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What the Dead Know Audiobook

What the Dead Know

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirty years ago, two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness?

Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters. But her involuntary admission and subsequent attempt to stonewall investigators only deepens the mystery. Where has she been, why has she waited so long to come forward? Could her abductor truly be a beloved Baltimore cop? There isn't a shred of evidence to support her story, and every lead she gives the police seems to be another dead-end: a dying, incoherent man; a razed house; a missing grave; and a family that disintegrated long ago, torn apart not only by the crime but by the fissures the tragedy revealed in what appeared to be the perfect household.

In a story that moves back and forth across the decades, there is only one person who dares to be skeptical of a woman who wants to claim the identity of one Bethany sister without revealing the fate of the other. Will he be able to discover the truth?

©2007 Laura Lippman; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Edgar-winner Lippman...shows she's as good as Peter Abrahams and other A-list thriller writers with this outstanding stand-alone." (Publishers Weekly)
"An uncommonly clever impostor story, so cagily constructed that it easily fulfills the genre's two basic demands. First, Ms. Lippman is able to keep her reader guessing about the main character's disputed identity until the very end of this book. Second, when the revelation comes, it makes perfect sense, and it has been hiding in plain sight. This is not one of those mysteries with a denouement that feels tacked on, half baked or pulled out of thin air." (The New York Times)

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    Lisa Stevens 10-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story with a twist."

    Great listen! Finished this in a day! Liked all the twists that all came together in the end. Great performance by the narrator.

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    Cate P 08-15-13
    Cate P 08-15-13
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    "OK But Not Her Best"
    Would you try another book from Laura Lippman and/or Linda Emond?

    I love Laura Lippman and have later works. This was an earlier work and showed how much her skill as a writer has evolved in the later works. I enjoyed this but didn't love it. The story seemed clumsy at times and the twist became evident about half way through. I did enjoy this but was aware of how much better her later books are.


    Would you recommend What the Dead Know to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably would recommend later works "And When She Was Good" and/or "The Most Dangerous Thing".


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    Christine 03-11-13
    Christine 03-11-13
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    "Great Walking Companion"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Dead Know to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book so can't comment.


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

    Yes, the plot kept moving and had numerous threads running at the same time.


    What about Linda Emond’s performance did you like?

    Her voice and accents are good and convincing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Although I the book has kept me intrigued, it really is too long to listen to in one sitting and I enjoyed spreading it out to extend the enjoyment. Having said that, I ended up walking more than six miles the other day because I was so engrossed in the story!


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    Linda Trumbull, CT, United States 12-03-12
    Linda Trumbull, CT, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't want to take off my ipod!"
    Would you listen to What the Dead Know again? Why?

    Yes! The story had many twists and turns that would make it interesting for a second listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to pick just one, most of the characters in this story were very like-able. Unlike most stories where there is a clear-cut antagonist, this was just an interesting story with many different characters. I could have actually followed many of them in other books if this was a series.


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Again, hard to chose, but Kay was great. The little southern accent, not overly dramatic, was perfect.


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    tinaswfl 10-21-12
    tinaswfl 10-21-12
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    "Stunning"

    Well written and beautifully narrated. It may take a bit of careful listening in the beginning to get into the rhythm of the flashback/current time storytelling, but it's well worth the effort. Laura Lippman is an outstanding writer; Linda Emond an excellent narrator. I was hooked into the characters and their stories from the beginning. The only slightly off note, to my mind, was the ending. Believable, but a bit too pat.

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    Sheri 09-07-12
    Sheri 09-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Kept in suspense until the last minutes!!"
    Where does What the Dead Know rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book because I simply could NOT guess the outcome of the story and just had to keep listening to get to the mystery solution!! A great escape read.


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    Judy 01-17-12
    Judy 01-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.

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    "Really Good Story; Bad Reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No I would not. The reader was terrible. She mispronounced words and sometimes even mixed up the voices of the characters, which made an already somewhat complicated plot even harder to understand. I would tell my friend to get the book instead.


    What other book might you compare What the Dead Know to and why?

    Can't really think of one off the top of my head. Perhaps the novels of Jeffrey Deaver...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She mispronounced words, her male voices were awful, and she sometimes mixed up the voices of her characters...saying something in the voice of another character, which was quite confusing but if you listened well you could figure out what was going on. Bad, bad, bad.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the denouement very much. The true story of what actually happened that day was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    It's really too bad this reader was chosen for this book. It's exactly the kind of book I like to listen to, but her performance was so bad that I would not even want to listen to it again, although I may purchase the actual book for my daughter.

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    Kelly Melbourne, FL, United States 08-28-11
    Kelly Melbourne, FL, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent story!"

    I am usually pretty great about guess the ending of murder or "mystery" novels, but I have to hand it to the author, Laura Lippman, I was totally surprised by this book. I enjoyed it very much and was happy it wasn't predictable. The characters were believable and the story was too. I will recommend this one to all my friends.

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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 04-28-11
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 04-28-11 Listener Since 2007

    Happiness is a good book!

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    "very good"

    Kept me guessing till the end and still I was surprised at the ending. It was very good. Its hard to like the main charachter but in the end it all comes together, very good listen.

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    Leah Spokane, WA, USA 11-29-08
    Leah Spokane, WA, USA 11-29-08
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    "Even my Husband liked it"

    This was my first read by this author. Her writing was not only engaging, it was a well-written novel on par with most high-brow literature. Her characters are memorable and the plot lines are truly unique. I had no problem following the jumps through time. If anything it added more depth to the story.

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