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
"[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)
This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts love/mystery stories. I first bought is in cassette but eventually wore those out and had to buy it digitally. The main character and his supporting cast are colorful, deep and they use their brains for thinking, not just to wear extra warm headgear for the cold.
If you are looking for a book that you can listen to anywhere - this is it. There is humor, life, death, murder, conspiracy, and a crazy tow-truck driver. I would love to see this have a sequel so I could hear more about the Lunitics and their steadfast Chief of Police!
The descriptions of the town and the surrounding land and mountains is so detailed, that you often feel you are their watching the Northern Lights with the characters.
This story had all the elements that I enjoy. A great read with romance,mystery,humor and believable characters it you have ever been to Alaska. I would recommend it to anyone.
While one could say that most books in the romance genre following the same basic format--it's the back story that makes a book interesting or not and gives it its uniqueness. This back story is definitely interesting & unique. I really like the Alaskan setting & the suspense was intriguing. I'd picked out every character in the story (at one point or another) to be the villian before it was finally revealed. The narrator did a good job with the exception of the mayor's voice. The mayor is an older woman with a foghorn laugh--the narrator kinda over acted her part. But other than that (which is very tolerable) he did an excellent job. Overall I enjoyed the book & performance & would recommend it all the way around.
Not very often do I come across a audio that makes me believe I am in the book, but this book made me think I needed a warm coat in the middle of summer. GREAT JOB, everyone.
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
I love nearly all of NR's books because she gives you a story that moves along that also makes you smile. However this one had me glued to the car as the mystery unfolded. At first it was a bit strange to hear a man try to make female voices, but it grew on me and was much better than some of the other narrators they've used.
Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation
I've read Nora Roberts on and off for over 30 years. I been listening to books on cds for a few years, going to and from work, and loved the experience of a good book being read to
me. Nora doesn't write bad books so any book she writes is a good read/listen. I am never disappointed in a woman's book being read by a man and this is not exception. Gary was great.
We are now proud parents of a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law! He is also a child of The U. S. Navy, bonded over military time:)!
It could have been shorter but I still enjoyed it. Characters were likable, a bit long winded. Narrator did a fine job.
Avid reader and listener. Especially (but not just) urban fantasy 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?
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.
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.
"excellent audio experience"
This is one of the better audiobooks that I have listen too.
The story told from a male main character, which is not common for a Nora Roberts book and Gary Littan handles all the characters parts brillantly each sound expressing the character personality and carry you easily though the story.
This is certainly an audio which I gladly listen to over and over again
"Northern nights lovely narration by sexy American."
I read the book several years ago and thought I would like to hear it again. I was very pleased with the narrators voice.He takes the parts of the different characters very well and the book is much funnier than I remember and I'm sure that is due to hearing the book spoken in an appropriate accent for the setting rather than a welsh accent (in my head).Really enjoying it.
A cop who needs to get away after the death of his partner goes to work in Alaska. Seeing him settle in to and become part of the community was really enjoyable, but seeing him fall in love and get the bad guy was great.
...give me Lunacy, Nate and a room, please, I really liked him. Nora Roberts did a good job, the book made me smile from time to time, for exemple Nate in the small airplane on his way to Lunacy.
"A reasonable story made better by very good narrator"
Gary Littman, narrator does an excellent job in making the characters come to life. Unlike others I've listened to he manages so many different voices that you don't get confused which character is talking. I had a little issue with the ending of the story itself in that it was a little weak hence the 4* for that. The narrator made this book better!
I enjoyed Gary's voice he was good at changing between characters and pretty soothing overall
Yes, an intriguing mystery!
I actually stumbled across this by chance via youtube, was looking for Philip Pullman's Northern Lights but found this!
I gave it a listen and liked it so much I bought it!
"this was perfect!"
I want to go to Alaska now!
I narrator did all the voices so well that I knew exactly who was speaking before he said!
The story kept me guessing till the end!
Set in Alaska, this is a well crafted novel with a great cast of characters made even better by a great performance. A shining example of how a brilliant narration can really add to a story which was already good.
THE WHOLE STORY WAS GREAT
I THINK THAT ALL THE CHARACTERS WERE GOOD AND NO ONE STOOD OUT AS ALL STOOD OUT
NO I SPREAD IT ACROSS A COUPLE OF DAYS
"Excellent story very well narrated"
Set in Alaska this story revolves around two central characters both flawed and scarred by their previous experiences. Megan is a bush pilot who lives outside the town of Lunacy with her two dogs and her interactions with and increasing attraction to the chief of police form one of the main strands in the story. The story is gripping and I did not guess the relevant identity until close to the end. The life of a small town in Alaska is beautifully evoked and the narration is a pleasure. Highly recommended.
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