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#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?

©1991 Nora Roberts (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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story not so good or as intrigueing as others l

story not as goodor as intrigueing as the many others books that l have enjoyed by this author

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  • BookReader
  • 18-11-2015

Night Shadow

Any additional comments?

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*

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  • L. Pegher
  • 02-07-2015

Narration was very disappointing.

What did you like best about Night Shadow? What did you like least?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

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.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-2015

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

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  • Cynthia L. Sarmiento
  • 17-03-2020

Twist at the end

Narration was good. Story line good. Nice plot. Nice detective work. On to book #3.

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  • The Amester
  • 17-07-2015

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.

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  • LaVonne
  • 11-06-2021

Super whiney narrater and flawed story

The story was a good idea. However, the CONSTANT whining, complaining, nagging, b#tching, moaning and groaning by the main character Deborah was so annoying I had to fast forward SO often in order to finish the book. I hope to never hear the narrators voice for Deborah ever again. People read books to get away from everyday life. Ugh....the sound of this woman's voice whining, complaining, b#tching, etc etc was so OVER THE TOP! The character would go in circles with the same whiny arguments throughout the entire book! This aspect overshadowed the book so much it was not enjoyable.

I listen to many of Nora Roberts books over and over. But if I could burn this book I would. My brain and ears are still suffering.

Plus the storyline of an everyday guy becoming rich meets a strong willed woman in need of his help is getting old. I've sent several of her books back lately. I just think I need to expand to other authors. However, The Witness and Angels Fall are still 2 of my all time favorite books! But time to move on.

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  • Lady Chaps
  • 12-08-2020

A bit different

A little different but still well worth the credit. The male main character is very strange. I still enjoyed listening to the story though.

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  • Clu
  • 26-08-2019

Couldn’t finish it

Obviously the launch of the Dallas Roark series. Lots of parallels there, can’t really comment on the real story line but just couldn’t finish it. Read the book if you want.

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  • DAW
  • 15-08-2019

Nora Robert's 5 book "Night Tales Series" (1990s)

This is a collection of 5 books "Night Tales Series" that are interconnected with characters. Having read all of Nora Robert's books for almost 4 decades, I was disappointed listening to these 5 books now on Audible. I didn't care for the narrator at all. I do realize that these books were written quite a while ago (30+ years). I had actually read them these years ago (before Audible) but had forgotten until I started listening to them on Audible (2019). Special Note: Nora Robert's is by far my favorite Author. In my opinion, the quality of her writing, development of characters and storylines improves each and every year. I sure hope she doesn't retire soon!

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  • Rhonda Bartlett
  • 26-07-2018

A Great Combination

Nora Roberts is a great storyteller whom I've enjoyed for years. As performed by Kate Rudd, this one was wonderful.

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  • Ellif
  • 16-07-2016

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.

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  • Diane
  • 03-01-2016

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.

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  • Nicola
  • 23-07-2015

Something missing

What did you like best about Night Shadow? What did you like least?

It is an easy listen but the characters are a little flat, a little too common place

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The characters need to be less stereotyped, the action more plausible in places

Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favourite?

The old neighbour

If this book were a film would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

An easy listen but a disappointment if considering the skill of that author

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