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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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    Michelle United States 12-10-11
    Michelle United States 12-10-11
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    "My first Nora Roberts book and im in LOVE"

    First, I have to say that the Tanya Eby has the nicest voice ever. I really wish I could have a conversation with her. And if you like/love dogs this book will leave you appreciating mans best friend even more. Fiona is a lovely character I could be friends with. I connected and felt something for all of the characters in this book. It was really well written. I can't wait to try my next Nora book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nei Baon 09-20-11
    Nei Baon 09-20-11
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    "Engaging story with odd narration"

    I enjoyed the story but it was somewhat painful listening to it. The narrator has an odd cadence or manner that is hard to endure. At first I thought it was an unusual affect for a specific character but realized it was the narrator's own affect that was somewhat akin to uptalking. Very distracting and irritating. I usually listen to my Nora Roberts audiobooks more than once. I could barely make myself finish listening to this one the first time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-22-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-22-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "I liked the listen"

    I almost did not get this book due to another review that said you must like dogs to enjoy the book. Very untrue! As long as you like her other mysteries you will love this one. It helps to like animals but it isn't a deal breaker. Ms. Roberts hit the target again and has not disappointed her fans.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    michele 10-25-10
    michele 10-25-10 Member Since 2014
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    "The Search"

    I really enjoyed this. I was expecting a thriller ( what i usually read), but this was a Romance /thriller.
    i was enthralled, couldn't wait to keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirl Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada 10-18-10
    Shirl Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada 10-18-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"

    I find it amazing how many people disliked this book! I just loved it! I'm not a dog fanatic either. I just thought it was fun, exciting and a great easy read (er...listen) and I found it hard to step away from it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Bellaire 10-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh..."

    It was just ok. The plot resolved itself way too quickly and was too abrupt. I would have liked for there to be more action and less conversations about the possibility of danger/action.

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    Allison Allgood 10-01-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"

    I'm a HUGE Nora Roberts fan, but I found this book like most of her recent stand-alone suspense/romance novels...just not as good as they used to be. It was a good story, but I just want one that gets me excited like her books used to do.

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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 09-30-10
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Good all the way through"

    This type of book keeps me awake at night but it was well written. You have to stay with it. Reasonably good narration. Parts were unnecessary, the love scenes seemed to be just thrown in. Other than that I really like this book.

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    Adams Wellington, NV, United States 08-20-10
    Adams Wellington, NV, United States 08-20-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun story but at times a bit drawn out"

    Two things, 1.should of had a man narrate for the male characters and 2. story dragged on not knowing whether to be a mystery or a sappy romance novel.

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    Sarah Champaign, IL, United States 08-02-10
    Sarah Champaign, IL, United States 08-02-10

    Mom, cupcake froster at local gourmet shop, and avid listener to books while doing said frosting or housework. True audiobook addict!

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    "Nora does it again :)"

    This book has a little bit of everything. Romance, murder, suspense, mystery, and lots of sarcasm. The lead male character is very different from the typical character in any romance novel.

    Nora did good once again :)

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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
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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
  • 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.

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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
  • 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
  • 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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