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Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel Audiobook

Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

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Publisher's Summary

He knows everything about you—including the first place you’ll hide.

On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

Danielle Burton is a survivor, a dedicated nurse whose passion is to help children at a locked-down pediatric psych ward. But she remains haunted by a family tragedy that shattered her life nearly 25 years ago. The dark anniversary is approaching, and when D. D. Warren and her partner show up at the facility, Danielle immediately realizes: It has started again.

A devoted mother, Victoria Oliver has a hard time remembering what normalcy is like. But she will do anything to ensure that her troubled son has some semblance of a childhood. She will love him no matter what. Nurture him. Keep him safe. Protect him. Even when the threat comes from within her own house.

In New York Times best-selling author Lisa Gardner’s most compelling work of suspense to date, the lives of these three women unfold and connect in unexpected ways, as sins from the past emerge—and stunning secrets reveal just how tightly blood ties can bind. Sometimes the most devastating crimes are the ones closest to home.

©2010 Lisa Gardner (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Gardner never sensationalizes her story, and the book ends with a resolution that is creatively and emotionally appropriate. An excellent novel." (Booklist)

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    Julie 09-27-13
    Julie 09-27-13
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    "Good story line"

    I work at a psychiatric hospital with patients from 6 yrs old to 80+yrs old. I think she portrayed the hospital well. It is a sad place to work and gets tough at times. It can also be a very rewarding place to work. Thanks Lisa for bringing pediatric mental illness out in the open and bring awareness to it.

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    Zach 09-16-13
    Zach 09-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty intense, typical Gardner."

    I really enjoyed this book but felt a little left out to dry by the ending. If you like Lisa Gardner you'll like this story.

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    Connie Clinton, MS, United States 09-15-13
    Connie Clinton, MS, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Read!"
    Would you listen to Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again only because I never listen to a book twice. But I highly recommend this book!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Definitely! It was very exciting from start to finish.


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

    All of these narrators are wonderful in everything they read.


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

    There were flirty parts that made me smile. Other scary parts that made me cringe.


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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 05-07-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Another winner"
    If you could sum up Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel in three words, what would they be?

    She's Just Great


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it was good,


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I thought the job was just great


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

    I didn't laugh or cry, I usually just enjoy the book's I read


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book to listen to, in fact I plan on listening to it again...

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    S. Donovan 02-02-13
    S. Donovan 02-02-13
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    "Another great, suspenseful story!"
    Any additional comments?

    Again I like the multiple narrators. That is really a nice part of this whole audio book experience. Live To Tell is another good, suspenseful story that made me want to listen straight through from beginning to end, without taking a break.

    While this book's basic storyline is about a very sad subject, no story about crime is a laugh a minute. One reader said it was too depressing but I would disagree. It's another crime thriller and, yes, the story is features a children's acute care psych ward as a main thread and, yes, there is another thread revolving around child abuse but the story threads are not tole distastefully. In fact the underlying theme was handled in such a way that it was an effective part of the story with any sensationalizing about the topics.

    This is a crime/detective/thriller and that genre is not meant to be a light-hearted, happy read. I almost passed on this one because of the "depressing" review from one of the readers but I am really glad I read a bunch of reviews and ignored that one. The story was good and I enjoyed the book while, at the same time, mentally acknowledging that the underlying storyline was and is a sad fact of life.

    The one thing I have to say (again) is the D.D. Warren character is getting on my last nerve! Her rush to judgement, her sexual obsession, her overall bad attitude is getting to be so annoying I fear it will start to take away from my interest in this series. If male, main character detectives in other authors' books can be somewhat annoying characters but still likable, why can't this female, main character detective be at least a little likable? If I were reading these books instead of listening to them, the parts with D.D. Warren's dialogue would be the parts I would skim over quickly. She is SO annoying to the point of distracting from the stories.

    But I will push on with the next one in this series. Maybe the author tones down the acidity of this character as time goes on. One can hope!

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    Brenda ROOSEVELT, UT, United States 11-19-12
    Brenda ROOSEVELT, UT, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "lisa gardner is a great author"

    Like detective stories and Lisa Gardner is one of the most entertaining detective authors I have read.

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    Marybelle 11-05-12
    Marybelle 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read"
    What did you love best about Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel?

    If you love the series you will enjoy this novel


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    D.D. Warren she is always such a multi-layered character


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    D.D Warren


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    acorley84 Elkins, WV 09-29-12
    acorley84 Elkins, WV 09-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "She Does it Again!!"
    Where does Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to two audio books and both were by Lisa Gardner so I would have to rank them both the same and consider them equally brilliant!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say that Danielle is the most memorable character that has stuck with me many months after listening to this book.


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

    Again, I've only listened to one other audio book so I really don't have a lot of experience for which to rate.


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

    It was particularly interesting to see where Danielle fit in with this whole story and how it kept coming back to her but yet it didn't seem to have any thing to do with her. Her desire to help and try to help sort out the issues was one thing that kept me listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, this was a great book and the narrator's and author has done a wonderful job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adriana Milwaukee, WI, United States 09-26-12
    Adriana Milwaukee, WI, United States 09-26-12
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    This was a great story, fast paced, holds your attention all the way through! All the characters come together nicely!

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Fair, not great, not bad"

    A decent listen, narration was a little too dramatic at times. Takes only minor suspension of reality to enjoy and not pick apart the story. I did find myself saying oh come on, but not overmuch. I have istened to other stories in the series and find them to be pretty much the same. Enjoyable, but not great mysteries or thrillers just good light listens that don't take any effort.

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