• Big Lake

  • By: Nick Russell
  • Narrated by: Bruce Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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By: Nick Russell
Narrated by: Bruce Miles
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Publisher's Summary

When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town.

With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won't soon forget, and a shocking ending that shakes the town of Big Lake to its very foundation, this first book in the Big Lake series will keep you captive to the very end!

©2011 Paul Russell (P)2013 Paul Russell

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I couldn't finish...

Any chance this mediocre book had of drawing me in was completely destroyed by the narrator. And since the rest of this series seem to be read by Bruce Miles, I doubt I will buy any more of them. I read mediocre literature all the time; for us Mystery, Crime and Thriller fans, there just aren't enough quality choices out there for prolific readers. But narration can make or break average writing. Take The Dresden Files for example. The writing, while better than this, is nowhere close to great literature, yet James Marsters' narration takes them to another level. Not so here...


I got as far as chapter 10. Neither the plot, the writing, nor the dialogue was able to get me past Mile's narration. His default voice is pleasant enough and so the narrative parts were acceptable, though the cadence was too sing-songish. But for some inexplicable reason almost ALL dialogue, also too sing-songish, whether male or female, was delivered in some variation of a high pitched, strained rasp which just grated on my nerves until I could no longer pay attention to the story. The most irritating were the females. Everyone sounded the same and had the same inflection, except some were louder than others. The tone of this narration did not suit a crime novel at all.


I'd say if someone wanted to read this series, the hard copies are likely to be more enjoyable.

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Always Something Happening

What did you like best about this story?

There was always something happening. It never got boring. Just when I thought I was getting an idea of who did it the author added another twist to keep me guessing.

What about Bruce Miles’s performance did you like?

The narrator had distinctive voices for each of the main characters and his dramatic reading was very entertaining. I doube anyone else could do better.

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

Yes

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Really loved this book

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I would loved to have listened to it all at once if I had the time. The story line
kept my interest. Can't wait for the next one to come out at Audible.com

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Excellent! Must-read.

What a great read.. The ending took me by surprise which doesn't happen very often. Usually I can pick up on clues throughout the story and can guess who did it, but this author wrote a fantastic story leading you on a merry chase, considering all sorts of suspects..
I enjoyed the narration. It was well done.
I will definitely read more books by this author.

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chilling start to the series

The comments about the mayor and his son Archer were beyond hilarious and I had to shut the recording off to lmao for a bit. This group doesn't censor much and I loved it all. Backwoods justice, drama. and action non-stop. What a shock the cold hearted killer wss- greed. On to more. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job with voices and expressions.

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Ending caught me flat footed

I normally don’t write reviews, however, I think this one deserves one. Excellent performance- brought the characters to life! I didn’t think I would like the story but with all the twists & turns you want to know what is next. I usually know by 1/2 to 1/3 who the villain is but this time I was way off. I look forward to the next in the series.
Ginny

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Good story but felt like the narrator was yelling

Good story but felt like the narrator was yelling me.
The ending was unexpected and loved the plot.

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Number one in the series, it is a good introduction to some of
characters who come and go in the little town of Big Lake as you read through the books. Some were better than others but all are worth a listen. This one was the
least interesting to me which leaves you a treat as you choose to read others. Each is a stand alone as well as a series support.

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So Very Bad

once again I got fooled by "New York Times best-selling author" thing. this book is truly bad however it is a compendium of every overused trite cliche in existence. the first chapter was pretty decent describing the crime and after that everything went downhill. about every two chapters all I wanted to do is smack somebody in the head and say something about why aren't you following up on this or why aren't you doing that. The book is also Chuck full of absolutely useless characters who bring nothing at all, not even humor, to the book. the only reason it got two stars for one option was because the ending was unexpected. Saying that however, the author then committed the cardinal sin Of not finishing his book. He does not cover the various people who should have been dealt with or otherwise explained before ending the novel. Pretty awful book folks. Probably a good idea to give this one a pass.

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Another great story!

I loved this book and the story was well told. loved the narrators voice.
Great twist at the end of the story.
Put your headphones on, garden, do your housework or relax.... Audible is Great!!!!!