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Northern Lights | [Nora Roberts]

Northern Lights

Lunacy 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 that's about to change.
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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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    Nancy Barrett NY USA 12-24-12
    Nancy Barrett NY USA 12-24-12 Member Since 2004

    amateur baker

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    "Entertaining"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a pleasant way to pass the time but not what I would call spell binding or one of those books that you just can't stop listening to. It was okay, not great, not terrible. The narration helped move the book along.


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    Ran Toronto, ON, Canada 12-24-12
    Ran Toronto, ON, Canada 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended read - Nora Roberts knows how to hold her audience thrilled and in constant expectation. The plot shifts and turns and you start suspecting everyone for being the murderer. Couldn't put it down!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 12-23-12
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding"

    I read other reviews before listening, and wondered if I would like this as much as so many said. It was one of the best audio I've listened to. The narrator did a great job, even voices over the phone or intercom were edited to sound like the real thing. And the story kept me so interested, could not stop the last 2 hours. The visual descriptions of Alaska make me want to go and see for myself. Can't say enough good about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 12-20-12
    Sandra Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Romantic mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story, it was down to earth and believeable. The ending was predictible 3/4 of the way through, but the path to the conclusion was unexpected. I recommend this book if your looking for an easy, yet enjoyable listen.

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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 12-20-12
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 12-20-12 Member Since 2002

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "Just Another Wounded Man"
    Where does Northern Lights rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just another wounded man who runs as fast & as far away from his problems as he can instead of dealing with them. This one certainly doesn't make the top ten. But, there's something about this one that just made me want to go on listening. Was it Alaska? Was it the women he attracts? Or the trouble?


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I'm not sure. I guess it all comes down to WHY the crime was committed. I know WHO but I want to know why.


    What about Gary Littman’s performance did you like?

    The Narrator does a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    If there was a second book, I might buy it too.

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    Linda Athol, ID, United States 12-19-12
    Linda Athol, ID, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice story"
    Would you listen to Northern Lights again? Why?

    I think the story glossed over the hard life in Alaska in the winter somewhat but it was an easy book to listen to. Lots of possibilities for the 'bad person' so it keeps you guessing. A bit sappy perhaps for the budding relationship but I would listen to it again.


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    Melissa Gloucester City, NJ, United States 11-23-12
    Melissa Gloucester City, NJ, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the better narrators :P"
    Where does Northern Lights rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate. One of Nora's best heroes--flawed and heroic.


    What about Gary Littman’s performance did you like?

    I like that he didn't try too hard to achieve the female voices. It was enough to differentiate them from the men with a slightly softer intonation. I've had other romance novels read by men ruined by this.


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

    Absolutely. If not for sleeping and Thanksgiving, I would have!


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    Mary E. Brown San Diego, Ca 11-12-12
    Mary E. Brown San Diego, Ca 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting story line, set in a unique environment in Alaska with its own unique culture and lifestyle. I personally enjoy learning about different people groups in a novel/fiction setting.
    The story line kept you guessing throughout as to the villian.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked Charlene's character. She was a strong character strong in her own way yet very vulnerable as well.


    What about Gary Littman’s performance did you like?

    His voice was not obvious but allowed one to easily enter into the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All of the above.


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    Sandra R. Marcil Omaha, NE United States 10-25-12
    Sandra R. Marcil Omaha, NE United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Predictable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was worth finishing the book, but had it figured out after the 1st hour of listening.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did okay, but some of the female voices were a bit grating on the nerves


    Was Northern Lights worth the listening time?

    Yes, I suppose it was worth the listen, but didn't compare to Montana Sky or The Witness.
    Probably not one I will listen to again.


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    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 08-06-12
    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favourites!"

    I definitely rate this as one of my favourite Nora Roberts books. The story was different and very captivating. The narrator was very good and the story brilliant! I would highly recommend this book!

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