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Beka Cooper Book 1: Terrier | [Tamora Pierce]

Beka Cooper Book 1: Terrier

Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy by introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.
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Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy by introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises, and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.

©2006 Tamora Pierce; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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    Clara Guelph, ON, Canada 07-26-08
    Clara Guelph, ON, Canada 07-26-08
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    "love it"

    I love Tamora Pierce's novels and Bekka Cooper's story has quickly become one of my favorite. The style in Terrier is somewhat different from her other Tortallian novels but it is very refreshing, written in the style of a journal, we see everything through the shy but determined eyes of Bekka Cooper. Although Bekka has the soul of all the Tortallian heroines from the previous series, there is something decidedly different about her in comparison to Daine and Alanna. Perhaps it is because Bekka grew up in the city slums and lived a completely different life that makes her views so much different to that of the noble-born Alanna and the outcast Daine.

    Although the audiobook read with a one person cast, Susan Denaker does expressions, accents and voices very well. I could almost imagine Rosto the Piper or Mathias Tunstall read by completely different people.

    I love the book and am waiting eagerly for the second novel in the Bekka Cooper series, Bloodhound (both the novel and audiobook versions)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    cmlmcmillan 09-12-10
    cmlmcmillan 09-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Tammy Pierce Has Done It Again"

    Tamora Pierce really has done it again with the Beka Cooper series. I have just about every single one of her books and I'm of the 21 and over variety of fan. She has a way of spinning a tale that totally sucks you in every time. Be warned that because Pierce is writing within the constructs of a historically accurate "medieval time period" there will be violence, killing, and more adult situations for characters younger than you might think appropriate, but she keeps it clean for the most part. I keep coming back to the Beka Cooper series and Tamora Pierce's other work over and over again simply because I enjoy it. It's good Young Adult fiction and you can't underestimate it. I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn 10-20-12
    Taryn 10-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredible Story, With a Performance to Match"
    What made the experience of listening to Beka Cooper Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    I love this book, but the narrator made the story even better. I'm listening to it right now, and I just had to come write a review. I have read the story many times, but hearing it is a whole new experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beka. I love her for being shy. I was painfully shy for most of my life, and reading about a character who was just as shy, if not more, made me feel a bit braver. After all, if SHE could do it...


    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    It just felt so real...I was listening to a certain scene involving a pigeon (It makes sense once you've heard it.) and I was nearly in tears. I don't cry much, so it was a bit shocking to me. I don't often get that into audiobooks, particularly because I tend to prefer listening to ones I already know, but that really got to me, in a surprising and beautiful way.


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

    It was, but it was a bit too long for that. Definitely worth listening too.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rainer Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 09-20-10
    Rainer Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 09-20-10
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    "Rich and Dramatic"

    An excellent book brought delightfully to life by the narrator. The setting is detailed and complex, characters are never simple, and the mysteries are not straightforward. As Beka seeks to find her way and prove herself, we are swept along into a world of crime and friendship and complicated loyalties.

    The narrator's use of accents and voices is spot on - we recognize the characters that populate the world at once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne McLaughlin Queensland, Australia 11-03-06
    Joanne McLaughlin Queensland, Australia 11-03-06 Listener Since 2006
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    "Very good"

    This book doesn't sound too promising at first, but it picks up as it goes on. I thought that the main character's shyness was made a bit too obvious, but it was well done other than that.
    I think it's a very good book and worth the download.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    mapleleafmanny United States 07-18-14
    mapleleafmanny United States 07-18-14
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    "Beautiful Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Beka Cooper Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    The narration was beautiful; the narrator did a great job of giving voices and personality to the main characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That author has woven a tale of growth and learning for the main character Beka


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite was the ending, where her family finally accepts her choices.


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

    Yes, but that was impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    This is intended for a much younger audience, but as an adult, it was still enjoyable. It brought me back to the love I had for reading Tamora Pierce's author works as a young teen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Tahoe City, CA, United States 01-08-14
    Melinda Tahoe City, CA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Beka Cooper Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator was Very, Very Good. Especially with so many characters in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The Book was very good. The narration exceptional. I did have to look-up what certain words meant so I could stay truly connected to the dialog. Looking forward to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aubri CO, United States 05-12-13
    Aubri CO, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Good story made better by a GREAT preformance."

    I loved this book as a good easy read and now a good easy listen. But I was absolutely taken by Mrs Denaker's performance. I could listen all day long and always be enthralled by her. Levity and gravity were given equal attention and I would recommend easily to both young and old alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Chelsea, AL, United States 03-30-13
    April Chelsea, AL, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm a twenty-something lit nerd who enjoys Romance, Fantasy and YA Fiction. I like strong female heroes and entertaining readers.

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    "Medieval Lady Cops are awesome!"

    I love Beka Cooper. She is strong, brave but very shy. This is the beginning of her journey in making a mark on the world and it's one of my favorite Tamora Peirce Series. The books are told from the first person and limited view of a young woman's diary as she documents her first year of being a Provost's Dog. Beka came from the rawest pits of the streets and has risen up to guard those who have no one to speak for them. I loved it and hope that anyone looking for an action-oriented story will be just as excited to get through this series.

    Susan Denaker has a range of voices and accents that really makes Beka's story come to life. Tamora Pierce's unique style for this series is engrossing. It's very hard to hit 'pause' when you have to go do something other than listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Olympia, wa, United States 03-13-13
    Michael Olympia, wa, United States 03-13-13
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    "If your trying something new... Check this out."
    Would you listen to Beka Cooper Book 1 again? Why?

    Down the road after I forget parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything just works together, its an easy listen.


    What does Susan Denaker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can listen to very few female narraters, Its not sexist, its simply I can't stand when they try and do male voices, Susan Denaker is a cut above the rest. I look forward to the rest of the series knowing there is a good narrater.


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

    One last good twist at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirsty
    West Molesey, Surrey, United Kingdom
    1/6/09
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    "Brilliant - again!"

    I've loved Tamora Pierces books since I first discovered them years ago, now even though I'm probably getting a bit old for them they still provide me with huge enjoyment. This new series of books doesn't disappoint and I can't wait for the next.

    Beka is the kind of three dimensional, well-drawn character that you'd expect from Tamora, and she has the same mix of strength and vulnerability that helped us to relate to Alanna and Daine. It's set again in Tortall but it's nice to go back and learn more about a different aspect outside of the upperclass, knights and riders. Beka is a trainee guard or 'puppy' and the book follows her through her first few weeks on duty where she deals with a few problems and solves a couple of mysteries with the help of her rather unusual 'birdies'.

    The only thing I found slightly irritating was the slightly coy references to her 'peaches' etc... just come right out and talk about your breasts love!

    Anyway, I thought it was excellent and eagerly await the next one.

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