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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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    Patricia Pleasant Gap, PA, United States 07-10-12
    Patricia Pleasant Gap, PA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Scary! I couldn't sleep for days!"
    What made the experience of listening to Criminal the most enjoyable?

    It was riviting and morbid. I love scary stories...the more gruesome the better. This was so horrific that I was afraid to finish it at one point. Of course I had to though!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female cops! Thank God I live in the 21st Century!


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

    She is a good narrator. But I feel she could have done a bit more. Not bad though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birthing. UGH!


    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 05-16-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 05-16-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "An Unworthy Effort"

    How this book ever got past a publisher's review is beyond me. I realize this is an uncharitable review, but my purpose is to simply spare others. All of the charitable reviews for this book seem to come from women. So it may be a case of male negative bias, but my criticisms do not stem from the gender issues. This writer has taken on way too many characters in this story. I found myself needing a pre printed program of the names and their relationships to the story line. The flashbacks are often awkward, poorly placed and gimmicky. The story line is predictable and juvenile. I could go on, but it...as well as the read...would be a total waste of time.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-31-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-31-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Orphan to Cop . . . The Back Story and More"

    Grady Memorial Hospital, slums of Atlanta, drugs and poor little rich girls gone bad . . . and the scum of the earth that use them, abuse them . . . If you've ever been in and around Atlanta, you will recognize these places and the faceless women that haunt the "red light district". Even their own families wash their hands of these girls. This audiobook is chilling, frightening and like another listener said, best anti-drug campaign ever. It's more though. It's tough love, healing from the worst of circumstances. The book has so many twists and turns; it's a great listen. Don't miss it.

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    William 12-04-12
    William 12-04-12

    Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.

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    "Good writing, poor reader"

    Thought the story and the writing were great. Should have just read the book rather than listen to the audio. Kathleen Early was completely disconnected from what she was reading and constantly, constantly placed the emphasis on the wrong part of the sentence. It was annoying, to say the least, but I really did enjoy the whole story despite Early.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2016

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "Slow Getting Started..."

    This was my first Karin Slaughter book, so I did not know the characters. My guess is that if I had started with "book one" of the series, it might not have been so difficult for the first several hours. After getting the timelines sorted out and the "who's who" understood, the book became very interesting and engaging with an interesting plot and lots of suspense. Overall, it was good enough that I am now starting the entire series with book one. The reading was well done.

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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 07-09-12
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "WOW - Good book!"

    I really wish Audible had a 10 point rating system because this would have been a 9. I hated to see it end and hope to see the next book pick up where this one left off. Well worth the credit.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 12-12-13
    David Houston, TX, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.

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    "Cliched, ham-handed and badly read romance mystery"

    During the late 1970's and early 80's my wife was the chairperson of the NOW chapter in two different communities, one of them an epi-center for the ERA struggle just south of the Georgia border. I marched with her and remember those days with great affection and pride. So it is very disappointing to me that this story, which is partially set in Atlanta during the days when women were first struggling to gain a toehold in police departments around the country, was so lacking in so many ways.
    After several hours of painfully slow character and relationship exposition, much of it reminiscent of poorly written romance novels, I almost gave up and put it away, but I pressed on, hoping for improvement. While the plot finally came on-line and managed to engage me slightly, the writing was heavily larded with the most obvious of cliches and over-burdened with pop culture allusions meant to recreate the period. If you have a favorite TV show, recording artist or television commercial from those days, you may listen with complete confidence that it will pop up at some point as Slaughter works her way through what I am sure was an actual list of "evocative" details she had compiled. It was ludicrous.
    Finally, since I found the narration flat and inexpressive, I realized that this was exactly the sort of instance for which the 2X setting on my iPod had been designed. For the first time ever, I used it. While this happened at a point more than halfway through the book, it did get me to the end of the marginally interesting plot more quickly, and that was a blessing.
    Anyone who has read James Lee Burke's brilliant novels knows that, in the hands of a fine writer, social commentary can work wonderfully well in crime fiction. In this case, however, a really good concept fell victim to the unrelentingly pedestrian prose.

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    Kim Venatries 07-12-12 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "It's So Much Better Than the Sample"

    I usually wait until I finish a book before rating/reviewing it but I thought I should let folks know that if you downloaded the free sample and were less than impressed (as I was), don???t let that dissuade you. I???m about two hours into the story and it???s riveting.

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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 01-04-15
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2016

    Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.

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    "Long but enjoyable."

    I agree, it was longer than it needed to be, but I did enjoy it. Some found fault with switching from the 70's to present time but I didn't mind. It was nice to learn how the women intersected all those years ago and to find out who was the lady in the white hat.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-27-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Will's beginning"

    This addition to the series was structured around Will Trent's boss, Amanda and when she was first promoted to detective. In the beginning of her career, in the 70's, she was faced with quite a battle, blazing a trail against the chauvinistic, boys club that made up her department. Her first big case was one that no one wanted and thought not to be much of a case at all, until she started connecting multiple, torturous murders of local prostitutes. The story line jumps back and forth from the 70's to current day, surrounding the old serial killer case and a new body with the exact same torturous markings. Amanda is thrown right back into the middle along with all of the nightmarish memories that accompanied the first gruesome case. The investigation gets very complicated, when confusing new evidence is made available through DNA technology. An interesting twist takes us back to Will's first bizarre encounter with Amanda and new information is revealed about his cryptic childhood that surprises everyone.

    The ending was very unexpected when a time old mystery is uncovered and solved. I'm glad that in this addition to the series, the story did not dwell on Will's ex (Angie), she wast peppered throughout but not prevalent. Kathleen Early did a good job narrating and kept the story moving along at a good pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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