I’m All Ears ~ Audiobook Review: The Search by Nora Roberts

Posted May 11, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Narrator: Tanya Eby
I’m All Ears ~ Audiobook Review: The Search  by Nora RobertsThe Search by Nora Roberts
on July 6th 2010
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a riveting novel of a canine Search and Rescue volunteer who fights danger and finds love in the Pacific Northwest wilderness.

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life—a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school and a challenging volunteer job performing Canine Search and Rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

Several years ago, Fiona was the only survivor of the Red Scarf Killer, who shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.
On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude necessary to rebuild her life. But all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s an intensely private wood artist and the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy named Jaws.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands . . .

Karla’s Review

3 Stars! I’m still “SEARCHING” for the excitement!

Okay, so the book had some moments, but I really expected more in the way of a thrilling read. I did like the two main characters, Fiona and Simon. Fiona was easy going, funny and a dog trainer extraordinaire! Simon was gruff, demanding, pushy, but it added to his appeal and they played well off of each other. I enjoyed the dog training aspect of the book, I love dogs, but when a book is titled The Search and the underlying plot centers around a serial killer, well, you would think it would be more exciting!

Fiona survived a kidnapping, the tragic death of her fiance and now it looks like a copy-cat killer is seeking her out to finish the job! I expected tension, to be on edge, some angst, maybe some scary mixed in and what I got was some sexy times…that was fun…and lots of instruction on how to train your dog. Yes, it was also sweet watching Simon trying to endear himself to Fiona, even though he was less than tactful. I got a kick out of all the dogs and even enjoyed the two search and rescue missions Fiona was called out for, but I didn’t get the suspense I was expecting.

I’m not a writer, but I think if Nora Roberts had started this book off  with writing about all the tragic events that happened to Fiona earlier in her life and then transitioned to present day, that would have made for a suspenseful read. From there bring in the dogs, Simon and the copy-cat killer. Just sayin’!

I really enjoy the majority of Nora Roberts’ books, but this one was a little off for me.


About the audiobook…

While I might not have enjoyed the story all that much I certainly enjoyed the narration. I believe if I had been reading the book as opposed to listening, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t have finished. This was my first listen by Tanya Eby and she was fabulous, a pleasure to listen too. She brought a great voice to all the characters and was able to capture the emotions they were dealing with at any given moment.


About Tanya Eby

Tanya Eby was born in Lansing, Michigan during the decade of Disco; she believes this little detail has shaped much of her existence. She has a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Grand Valley State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

Tanya has had a series of jobs in everything from: clerk for one day at Victoria’s Secret, waitress for seven years, assistant at Carnegie Hall for nine months, development coordinator for two years, voice over performer for ten years and writer for as long as she can remember. She is obsessed with cooking magazines (‘cooking’ as an adjective here and not actually ‘cooking’ the magazines) and attempts a new recipe every week. She has two quirky children, a tiki-obsessed husband, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Tanya is a member of SAG/AFTRA and has over 200 titles to her credit. She also narrates under the name of Tatiana Sokolov for books that are particularly saucy (AKA erotica books).

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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