disappointment.

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  • Lynessa
  • 18-06-2008

Great story needs better narrator

I have to say I have always enjoyed Robert's books and this is another one to add to my list. The only problem I had was the narrators choice of voices was horrible. All the women were screetchy and annoying as well as Fox's which made it somewhat hard to listen to without cringing when one of them "spoke". This is a great gripping story, you just need to make it through the voices.

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  • Cristie
  • 21-07-2019

Sorry is pretty good

I did not like how the narrator did the female voices in the reading. The voices are silly and I found them distracting.
Book is ok. Very melodramatic.

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  • amber
  • 19-04-2019

Not the Best

This narrator is the worst. He made the women sound like ditzes and the men sound like ignorant douchebags.

The storyline was good, but I think the characters were poorly written. Roberts has a way of making her female characters incredibly annoying. In all the trilogies I’ve read/listened to, at least one character is written just like this one and she’s always irritating. The romance was shallow and predictable too. I think this may be one of the last trilogies of hers that I read.

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  • J. M. Sirley
  • 06-04-2019

Crap

I love most of NRA Roberts’ novels. This novel however was boring, predictable an could not stand the characters. Chauvinistic males and female characters that try to be strong but end up appearing bland and weak. Save your money to buy some of her other books.
Love Nora Roberts bit not this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-2019

It was okay

Not at all her best work. Too much unnecessary dialogue. She had my attention in the first 4 chapters. Afterwards I barely paid attention to the narrator.

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  • Cmq
  • 31-12-2010

Shame about the narrator

If you know and like Nora Roberts' writing style, this is for you. It has all the usual ingredients, likeable characters, a good sense of location and the right balance between suspense and romance. It's not her best effort but a fair addition to her work. Would have rated this as a four star but dropped this down to a three as I didn't get on with the narrator. His interpretation of the female characters' voices were unconvincing and distracting - he did better with the male characters but it was an uneven read and lessened the ease and enjoyment of listening to the book. Having now heard the second audio book in the series (which uses a different narrator), it becomes even more clear that the narration for the first book was weak. A shame.

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  • Nadia
  • 12-04-2009

Blood Brothers

This is the first book in Nora Robert's Sign Of Seven Trilogy. Three young boys accidentally release a demon that has been trapped for centuries. Every seven years, the demon returns to wreak havoc on the town. Now grown, the three friends are determined to send the demon back where it came from. They are joined by three women who are intimately connected with the town and its history. For me, this wasn't quite in the league of the Circle Trilogy, but I think it would be almost impossible to top that. Blood Brothers is interesting, highly readable and with strong, likeable characters. Perfect for anyone who likes romance with a supernatural twist. Once you've read the first book, I guarantee you'll want to read the next two.

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  • Queenankh
  • 03-07-2017

Excellent Performance

Having read the actual books many times, it was nice to hear someone else read it!
Narration is excellent, Phil Gigante does subtle voice changes for character changes and they work.
I love the use of audio techniques to make the demon sound ethereal. It really stands out then from the human characters.

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  • Ceripol
  • 04-08-2019

Good story, narration spoiled by poor voices

Great story, and I’m glad I’ve read this before as a book, otherwise I’d believe the main female characters are brainless stereotypical idiots. As others have mentioned, the narrator, who is otherwise pretty good, does a poor job of the characters’ voices. The women are particularly grating - high pitched and whiny so you can hardly take anything they say seriously. At times even the male voices are poor - in particular Fox, who sounds like a teenager whose voice is breaking. Would be great if Brilliant audio could re-record this one!

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  • Christina
  • 23-02-2017

Good book

This book is good though seems to follow a predictable road of the other books I have read of Nora Roberts. However I will be reading the others. Let you know then.

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  • dylan
  • 23-08-2015

a new world of entertainment

great story although three books should be combined as one that would be great. ;)

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  • June
  • 19-07-2014

Narrator made Quinn unbearable

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Love Nora Roberts audiobooks, but this one got me peeved - not just for the hocus-pocus aspects, but also for the voicing of Quinn, an obviously smart gal who's made to sound like a double-dose of sugar-blondie.

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  • Amanda
  • 10-10-2012

Not what I was expecting!

I was meant to down load Blood Brother - instead I got this! But it was a good book. Never read a horror before! I got though it as I expect its a gentle one! Kind of petered out towards the end. Allowing for another book which spoilt it a bit. Nicely narrated. Might give the next one a shot in a few weeks........