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Spilled Blood Audiobook
Spilled Blood
Written by: 
Brian Freeman
Narrated by: 
Joe Barrett
Spilled Blood Audiobook

Spilled Blood: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud—and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire.

Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

Reluctantly, Olivia’s mother summons her estranged husband, Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, to come defend his daughter. As Christopher struggles to unravel the mystery of Ashlynn’s murder and save his own daughter, he uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over everything are the chilling, apocalyptic threats from a murderous psychopath known only as "Aquarius".

©2012 Brian Freeman (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Brian Freeman is, quite simply, a first-rate storyteller.” (Nelson DeMille, New York Times best-selling author)

“This guy can tell a story.” (Michael Connelly)

“Harrowing…. Freeman ratchets up the suspense steadily, and then provides a cataclysmic ending.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dave Staats 06-07-12
    Dave Staats 06-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "My Prayer Review"

    This may appear again now and then.

    Dear God: Please let this man write another book soon and please let me be here to listen to it. I can't say something like 'even his worst book is good' because I can't think of anything he's done that is worse than anything else.

    Before I post this list I have to say that Sandford, Parker and MacDonald are EXTRA special. And Richard Ferrone as John Sandford's voice is an amazing match. Like George Guidall with Craig Johnson and pretty much anything George reads.

    Robert B. Parker lived in this space for me as did John D. MacDonald. Currently, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Hart, Craig Johnson, John Lescroart, William Kent Krueger Ridley Pearson ,and Jonathan Kellerman. Some others are really good but these guys have something special. If you are into mystery-thrillers I just gave you a back catalog I wish I could have...but I HAVE had it and it is an incredible treasure. I stopped going to libraries and swap places just so I can encourage these guys by sending them money. Please enjoy.
    P.S. Adding Brian Freeman.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Stever Nisswa, MN United States 11-08-15
    Stever Nisswa, MN United States 11-08-15
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    "Fargo? What?"

    Since when does everyone in southern MN talk like a Fargo movie!
    Oh, except for Chris, who is from the Twin Cities. So if you live outside Mpls. Your from a Fargo movie, even his ex-wife and daughter. Great story, narrator would have been fine except for the stupid country hick speech.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ericksen South Dakota 09-22-13
    K. Ericksen South Dakota 09-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    Where does Spilled Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Spilled Blood was very good! My fav writer right now is Dean Koontz, but this book rated right up there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was located in Minnesota, right next to my state, and I could identify with the towns and scenery. What I didn't like was the narrator made some of the characters talk like the characters in the movie "Fargo" using the "oofta-like" lingo, or like "ya know". We don't really talk like that here. Very insulting.


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

    All in all, a very good narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    na


    Any additional comments?

    na

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 09-18-13
    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 09-18-13

    I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.

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    "Narrator killed the mood"
    What did you like best about Spilled Blood? What did you like least?

    Story was great. Narrator kept confusing his vocal depictions of characters. In one instance he is speaking for Olivia, a young lady. The next he is speaking as a male with the same tone and vocal reflections. It threw me off many times. I would recommend the book but not the narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Ash 08-27-13
    Cynthia Ash 08-27-13
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    "The writing keeps you on the edge of your seat."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very well written and exciting the entire way through. Great character building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As the story moves along, more and more layers of secrets involving the residents of both towns are revealed. Excellent character building. A very good thriller which doesn't back down in intensity through the entire book. Wonderful twists and turns. Just as you try to figure out the mystery, you learn something new and I was caught by surprise at the ending. This is a very exciting book!


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

    Yes, I wish I could have listened to this in one sitting, but I needed to break up the time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Greeley, CO, United States 08-15-13
    John Greeley, CO, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Complex but easy to understand 'who done it'"
    If you could sum up Spilled Blood in three words, what would they be?

    This is a terrific book with a story so complex yet easily followed leaving me guessing until the very end - and then to have more than one killer. Three words: complex, understandable, strong finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spilled Blood?

    The dad/attorney who was not so good


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Spilling Blood is fine by me


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty 11-12-13
    Kitty 11-12-13 Member Since 2016

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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    "I have to say mediocre"

    I finished this book a couple of days ago and I had to go back to Audible refresh my memory. I finished "The Lions Game" by Nelson DeMille in 2000 and I can still remember what it was about.

    For that reason, this book gets three stars. Nothing to get to excited about, but if you need a book to read it's an ok read. (Listen)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucille Rae Getz 08-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Distracting narrative."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator’s attempt to mimic a Fargo-like accent distracted from the story. I found myself trying to ‘hear” some other version of the voices. Surely people from rural Minnesota don’t really sound like that.


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

    Good plot - kept me guessing to the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    YES! Please.


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

    No.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 05-16-16
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 05-16-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Very entertaining read!"

    This was a nicely done mystery. The pacing was good, the characters interesting and the ending sound and well earned.

    I don't give away stories in reviews because that's whey we all listen, right? But there are some elements in this book that were fresh for the genre, which can be really formulaic. I listen to a lot of thriller/mysteries and I've found a new author in this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina 05-12-16
    Katrina 05-12-16

    I haven't "read" a book since 1998, just not interested....after the 50 Shades Trilogy, I have become an audio book addict! I am a very tough critic.

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    "Outstanding, Couldn't Stop Listening!"

    Kept me guessing right up until the end. Just when I thought I had it figured out...plot twist! As always, Joe Barrett did a great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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