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Publisher's Summary

When winter's done, but spring has not yet fully sprung, much of Alaska turns to slush. Locally, it's called "breakup," and it's a…messy time of year. It's certainly messy for Kate Shugak; between doing her taxes, being chased by grizzlies, and getting shot at by feuding families, she has to cope with an NTSB investigation that hits very close to home. Then, of course, there's the body in the woods. And up at the old mining town. And…being Kate Shugak, somehow she can't leave well enough alone, and begins to tease apart a well-planned and surprising crime.

©1997 Dana Stabenow (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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"I hate Breakup" was the funniest line in a great

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely - love the whole series

What other book might you compare Breakup to and why?

Humor, romance and mystery all in one book

Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

I love Mutt best, even though she doesn't say much.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I can't wait until every book in the series in available on Audible

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I loved Breakup.

Alaska's Spring thaw was the backdrop for the story, provided the intriguing title and supplied a a large dose of comedic relief. Kate Is still the stubborn, strong, loyal protagonist who prides herself on her heritage, education, friendships and steadfastness. I was extremely disappointed in her portrayal in the last book when she strayed far, far over the bounds of honesty by becoming a stalker, identity thief and burglar. Thankfully she is back to her old self.

Bobby is also back -- and I love him. My favorite character my just be Alaska. The descriptions of Alaska keep getting better and it has truly become its own character, which I also love.

I am looking forward to #8.

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Really good. Best one yet.

I love these books and I think that so far this has been the best of them. Really enjoyed this one. Love Kate and the cast of characters that are her friends and family.

Marguerite Gavin does a wonderful job with the narration as always. I wish the next two would hurry up and get done on audio. Sure I could read them but for these it just wouldn't be enough.

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My favorite so far in this series

The storyline has more humor than the previous books and I found myself laughing out loud in places. Marguerite Gavin is just wonderful as usual, bringing all Ms Stabenow's characters to life.

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Very funny

There were several laugh out loud moments. The characters are just so vivid as are the descriptions of the locations. A fun read and I appreciated the subtle references to Gabaldon's books.

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LMAOROF

Exciting. Familiar characters. Comic relief by Alaska spring thaw. Im reading the Kate Shugak series from start to finish; this was the most intriguing--each story enlightens Shugak's Native American roots, along with the difficulty tribal life faces. In the beginning, Kate faces a really bad day and I'm LMAOROF. This isn't really a chick-book...honest! It's a murder mystery wrapped in Alaska lore and executed by an off-the-grid Alaskan woman. Where's #8?

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Frustrating but good

What made the experience of listening to Breakup the most enjoyable?

Kate, who stands tall where others might shy away and let things slide.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Again, Kate, a person to aspire to.

Which scene was your favorite?

The burning. Because it illustrates what happens when people stop thinking for themselves.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was angry in the knowledge that this kind of situation exists today and that biggots and bullies will force their will on others. And although the end is realistic I wished for a different solution.

Any additional comments?

Will keep buying this series, the stories are great and the narrator very good.

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  • jw
  • 11-27-20

Great mystery

Such a great story teller. Dana Stabenow always includes so much action, mystery, a little humor, & lots of insights into Alaskan life.
She is always a great read/listen. Great narration by Marguerite Gavin. .

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Not Enough of Mutt

I like narrators Ms Gavin and this series is a great fit for her. Multiple voices are her specialty. This series has a lot of Characters in the Alaskan bush. Not much Of Mutt or Jack in this story!! And I guess I was not in the mood for the “Breakup” humor. Lots of Hatfield and McCoy feuding going on plus a Murder mystery in the wings. I do use the 1.2 speed to match the adventure. I have the infamous Hunter Moon next up. This series doesn’t seem to be for me. I tried book one from first in series and it gave such a great outlook on the wonderful Alaska wilderness. I skipped to this story as it seemed on the humorous side, but It turns out for me just a bit corny....so this was the wrong pick on my part. I can only guess as to why author decided to deviate on books 9 & 10 and I would like to see how author further develops Trooper Jim in book 12. However, this series has a certain Loyal fan base Which the author has gone on to write to that fan base. If you are new to this series, read the reviews to select your first read if you do not start with book 1. I will tell you book 1 does pull you in to the Alaskan bush.
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Loved it!

I loved this one! This book is Effing hillarious! I laughed through the whole thing.

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  • 06-13-18

Alaskan

I enjoyed listening to the character descriptions and the Alaskan wilderness. Anyone who enjoys nature and the wild would like this side of the book.
The story was twisty and full of surprise. Excellent, as usual.

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  • AZ
  • 10-05-14

A less spectactular Shugak

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Previous books in the series have been 4-5 star listens to me. The story was less rich and complex than previous books in the series and the characters less fully drawn. As a more run of the mill mystery it still sort of works but Shugak novels are generally more than that and the culprit less monotone.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dana Stabenow again?

Yes, but worry the series may be declining.

What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

The performance needed more pacing and tonality this time around.