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Northern Lights

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Publisher's Summary

The town of Lunacy, Alaska, was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But just as he wonders whether this has been all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss on New Year's Eve under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaskan sky lifts his spirits and convinces him to stay just a little longer.

Meg Galloway, born and raised in Lunacy, is used to being alone. She was a young girl when her father disappeared, and she has learned to be independent, flying her small plane, living on the outskirts of town with just her huskies for company. After her New Year's kiss with the chief of police, she allows herself to give in to passion - while remaining determined to keep things as simple as possible. But there's something about Nate's sad eyes that gets under her skin and warms her frozen heart.

And now, things in Lunacy are heating up. Years ago, on one of the majestic mountains shadowing the town, a crime occurred that is unsolved to this day - and Nate suspects that a killer still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life - and the new love - that he has finally found for himself.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] richly textured novel that captures the intimacy of smalltown police work, the prickliness of the pioneer spirit and the paradox of a setting at once intimate and expansive." (Publishers Weekly)
"Roberts's latest hit novel could not be performed better." (AudioFile)

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    Guiselle 01-19-13
    Guiselle 01-19-13

    Avid reader and listener. Especially (but not just) urban fantasy and romance

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    "The balance between murder and romance"

    I'm happy to report that I've finally joined the throngs of Norah Robert fans. Ok, I'm still not an avid fan, but I did like the book, and that's good enough for me.
    After decades of feeling like a pariah and thinking: Is this it?, this novel finally made me think: Ok, I think I get it. Kinda.
    Certainly a good listen. Well. Let's get to it, shall we?

    Premise:
    So, this guy, Nate, an ex cop, is pretty depressed after an incident in which his partner got killed. So he quits his job and moves to Alaska. ...Ok.
    So he gets there and becomes chief of police in this town called Lunacy. (Lunacy, get it? The townspeople are pretty weird and they are called Lunatics. Mrs Roberts seems to have an excellent although not very subtle sense of humor. It's funny, though, isn't it? Lunatics? LOL).
    Nate meets and falls in love with this awesome bush pilot woman Meg. Then a body is discovered on a mountain. The rest of the plot circles around this murder. Who'd done it?! :-O

    The excitement in this books comes mainly from the murder, and the search for the killer. The love between Meg and Nate seems almost placid. Maybe I'm getting mellow in my old age, but I liked that. Nice, kinda calm love. No real drama there.
    Very pleasant.
    While on the one hand, the pace seemed slow and nothing much happened with regards to Meg and Nate, on the other hand, the abundance of Lunatic (lol) characters made me feel as if a lot was going on in the overall story. I need to confess, though that most of the characters (including the main characters) seemed a bit 'flat' to me. Take Nate for example, although he was supposed to be tormented, I wasn't really convinced. The scenes in which his depression was discussed, seemed spaced out and didn't seem to tie into the whole.

    All in all, I liked the book. It wasn't spectacular, but certainly a solid suspense/ romance novel. If you're looking for a novel with a romance/ murder plot. This one's as good as any and better than quite a few. Nice descriptions of the surroundings are included. I would say the romance aspect was pleasantly there, but the murder investigative side of it was more prevalent.

    The narrator has a very nice voice, by the way. My only problem, and that's one of my pet peeves, so please indulge me, is that male narrators sometimes tend to 'overdo' female voices or intonations. I found that mr. Littman's (narrator) rendition of Meg (and of her mother) sometimes tended a bit towards a caricaturization.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Riverside, CA, United States 05-24-11
    Amanda Riverside, CA, United States 05-24-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Best of Nora Roberts..."

    Great story with very well written characters and a wonderful discription of the beauty of Alaska. This and Montana Sky are absolutly my favorites!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marydior 03-18-11
    Marydior 03-18-11
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    "A great listen"

    Truly enjoyed this book. A great blend of substance, humour and romance with a well defined plot and engaging character development.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 11-29-12
    L.W. 11-29-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Really Interesting Storyline"

    I have owned this book for sometime. I love the author Nora Roberts. Reviews were very good; reportedly first rate narration. I started this book more than 4 times due to the some of the voices given to the some of the characters were just grating to me. I was so hungry for a new story I made up my mind I would get passed this because all these people can't be wrong. Excellent story...I'm not a fan of the setting. I have no wish to be in Alaska so NR storytelling ability was my main draw for this book. It is good, interesting characters. The narrator is very professional and capable but I really didn't like the voices he gave some of the characters. But that is a totally personal thing and I didn't allow it to detract from the book. The main characters have great voices it was the secondary characters. As always the characters and the setting are rich with story. NR is gifted. Worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-27-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "a good story"

    This is my third Nora Roberts' book and the second of two I got in a two for three audible book sale. When I experienced my first Nora Roberts I really didn't know anything about her as an author. I heard she was a romance writer and some even asked what I was doing reading her? Yes, there is some romance in her books but not really mushy romance. I've found there are good stories to boot. This book was set in Lunacy, Alaska and was a real "whodunit" murder mystery. It kept you guessing right up until the end as to who really did it. I liked hearing about what life in northern Alaska is like for all concerned, where the "Northern Lights" play a big part. I enjoyed this book and I will now state that I'm a fan.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jodiod Bay area ca 06-19-16
    jodiod Bay area ca 06-19-16 Member Since 2016

    Jodiod

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    "Excellent story that stays with you."

    Just reread. Gets better every time. Feels like a movie. Incredibly vivid characters and town. Felt like I was in Alaska.

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    Tara Foley 04-18-16
    Tara Foley 04-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Can not handle this guys voice."
    Would you listen to Northern Lights again? Why?

    Probably not. The story was relatively good, But the narrator's voice was unbearable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His lady voices are absolutely awful. The best part about romance novels is the push and pull between the main characters, and it's really hard to enjoy it when the female characters voices are so manly.


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    Naunie michalicek 04-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this book "

    I have listened to this story two maybe three times. This was so very well written. I can truly see the story in my head as I listened to it.

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    Sherry Pitcock 03-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh."

    if you like boring sex scenes interspersed with a predictable mystery, you will like it. problem us, when you listen it is hard to turn the page to skip the crap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janis 03-18-16
    Janis 03-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Enjoyed the story great characters great narrator the detective aspect of solving the murders and being accepted by the town and of coarse the perfect love story.

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    6/22/13
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    "love and intrigue in a cold land"

    Another great story from the great Nora Roberts. Murder, mystery and love under the magical northern lights

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    DErby, United Kingdom
    11/19/10
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    "Holiday listening"

    I bought a hard copy of the book for holiday reading a few years ago and have very much enjoyed listening to it instead this summer on the beach !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shh
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    "Northern lights"

    Fantastic really enjoyed it the characters were larger than life and a very easy listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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