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Shatter | [Michael Robotham]

Shatter

Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.
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Publisher's Summary

Michael Robotham won Australia's Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel with Shatter.

Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

©2008 Michael Robotham; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Even the sharpest readers may not anticipate all of the plot's agile switchbacks or foresee the chilling climax." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Old Hippy PA 05-11-09
    Old Hippy PA 05-11-09 Member Since 2013
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    "First rate suspense story, great narration!"

    This is quality stuff. If you read reviews I've submitted, you'll see I'm not very forgiving when I use my precious credits or cash and wind up cheated by the all-too-frequent hackneyed writing and all-too-predictable formula-driven plot lines. On here, there's a lot of junk and the turkeys always seem to wind up with a collection of maroons giving them five stars.

    But this guy can really write! The bad guy doesn't strain credulity and is remarkably scary, the characters are well conceived and you find yourself caring about them as the story unfolds, the story is wonderfullly suspenseful and the author doesn't try to substitute arcane technical minutiae for real plot, there's a little tastefully done and quite believeable erotic dimension now and then, and he even injects a sense of humor just when you really need it. The hours fly by!

    If you enjoy a good suspense yarn, go for this one. And, it also helps that the narration is captivating.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 11-11-09
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 11-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Well worth the credit/$"

    Great narration and story. Tension levels are well modulated. Technical aspects of police procedure, telecommunications and psychology are spot on. If you believe all people are inherently good, you may question your own judgment after listening to this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 08-24-09
    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 08-24-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Gripping from Page 2 to the End! A Perfect Plot"

    This is for serious detective procedural fans and it gets all 5 stars for characters, plot and prose. The best part is that there is an echo of John Corey's Plum Island humor in the main character whom Robotham pulls, pushes and shatters his psyche and ours to the very end. I found this book hard to stop listening to. You will not be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 09-05-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Robotham and Barrett--an unbeatable combination!"

    I tried two other audiobooks and I just couldn't generate any interest in them, both highly rated books. I resignedly knew I needed to listen to another of Robotham's, Joe O'Loughlin series. So I picked "Shatter" and dived into it. (It is not absolutely necessary to listen to these books in sequence.) I felt like I had been ruined for anything else after my first Robotham/Barrett listen last week. That has not happened before!

    Aah, that fantastic narration with all those different English accents and voices. And a story that grabbed me and wouldn't let go. If I had the time and enough collateral things to do, I would have listened straight through. But this book is much too long for that and as usual, life got in the way. Besides, I didn't want the book to be over THAT fast. It was much too much fun.

    Look at the story description. If you like crime mysteries and really look for the best in narrators, give this one a try. I don't see anything that could be disappointing here. This combo, author and narrator, makes "Shatter" simply an awesome "listening experience."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 04-30-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Great Story Line"

    A military intelligence officer highly trained and exceptional in interrogation feels betrayed by his wife. He's as imballanced and mysoginistic as he is talented, and when he sets a plan for revenge in motion, Joe O'Laughlin finds himself in his crosshairs.

    At times i find our hero's inntrospection tedious, but the plot more than makes up for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Blacksburg, VA, USA 10-02-09
    Tyler Blacksburg, VA, USA 10-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story... untill the end"

    This was a truly masterful work of fiction that kept me enthralled the entire time. The characters were very well developed, and you came to truly loath the villain. I rated this story as 5 stars before completing the book assuming it would continue to please its audience; however I was MOST dissatisfied with the ending. The Climax was perfect and the author masterfully set the board for a knockout checkmate, but instead the story foundered in the home stretch leaving the reader feeling incomplete. If you are the type of reader who really likes to see the villain get his comeuppance, you will be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 06-28-09
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 06-28-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Mind-blowing! Highly recommended"

    Unbelievably suspenseful - this audiobook practically nailed me to my seat. The book was particularly terrifying because all of the characters are so real. You can imagine it all happening next door, right under your nose. Michael Robotham has an enviable gift for quirky characters and even quirkier metaphors ("you're ugly as a bag full of assholes"). The reader was excellent too - he didn't overdo it, but made all of the characters believable and unique. One warning though, it's not for the faint of heart. I will certainly never trust my locks again and plan on checking my bedroom and all my closets twice every night for unwanted guests....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Johnston maui, Hawaii 03-29-09
    S. Johnston maui, Hawaii 03-29-09 Member Since 2005

    maui girl

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    "Brilliant!!"

    This book was fraught with complex characters, clever plot twists, and a brilliant narrator. I hope this author keeps writing and this reader keeps reading!!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 02-02-14
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Tremendous stress again!"

    Joe O'Laughlin has taken steps to put his life back in order. The previous stressful times have affected his family and haven't helped his battle with Parkinson's. The family has moved, he has limited his professional work to teaching, and he is the caregiver for his two daughters while his wife travels for work. This should be a nice respite for them. When he is unwillingly snared into the ongoing investigation of a serial killer, his whole family suffers anew.

    In this series there are crimes to be solved and a perpetrator be apprehended. However, instead of leaving me to think about the evil, I am left thinking about the stress on Joe. It may seem like a minor thing, but it is a welcome variation for me.

    The narration by Sean Barrett fits the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Galadriel 11-13-12
    Galadriel 11-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Real Page-Turner"
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    Started this series from the beginning and each of the first three was engaging enought to bring me back for more. All had solid characters, plot twists and narration, but I think this was the best so far. Kept me up with headphones on far into the night with an edge-of-the seat storyline. Joe is a great central character: highly intelligent, intuitive and flawed, but also possessing an enviable inner strength that he manages dig up when he needs it most, carrying him through truly awful circumstances. I picture Colin Firth . . .

    On to the next one for me - I want to know what happens to Joe next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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