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XO Audiobook

XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Jeffery Deaver delivers the latest sensational thriller in his wildly popular Kathryn Dance series. Newsweek calls Jeffery Deaver a "suspense superstar", and in his new novel, he lives up to the accolades once again as he sets his heroine Kathryn Dance on a quest to stop an obsessive stalker from destroying a beautiful young country singer.

Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker - but before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than just one fan with a mission.

A former folksinger, Deaver has written the actual song "Your Shadow." Listeners will be able to download it from his website, JefferyDeaver.com.

©2012 Jeffery Deaver (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Trudi Seminole, Florida 10-08-12
    Trudi Seminole, Florida 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Tupi

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    "Dance with Country"

    There was some good historic background about rural and country music that leant authenticity and depth to Kathryn Dance's character. This story seemed to be about a dynamic country singer, loved by all, and worshiped by one. The singer, Kayleigh, didn't have a chance against her bigest fan: the stalker. The stalker was an eerie character - scarier than most because of his innocent presentation; he was smarmy, but he explained himself well. He was quite an actor! Therin lies the flaw; Kayliegh seemed sort of shallow; her character wasn't much of a character. Her family and friends seemed strategically placed only to give the stalker leverage. The story was more about the stalker than about Dance or Kayliegh; maybe that is the brilliance of Deaver, but I'd like to have known more about why Kayliegh and Dance were such 'great friends'. There were an awful lot of characters woven into this dramatic tapestry, and keeping their involvement straight was a little tricky. At times it felt a little too forced. The even tones of Marin Ireland's voice, lack of any dicernable accent, helped keep the story line focused. It was a good story, not great, but quite good.

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    James Long Beach, NY, United States 10-04-12
    James Long Beach, NY, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2015

    Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week

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    What did you love best about XO?

    Loved the music from the story intermixed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development


    What does Marin Ireland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A natural, genuine flow


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

    not at all, took a while for the story to develope


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    Compute 09-01-12
    Compute 09-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "OK, but not great!"

    I always enjoy Jeffery Deaver’s books and this one was no exception. It was definitely not one of his best books, but was a good read. The book continued with unexpected twists and turns throughout it until the very end. I thought it was going to end long before it did, but Deaver would then twist the plot and add another turn to the story. It did keep my attention, but I felt it was a little under par with his previous books.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-18-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2015

    I live to ride my bike.

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    "A Good Read/Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. In one scene Kathryn is approaching an accident. A car is on fire and she is looking for a friend. Now even if you are looking for a particular person, if you approaching a car which is on fire and you take the time to leave a voice mail; yea, she is in a 911 situation and she leaves a voicemail, why don't you call 911? If you tell your friend's husband that his wife could be in trouble... why don't you tell him to call 911.
    I was screamg at Kathryn to get real.


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

    Yes. From the begining you know that it is a stalker fan. As you read/listen you are just waiting to see the mistake the fan makes. What you thought was a fan with muderous issues becomes a political adgenda and jealousy. It was only because there was still a lot of time left that I knew that there was more to come.


    Which character ??? as performed by Marin Ireland ??? was your favorite?

    Kayleigh Towne


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, especially if they keep the plot twist.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the 3rd book in a series. Of course I then wanted to buy the other books. I was surprise that I owned the second book. I still purchase book one and will revist the second one.

    You have heard a term used in poker called a "tell" when Kathryn Dance say her "A to B to Z" take notice, she has just found a clue.

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    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 06-28-16
    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 06-28-16 Member Since 2012

    Like??What? What I read is obvious..I am a computer programmer from before we had computers (APL anyone?) I just saw a coyote in our canyon

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    "a change"

    for some reason the Katherine Dance series derma to have more need for suspension of disbelief and ignoring little ...reality issues, but this story is good and has some creative changes which make it fun.

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    Shan Buckley 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the Best Narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I actually tried to search for the text with a different narrator, but there isn't one available for this book.

    I honestly prefer series with the same narrator. We know that the characters aren't real people, but it helps you get into the book better when the main characters "sound like themselves".


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Some of the words were mispronounced, but I'm likely among the very few who noticed.


    Did XO inspire you to do anything?

    .....just to move on to the next text.


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    Gloria Burkhart FARMINGTON, NM, US 03-15-16
    Gloria Burkhart FARMINGTON, NM, US 03-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    I love the way Jeffery Deaver intermingled music in throughout this book. It was an important part of the story line. Anyone who has had a song or music speak to their life will enjoy this Dance novel.

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    SHERRILL WOODRUFF, SC, United States 06-21-15
    SHERRILL WOODRUFF, SC, United States 06-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow start but great finish
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    Lots of twists. Like books that keep you guessing. Will read more of the Dance books.

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    Jane 06-13-15
    Jane 06-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting!"

    Love characters, narration, story. Rhyme stories great too! In fact better - love NY as back drop! But Katherine Dance is a great protagonist!!

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    Mary Huntsville, Texas, United States 07-14-12
    Mary Huntsville, Texas, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2011

    I have loved reading 'story books since I first learned how. When I was first diagnosed with macular degeneration I was devestated.

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    "music and mystery"
    What disappointed you about XO?

    country music is a big -part of this intriguing mystery.good pacing and interesting characters.


    Has XO turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    very good characterizations


    What character would you cut from XO?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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