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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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    Michele Louisa, VA, United States 11-30-11
    Michele Louisa, VA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself"

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    tgp157 Alabama, USA 11-13-12
    tgp157 Alabama, USA 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Really Really Good"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 09-08-09
    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 09-08-09 Member Since 2007
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    "great story"

    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Peter LUMBERTON, TX, United States 07-16-09
    Peter LUMBERTON, TX, United States 07-16-09
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    "one of the best"

    This and Montana sky is some of Nora Roberts best work. Great story, reader did a great job !

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Pamala NORTH PLATTE, NE, United States 05-25-11
    Pamala NORTH PLATTE, NE, United States 05-25-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Brings the story to life."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-02-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-02-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Enjoyable"

    This was my first Nora Roberts book and I enjoyed listening to the end. I found the end of the book a bit predicable but the narrator made up for that. Overall I would recommend this book.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-27-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2005

    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 3 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 2010
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 05-26-12
    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2005

    I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.

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    "Great story with a good (finally!) narrator"

    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.

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    Robin Hewes MURRIETA, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Robin Hewes MURRIETA, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation

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    "This was actually my first read through Audible."

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    12/15/08
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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Janina
    Cardiff, S.Glam, United Kingdom
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    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

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  • 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

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