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The Search

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Publisher's Summary

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life: a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a serial killer - a madman who stalked and abducted young women, strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing in on the Red Scarf Killer, he shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end.

To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can’t handle. Simon is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he’s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for creating exquisite furniture. Simon never wanted a puppy, and he most definitely doesn’t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to the laws of attraction.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws and as Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands.

©2010 Nora Roberts (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]he romance is finely done, with Roberts's trademark banter lighting up the page. Fiona and Simon are the main attraction, but the setting and the supporting characters—with paws and without—provide a vivid backdrop." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sandra Centurion, South Africa 07-28-12
    Sandra Centurion, South Africa 07-28-12
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    "Worse than Boring!!!"

    I have read quite a few of Nora Roberts' books and seen some of the TV movies made from her books but will never again buy an audio book by her. If I had wanted a dog training book that is what I would buy. I found the narrator insipid. The love scenes particular boring and drawn out. I finished it purely because I bought it!!!

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    Perry Carrison 07-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Story 3; Sex 5"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I thought I was buying Nora Ephron. Well, oops. Nora Roberts writes current day bodice rippers. My friend's mother, in a retirement home, reads every book and gives the sex a rating. Funny. Not a bad past-time but not much more than that. One day, this kind of book will be written by a machine.


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    Amy 07-13-12
    Amy 07-13-12
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    "A Truly Great Read"
    If you could sum up The Search in three words, what would they be?

    gripping, life-affirming, relatable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fiona... because of the dogs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the last chapter... I don't want to spoil it.


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

    I cried and at points laughed and the whole thing felt like it had happened to me. I was not expecting to like it this much.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book but it's one that you really don't want to put down so it's great for a beach trip or if you have time to listen without stopping much. I read a lot of crime dramas but mostly military & police main characters. A female main character was new to me and I was leery of her. But the whole story & performance was so great. I truly enjoyed it and still find myself thinking about it at times as if it were a real story and then in a millisecond remember that it was just a book. lol.

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    Cynthia DENTON, TX, United States 06-30-12
    Cynthia DENTON, TX, United States 06-30-12
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    "A Must Listen!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Search to be better than the print version?

    With the audio version of The Search I can enjoy on my commute or while working on my computer.


    What other book might you compare The Search to and why?

    This was the second of Nora Robert's novel that I listened to and enjoyed The Search as much as I did The Witness!!!


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    Tanya Eby's performance added to the enjoyment of Nora's humor and mystery. Her timing added to the main character's wit and charm. I have seen some bad reviews for Tanya on this site but I don't understand it. She added so much to this story as well as others that I have listened to from her.


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

    I could not stop listening until I go to the end of this novel.


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    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 06-06-12
    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspense? Thriller? Mystery? Whatever . . ."

    Very well read, the narrator was very good. The story had potential but never really was told. It was like 60% sex, 30% dog training and 10% suspense. The profanity was way over used and made the male character an ass in my mind.

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    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 06-06-12
    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspense? Thriller? Mystery? Whatever . . ."

    Very well read, the narrator was very good. The story had potential but never really was told. It was like 60% sex, 30% dog training and 10% suspense. The profanity was way over used and made the male character an ass in my mind.

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    Amazon Customer 05-29-12
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    "very good"
    What did you love best about The Search?

    story line


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

    yes, it was continually giving new information


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when she realized she needed him.


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

    Made me happy for her.


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    Robson Designs 05-28-12

    I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!

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    Very good story, storytelling and keeps you on your toes. A good who-done-it. Kept me interested all the way though.

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    ali 05-19-12
    ali 05-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator almost ruins it :("
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Search to be better than the print version?

    Definitely not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast pace, good action, sweet romance, fun read overall.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is confusing. She can barely express emotion at all, and everything tends to come out as vaguely surprised. She has two voices: male, and female. So if two females are conversing, it's very *very* difficult to keep track of who's talking because they're played identically, and very easy to have it blur into almost a monologue.


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    Carol PORTLAND, OR, United States 05-13-12
    Carol PORTLAND, OR, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Held My Attention"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. I would scale down the detailed, intimate descriptions of the sex scenes. They were excessive and redundant.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspects were the interactions of the principal character in her work with the dogs. Then the love relationship as it began to build -- minus excessive descriptive verbiage Also the build-up of the tension as the serial killer got closer.

    The least interesting were the long, detailed descriptions of the redundant sex scenes. It was a love relationship that was coming into fruition and was romantic, but I felt it could have been handled in a more "delicate" manor.
    I'm no prude, but I felt the descriptions were excessive. Perhaps others would enjoy hearing them though. Your choice.


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

    Perhaps a more "visual" understanding of the "atmosphere."


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

    Yeah, it could definitely show up as a move or TV series. Have no idea for the actors.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope!

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