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Honest Illusions

Narrated by: Sandra Burr
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the daughter of a world-renowned magician who is equally accomplished as a jewel thief, Roxy Nouvelle inherits her father's genius. Dashing escape artist Luke Callahan also possesses a gift for relieving the wealthy of their valuables. Brought up together, Roxy and Luke are partners first in illusion, then in crime, and finally in passion.

But the shadow of his past stalks Luke, forcing him to vanish or see his loved one ruined. Years of hollow fame and lonely affluence pass before Roxy and Luke reunite to execute the most daring heist of their careers and to exact sweet revenge.

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

Critic Reviews

"[A] suspenseful, glamorous story of love, blackmail, and magic." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Reader Burr displays a variety of intonations and accents, from kids to little ladies and old men, from Cajuns to New Yorkers and Mexicans." ( AudioFile)

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  • Kimberly
  • 10-07-2012

One of My Favorites Ever!

Would you consider the audio edition of Honest Illusions to be better than the print version?

Audio is better for me because it allows me to listen to books while doing other things around the house. If someone couldn't get this book in Audio, then I'm sure the book version would be just as good.

What other book might you compare Honest Illusions to and why?

I wouldn't compare this book to any other. This book was amazing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the part in the book when Luke sees his son for the first time. My heart just melted. It was beautifully done.

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This has to be one of my top 3 books ever. I absolutely loved this book and will read it again in the future. I would recommend it to anyone. It was perfect.

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  • Heidi
  • 28-01-2010

I loved it

What can I say - I love the way Nora Roberts writes, her story lines are great, her characters are "real".

A truly good book!

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  • Debra A. Blouin
  • 16-06-2009

Great Book!

This was an excellent book. Nora Roberts does it again with great characters and story line. Kept my attention from the beginning.

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  • Dalia
  • 03-01-2013

Excellent Audiobook !!!!

NR is such a talent author! She had such multiple depths to her stories, she integrates romance, suspense, family and human relations, history and much more! You end up listening to a well constructed experience brought to perfection by the excellent narration of SB. Well done both! I absolutely loved it! All NR audiobooks are currently in my library waiting for be listened to ;) I am excited to go over her books as I know I will not be disappointed!

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  • Michelle
  • 23-06-2011

Magical

Loved this book! It's full of love and magic. I absolutely enjoyed the cat & mouse games between the characters. All the characters were wonderfully written in the story.

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  • w.a.m.
  • 30-01-2009

Wonderful

Wonderful and great story. It has everything in it. Magic, suspense, romance, excitement. I just loved it!!!

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  • Stephanie
  • 05-02-2020

Something Wrong with Audio

The story was okay. Enjoyable but not one of NR’s best. The narrator was decent but the sound was very choppy. As though it were speeded up and slowed down with a weird choppy sound at times.

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  • Stephanie Bramlett
  • 01-12-2019

One of Nora’s best!

I must say this is one of my favorite Nora Roberts books! I thought that the story was imaginative and complex. I liked that it started from the beginning of the character’s childhood meeting and continued all the way to adulthood. I loved being taken along all of the twists and turns of Luke and Roxy’s journey into adulthood. The glamour and excitement of them being jewel thieves under the guise of being top notch magicians really appealed to me. The deep seated love and passion with a little bit of heartbreak along the way kept me wanting to keep listening! Even though some didn’t enjoy the narration, I thought she did an excellent job with the different voices. Finally, I felt the story had a happy and satisfying ending! My advice is listen to this book for yourself and form your own opinion. Keep in mind, this is a work of fiction and that’s what makes it fun! Just enjoy the escape and relax! Cheers!

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  • Heather Smith
  • 11-11-2019

😁

such a good book. my first audio book and I think I'm hooked now 😁

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-2019

Good story, bad narrator = meh.

I like Nora Roberts. I like that she obviously takes the time to learn about her subject matter. While this book is typical Nora (a bit predictable but still an entertaining story) , Sandra Burr was... well, frankly, pretty awful. Conversations sounded stiff and soap opera-ish, sometimes it seemed like she forgot which character was supposed to be speaking, her voice characterization made it the characters unrelatable. Her narration was annoying enough that I wasn't able to finish the book.

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  • Catriona
  • 12-04-2010

unsympathetic characters

I have to say that I laboured through this one. I usually like Nora Roberts' books as light relief. The two main characters bickered their way through the whole book and I felt like telling them to grow up. I found the hero most unlikeable and rather lacking in sense. The story opens when he returns after being absent for five years. There's no good explanation of why he couldn't have contacted his family and told them what the problem was.
The summary refers to the heroine as being a thief, but I had assumed that was some sort of plot twist. In fact all the 'sympathetic' characters are thieves and their only self-justification appears to be that they enjoy it. Perhaps this was meant to give a Raffles-like air to them, but it didn't work for me.

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  • Berni D
  • 04-10-2019

Honest Illusions

I enjoyed listening to this book very much as I have a likeness for Nora Roberts books

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  • DJS
  • 17-08-2017

Storyline isn't bad but the delivery is awful!

It sounds like it's read by a computer very disappointing indeed. The storyline isn't as grabbing as I've come to expect from Nora Roberts. Overall I would say poor, and don't waste your money.