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Publisher's Summary

In A Deeper Sleep, P.I. Kate Shugak has been working on a case for the Anchorage D.A. involving the murder of a woman by the woman's husband. Louis Deem has been the subject of investigations before, and he's never been convicted. But Kate and state trooper Jim Chopin are convinced that, this time, he'll be punished for his actions.

When he's found not guilty, Kate and Jim and the rest of Nilniltna, Alaska, are certain that a man has gotten away with murder, and that it's only a matter of time before he tries again. Sure enough, a few weeks later, a woman and her son are shot, the victims of an apparent robbery. But this time, Kate and Jim have a witness, and they're determined that Deem will not get away again. Or will he?

©2007 Dana Stabenow; (P)2007 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Kate Shugak is becoming a leader among her people and is already a leader in the sorority of women detectives." (Publishers Weekly)
"An engaging plot, the fascinating Native American frame, the well-developed characters, and the vivid depiction of the Alaskan wilderness add up to another strong entry in this consistently satisfying series." (Booklist)

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  • Tracey
  • Danville, AR, United States
  • 04-22-13

You will be WIDE AWAKE during "A Deeper Sleep"

It must be very difficult for Stabenow to write a bad mystery book, as she doesn't disappoint here. This book is a bit more sombre fare than some of the earlier Kate Shugak stories, perhaps because we get flashbacks to earlier deaths from the point of view of the victims. The setting is the Park, so we get further development of the Park Rats we have come to know through the previous volumes and we become invested in learning the outcome of the events. I recommend reading as many of the previous books as possible to get more out of this story.

Dunne did a good job with the narration; however, those who have become acclimated to Marguerite Gavin's narration of Stabenow's universe (both the Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell series) may be distracted by Dunne's rendition of the voices. I am fan of Dunne's other narrations (particularly of "The Sharing Knife" series), so I wasn't off put by her narration, although it did take an adjustment at the beginning of the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Read this one & do not listen if you like the other books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Dunne’s performances?

NO!!! She was horrible & cannot pull the characters off the page. I only finished the audible as I was on a long drive & couldn't read the book. She made everyone sound like school girls or cartoon characters none of which fit Dana Stabenows books.

Was A Deeper Sleep worth the listening time?

No, if I had realized it was not Margaruite Gavin & listened to a sample when I purchased it I would have read it instead. Bernadette Dunne should not be a narrator.

Any additional comments?

Love the books but this was painful to listen too. It was my fault for thinking it would be the same narrator as the other books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Change in Narrator was a big disappointed.

What did you like best about A Deeper Sleep? What did you like least?

The change in narrator this far into the series made it difficult to objectively judge Bernadette Dunne. Margaret Gavin has become the voice of Kate. I stopped listening and thought I was finished with the series but I see that Gavin is back in the next book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?

Margaret Gavin

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Same great writing but suffers from new narrator.

Would you listen to A Deeper Sleep again? Why?

Yes. I love the writing.

What did you like best about this story?

Vivid detail makes you feel like you know these characters personally. Alaska is as much a character as any of the people. It's fun to see the developing relationships in Kate's life.

What didn’t you like about Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

She should have listened to at least one of the previous books. She does a mediocre job with the voices and intonation. She's not horrible but the change in narration was continually intrusive throughout the book -not just at the beginning. Not a lot of variation in the voices.

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

Dana's books always make me laugh and cry.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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


Yes. Another good book in the series.

What other book might you compare A Deeper Sleep to and why?

All - simply enjoy the series.

Any additional comments?

Missed M. Gavin as narrator. Dunne is a good narrator, but M. Gavin is THE voice of the Sugak series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 05-26-16

The change in Narrator was a Bitter Disappointment

I have no idea why M. Gavin was not back to narrate this installment of the Kate Shaguk story but it was terrible disappointing. If Ms. Dunne had read the previous novels I probably would have like her, but she suffers in comparison. Ms. Gavin is Kate. She is the perfect voice for the strong, loyal Aleut woman we love.

Now, as to the story. This one is not my least favorite. Nor is it in the top favorites either. It is a decent mystery, with a incomprehensible crime. The antagonist was a bit too evil making him a caricature. Bobby remains off the canvas. And there wasn't much story about Alaska either. I found it an average book, and nothing more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Buffy
  • Denver, CO
  • 02-23-15

Longtime Kate Shugak fan

I've been a long time Kate Shugak fan -- this was a hard story line for me because of the treatment of young women. Still not sure how I feel about the ending…

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What happened to Marguerite Gavin??

Would you listen to A Deeper Sleep again? Why?

Not sure - it is SO disorienting to have such a different performance in a long established series like this. The men especially are just, well, not very manly sounding and Johnny, is 15 now and pretty mature for his age and he sounds like and 8-year old! It's not a terrible performance - it's just too different.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Deeper Sleep?

When Louis Deem gets shot! Hooray! has anyone "needed killing" more??

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No - I'm sure she is fine but it is unfair to judge when she is following someone who is so connected with this series!

Any additional comments?

I have actually read this before, so I already knew Mutt would be okay but my heart stopped the first time I read it!!! I love Dana Stabenow's books and especially the Kate Shugak books. I wish I could go to her homestead and hang out with her and Mutt :-) She is strong, fierce and independent. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and stands up for what she believes in - a GREAT role model!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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nosafeplace

Wow! Dana Stabenow just gets better.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have read all Kate Shugak series books to 15, I am so sure the story is and would be as great as the others, but the performance took away from any interest I had. The monotone voice was boring, and expressionless changes for different character was very disappointing. I am blind in my left I and 40% in my right, so I depend on the performances, even though I purchase the Kindle book also, just to follow along on my computer. I will not finish this book because of the performance. Very disappointed. I will check who the performers are for the following books in the series before I commit to another purchase.

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