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Black Hills | [Nora Roberts]

Black Hills

A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.
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A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

As the seasons change and the years roll, Lil stays steadfast to her dreams of becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family land, while Coop struggles with his father's demand that he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve years after they walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills when people and things they hold most dear need them most.

An investigator in New York, Coop recently left his fast-paced life to care for his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something . . . or someone . . . has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil's beloved cougar, recollections of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.

Lil and Coop both know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey.

©2009 Nora Roberts; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Peggy San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 08-05-09
    Peggy San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 08-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Okay story"

    The story was okay and kept my interest. I found the characters okay, too. But the "he hurt me" relationship struggles went on a bit too long for me.

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    Bill Lockhart, TX, USA 08-04-09
    Bill Lockhart, TX, USA 08-04-09
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    "Great book"

    This was a well written and well read book, but the production has way to many flaws. Words and sylables were dropped out. You could still understand and follow the story but with the current technology this should not be happening.

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    Kathy Wichita, KS, United States 08-01-09
    Kathy Wichita, KS, United States 08-01-09
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    "Loved It"

    I listened to this book on a road trip and loved it. It was my first Nora Roberts read, and I really enjoyed. It's one of those stories that could have went on and on. Maybe a sequel could happen.Hint Hint

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    Paul La Mirada, CA, USA 07-30-09
    Paul La Mirada, CA, USA 07-30-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Tedious and predictable"

    Very slow start to a tiresome relational conflict and an anti-climactic ending make this book mostly tedious.

    Other reviewers blame the narrator but the material would probably be hard for anyone to salvage.

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 01-14-11
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Hills not worth climbing"

    Oh man... it took all I had to finish this audio book! It was like many of the other reviews comments, predictable, tedious and boring to the very end. The only redeeming quality was the fact that... what fact?
    Not recommended.

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    Michael L. Wintory Tucson, AZ 03-27-10
    Michael L. Wintory Tucson, AZ 03-27-10

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    "A down hill read that disappointed this reader."

    The book failed to deliver after what seemed to be a very promising read in the beginning. Maybe it was not meant for a male reader. Sorry!

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    Paula Fort Worth, TX, USA 12-08-09
    Paula Fort Worth, TX, USA 12-08-09
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    "great loved it"

    This story as I kept listening reminded me of my daughter because she is studying psychology of animals an is wanting to have a safe place for wild animals and all animals she has away to go but it is her dream. I hope her dream of helping animals and being able to study them goes as well as this story ended.

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    Helen Mesquite, TX, United States 08-26-09
    Helen Mesquite, TX, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    I enjoyed the suspence in this book.

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    "Slow........."

    I am a big Nora Roberts fan, so was looking forward to listening to her latest... the core of the story was interesting, but the book was SO long, and the telling very slow... if I hadn't had a couple of long car rides, I don't think I would have finished listening to it, because frankly, I lost interest.

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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 07-24-09
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 07-24-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Anti-Climatic and Predictible"

    I usually enjoy Nora Roberts but I felt this story dragged and focused on the relationship of the main characters more than what you knew was going to happen eventually. When it did happen, it was not a surprise and the ending was anti-climatic.
    I was disappointed in a story I thought would be very enjoyable.

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