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Iron Lake Audiobook

Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.
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Publisher's Summary

Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

Solve another case with Cork O'Connor.

©1998 William Kent Krueger (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Krueger makes Cork a real person beneath his genre garments, mostly by showing him dealing with the needs of his two very different teenage daughters. And the author's deft eye for the details of everyday life brings the town and its peculiar problems to vivid life." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Linda Armstrong 09-26-14

    LMA

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    "Great character development"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really.


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

    Not that I know of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way the characters are "real". Credit goes to the author and reader on that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Comfort, TX USA 09-05-14
    Robert Comfort, TX USA 09-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    "When I ran out of C J Box, I started Krueger"
    What did you love best about Iron Lake?

    Twist and Turns in the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seemed sorta realistic


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

    He brings the characters to life with different speech patterns and dialects.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Starting 2nd book is series now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 08-02-14
    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 08-02-14 Member Since 2004

    egb

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    "I'm hooked"
    What did you love best about Iron Lake?

    Every time I thought I'd figured out what was going to happen he throws in another curve. It kept me thinking and I like that.


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    Cork, without a doubt is my favorite character. Flawed, vulnerable but tenacious to a fault; I couldn't help but like him and, to some extent, identify with him.


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

    Not a fan of Cork's wife but it's easy to feel antagonistic to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be reading the rest of the series as long as they are as good as Iron Lake.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gloria 06-06-14
    gloria 06-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story was weak and predictable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Kent Krueger again?

    I actually tried the next book in the series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

    The story might have been better with a different narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I have been spoiled by listening to all of the James Lee Burke books and the Craig Johnson series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Donald Auburn University, AL USA 06-03-14
    Duane Donald Auburn University, AL USA 06-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Story"

    Just stumbled across this series while looking for a good mystery. I gave it a try and really enjoyed it. The narration was done well. He did sound like John Wayne to me a couple of times. It kept my attention, and I plan to listen to the next one. The main character, Cork, was believable and someone that was easy to like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    suzjohnson 04-08-14
    suzjohnson 04-08-14
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    "Boring!"
    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    His narration was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Kept waiting for this book to take off but after nearing the end of Part 1, I realized it just wasn't going to. Too many words, too many superfluous situations and not enough action. One of the most boring books I've run into in a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 02-16-14
    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 02-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the development of characters, and knowing this is a series made me happy to get to know them all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Exciting and believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Great chases on ice. I can't pick just one and describe it so it won't give too much away.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, kept me awake much later at night than I should have been.


    Any additional comments?

    Preparing to read the second book, knowing I won't be disappointed if it is anything like the first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy 02-05-14
    Mike Murphy 02-05-14

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "Atmospheric, well plotted, slightly melodramatic"

    What I enjoyed most about this book was the strong sense of place and season - I could almost feel the clean cold of winter and the purging heat of the sauna - and the clarity and credibility of the various candidates for the "he did it" role.

    The central character, Cork O'Connor, an white skinned, red haired man with a native American grandmother that seems to give him a foot in both of the communities of Iron Lake, has the makings of a tragic hero - a committed sheriff, a loving husband, a doting father who falls from grace in every way possible when disaster strikes but who remains a good man, albeit one who cheats on his wife. I could not find my way inside this man's head. He seems to be a talented and tenacious investigator but he is not gifted with insight into his own character or that of his wife. Add to this a willingness to buy into the reality of Windigoes and you have someone I found hard to believe in. He is a pizza with way too many toppings.

    The book is well plotted. The twists and turns are satisfying and credible and they kept me guessing (although not always caring)

    Unfortunately, Kreuger's women are almost cartoons - young, beautiful, forgiving and doomed or strong, silent, fierce but loving or confident, self-absorbed but still loving. I couldn't imagine any of them as real.

    He also slaps on foreboding like plaster on a wall.

    The two combined turn the death of one of the women characters into an instrument of emotional manipulation of the reader that I found myself resenting.

    Perhaps it was a book of its time (first published 1999), I know the subsequent books of the series won prizes. From me this one only won a "What a pity. That was almost a really good book."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 01-30-14
    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 01-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Did not live up to the reviews"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I read a lot of mysteries and this one was just okay. I paid $4.95 for the privilege of listening to it and that was about what it was worth -- if i'd used a credit or paid full price I would have returned it. The characters are okay but somewhat cliched. I never felt connected to Cork or any of the other main characters (before this I read one of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books, which I loved). I found the writing a bit stilted and the confrontation scene implausible. Based on the reviews I read here, I had expected something much more compelling. With a good mystery, I can barely stop listening; this one I had to force myself to finish. This author was compared to Tony Hillerman by other reviewers but I don't see that, myself.


    Has Iron Lake turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love mysteries but probably won't read any more from this author.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    The read was just fine.


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

    It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good. I would have loved to find another series to read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    merilee Selby, SD, United States 01-19-14
    merilee Selby, SD, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Listen to Audible daily on long commute.

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    "Good Listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend if they were looking for a listen that would keep them riveted but not so much they can't drive thru traffic and not miss something.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Kent Krueger? Why or why not?

    I am currently listening to book 3..so yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was pretty impressed with the woodland scenes..the suspense while in deep woods was pretty authentic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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