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Play with Fire Audiobook

Play with Fire: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 5

A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt, decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires her to confront issues of community, faith, and free will.
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A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt, decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires her to confront issues of community, faith, and free will.

©1995 Dana Stabenow (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-09-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-09-13
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    "Not one of my favorites"

    It was Kate so I liked it as always but it also didn't end in a way that I liked. It made sense and all the lose ends were tied up but......

    Marguerite Gavin did her usual wonderful job narrating.

    I do wish these were coming out quicker. The last one was last August and now this one in March. Hope we get another in August.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess 06-12-14
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    "Very little story, very much preaching."
    What was most disappointing about Dana Stabenow’s story?

    I love the Kate Shugak series, but not this one. Stabenow spends the entire book minus a few chapters justifying her view of God, religion, the Bible, and those who believe in Christ. I suppose if I agreed with her, I'd like the book. But I think she's completely wrong. If I wanted to listen to her brand of "religion" I'd read a non-fiction book. And I very much object to her using characters and a story line that I love to try to convince me of something that is not true.


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    Kathryn Carlson 04-30-16
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    "Good book"

    I listened on a long trip. The book made the time pass nicely. Very riveting.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-14-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-14-16 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Opposite View to Other Reviewers."

    I liked this Kate Shaguk book better than all the previous ones, which is the opposite view from that held by many other reviewers. Yes, this book can come off as slightly preachy. Yes, it involves religious fanatics in Alaska which isn't a new idea. However, it also explores Kate's character more than any of the previous books. We learned a little about her childhood and how it affected her views as an adult. Character development is always my favorite part of a book and in this installment of the series Kate is fleshed out more than in the previous books.

    Also, a big bonus: Bobby is back and I love him.

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    Johnie 07-08-15
    Johnie 07-08-15
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    "Well written and reasoned."
    Would you listen to Play with Fire again? Why?

    Yes, because this is the best presented work on this topic that I have seen so far. And it makes a great and inspirational Kate Shugak story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate and Mutt, of course. Sorry, with the audiobook, I may be using the wrong spellings.


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

    She has a great expressive voice. She makes fewer mistakes in communicating the author's meaning, according to my ear and understanding. I love the authentic sound of the Alaskan words. I have the impression that Marguerite puts a lot of work into these performances.


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

    Very thoughtful. I really appreciate how well Dana Stabenow was able to bring out positive responses to what are naturally depressing truths. I am very glad that she wrote this book. The idea that it is irresponsible to turn ones moral compass over to some other authority, resonates perfectly with my own thoughts on religion.


    Any additional comments?

    I do plan to listen to this again in a few months.

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    Tedbear 05-08-15
    Tedbear 05-08-15

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    Well told tale of religious fanaticism in the bush. Well told tale of religious fanaticism in the Alaskan bush country. Well told tale of religious fanaticism in the bush. Well told tale of religious fanaticism in the bush. Al most as fanatic as audible's insistence that I write a lot of words for nothing. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzz zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz

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