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The Most Dangerous Thing | [Laura Lippman]

The Most Dangerous Thing

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years.
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Publisher's Summary

Some secrets can’t be kept. . . .

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. And then the revelations start. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered—and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them.

©2011 Laura Lippman (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Christine kissimmee, FL, United States 08-29-11
    Christine kissimmee, FL, United States 08-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Listen"

    The story moved fast and I really had no trouble keeping up with the characters. The book was above average but had some serious flaws with narration at times. There was a bit of a mystery element which made it fun and kept it moving. Some plot points never came to a resolution which is a bit frustrating but all in all worth a credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 08-26-11
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 08-26-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Needs a Cast of Characters"

    Very good listen, just overcrowded with characters without context and with those random figures who seem to appear out of nowhere. Well, it's not really "nowhere" but I listen while doing other things, so that may explain my need to consciously sort out all these figures. If I am not vigilant, the rogue person or two may suddenly start walking across the novel's "stage", and I'll have to rewind.

    Excellent work, though, and I recommend using a photographic memory to track those occasional random character placements.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Norman, OK, United States 10-08-12
    Vicky Norman, OK, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't waste 10 hours!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listened to 10 hours of this book waiting for something to happen and nothing ever did. I quite listening so maybe something did happen but I felt cheated. I can't imagine what that title refers to. Most dangerous thing is that the characters were all crazy or dysfunctional.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Lippman’s story?

    Nothing ever happened.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Most Dangerous Thing?

    chapters 1-40


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    colleen United States 01-11-12
    colleen United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "oddly disturbing book"

    the characters in this book are well portrayed for their self-centered interests. a bothersome book that leaves you feeling tainted by the events

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moire Linden, VA, United States 11-23-11
    Moire Linden, VA, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2002

    Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.

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    "First rate Laura Lippman"

    Not a Tess Monaghan novel, but I think that this is one of Lippman's best. Plot, narration were all well done.

    My one complaint was listening to the book, I sometimes got confused by who was telling which part of the narrative. There was an omniscient fifth child who kept appearing, as though she were narrating the film of the events.

    Lippman does a wonderful job of capturing mid-70's Baltimore and Linda Emond is a true gem of a a narrator and actress. I hope that she doesn't get so popular that she no longer has time to narrate Lippman's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marlina Middleton, WI, United States 10-25-11
    Marlina Middleton, WI, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2009

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    "The Most Dangerous Thing"

    I have to admit that I am disappointed by this novel. Sometimes, Laura Lippman can be right on, and most of her novels I have listened to on audio book, are great but honestly, this was a let down. I got into the whole thing about it kind of being like "The Big Chill" with friends getting together after the death of a friend in their circle. It could have been a great story line but it was just so boring. The narrator however was very good and the only reason I didn't just delete it from my iPod and move on to something else. It just falls flat there is no suspense and no thrill. If you must pick a book by her, I suggest "What the dead know" that was really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dolliann palm desert, ca, United States 03-27-12
    dolliann palm desert, ca, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "How did this get published?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I cannot imagine how this book was published or is on anyone's best seller list. Must be people buying it like I did, because it was on the list. Worst book ever. I'm more than half thru it and still nothing is happening. What was this book supposed to be about?


    Has The Most Dangerous Thing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has no point or story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Linda Emond’s performances?

    no


    Could you see The Most Dangerous Thing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I cannot imagine any producer being interested in this as a book. Maybe a tv movie for Fox.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Saint James, NY, United States 08-21-12
    Christine Saint James, NY, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Laura Lippman knows danger!"
    If you could sum up The Most Dangerous Thing in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, suspenseful, heartbreaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Go- Go was so complex. You were frustrated by his irresponsibility and recklessness. Eventually, you actually sympathized with him.


    What about Linda Emond’s performance did you like?

    She read with such insight to each character's feelings and inner dialogue.


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

    I was shocked at the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I really thought the story was leading to a pat and predictable (disappointing ending) and was so surprised at how it really turned out. This surprise did not take away from the story. It made me listen to the story a second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 02-02-12
    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Go, Go-Go, Go"

    This is why I love Laura Lippman and Linda Emond together. Descriptive story with some of the strongest narration narration around. My favorite, and for some reason most lasting image is the preparation for the Priest's arrival to tea. I could literally picture every hair, the cake, the kitchen and the smell of the place.
    This one was outstanding.

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    palmer Plano, TX, United States 09-19-11
    palmer Plano, TX, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "If you're in a bind with no other options this is"
    What would have made The Most Dangerous Thing better?

    I found myself not caring much about any of the charectors. It seemed to me that none of them ever fully developed. There were several random story lines that took away from the main story. The random story lines were pretty much wrapped up but didn't add to the main story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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