Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, a school shooting. The police chief's 13-year-old son is the prime suspect, but Rainie doesn't believe he pulled the trigger. With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, she races to uncover the truth.
But a ruthless killer watches from the shadows - and lives to destroy her as he has destroyed her peaceful little Oregon community.
A school shooting is horrifying in itself, but the thought of the menacing presence behind the shooting, the madman who savors the act of murder, is sure to keep listeners awake at night.
Narrator C. J. Critt keeps adrenaline levels high as she reveals layer after layer of intrigue.
©2001 Lisa Baumgartner; (P)2001 Recorded Books
The book itself is another excellent work by Lisa Gardner. Unfortunately though, it is ruined by the worst narrator I have heard in over 300+ audiobooks. For the first time I think I will have to give up on the audio book and just read the book because I cannot sit through this one.
The narrator goes between twang and donald duck to create distracting offensive character voices. It would be better if she just used her own voice.
Not my favorite Lisa Gardner novel; too many subplots were concluded in the epilogue. The narration and/or editing left long and awkwardly placed pauses that made it difficult to get involved in the story.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Third Victim is a wonderful novel with bad narration of the audiobook. Originally released in 2001 It is Book 2 of Lisa Gardner's FBI Profiler series. The protagonists are FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and Oregon cop Rainie Connor. (Note: Audible does not recognize this as a series. The books in order are The Perfect Husband, The Third Victim, The Next Accident, The Killing Hour, Gone, and Say Goodbye. All novels in the series except The Perfect Husband are available at Audible.) Pierce Quincy's daughter FBI agent Katherine Quincy and her Georgia Bureau of investigation husband become the protagonists of the later books in the series.
The story is fine, if a bit juvenile and trite (I have liked other Lisa Garner later published books), but the narrator is terrible. She reads this book like she is reading to a group of kindergarteners - her intonations and cadence are totally off base.
I read this book awhile back. I was looking forward to listening to it. However, the pace of the narration and the tone is distracting.
I had to quit listening because the narration was so difficult.
The pace was slow and draggy.
Have to agree with prior reviews. The story is really good (I'm almost at the end), but the reader was not the best choice for this type of story. Doesn't have the voices and sounds like she's reading a romance or children's book. No sense of tension or suspense...I can keep up but it's really disappointing.
i can't comment on the story nor tell you how good or bad it is, although i enjoyed almost all of this authors books. the reason is that i could not listen to this one. and that is not for a lack of trying, trust me. every time i tried it took not more than a minute or two before i realized that i just can't keep listening to this narrator. aside from the fact that she seems to think that we are all 3 or 4 year old girls waiting to hear a bedtime story, she in fact uses pauses and stresses at certain words that make it impossible to follow the idea in the sentence.
i wish that audible would recognize this and republish the book with a different narrator. i may then be able to write a review stating what i think of the story.
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