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Ginger

Devlin

Shelton, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Cold-Blooded Business: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

    Jan says: "Dana and Marquerite are hard to beat"
    "Another GREAT listen added to the list!"
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    I want to start off by saying I am biased with my reviews of the Kate books. I have read them all and will re-read them at least once a year. I enjoy the fact that Dana is sticking with Marguerite Gavin as a narrator! She does an excellent job of pulling the characters out of the book and putting them in your mind as individuals. I wonder about pronunciation and I was so happy to hear that those two work together to make sure names and locations don't get lost in translation. I always keep a credit on my acct for that fleeting moment where another book is released! Thank you Dana, Marguerite and Audible for giving my busy day a touch of joy, suspense and laughter.

    Kate taking on 'the slope'. YUP, it's finally time she wondered up there to see what all the ruckus is about. And she gets more than she ever could have imagined. From long, busy as hell work days with amazingly scrumptious dinners to first-aid calls on and off the field. Turtle races, hot fudge sundays and a swimming pool/sauna... all on the slope. Add a little dope in the mix and it all goes bad and I mean real bad! So bad that even Kate can't wrap her mind around it... not at first at least.

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  • Bad Blood: A Kate Shugak Mystery, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    In Alaska, 100 years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help.

    Charlie Russel says: "Another Great Kate Shugak Story"
    "After more than a year, I have more understanding."
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    For those who are quite upset (as I was for a very long time)... The reason for such a 'harsh' cliff hanger was because Dana is pursuing a different series and I think fresh ideas for Kate and Mutt have been difficult for the last few books she cranked out. She will be back but I do not know when. Her newest book is out; Silk and Song.

    Don't worry... There will be more Kate. But when Dana is ready and when she has worthy ideas. It would be a disservice to the series to write a book just to write it.

    Believe me, I cried, I was furious, I was in total shock with the cliffhanger. Now... with so much time that has passed... I still listen to the audible version of this BUT only because I know that this is not the ending. So hang in there folks. I was just as frustrated but there is some light at the end of this particular tunnel. Now with that out of the way...

    Great performance as usual! Story... ehhhhhh... I am still torn over it. Overall, yes, it is a good book with a different feel from the rest of the series. Kate is more in the background on this one and Jim takes the lead with a case that is frankly, 'Hatfield & McCoy' sized. Push through and hang on because the last few pages of this will leave you quite disheveled.

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  • A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

    Tracey says: "You never go wrong with a Stabenow novel"
    "Addictive! Even for an Alaskan!"
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    I have been hooked on Dana Stabenow stories for many years now! This is the first in the Kate Shugak series. Finding this book at a used book store in Juneau AK was one of the best things to ever happen to me!

    The story has me waiting for the next page, wondering what will happen to Kate and Mutt next. ANYONE who has lived in Alaska knows that life is different 'up there' and those environmental and social challenges influence people to act and do strange things. There could be no better story of life in the bush in my opinion.

    I have both audio and paper versions and I never can get bored with either. Curled up in the recliner with a hot cup of tea or driving down the road listening to the same story where I left off at the paper version, I get the escape I am looking for. I couldn't be happier with the choice of listening to a Dana Stabenow novel.

    Marguerite Gavin is the perfect balance to get the characters off paper and into your mind the way that Dana Stabenow intended. Their communication over the pronunciation and tone is what makes these two the perfect collaboration!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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