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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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    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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    B. North Minnesota 05-13-12
    B. North Minnesota 05-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Lovely Nora Roberts book"

    This is a lovely, typical Nora Roberts book for when you are in the mood for such a romance. The main character is not very realistic or relatable, but sympathetic anyway; the story line is pretty outrageous, but what the heck, I still liked it, that's Nora for you!

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    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12
    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12

    Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English

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    "Easy to read!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Fiona Bristow got away from a red killer scarf years ago and managed to establish a quiet successful life on Orcas Island. She runs a dog school, a canine search rescue and lives happily with her three dogs. Things turn around when she met Simon Doyle, a newcomer who happens to have a playful puppy- Jaws. Soon, Simon and Fiona find themselves attract to each other even though they were not interested starting something at the first place. But the more time Fiona and Simon spend together through obedience training for Jaws, the more they grow attraction toward each other. Before they knew it they found themselves involve in relationship. However, Fiona’s steady life will crash down when a copycat killer starts to murder young woman and it seems that Fiona will be his final victim. It’s now up to Fiona and Simon to get the killer before he gets Fiona.
    Before choosing this book I read myriads of reviews on several social Medias sites and it seems to me that people either loved it or they hated it. I was not surprise though, that the way it should be, we all have different taste and expectations in life. Nevertheless, I was a bit anxious picking a book that most of the people dislike.
    As far as I am concerned, I loved this book. I loved both main characters; they are strong, smart and a bit selfish. Simon found himself deeply involved in romance relationship. I like Fiona’s character, she stands up for herself. She almost never complains - she is willing to fight for her life back. Although, I am not a dog person, I enjoyed the dog’s part in the book. Dogs were so charming, you end up loving them. I felt like I personally new Newman, one of Fiona’s dogs. The book is strongly love-based. The part with Simon having an internal dialogue about his dog was fumy.
    Overall, the book is entertaining. Characters seem likeable and realistic. It’s a nice book to carry along on holidays. It’s really easy to read.


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    Natasha 04-08-12
    Natasha 04-08-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Romance with Dogs"
    If you could sum up The Search in three words, what would they be?

    Romance with Dogs


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The mystery portion was a bit weak.


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

    Voice characterization


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Not Nora Roberts' best but not her worst. Was entertaining and I really enjoyed the dog training parts.

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    Polly 03-30-12
    Polly 03-30-12
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    "If you are not a dog person...."
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Tanya Eby?

    Doubtful. I was really quite bored with this book. I didn't appreciate some of the language either, especially the F word.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Harlan Coben mystery


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite scene, but I guess it's always good to catch the bad guy.


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

    There were way too many scenes about the training of dogs, to the point that I felt this was more of an education tool about making your pet behave than a murder mystery novel. I am not really a dog lover, so it just wasn't for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the other reviews mentioned a lot of suspense, but it just did not captivate me. I felt it dragged. I just can't highly recommend it.

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    Margie Port Hueneme, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Margie Port Hueneme, CA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Narrator"

    I've listened to Tanya Eby before, and I like her. But I think that her reading of this book really increased my enjoyment of the story over all. I like Nora Roberts as a general rule, but sometimes her books can get predictable, especially if you've read more than a handful! But, Tanya Eby's reading really made the characters for me. I could really picture them in my head because she made them each so individual.

    The story itself was good, and the characters pretty well fleshed out. Also, I'm a sucker for the reluctant hero, so Simon was my favorite character. :) The dogs were adorable, too, and pretty fleshed out characters themselves.

    Overall an enjoyable story, but more so an excellent listen!

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    Donna Salina, KS, United States 03-19-12
    Donna Salina, KS, United States 03-19-12
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    "A GREAT LISTEN"
    What made the experience of listening to The Search the most enjoyable?

    Well the two main characters. I enjoyed the budding romance that was taking place during some trouble times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Search?

    The Romance that was happening that both did NOT really intend to happen but they were an interesting couple, I enjoyed immensely.


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

    Elegantly read


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book moved me, nothing in particular stood out.


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    Janet Tempe, AZ, United States 03-19-12
    Janet Tempe, AZ, United States 03-19-12
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    "Great Story!"
    If you could sum up The Search in three words, what would they be?

    Story
    Characters
    Research


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fia was my favorite character. The story shows how she appears to others at the beginning, comforting reassuring, then goes into why she is that way today, that she is a survivor, not a victim. How overcoming being captured by and then fleeing a serial killer, who took his revenge ( or though she thought) on her by killing her Fiance and his dog. But has his mentor begins the revenge process through a proxy. The horror of it all starts all over again. The story leads you through her ups and downs as she falls in love with a wood artist, Simon Doyle and must slowly give up her independence because of Perry's wish for revenge through his Protege Echo. All other characters play into this twist of events, including the dogs as the story grows.


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

    No, a good performance, although there are other's I prefer. I had difficulty catching which of the different characters she was performing.


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

    Is he after her again?


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story line, well researched to make the charactors and their vocations very believable.

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    LaToya 03-17-12
    LaToya 03-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. If you are a Nora Roberts fan I would recommend it.

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  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    5/26/14
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    "I Loved This Book!"
    What did you like most about The Search?

    It was unusual for a murder mystery insofar as the context was a pleasant story of a strong woman running her own business and falling for a man she met in the course of it. The main characters were exceptionally well drawn and even the secondary characters were engaging. In the early stages of the book, the sinister tale of a psychopath flicks in and out, building until that aspect overtakes the characters the listener/reader has come to know so well.


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

    The narration was first class.


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers have said this book would be good for those who like dogs. I think that risks suggesting its just 'okay'. This is far from the case. I really struggled to put it down. I was compelled to set aside time to listen instead of engaging in my normal routine. It is a 15 hour audio book and I finished it in two days.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P. D. Nelson
    Lancaster UK
    12/1/13
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is very easy listening, enough to keep you wanting to get to the end to find out what happens but light enough to be able to concentrate on other things at the same time, pattern knitting for me. I learnt a lot about dog training whilst listening to the book! I have only given 4 stars for the reader because the American accent jarred at first until I got used to it, having said that it was well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cabaspre
    Mallorca
    9/20/12
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    "Cheesy - but good if you like dogs"

    This is a thriller trying to be a romance trying to be a dog training manual. I won't sum up the story as Audible is better at that than me. Luckily I have a badly behaved dog so found the dog behavioural parts quite interesting and therefore kept listening. The main female character was a gutsy, feisty, beautiful and probably had red hair (actually I think it was red/gold). The future hunk was a gutsy, feisty, handsome and - well - I am sure you get the picture. I have read Nora Roberts' books before and had enjoyed them. I have given three stars because it was well constructed and I didn't stop reading. It is my fault I don't like cheesy romances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    8/26/16
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    "Funny and gripping"

    Moments of Yuma, beautiful emotional writing and everything story
    Fun and interesting characters and from moments of truth Hume

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Fail
    North East England
    6/24/15
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    "Solid"

    I've read the book before, I wanted to listen while I worked, this was my first audible book, I found some of the narration odd! A lot of the male characters came across as lazy and surly, since I've read the book before I know this wasn't the case. I did enjoy and I have purchased another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saluki Selfie
    Hampshire U.K.
    6/18/15
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    "GET THE SEARCH"
    What did you like most about The Search?

    THE BOYFRIEND BOUGHT TO LIFE WHAT AN OWNER OF A PUPPY SUFFERS


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE BEST PARTS OF THIS STORY WAS THE FUNNIEST WHEN HE WAS MOANING ABOUT WHAT THE PUPPY HAD DONE AND SHE WAS DEFENDING THE PUPPY


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    WHEN THE BOYFRIENDS PUPPY ATE A WHOLE SACK OF DOG FOOD (BEEN THERE)


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

    NO IT IS A BOOK I READ OVER A COUPLE OF DAYS


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gail
    2/2/15
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    "Thoroughtly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Search the most enjoyable?

    Both the story line and the reading


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

    I have read the book and enjoyed it but her inflections of certain words in the sentance made me laugh or nod my head in agreement. Really made it come alive


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    More than one


    Any additional comments?

    Very worthwhile both from the story and the narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jeannie
    California USA
    1/18/15
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    "Another great story"

    Another great story from Nora Roberts
    Love the fact I can listen to her books
    Brilliant characters and believable story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Davis
    UK
    9/19/14
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    "A bit long and slow whilst rushed at the end"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not unless they were already a fan of Nora Roberts, it's not her best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Definitely, but not based on this book. I have read a few others and thoroughly enjoyed them.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tanya Eby?

    She was ok and her narrating wouldn't put me off a book but I wouldn't hunt for books narrated by her.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took a long time to get going and then the ending was rather rushed. Too much doggyness and not enough thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book-Diva
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "Woman's Best Friend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    another classic from Nora Roberts. Mystery, thrills and romance in one great story


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

    Ms Roberts books have a similar structure but each is individual and cannot be compared to another


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favourite?

    Fiona - strong funny loving
    Followed by Mi ( and her 'friend' stories)


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

    Quite simply YES


    Any additional comments?

    if you love NR this is another great addition

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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