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Spirit Dances | [C. E. Murphy]

Spirit Dances

For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She’s mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she’s facing the biggest challenge of her career—attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance—billed as transformative—actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.
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Publisher's Summary

For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She’s mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely), and now she’s facing the biggest challenge of her career—attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance—billed as transformative—actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.

And there’s more. Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with the full moon coming on, it’s looking like the killer is a creature that can’t possibly exist. But Jo could probably handle all of that, if one ordinary homicide hadn’t pushed her to the very edge.…

©2011 C.E. Murphy (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Leanna Tooele, UT, United States 04-02-11
    Leanna Tooele, UT, United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2008

    Like many of you, I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audiobooks allow me to keep up with my favorite authors. I am currently listening to 'Undead and Unstable' by MaryJanice Davidson, because 'Yours, Mine and Ours' is still not available. Grrr.

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    "Transformational :)"

    In the latest installment of the Walker Papers, Seattle police detective and shaman Joanne Walker finds herself in the middle of transformational hijinks and murder. At this point in C.E. Murphy’s fantasy series, Joanne Walker is maturing and gaining much needed confidence in herself and her talents. But don’t worry her self-deprecating and hilarious internal monologue is still present and priceless. Morrison’s and Joanne’s relationship is still remarkably awkward but makes slight progress only to take a monumental step back. While I find the lack of romantic progress irritating, this is a wonderful series and Spirit Dances is a solid addition.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-02-11
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Transformational :)"

    In the latest installment of the Walker Papers, Seattle police detective and shaman Joanne Walker finds herself in the middle of transformational hijinks and murder. At this point in C.E. Murphy???s fantasy series, Joanne Walker is maturing and gaining much needed confidence in herself and her talents. But don???t worry her self-deprecating and hilarious internal monologue is still present and priceless. Morrison???s and Joanne???s relationship is still remarkably awkward but makes slight progress only to take a monumental step back. While I find the lack of romantic progress irritating, this is a wonderful series and Spirit Dances is a solid addition.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Montevideo, MN, United States 03-10-12
    Julie Montevideo, MN, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "LOVED IT!"
    What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

    Gabra Zackman is a great narrator. She really makes the characters come to life. I have to say I started this series in print and dropped them for the audio version.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT! I picked up the series and went through it in a couple of weeks. I had a few issues when the series started but I was still drawn to this world. I loved the characters. I started this book and though there wasn't enough Gary time for me I was still sucked in and had a few real life distractions but today I finally got to finish and WHAT a way to end this book. I have a few favorites books, and Spirit Dances is on that list. SD is also on my favorite list of the best ending's. This is not the end of the series but, WOW I've been running the ending over and over in my head all day, and I can't wait for the next book, Raven Calls! Good thing The release date is a few weeks away.

    To quote Morrison

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 04-23-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another step as a sharman for Joanne"

    I enjoyed this book the most in the series. Joanne is becoming more mature as a sharman and we get to see more Morrison/Joanne interaction, we have been all waiting for. There are parts that are laugh outloud funny as well as touching. I am eagerly looking forward to reading more of Joanne's adventures. BTW, what happened to Gary the tough taxi driver? I sort of miss him..lol!

    If you are new to the series I recommend that you start from the beginning but you can start from this book since there is a quick rundown of the story so far.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-24-12
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011

    LauralOlivia

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    "Great Premise. Boring."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The premise was all it had going. Not enough events and long extended ...... to get to the events. Less about all the ..... More events, action. emotion, relationships of all kind needed.
    This book did not make me wait for more. I kept listening hoping for more through the whole book. The last chapter was the only one worth spending time. I love supernatural.
    The supernatural background should have been short and sweet not bla bla.


    What was most disappointing about C. E. Murphy’s story?

    I love Native American supernatural. It draws me. It was to drawn out and I was thinking get on with it. Too much detail......


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gabra Zackman?

    Like I said the Native American, werewolf, shift changer all of that was intriguing, however the long drawn out....... made me want to quit multiple times. The whole story could have been more concise, not boring.


    What character would you cut from Spirit Dances?

    She was okay with what she had to work with. Her voice was somewhat monotone. There were sexual tension that could have been more intense and dire situations more given the feeling of OMG. The long drawn out parts about the sha.....gifts were boring, not her fault.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been great with the premise! Shame on the editors!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Huntley, IL, United States 03-25-13
    Rebecca Huntley, IL, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    I am not usually into this kind of book, but I found it interesting and entertaining. I like the characters. The only thing this author does that personally I don't like is spend too much time telling the reader what the character is thinking instead of conversation. I like more conversation. But all and all it was worth the credit and I might listen to another book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Madison Hermiston, or, United States 03-04-13
    C. Madison Hermiston, or, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    What did you love best about Spirit Dances?

    The narrator was great! I loved that even though I didn't read the other books in the series it didn't keep me from enjoying this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone in a review said that this book had chick lit porn in it.... It doesn't. Maybe two kisses with close on. FYI! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie MARSHFIELD, WISCONSIN, United States 08-13-12
    Laurie MARSHFIELD, WISCONSIN, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh absolutely! Gabra Zackman does a great job!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Walker Paper's! I first read this book, then purchased the audio. There was so much action, great character development, it was one of my favorite books in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ANGIE Naples, FL, United States 07-09-12
    ANGIE Naples, FL, United States 07-09-12 Listener Since 2009

    I like UF, PRN and historical romances. Some of my favorite authors are Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, Chloe Neil, Lisa Keypads & Julia Quinn. The list keeps growing every day :o)

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    "Great Book"

    This was by far the best book in the series . Poor Jo she has the worst luck but she always makes me laugh at the way her brain works. Great book!! Can't wait for the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 03-17-12
    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2004

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "Oh, my goddess, WONDERFUL!!!"
    What did you love best about Spirit Dances?

    I have to admit, I have read the Walker Papers multiple times, and every time I do (which is every time a new one comes out, and then whenever I feel a need for an upper) I get more out of them, and enjoy them even more than the last time.

    It is wholly admirable how Ms. Murphy has developed her characters through the series in a slow, methodical manner which allows you to grow to love them both individually, and as a group. I do have to disagree with the people who are wanting the


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spirit Dances?

    The dancer troupe and the meaning behind what they do. I could almost see, before the terrible moments of the ending, how they flew through the air and danced, could almost hear the music in my head.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all the Walker Papers. She is always incredible. I don't read straight romance stories, I find them incredibly boring, and demeaning in that the woman is always some silly, spoiled, whiny, self-centred piece of work, waiting for some knight in shining armour to come along and


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of a member of the dance troupe. Someone giving, loving, and with that sort of freedom of spirit and unadulterated strength, being brought down through nothing but greed and pure evil. It was heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Start with Urban Shaman and read straight through. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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