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Criminal | [Karin Slaughter]

Criminal

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....
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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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    Rita Carey VICTOR, NY, US 09-09-12
    Rita Carey VICTOR, NY, US 09-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Personal Evaluation - Not my style"
    What did you like best about Criminal? What did you like least?

    I like Evelyn and Amanda. I knew them from a previously heard book. I liked the context in which some of this book takes place with the very different gender roles of the "70s.


    Did Kathleen Early do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Kathleen Early did a good job of differentiating the characters and her diction is perfect but her delivery overall I found distracting. Her emphasis on words in sentences is off the mark. She often emphasizes the first word of sentence when the significance of the statement comes later. There is a cadence sometimes when it does not serve the message well. By the end of the story, I found myself noticing that too much.


    Could you see Criminal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably, but I would not buy a ticket.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is too physically "gory" for my taste. The descriptions of the tortured victims is graphic and some may appreciate that. I did not. But, this is a matter of taste and choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dickson, TN, United States 09-05-12
    Amazon Customer Dickson, TN, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Kathleen Early?

    I don't think so


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I really don't know. I have made bad choices on the last two books and don't want to make a bad 3rd choice.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrative was ok, considering what she had to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was hoping for a good read based on the reviews by quite a number of people.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a rather aimless boring book. One character that had no explanation was Will's dad. Usually there is an explanation of the character and his behavior. We were just expected to "know" why he was doing what he was doing on our own.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-03-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "this book could have been a five star book"
    What made the experience of listening to Criminal the most enjoyable?

    i liked the story. there were a lot of questions that kept bothering me as i read this book. a lot of little mysteries.


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

    maybe.


    What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

    it was well done. clear reading. pleasant voice.


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

    family ties


    Any additional comments?

    the going back and for in time was confusing. as if the author knows that things don't really fit together logically. i found myself rereading parts over again as i became confused.

    if the timeline was not so choppy, it would have been a more enjoyable read even if things don't really jive together.

    i intend to

    i find it annoying that i have to reread this again as i want to be sure i understood the book correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ChihuahuaMomma 09-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best in the Will Trent series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Criminal to be better than the print version?

    As the director of a clinical research company, I don't have time to read for pleasure. I listen to audio books while traveling either by auto, plane or train. For this reason, I am unable to compare a written version to an audio version.


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

    The vivid description of how women were treated in the workplace back in the 1970's and especially in the south, in an all male workforce was great. I really felt as if I were taken back in time. I live close to Atlanta so all the landmarks and politics were spot on. I was told stories of how businesses were back then and this book really does tell it how it was. Also, I thought this book brought much needed background to the Will Trent chacracter. It was a book I didn't want to end. I could have listened to ten more hours......maybe more,
    I was so pleased to see that Will could find happiness with Sarah. Both are loveable and deserved to find one another. Hate to say it but the next book should be about Will investigating his wifes murder.....I think that will be the only way he will be able to let go of the pain she continues to cause.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE WRITE MORE BOOKS WITH WILL TRENT, SARAH LINTON, FAITH MITCHELL AND AMANDA WAGNER IN THEM.....PLEASE

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacie GARDNER, KS, United States 09-01-12
    Stacie GARDNER, KS, United States 09-01-12
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    "All over the place"
    What did you like best about Criminal? What did you like least?

    The story was lead me to want to keep reading. There were a lot of characters to keep up with for an audible. I listen to audibles when I'm driving or doing chores, so I'm no able to completely focus and this is one that requires a lot of attention to keep up. I got the jist of it, but I'm sure I missed some details here or there.


    What three words best describe Kathleen Early’s voice?

    First audilbe that I didn't enjoy the narrator.


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    Sandra Melo Stokesdale,NC, United States 08-06-12
    Sandra Melo Stokesdale,NC, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great performance!"

    I really like this book. I never read any book of Karin Slaughter but after this one I definitely will ready the other ones from the series. Kathleen Early is great on all voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not my cup of tea."
    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Kathleen Early?

    Probably not.


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

    I made myself finish this book, I was bored, and set it down several times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The story just wasn't one I could get into, too many t's not crossed and i's not dotted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Criminal?

    Too many to list........


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Los Altos, CA, United States 07-28-12
    Katherine Los Altos, CA, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Crude language, unbelievable"
    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Kathleen Early?

    No


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I usually like a connected back story and current story, but description of discrimination against women in the 70's was not well portrayed. Having lived through it in the South, I would say there was more subtlety - not calling women crude names to their faces. The characters were not believable enough.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen Early?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Criminal?

    Things like being "drunk" at dinner and then showing up at a crime scene didn't seem believable. I didn't care for the jail scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley 07-23-12
    Kelley 07-23-12
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    "Difficult to Stay Interested"
    What disappointed you about Criminal?

    None of the characters interested me and there was not enough action to keep me even the slightest bit curious about what would happen next. I gave up about half way through. Twice. (Yes, because of some of the really positive reviews, I tried starting over twice thinking I must be missing something.) This book just wasn't for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't know if the narrator was difficult to listen to because the subject matter she had to read was uninteresting,,, or the subject matter was made more difficult to become interested in because of the amateurish and distracting cadence of the narrator. I don't think I will buy a book written by this author or read by this narrator again.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the negative reviews I have read here... especially that the book was disjointed and not interesting enough to try and stick with it.

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    Armond Kalamazoo, MI, USA 07-22-12
    Armond Kalamazoo, MI, USA 07-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Might be a better read."
    What disappointed you about Criminal?

    Very difficult to follow the story. Disjointed


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    I would be hesitant without more information about anything new.


    What aspect of Kathleen Early’s performance would you have changed?

    Everyone sounded the same.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bordom and confusion.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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