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The Search | [Nora Roberts]

The Search

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.
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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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    08-09-10
    08-09-10
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    "Dog Training"

    If you don't like dogs dont bother downloading this book. If you do like dogs this is a very enjoyable listen and the narrator is quite good except with the male voices. The plot is ok and there is a bit of romance thrown in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dena Kent Portsmouth, NH 08-07-10
    Dena Kent Portsmouth, NH 08-07-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Book"

    I have enjoyed Nora Roberts' books. I especially enjoyed the narrator of this one. She was excellent. The book was enjoyable and kept my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christie 08-04-10
    Christie 08-04-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome - She captured the essence of the NW"

    This was my first listen to a book by Nora Roberts, as a dog trrainer from NW Washington, not only did she do an awesome job describing the dog training and the emotions that go with loving a dog with issues but the way she incorporated the landscape of the Northwest is as if she had lived there all of her life. She captured the feel of why this is truly God's country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dgh 08-03-10
    dgh 08-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"

    if there was a follow up i would listen to it too - great story, like the dog interaction, the suspense, etc.
    the reader i just right for fionas personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurence bienne, Switzerland 08-01-10
    Laurence bienne, Switzerland 08-01-10 Member Since 2008
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    "another great one !"

    if you're a nora roberts fan and a dog lover, I can only recommend you listen to this book. it is touching and full of suspense :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 07-31-10
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 07-31-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Didn't hate it..."

    I'm a HUGE Nora Roberts fan, but this book wasn't one of my favorites. I don't consider it a waste of a credit, but I feel I got more from it regarding training my dog than I did as far as it being a great romantic suspense. Like I said, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. However, I can DEFINITELY see it being made into one of her TV movies on Lifetime!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PERU, IN, United States 07-30-10
    Amazon Customer PERU, IN, United States 07-30-10
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    "Great Dog-Training Tips"

    I really enjoyed this book. I have read several of Nora Roberts' books, and liked most of them, so I was prepared to like this one. I believe it's one of her better ones. I liked the characters, and it stayed interesting to the end. At the end, I wanted to go out and buy a chocolate lab.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CCathy 07-27-10
    CCathy 07-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "OK Listen"

    Read the reviews and was so-so about getting this book. It was ok, I enjoyed the listen. Easy to listen to. People said predictable - but isn't that true of many romance/mystery/thrillers? As for the dog training parts - ok too. At least it got me to go work with my own dogs a little more!
    It's my first Nora Roberts - I'll probably look at some of her other books as well.

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    Jaclyn 07-27-10
    Jaclyn 07-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Bad"

    Not a bad book. Lots about dogs and dog training, so if your a dog lover this is a plus. But there are also some spicy bits and a nice thriller undercurrent. I do recommend.

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    TEP 07-26-10
    TEP 07-26-10
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    "Boring Book; Terrible Narration"

    I love dogs, but if I had wanted to read a book about dog training, I would have purchased one instead of a novel masquerading as a romantic thriller. To make matters worse, the narrator was one of the worst I have ever listened to. Her style is a combination of choppy, sing-song and baby talk. I am about half way through and don't know if I can bear to waste the time finishing this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P. D. Nelson
    Lancaster UK
    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
  • 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
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    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
  • Mrs V L Cullingworth
    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
  • 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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