Madeline Dare
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(3.6 based on 163 ratings)
  • 1
    A Field of Darkness | Cornelia Read

    A Field of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    (89)
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    Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation.

    A lot of fun

    It takes a couple of chapters to get into, but this book is well worth the time. The mystery has a quite satisfying resolution, but getting there is ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 10 2007 by Jovanna (Andalusia, AL, USA)
  • 2
    The Crazy School | Cornelia Read

    The Crazy School

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (62)
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    (21)
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    (20)

    Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

    Great narration

    While deviant psychotherapeutic techniques can be fascinating regardless of plot or character development, this story is quite compelling. But what re..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 13 2010 by Molly (Encino, CA, United States)
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  • 4
    Valley of Ashes | Cornelia Read

    Valley of Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Madeline Dare trades New York's gritty streets for the tree-lined avenues of Boulder, Colorado, when her husband, Dean, lands a promising job. Madeline, now a full-time homemaker and mother to beautiful toddler twin girls, has achieved everything she thought she always wanted, but with her husband constantly on the road, she's fighting a losing battle against the Betty Friedan riptide of suburban/maternal exhaustion, angst, and sheer loneliness. A new freelance newspaper gig helps her get her mojo back.

    Bit less mystery, bit sadder; still Dare!

    Followers of Madeline Dare will want to tune in-- Read's snappy prose and Huber's pitch-perfect narration are again an unbeatable combination. But it'..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 03 2013 by Cynthia (Anchorage, AK, United States)