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The Last Victim Audiobook

The Last Victim: A Dr. Charlotte Stone Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Electrifying suspense, cutting-edge psychological insight, and an unforgettably sensuous love story - these are the trademarks of Karen Robards' sizzling novels. Now the New York Times best-selling author launches a red-hot new paranormal romantic thriller series featuring the fascinating Dr. Charlotte Stone, a serial killer expert whose extraordinary powers lead her from ecstasy to terror.

Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life - no doubt because when she was 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's best friend, Holly, then left the girl's body on a seaside boardwalk one week later.

Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground. She kept to herself her eerie postmortem visions of Holly and her mother. And even years later, knowing her contact with ghosts might undermine her credibility as a psychological expert, Charlie tells no one about the visits she gets from the spirit world.

Now all-too-handsome FBI agent Tony Bartoli is telling Charlie that a teenage girl is missing, her family slaughtered. Bartoli suspects that after 15 years, the Boardwalk Killer - or a sick copycat with his M.O. - is back. Time is running short for an innocent, kidnapped girl, and Bartoli pleads for Charlie's help.

This is the one case Charlie shouldn't go near. But she also knows that she may be the one person in the world who can stop this vicious killer. For Charlie - whose good looks disguise a world of hurt, vulnerability, and potent psychic gifts - a frantic hunt for a madman soon becomes a complex test of cunning, passions, and secrets. Aiding Dr. Stone on her quest to catch a madman is a ghostly presence with bad intentions: the fiery spirit of seductive bad boy Michael Garland who refuses to be ignored, though in his cat and mouse game they may both lose their hearts.

Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. And she sees the Boardwalk Killer coming for her.

©2012 Karen Robards (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Robards has a true flair for characterization and excels at adding large doses of humor to the spicy mix." (RT Book Reviews)

"One of the most popular voices in women's fiction." (Newsweek)

"Robards is one terrific storyteller." (Chicago Tribune)

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    laura San Jose, CA, United States 08-17-12
    laura San Jose, CA, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This is not the Karen Robards that I know and love"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Very unrealistic. I am not into ghosts and that was all this book had to offer.


    What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

    Very unrealistic


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    Do you think The Last Victim needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all her books and usually can't wait to download them but this one I could have passed on.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 12-01-13
    Susan 12-01-13

    No, it is not pronounced "Don Quicks-Oat." Go to jail.

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    "Sexy Southern drawl, or Honey Boo-Boo?"

    I can't honestly say whether the story was awful, or simply rendered almost unlistenable by the choice of a narrator who sounds almost like a little girl. It's frankly a little creepy to hear a sex scene read by someone so young, I'd want to see some ID before letting her see some of those words in print.

    If you can tune-out the age issue, there remains a serious flaw in the narrator's interpretation of the key male character. He's described as having a sexy, smooth-as-honey Southern drawl. Unfortunately, the voice Lee gives him is a lot more backwoods than Rhett Butler.

    Too bad. The story delivers an intriguing premise, with the psychic-medium heroine torn between a nice live guy and a life signs-challenged bad boy. I'm a little curious to know how it will play out in the series, but not enough to listen to more of this miscast production. If I can't resist the sequel, I'll be reading it in paperback.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne Hamilton, OH, United States 10-29-12
    Daphne Hamilton, OH, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "In love with a Seriel Killer (Ghost)"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is ok Not sure I believe that this woman would be in love with a Ghost and think twice about a flesh and blood good guy. Just hard to believe


    Would you recommend The Last Victim to your friends? Why or why not?

    No not really. A ghost as a pretector maybe. Not sure I want a ghost as a lover. Especially not one that had been on death row.


    What aspect of Ann Marie Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    She was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SimbaSu 10-14-12
    SimbaSu 10-14-12
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    "Should be rated the minus 5 stars it deserves"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you value your credits, and love a good thriller, don't waste them on this. In this book, a "trained psychologist" who also sees spirits begins to flirt and become sexually aroused by a vicious dead serial killer's ghost.


    What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

    This has nothing to do with real psychic phenomena. The "visions" of the dead serial killer aren't eerie or remotely believable, but just idiotic. He keeps getting sexier to her, with added "glistening muscle", and even a new suntan! He uses lame come-ons such as "you're so hot, baby", and she finally gets annoyed because he comes on to her in the shower. Although aroused by him, she feels guilty when she chases him away with incense, and it ticks him off. The reader sounds like she can't believe she is reading this junk either. I just want my credit back.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Stickels WINTER GARDEN, FL, US 09-06-12
    Pat Stickels WINTER GARDEN, FL, US 09-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "SAVE YOU CREDITS"
    What disappointed you about The Last Victim?

    This is the worse book I have ever listened to. I have listened to and read other books by this author and enjoyed them, I JUST DON"T GET THIS AT ALL I'm more than 1/2 way through and keep asking myself WHY?Listen to something you enjoy . I have bought other books that I have not enjoyed this is the first one that I have written a review on


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I can not find fault with the narrator she could only read what wwas written baaaad


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barbara chattanooga, TN, United States 09-06-12
    barbara chattanooga, TN, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "THE LAST VICTIM!!"

    I ENJOYED THIS LISTEN ,,I ENJOY KAREN ROBARDS BOOKS AND THIS ONE IS
    RIGHT UP THERE!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sylvia palmdale, CA, United States 09-06-12
    sylvia palmdale, CA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Im confused.. the point of story WAS?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    WOW... I do not know.. this story kind of through me off..


    Has The Last Victim turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO .. I love Karen Robards.. she one of my favorites..and always will be...i hope there will be a second part to this story...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    narrator was great.. it was just the point of the story..


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Victim?

    maybe less killings..


    Any additional comments?

    Karen Robards still great and hope there will be a second part to this story book..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 08-30-12
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I should have heeded the warning!"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    I think this was Karen's last one for me it was that bad. There are no words to describe haw bad this one sucked!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was good but that was it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-15-12
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    "Somewhat Different"
    What did you love best about The Last Victim?

    The characters were well developed, as usual.


    If you’ve listened to books by Karen Robards before, how does this one compare?

    This one is somewhat different than her usual stories. I don't want to give anything away but the ending didn't finalize the story for me ... series?


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

    I wasn't as 'invovled' in this book as I have been in previous ones.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Daniels 06-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very different but very GOOD!"

    It took me by surprise! I love that the story was different because there is a little surprise in the story and made it very funny at times. I really recommend you read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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