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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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    Judy Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 01-02-13
    Judy Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite Nora book, but interesting enough!"

    As usual, Nora keeps us guessing. It took a while to reveal the murderer, and she played it well to keep us guessing.
    I liked the description of the Alaskan town, and most of the characters. However, I cringed every time she had the Mayor speak - Gary Littman overdid the supposed harshness of that woman's voice!

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    Amazon Customer Humble, Texas 01-02-13
    Amazon Customer Humble, Texas 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "When You Want Alaska"

    This mystery/romance is a great read for anyone who loves to imagine life in Alaska. The new police chief relocates to a small Alaskan town right in the middle of the winter. Everyone places bets on whether or not he'll last until breakup. His romance with the local bush pilot is well plotted and reads believably.

    I enjoy a story about the frontier and the tough minded folks who live there. This story is has a generational whodunit that keeps the reader engaged.

    Gary Littman does a great job reading this narrative. His tone changes as his dry, damaged character begins to be charmed by the natural beauty of his surroundings. Very well done!

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    Jean A. Proehl 01-02-13
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    "Nora never disappoints"
    What did you love best about Northern Lights?

    Excellent narration and a good story line in an interesting location.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Meg - classic strong woman


    What about Gary Littman’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voices


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    52 weeks, 52 books 12-27-12
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    "Entertaining mystery/romance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Quirky, likable characters and a magnificent Alaskan scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a romance and a mystery and both work. I think the sex scenes were a little over the top--got the feeling Roberts had more fun writing them than I did hearing them. Still, I liked the characters---even the curmedgeons. I don't think I learned anything about life but it did keep me on my feet and working on a long day.

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    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 12-27-12
    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 12-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "So far my absolute favorite Nora Roberts book."

    My faith in male narrators is restored. Don't get me wrong, male narrators are great, just not so much when narrating Nora Roberts stories. This book is my favorite because the story and characters are real and very likable and because the narrating was perfect. I've read it and listened to it and I prefer listening to it. Gary Littman brings it to life better than my own reading.

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    Amazon Customer 12-26-12
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    "Excellent story, great narration, worth reading!"
    Where does Northern Lights rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 2 %


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well developed characters, interesting mystery and plot, strong sense of place


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read/listen. Recommend highly.

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    Joan Lombard, IL, United States 12-24-12
    Joan Lombard, IL, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved this book"

    I have visited Alaska, but in the summer, and have always wanted to view the northern lights. This book made me feel like an Alaskan native...being there for northern lights, a clear view of Mount Denali, 20 hours of dark, and lots of snow and wind. Nora Roberts is a suburb story teller. She has woven in a hero, a heroine, a crime story, and lots of wonderful personalities.

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    Nancy Barrett NY USA 12-24-12
    Nancy Barrett NY USA 12-24-12 Member Since 2014

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    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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    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!


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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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    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.

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