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The Third Victim | [Lisa Gardner]

The Third Victim

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.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Lisa Gardner has won critical and popular acclaim for writing riveting, nail-biting novels of suspense. Her stories are all the more disturbing because they seem to leap straight from today's newspaper headlines.

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

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    Jay Hancock, NH, USA 04-22-09
    Jay Hancock, NH, USA 04-22-09
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    "The worst narrator I have ever heard"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Springfield, MO, USA 01-27-10
    Kathryn Springfield, MO, USA 01-27-10 Member Since 2006
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    "I made it through, but just barely"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Kenilworth , IL, USA 04-19-09
    Kathleen Kenilworth , IL, USA 04-19-09
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    "poor narration"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Cypress, CA, United States 07-02-12
    Martha Cypress, CA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrator had a cold"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator sounded like she had a cold or was plugging her nose. It detracted from the story.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    r. 02-17-12
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    "good story bad narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I had to quit listening because the narration was so difficult.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The pace was slow and draggy.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Ugg"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Iris Plymouth, MA, United States 07-27-11
    Lady Iris Plymouth, MA, United States 07-27-11

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    "Loved the book, not the reader"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmed Bloomington, MN, United States 05-21-11
    Ahmed Bloomington, MN, United States 05-21-11
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    "don't buy this one"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    05-07-11
    05-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Did not like the Narrator"

    I have enjoyed all of Lisa Gardner books and narrators until I heard this narrator - not very good at all, I was very annoyed with her voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J House 01-15-11
    J House 01-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "narration"

    The narrator can make or break a book. This is a good book with very poor narration. Very disappointing to listen to the narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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