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Blue Smoke Audiobook

Blue Smoke

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Publisher's Summary

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape.

She would study, struggle, and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force - and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well - and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge.

When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested - though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her - some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can't always blame them - after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world.

Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life - with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins - of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction - she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced...

©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Romantic suspense queen Roberts lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bean's versatile vocal range skillfully portrays male and female parts without hesitation." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

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    MARK J ALBERT Lodi, CA United States 03-07-17
    MARK J ALBERT Lodi, CA United States 03-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "slow.moving"

    I struggled to keep reading. Its like the first half of the book is all prelog as the heroine moves through relationships and the reader wonders just what the story is. The couple FINALLY find each other and the vicious bad guy finally steps it up in the second half.

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    T. Thompson 12-29-16
    T. Thompson 12-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great listen"

    loved it. story & narrator great. I love Nora Roberts recommend her books to everyone

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    Morgan Hrynkow 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotions!"

    Man, that was a rollercoaster. The writing combined with the narration provoked all the feelings the author intended to bring out. I don't know why but I really identified with the main character. I liked that she wasn't perfect but she was everything a strong female lead should be. This book made me cry and rage and it also made me smile and lol at certain points. Highly recommend.

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    Ke'Ona 02-14-16
    Ke'Ona 02-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "slow start awesome finish"

    took awhile for the story to begin but it all goes together well. Reader does a great job narrating the story.

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    Stephanie 01-17-15
    Stephanie 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the Best"

    this audio book was not my favorite. the main character is supposed to be an independent woman but I don't think she is very relatable. some of the story line is a little far fetched.

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    Velma 03-01-14
    Velma 03-01-14
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    "Routine writing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Seems like this book was business as usual. Has she lost her passion. I did not enjoy it. The characters were not developed in a fastidious manner. They just kept missing one another. To many death. I love her book "the Witness". I just have not enjoyed any of her books since. I guess I will have to wait until August for Louise Penny to,get a good book


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Her characters were weak and undeveloped. I did not like all of the death before they got the killer.


    What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    Kim 08-19-13
    Kim 08-19-13
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    "Enjoyable but not memorable"

    This book was a good companion whilst driving, but it was frustrating how long it took the main character to come to what was an obvious conclusion. Not one of my favourite Nora Roberts books.

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    Carol GunnedahAustralia 02-10-13
    Carol GunnedahAustralia 02-10-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A little drawn out but intreging"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend it's a story that can cause strong emotion & not suitable for all


    What aspect of Joyce Bean’s performance would you have changed?

    A little more variance between characters


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

    Probably


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    tgp157 Alabama, USA 02-06-13
    tgp157 Alabama, USA 02-06-13
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    "Really enjoyed it--story & narrator"

    I really enjoyed this book. The story is interesting with all the details about fire. The Narrator does an excellent job with all the voices. I agree with one reviewer who said it took too long for the characters to make the connection as to who the villian was but still it was a good read.

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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 10-17-12
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a pretty good book. It happens over a long period of time which gives the story depth. There were some extremely violent parts of the book that made me a bit uncomfortable when listening, though.


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