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Criminal Audiobook
Criminal
Written by: 
Karin Slaughter
Narrated by: 
Kathleen Early
Criminal Audiobook

Criminal

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Publisher's Summary

Karin Slaughter's new thriller is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses 40 years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man's deepest secrets.

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home…

Flash back nearly 40 years. In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is taking her first steps in the boy's club that is the Atlanta police department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city's worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner, Evelyn, are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made. Now the case that launched Amanda's career has suddenly come back to life, and it is intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will's birth and parentage. And they will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed on Atlanta today.

©2012 Karin Slaugher (P)2012 AudioGO

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    William 10-08-13
    William 10-08-13
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    "Couldn't get into it."
    What would have made Criminal better?

    shorten the long meaningless dialogue between the cops.


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

    I couldn't finish it. Maybe there was a good story in there somewhere.


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    Myssi Florence, TX, United States 09-25-13
    Myssi Florence, TX, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "On the edge on my seat, I didnt want it to end!"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book first in the series and fell in love with Karen Slaughter and Will Trent. This book was a masterpiece, it was the kind of book that had me thinking about it when i wasn't reading it and when it was over i has wished it had several more hours to go. The detail were very well written they made you wrapped up so far into the story it was hard to turn it off.

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    Leticia 09-20-13
    Leticia 09-20-13
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    "Excellent Chills!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Criminal to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Kathleen Early was great at narrating this book, putting emotion and aggression where it needed to go. Kathleen definitely brings the words to life!!!!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Criminal?

    Definitely the end...jaw dropping!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    By far one of my favorite Karin Slaughter's book.

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    Kelly United States 09-11-13
    Kelly United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Story & Great Narration!"
    What did you love best about Criminal?

    This book was intense and gripped me from the beginning. The story line was different from a lot of crime novels I've read recently, which made it stand out. It was very interesting and kept you guessing, plus it was very easy to keep the flashbacks to the 70's separate from the present day.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Early’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to any of Kathleen Early's performances before, but she did a great job differentiating between characters. At times, I forgot there was only one person narrating it.


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    Kathy Charlotte, NC 08-24-13
    Kathy Charlotte, NC 08-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Beware"
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    I made it all the way through the book even though it has some of the most gruesome descriptions of torture I have read. At one point, I had to take a break for a few days. The story is well knitted and interesting, but I am still trying to get some of the images and the sick feeling they created out of my system.

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    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 08-08-13
    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unexpected Twist"
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    This was a great story with moments of feeling the pain of the characters. Kathleen Early is a great narrator, bringing each character to life. Her seamless transition from character to character is a plus. Wonderful not to know the ending before the end. I was definitely caught by surprise. This is my second Karin Slaughter book and I will be getting more.

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    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Keeps you on your toes..."
    If you could sum up Criminal in three words, what would they be?

    Karin Salughter did a fabulous job with this book and these characters. I feel like I know them and can not get enough of them. Will's father was a man most poeple would never want to know let alone be related to. But the part I liked the most was seeing the different sides of Amanda and Evelyn. The past and future of the book was thrilling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the characters. Learning Will's backstory.


    What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job! LIke her reading and story telling voice.


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

    Nurture vs Nature and at what cost....


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    Janet 07-24-13
    Janet 07-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Plot"

    Had to pay attention while listening to this story because the plot jumped from a variety of time periods. However this is what I thought made the plot so enjoyable. The ending did not disappoint. This was the 1st book in this series that I have read, but hopefully it will not be the last.

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    RL Green 07-14-13
    RL Green 07-14-13

    I write, I read, I listen

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    "broads old and young - and a pig's tush"
    What did you love best about Criminal?

    Will Trent is such a complex character, there's no way to describe him in a sentence. Let's just say that he's survived hell and somehow remained compassionate and at the same time, filled with anger. So Will is a big part of the draw. But NOTE: You have to read the previous book in the series to really appreciate this one, because here's the real kicker: in that book you meet a whole slew of 60-something women police officers and ex-police officers, tough women, in some cases distinctly off-putting (Amanda, I'm looking at you); in some cases almost awe-inspiring (Evelyn). Then in Criminal you are introduced to Amanda and Evelyn early in their careers. Maybe because I'm just a few years younger than these characters, but I really adored experiencing the way they fought their way into the police department in the seventies. It's gritty, but it's also funny at times. The historical research is really excellent but not in-your-face. This is the way I remember things. But more important, the old broads (as they call themselves) started out their careers with a case that is heart breaking and which also throws light on Will Trent's current day situation, and explains a lot about Amanda and her motivations in hiring and mentoring him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Trent, but it's a tough call.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In a flash back, when Evelyn refuses to be cowed by a bad experience and mocks it so effectively that even conservative, staid Amanda has to laugh. Pig-Tush.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a great depth to the story, don't' rush reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marleece LAMAR, MS, United States 07-09-13
    Marleece LAMAR, MS, United States 07-09-13
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    "Not what I expected"
    What would have made Criminal better?

    I love her previous books, and have read almost all of them. This one was so different and painful to listen to. I guess listening to so much darkness right off from the beginning with no warmth to speak of was not my cup of tea.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karin Slaughter? Why or why not?

    I will read Karin Slaughter again, and hope for the style I have grown accustomed to.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Early – was your favorite?

    The reader was great, and her voices for the characters distinct.


    What character would you cut from Criminal?

    I can't think of any character that needs to be removed, it was just not a fun read, just dark and sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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