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The Taker | [Alma Katsu]

The Taker

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.
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Publisher's Summary

True love can last an eternity... but immortality comes at a price.

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever.

A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her... despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

Part historical novel, part supernatural thriller, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption.

©2011 Alma Katsu (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Jodie Laurel, IN, United States 10-25-11
    Jodie Laurel, IN, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Left wanting something more..."

    The Taker is a great story. I loved the performance of the reader. And overall the story was very good, well written and so interesting!! I just felt that that we didn't get the complete story. Or maybe it was that we had too many very good stories with none of them ever giving that feeling of satisfaction. Though Katsu certainly has set up a series in the making, and I'm looking forward to more.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13
    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.

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    "Heavy Hearted..."
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    It's difficult to rate this book. This was a very heavy read for me.

    This dark historical fiction/fantasy introduces us to some very complex and intriguing characters, none of which are very likable. But that's by design. These characters are flawed and I'm impressed with the author's ability to keep me coming back despite some of the way I felt about the characters. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where I disliked all the characters. But Lanny's plight and survival story is compelling and I couldn't stop reading it, even when it made me feel depressed and anxious. Like I said...very compelling, but if you are a very empathetic reader, it can be a heavy read. Maybe it's just the way I related to Lanny... I found it to be a bit depressing, and as an empathetic reader, I felt the sadness in Lanny's obsession with Jonathan.

    Alma Katsu is a very talented writer. Her characters were well defined. It's a love story, but not to be confused with historical romance. Love is a funny thing. It's cliche to say, but "the heart wants what the heart wants." Lanny is in love with Jonathan from they time they were children. And Jonathan loves her as best he can, but she knows from the beginning that he may not love her the same way. Even if they live for an eternity... But she never gives up hoping.

    I will read The Reckoning, but not just yet. My heart can't take it. I would look forward to other stories from Alma.

    **Spoilers**
    I would have liked to see a little less of Lanny's "youth" or rather, early years, and more of the last 100 years of her life. We could have seen the character development over that time. It makes me sad that in those years that she didn't grow to accept the relationships that she couldn't change and find love and happiness in the life she made.

    I personally believe that love and happiness are part of who we are and we can decide to grow those feelings just as the feelings of sadness, loneliness, and loss can be held obsessively (as in the case of Lanny) to our own detriment. Letting go is not easy, but sometimes you just have to move on. I also think that having Jonathan disappear for 100 years, and have some significant character development happen and just dropped in our laps was a bit of a cheat.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kari CHAMPAIGN, IL, United States 02-03-13
    Kari CHAMPAIGN, IL, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2007

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "An exquisite tale"

    This is an endearing and beautiful tale of mystery and love. How far is too far to go for unrequited love? Lanny knows...I love the details in this book and felt as if i was there watching the story unfold. This is not my typical action packed vampire read and it is also not a simple romance. There is just enough intrigue for the paranormal mind and fiction readers in my opinion to be not an average read. I know I will listen again and complete the trilogy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-10-12
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-10-12 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    I was initially sobered by the vaguely worded lukewarm reviews on this book, but decided to take a chance and buy it anyway. I'm so glad I did. I was mesmerized from the first chapter and couldn't put it down. I've always loved the "1001 Arabian Nights" types of books where stories are used to advance the plot, so I very much enjoyed this one. The reader was also very good.

    I'm especially glad I gave it a try since the 2nd book, "The Reckoning," is turning out to be so entertaining. It's so original and really can't be compared to anything else out there.

    My only complaint is that I stayed up way too late listening to the first book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Myrtha Asunción, Paraguay 08-13-12
    Myrtha Asunción, Paraguay 08-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Didn't want to stop listening !"

    Fantasy, mystery and romance all in one thrilling book.

    Well written ( meaning that you can actually enjoy the prose) keeping you engaged and wanting to go back to the story, which, although a fantasy has believable characters.

    All in all it certainly is a very nice surprise .And at the end leaves you with hypothesis and theories and suspicious thoughts that will lead you to want the sequel!

    The narrator does a good job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 06-30-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Breesmom

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    "Live Forever?"
    If you could sum up The Taker in three words, what would they be?

    Eternity...Loneliness...Timeless.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the different stories of the characters go back and forth through time.


    What does Laurel Lefkow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a good job with performing all the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forever is a long, long time. What would you do to live forever? If it was for love?


    Any additional comments?

    This book was fully engrossing and I enjoyed it immensely. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jessamond Newark, NJ, United States 01-26-12
    Jessamond Newark, NJ, United States 01-26-12

    "Sometimes life is hard, and you have to laugh your way through it." ... Madea by Tyler Perry

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    "A must read!"

    I was impressed with this audiobook, is beautifully written and contains so many details that makes you feel you are watching everything instead of hearing it.
    I was so smitten by this book that I even bought the paperback on Amazon.com just because is a must read ... all over again ... many many times.
    I loved the characters, each one of them has a story to tell, there should be more to this story! Can't wait for more!
    If you don't know what it is about, is a wonderful tale that talks about deep love, lust, obsession, greed, vanity and so many other things ... it will really leave you wanting more of this story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maggieck Chicago, IL 12-01-11
    Maggieck Chicago, IL 12-01-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Egh - kind of a downer"

    I read an article this week that defined happiness as "being satisfied with what you have" if that's true, then this book is the definition of unhappiness.

    Based on the description; I did not expect the book I got. That being said - I'm not sure what I was expecting. I think clearer resolution might be it. I felt like the book "ended" as opposed to it being "finished".

    I will say that I think Lanny did finally start to mature emotionally by the last chapter, I don't think it was enough of a leap to really make me feel like the journey was worth it.

    I had been considering reading this book and then a book club I belong to selected it for this month's selection. I'm glad I had a reason to finish what was otherwise a pointless and dull book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-09-14
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-09-14 Member Since 2007

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "Starts Well...rapidly goes downhill"

    The opening scenes are riveting. A mysterious woman arrives at an emergency room. Has she killed someone? A sad hearted doctor...secrets. I was starting to look for a few more books by this author.

    Then it turns into 50 Shades of Stupid. A flat and uninteresting foray into what the author, no doubt considers a masterwork of erotica -- but in reality is as interesting as listening to grass grow.

    There's very little of the paranormal here -- unless you consider endless trite bodice ripping style paranormal.

    Yuck. No,,,yuck squared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Edwards New York USA 03-26-14
    D. Edwards New York USA 03-26-14 Member Since 2012

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    "A strange one."
    What did you like best about The Taker? What did you like least?

    Its fairy Tale like quality.


    Which character – as performed by Laurel Lefkow – was your favorite?

    Adair


    Did The Taker inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I had to get to the end of this book in order to find what on earth it was all about. I enjoyed the various twists and turns through time and the Fairy Tale quality of the story. However, having made it through to the end via a meandering tale, I felt somewhat dissatisfied. Overall the book was too long, it needed to get to the point and the modern day stuff was just a bit annoying and seemed slightly off kilter. The main character is hard to like and I'm not sure she was worth the time spent getting to know her especially as it was really only during two brief interludes of a very long life. A weird one, I'm not sure if I liked it or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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