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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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    Erika Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil 11-12-11
    Erika Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil 11-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting story, well narrated"

    The plot was slow at the beginning, but got better at the middle. Interesting characters. Good narration. Good pastime.

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    Ria Reader Washington, DC 11-11-11
    Ria Reader Washington, DC 11-11-11 Member Since 2010

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    "I Loved This Story!"

    I procrastinated listening to this story thinking it would be boring. How WRONG I was...This book was so good I spent the entire weekend attached to my IPOD wanting to know what would happen next. I loved Simon and his grumpy demeanor, it just kept the story all the more real and Phe was great in the way she knew just how to handle him. Perfect match! Kudos to Nora Roberts I am a huge In Death Series fan but now I am open to exploring her other stories.
    Big 10 stars to the narrator for doing such an awesome job, I felt that I was part of the story.
    Happy Listening!!

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    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 11-03-11
    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 11-03-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Three tries were enough."

    Sorry, but I just couldn't get past the reader. I'm no prude, but the sex and stupid dialog and the infantile reading was just too much. The story had potential, and the location was just fine,but that was where it ended. Sorry I wasted a credit on this one. T. Sandvigen

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    Jane 10-23-11
    Jane 10-23-11

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    "Mixed feelings"

    The goodies in The Search are those who love dogs and who train their dogs to help police search for the lost. On the other hand, the badies are an ugly, unsettling and constant threat. The goodies were engaging characters -- including an enjoyable love interest -- in a gentle island setting. I found the badies boring and -- rare for me -- I fast forwarded past somewhat tedious descriptions of their mind and thoughts, interspersed with attempts to explain their life-path which led to them being in this state.

    The narrative slickly wove a range of connections between them all through parallels between the process of understanding dogs and humans (particularly the deviant kinds).

    I found the reader, Tanya Eby, excellent -- quite in a class of her own through her ability to transform this novel into a drama.

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    Pamela WEARE, NH, United States 10-03-11
    Pamela WEARE, NH, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2016
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    "I tried but I couldn't listen anymore!"

    I listen to books and podcasts at work and it helps to make my day go by faster.The reader made this book unbearable. She made the main character very unlikeable. I kept hoping the serial killer would just get her and put me out of my misery. I honestly couldn't finish this book and I tried twice.

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    Arnoldo Chicago, IL, United States 10-02-11
    Arnoldo Chicago, IL, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointed"

    Usually I love Nora Roberts' books, however I was extremely disappointed with this one. My reason is not so much for the storyline-it was typical-but more for the language that was used. I have no problem with "steamy" prose however gratuitous swearing etc is unnecessary in these books and seems out of place for this author. If you buy it, you'll see what I mean. I am hoping this is not going to become a new trend for her.

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    Amy Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-27-11
    Amy Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved the narrator/story; too much cussing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found all the tips on dog training fascinating even though I don't have a dog; it was fun to listen too. I was also intrigued by all the comparisons between dog behavior and the villains behavior. Many have said they found the narrator too sing-songy. I REALLY enjoyed the narrator and found her voice soothing and enjoyable. If you're worried- just listen to a sample.

    I would have rated this a 5 except for the blatant and constant over use of the F word. I get that the main characters were frequently frustrated by the circumstances and feeling threatened, but it's just "F" this and "F" that. Shows a lack of creativity in an otherwise fascinating book.


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    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 09-22-11
    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. It was able to mix suspense with romance with a story that kept me listentening and I am honestly sad the book is over. Nora Roberts really is the best there is at this.

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    ilene palm desert, CA, United States 09-21-11
    ilene palm desert, CA, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprised"

    I have never read Nora Roberts and a friend recommended this book. I love dogs and the main character teaches you how to train and love your animals. It was great reading with a wonderful plot that held me in suspense. I enloyed it from beginning to end.

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    DallasGin 09-16-11
    DallasGin 09-16-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Great attention to detail"

    Loved this book; witty; great background and attention to detail - someone did alot of research about the characters and their work.

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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.

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  • P. D. Nelson
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    12/1/13
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    "Very enjoyable"
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    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
  • 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
  • Sarah
    11/19/11
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    "Learning to survive"

    Not your usual Nora Roberts in that it jumps straight into rumpy pumpy. You actually get a story. The survivor of a notorious serial killer has moved to a remote location where she now trains search and rescue dogs. She is safe in the knowledge that her dogs will protect her if anything sinister ever happens again.

    Unfortunately a copy cat is on the loose and won't be put off by a few canine protectors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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