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Shattered Audiobook

Shattered

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Publisher's Summary

The past is never over. It just gets dusty.

Lisa Grant was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, when the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, she takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job was Scott’s fond feelings for her mother, who treated him well when he was just a farmhand on the Grants’ large horse farm while Lisa was growing up.

After she misses an important court date, Lisa doesn’t get any special treatment from Scott. As punishment, he sends her to organize cold-case files in the basement of the courthouse. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

Before Lisa can learn more, a series of catastrophes strikes close to home, and she realizes that finding the photo has put her in terrible danger. Determined to uncover the truth, she confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something beyond that of employer and employee. Together they unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could shatter what Lisa knows of her past. And it’s clear someone will go to shocking lengths to make sure certain secrets stay hidden.

©2010 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Robards proves once again to be a master of romantic suspense, creating likable characters and an intriguing, well-paced, and nail- biting plot." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Lisa A. Hughes 05-20-15
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    "Excellent Mystery Novel"

    Very intriguing story line. Especially liked the references to Lexington landmarks mentioned in this book. Captivating story.

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    stuatude Los Angeles, CA 05-14-15
    stuatude Los Angeles, CA 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall good, wanted less romance and more mystery"

    Started off great. I was intrigued and looked forward to every opportunity to listen. I didn't even mind the long, drawn out sentences. Then came too many chapters about the love connection between the two main characters. I did mind the long, drawn out sentences during those chapters and found myself skipping over quite a bit. Then it got interesting again... only to end like a Murder She Wrote episode where the killer reveals the whole plot at the end. Voice over talent Susan Ericksen confused her delivery of the different voices a couple of times but I find that typical with audiobooks. Overall I liked her delivery.

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    CRae Texas 05-08-15
    CRae Texas 05-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story and narration"

    Enjoyed the mystery and love story. Wonderful characters that brought the listener into the drama. Highly recommend to all who enjoy a non grisly mystery.

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    MARCIE 05-06-15
    MARCIE 05-06-15

    Brutally Honest.

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    "Pretty Short Story"
    Where does Shattered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the bottom.


    Would you recommend Shattered to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The story was very simple.


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

    Her narrating was really good.


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

    The outcome had no deep impact.


    Any additional comments?

    It didn't matter how it ended, I just wanted it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 04-30-15
    Judy 04-30-15 Member Since 2011

    I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.

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    "Not My Cup of Tea"

    I love suspend novels and mysteries, but this felt more like a Harlequin romance than a thriller. Unnecessarily flowery language didn't help matters. I'm sure there's an audience for this sort of "damsel in distress" novel, but I'm not it.

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    Katie 04-29-15
    Katie 04-29-15
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    "Really hope this becomes a movie"

    Incredibly riveting and captivating. So twisted and suspenseful. Also enjoyed the two point perspectives.
    Narrator did a great job too!

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    SF 04-29-15
    SF 04-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "NO MYSTERY - Just a bad romance novel"
    What would have made Shattered better?

    It should not have been marketed as a mystery - I have listened to over 9 hours and the mystery story line has not progressed at all. Almost the entire first 9 hours consists of "I want him - I can't stand him" - "She's so hot - She's a spoiled brat" on and on and on. After 9.5 hours - we are subjected to a 10 -15 minute obligatory sex scene - after which the main male character goes right back to "this is a mistake - yada yada yada. Additionally, I think Ms. Robards may be a wishful fashion designer because I think I know more about these characters wardrobes than I do my own.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Karen Robards


    How could the performance have been better?

    I have enjoyed this narrator with other books, but her "southern drawl" made the characters sound more like inner city hoodlums than gentrified Kentucky horse breeders.


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

    Not really....


    Any additional comments?

    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!

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    Lynn Maineville, Ohio, United States 04-24-15
    Lynn Maineville, Ohio, United States 04-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "This is a romance novel - NOT a mystery."
    What would have made Shattered better?

    Sticking to the mystery would be great but after five or six hours into it and it hadn't even gotten to the mystery yet, I had to abandon it. It is like the old Victoria Holt novels of 40 years ago. All it needs is a bodice to be ripped!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Freeman. Horns. Rescue Ink.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen?

    Susan did what she could with such poor material. A different narrator would not have improved this book.


    What character would you cut from Shattered?

    The main character.


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of time. I would like to read a book with the premise advertised - the disappearance of a family 30 years prior and the resemblance between a lawyer and the disappeared mother in the photo from long ago. I wish this book had actually been about that.

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    Juan Manuel Pasalagua San Diego, CA and México City 04-23-15
    Juan Manuel Pasalagua San Diego, CA and México City 04-23-15 Member Since 2013

    curious

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    "A good summer read."

    A story that captured my attention from the beginning. The tension between the two main characters is well achieved. When they finally accepted each other is great.
    I didn't give it five stars because it is a bit predictable at times.


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    Candi Boen 04-22-15
    Candi Boen 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Never a boring or dragged out moment. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment! Mystery, thriller, love story and family story all in one! A book that kept me thinking about the story after it ended.

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