Narrator: Phil Gigante
Run Time: 10hrs 4min
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. And twenty-one years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men-and the women who love them.
Nora Roberts has become a comfort read for me over the years, and with the 200+ books that she currently has available, I will have plenty of reading for a while yet. But recently, I have been going back to some of her older books and listening to them – they are a great way to kill the commute to work and Blood Brothers being no different. As with most of her other books, especially those in a trilogy, you can see who is going to be paired up with who early on in the books, so there really isn’t the surprise factor – but in return, you get to see more character development, the relationships develop over a longer period of time and the kind of conflict that you would expect to see in a long-term relationship show up.
One of the main complaints that I have with this book and the second one in the series (I haven’t listened to the 3rd was yet), is that Quinn, the main female character seems to be wayyy to focused on her weight and eating healthy and from the way she is described, it seems like she isn’t overweight…maybe it is part and parcel in the time period that the book was written – but it drove me nuts. In fact, it made me want to go out and eat a pint of ice cream just to counter-act her worrying about her weight.
When it comes to narration, no one tops Phil Gigante when it comes the narration. He is easily probably one of my top 5 narrators out there and I will definately opt to listen to a book narrated by him, than most other narrators. While at first, most listeners aren’t a fan of his female voices, I know I wasn’t, he definately grew on me. It is unfortunate that the other 2 books in the trilogy are narrated by other people. Phil is definately what I called a weak-knee’d narrator – in that when I listen to his narration, I get weak-knee’d in places because his voice just does it for me. But I think that is enough squee’ing over Phil 😉