Thursday, August 22, 2019

Macmillan audio review of Under Currents by Nora Roberts narrated by January LaVoy

Like many women's fiction, romance and paranormal romance lovers Nora Roberts is an auto buy and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to review this one because it was right up there with her very best.
Thanks to Macmillan audio for the audio review copy!

ISBN: 9781250219336
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release Date: 7-9-2019

 14hrs - 36mins
 Macmillan Audio for review
Buy It: Audible



For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they've come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...

Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.

Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.

My Review:

Under Currents
Nora Roberts
January LaVoy narrator

Nora Roberts’ latest women’s fiction stand-a-lone is outstanding, one of her very best a must read that most readers will find equally hard to put down because it’s fantastic and hard to read as it deals with heinous despicable abuse against innocents.

Zane Walker has many reasons for never returning to the quiet NC burb he grew up in, a place he almost didn’t make it out alive. But he’s got even more reasons to return, namely the people who mean the most to him who love him as unconditionally as he loves them and besides it’s just time to come home to put away forever the painful memories that have haunted him since the fateful night his parents were finally revealed as monsters.

Darby McCray needed a new beginning in a place where no one knows her, a place she can lick her wounds and make a fresh start and she thinks she found it in this picturesque NC hamlet. It’s got just the right climate and if she plays her cards right she just might be able to rebuild her landscape design company.

When Zane and Darby meet they hit it off immediately there are even a few sparks between them but they’re not looking for love and both have good reasons not to let someone get close. But sometimes fate has other ideas and sometimes ready or not here comes love.

There are not enough words to express how fantastic a read this is, a well plotted fast paced unforgettable story set in view of the breathtaking Blue Ridge mountains with characters that will leave lasting impressions no matter if they’re good or bad. Fans will devour this book and after they consider throwing the book, kindle or other reading/listening device against the wall because of the horrors that happen in part one, heart rates will (temporarily) return to normal. Roberts gives the audience a few plot dots to connect and a mystery or two to solve and although I had parts figured out there was still a jaw-dropping OMG or two.

The Macmillan audio version narrated by January LaVoy will give the listening audience extra shivers with her excellent delivery, fantastic vocal performances of both adult and child and both sexes. Plus her emotional portrayals make it a grand slam. 

About the Author:
NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Year One, Shelter in Place, Come Sundown, The Obsession, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

About the Narrator:
January is an award-winning voice artist and narrator. Since 2007, she has voiced dozens of commercials and nearly 200 audiobooks, including titles by James Patterson, Jeffery Deaver, John Grisham, Marcia Clark, Libba Bray, and Harlan Coben. Random House Audio produced this short documentary on the casting process and recording of THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray.



  1. I've been a latecomer to Nora Roberts, but this does sound like a solid one that I would connect with.
    January is new to me, but I'm always looking for more narrator favs. :)

    1. she was a new narrator to me too Sophia Rose and I'm glad you're finally enjoying Nora :)

  2. The mountain setting sounds wonderful! Zane and Darby sounds wonderful too. I think I would definitely enjoy this one. I am curious to see how many holds it will have at my library. I'm off to check.

    1. oh boy probably lots Jenea if its anything like my library :)

  3. I used to read her books years ago but I haven't lately and this one sounds pretty good.

    1. it was fantastic Mary. Some of hers for a while got a little to blah but this one is not one of them

  4. I loved reading this one - I won a paperback copy which was nice. However at some point I'll listen to it when I've forgotten it enough to make it feel a "new" read. LaVoy does such a good job too. My sister will listen to this and love it I know.

    1. glad you liked it too Kathryn and yes the audio is a must I think if you want to get the 360º feel of the story.

  5. I have yet to try her narration, one day!

  6. Even though I don't read her work as much as I used to, it's amazing to see how Nora Roberts continues to reinvent herself with the stories that she tells. Living in NC, I'm familiar with the area she mentions in the book too, and definitely need to grab this one to read. Hugs, and hope you're doing well! RO

    1. it is amazing how she reinvents herself but when you're that long lived as an author I would think you'd either have to do that or else risk missing out on new fans. This one really shows off her as a master storyteller

  7. You sold me friend.

  8. I love her books, although it has been awhile since I read her work. I am adding this to my wishlist.