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A Darker Place | [Laurie R. King]

A Darker Place

Professor Anne Waverly teaches religious studies at a respected university. Middle-aged and slightly lame, she spends her days in lecture halls and offices. But occasionally, she works for the FBI. As Ana Wakefield, an eager seeker of higher truths, she infiltrates cults. Now, leaving the security of academia, she is on her way to Arizona in a battered VW bus.
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Professor Anne Waverly teaches religious studies at a respected university. Middle-aged and slightly lame, she spends her days in lecture halls and offices. But occasionally, she works for the FBI. As Ana Wakefield, an eager seeker of higher truths, she infiltrates cults. Now, leaving the security of academia, she is on her way to Arizona in a battered VW bus. Her assignment is to investigate a group called Change.

As Ana gathers information, she is pulled toward a fiery confrontation with the charismatic leader of the cult. But her growing attachment for two of the group's children may require her to make a greater sacrifice.

Through Alyssa Bresnahan's rich voice, Ana, FBI agents, and cult members stand out against the darkly compelling fabric of the text.

©1999 Laurie R. King; (P)1999 RECORDED BOOKS

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    ELAINE GREENVILLE, IL, United States 03-04-08
    ELAINE GREENVILLE, IL, United States 03-04-08 Member Since 2003
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    "One of my Favorites"

    This was my first Laurie R. King book, but I am truly a big fan now. It was beautifully written. Supported with historical and geographical descriptions and facts, it totally had me from the start. The story is timely and believable, with down-to-earth lovable characters and, of course, crazy villains. I didn't want it to end, though, and wish there had been an epilogue. Definitely a great read! P.S. to Ms. King: More about Ann and Glenn PLEASE.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Nashville, TN, USA 12-12-08
    Donna Nashville, TN, USA 12-12-08
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    "A Darker Place"

    I usually like Laurie King books and settled down to hear this one--but WOW I did not expect to be reading the best book ever. This was the first time I could "feel" the pain and mixed emotions of the main charatures. I will read other books for now then curl up to read this one again. For me this was the best book of 2008.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly SAN JOSE, CA, United States 08-21-12
    Kelly SAN JOSE, CA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Wow! I Want MORE!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Darker Place to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the audible version is very well done.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is definitely well written. I love the twists and turns and thought processes when you are pretending to be someone that you are not and being found out could be fatal.


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

    Alyssa Bresnahan has a great, gentle voice with a hidden strenghth. I felt this went well with the first person perspective of this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was very scary, but then I am very interested in cults and the way that they operate.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I waited to read to this book, it's a real draw!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mergra WILLUNGA, Australia 06-13-12
    mergra WILLUNGA, Australia 06-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Atmosphere of a sad woman's mind"

    A well written story, though I found the end a little too abrupt.
    Quite a dark atmosphere, mostly depicted via Anne/Ana's tragic past and her attempts, throughout the book, to work through this in the present with the two children she encounters in the Change community.
    It's certainly an absorbing listen and well narrated too :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    carina OREGON CITY, OR, United States 06-17-14
    carina OREGON CITY, OR, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2010

    Retired teacher

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    "A Double Life"
    Would you listen to A Darker Place again? Why?

    I just finished listening to this book for the second time. I'll listen again after a time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Darker Place?

    When Ann meets a child with dark curly hair so like her own daughter, and Ann is lost to the task of saving the child from potential disaster.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The seen when Ann literally spills the beans after hearing the scream of pig being slaughtered. It shows how much on edge Ann is in her situation and the horror of how pigs are killed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I found it scary to delve deep into the minds and actions of the leaders of potential cults.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a most unusual story that takes the reader into a little known world of fanatical cults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 08-14-14
    itinerant here and there 08-14-14 Member Since 2007
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    "details, details"

    I've read some of King's Sherlock Holmes titles and enjoyed them. She's a good writer . . . but in this case, not such a great story-teller. King anatomizes everything, and many of the details are compelling and make the story real and bring characters to life. Unfortunately, much of this reads like running in place: although there is a story arc, it's a very long flat arc, with the rising action and denouement occurring in the last few pages and for the most part off-stage. The lovingly-rendered world and the few characters and the pleasant prose kept me listening, but despite heavy foreshadowing and ominous flashbacks, the story never really got going: an endless series of quotidian events eventually erupted in a flurry of action (again, largely off-stage), making for a generally unsatisfying listen. The abrupt shift from Sedona to England about 2/3 of the way through seemed more a desperation move to salvage the narrative than a logical or necessary narrative maneuver, rendering the immensely long introduction a real waste of time (and I was never convinced King had ever been to Sedona or driven a Volkswagen van, either). The novel set out to be about religious zealotry and fatal conflicts with ham-fisted authorities, but was really about a woman who had lost her daughter . . . either one would have been fine, but it ended up being satisfactory at neither.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rnnikki 06-07-14
    Rnnikki 06-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Laurie R. King and/or Alyssa Bresnahan?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie R. King again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was descriptive and you could see what the writer was trying to portray


    Any additional comments?

    For me, this book was simply too slow and the climax was subpar. I feel that the potential if this book could have been much greater.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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