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All Day and a Night

Ellie Hatcher, Book 5
Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Series: Ellie Hatcher, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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A new murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads Detective Ellie Hatcher into a twisting investigation with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery from the "terrific web spinner" (Entertainment Weekly) Alafair Burke.

When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband - until the District Attorney's office receives an anonymous letter. The letter's author knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret: The victim's bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were eerily similar to the signature used 20 years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.

NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and J. J. Rogan are tapped as the "fresh look" team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro's conviction. The case pits them against both their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defense lawyer with a young associate named Carrie Blank, whose older sister was one of Amaro's victims. As both the NYPD and Amaro's legal team search for certainty in years of conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie's hometown and secrets left behind there. And when Carrie falls victim to a brutal attack, Hatcher knows that the young attorney got too close to the truth.

©2014 Alafair Burke (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Gripping

I started reading Alafair Burke’s books a number of years ago because she came from a family of writers. Alafair is a law professor at Hofstra University. A few years ago I read the first few books in this series. This is book five in the Ellie Hatcher series. Hatcher and her partner are assigned a twenty year old cold case. An attorney, Carrie Blank, is also investigating the case. According to Alafair, the title “All Day and a Night” in prison parlance means a sentence of life without parole.

The book is well written; the story moves right along. After I started reading, I remembered why I had stopped reading this series. The series and this story are about a serial killer. I am totally burned out on serial killer stories. So will not pick this series up to read again.

. The book is ten hours and thirty minutes. Andi Arndt does an excellent job narrating the book. Arndt is an exceptional narrator. She is an actress and voice-over artist. In 2018 she was an Audie Award finalist and also in 2018 was installed in the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. She narrates in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French and Mandarin Chinese.

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Races to a satisfying and surprising conclusion

I listened on the strength of some book blurbs and now know I have discovered a new author whose works I need to read.
While it is a police procedural on one level, what makes this a strong story is that it is a crafty interweaving of many stories told in different voices. The author leaves the reader saying of course when all the threads are worked out.
In my experience it is unique in having so many strong female characters in a police thriller.
The plot is based on the problem of whether a serial killer was wrongfully convicted. Interestingly the serial killer himself plays only a minor role in the story.

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Great book

Wonderful book, keeping you guessing until the very end. Once again, Alafair Burke has written an exceptional mystery. Can't wait for her next book.
































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Don’t Purchase This. The performance is absolutely terrible pick

I love this series, and the protagonist detective Ellie Hatcher. Listened to the previous four books in this series on Audible. Wonderful performances by an excellent narrator. But this narrator for the fifth book is a terrible pick for the book series. She has the voice of a fourteen-year old. I can’t concentrate on the story, due to her shrieking child-voice. I keep getting confused about who is saying what, as all the direct speech sounds alike, regardless of whether it’s Ellie or Carrie etc who is speaking (the males sound like very young teenage boys, even the assistant district attorney and the male detective/Hatchers’ partner. Don’t buy the Audible version of this book. Buy the actual hard copy/paperback/kindle edition, if you are hooked on the series. The Audible version is a huge disappointment, a complete waste of money.

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Quite a Change

I didn’t know what to expect , but I was looking for something like Dave Robiicheaux. This does not have the same sense of place as the Robicheaux stories, but is a good tale all the same. The narrator is part of the problem , she does not convey the characters well

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Loved it!

I love this author and all of her books. This one had a pretty good twist at the end.

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terrible narrator

What disappointed you about All Day and a Night?

so far, there's only been a couple of books, I've been unable to finish, and this is one of them. Not because the book was badly written, in fact is was probably quite good, but because the narration - I call it that over performance - was so bad. Her voice grated on me; her emphasis was all in the wrong places and she sounded like a 15 year old that was attempting to read a book to her young siblings. What a pity, Alafair! I have enjoyed all of your books to date and previous performers have all been fine. Why on earth did you change narrators.

What other book might you compare All Day and a Night to and why?

Sorry, I found it impossible to concentrate on the story due this awful narration that I only got 1/3 into it before I gave it away completely.

Would you be willing to try another one of Andi Arndt’s performances?

NO, emphatically.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from All Day and a Night?

Don't know, didn't finish it


Any additional comments?

If you're like me and require a good performance to enjoy a book; don't buy this !

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Preferred Eliza Foss!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I liked the story but did not care for the new narrator who took over the Ellie Hatcher series following Never Tell.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like all of the characters but the narrator's accents were not done to my satisfaction.

Would you be willing to try another one of Andi Arndt’s performances?

No

Do you think All Day and a Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely. Ellie Hatcher's career/life is still unfolding.

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