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Atacama Red Audiobook

Atacama Red: A Pablo Nelson Mystery

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Set in the mysterious and other-worldly landscape of Chile's Atacama Desert, this fast-paced and captivating mystery novel revolves around Pablo Nelson - an American by birth but with Chilean roots - who has resigned from being a detective in a small town in Vermont to open a hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. But soon after starting his new life, he finds himself drawn in to helping a Chilean detective solve a series of gruesome murders occurring in a remote desert village. In the process of the investigations, Nelson must confront his greatest fears and doubts about himself.

©2017 William Graham (P)2017 William Graham

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    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 04-26-17
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 04-26-17 Member Since 2017

    Male, mid 60's, over 1,200 helpful votes on Amazon, over 370 helpful votes on Audible, own 600 + Audible books and over 10,200 Kindle books

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    "Too Tough a Task"
    If you could sum up Atacama Red in three words, what would they be?

    Needed more time. This is a two and one half hour audio book, from a one hundred and nineteen page book. The author had to introduce characters, establish explanations for their actions, introduce a mystery with multiple bodies and include the "chase". There is an exotic location, a reasonably likeable protagonist. The work just wasn't long enough to accomplish all of the elements of a good mystery. Some of the motivations and actions by the characters seem to be just thrown out there and not reasonable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Telegraphed. Which is what I meant that the work needed to be longer for that aspect to develop.


    What about Dan Carroll’s performance did you like?

    Dan Carroll has a pleasant voice. Easily understood.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Please stand back from the geyser!


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the opportunity to listen to and review this work.

    I would like to see the work lengthened and developed a bit more. It's on the right track!

    A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tad B. New York 05-19-17
    Tad B. New York 05-19-17 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    I wasn't quite sure what to make of this story. At first, it was so dry I was wondering if this was a true crime book. But it's not, it's just a flat, dry narrative fiction. The narrator really didn't help. He had a choppy telling of this story and his voice for the female detective was... hard to get through. I think this book would have been far superior if it had had a better voice over artist. That said, the interesting part of the story (cult killers!) was never fleshed out and it felt like the author spent a lot of time on unnecessary scenes and rushed through intriguing ones. I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-24-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-24-17 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "the story does have some good ideas"

    Pablo Nelson is a small town detective who retires after failing to uncover the brutal murder of a child.  Haunted by his failure, he moves to his deceased mother’s home town of Atacama in the Chilean desert.  A series of mysterious murders draw him out of his self-imposed exile to help the local detective.

    The bodies pile up as the mystery deepens.  Everything points to drug lords and their strange connection to a local observatory and two astronomers who may not be who they seem.  But Pablo doesn’t buy it and digs deeper, each time finding more reasons to be suspicious of the obvious.

    The setting in the Chilean desert is intriguing and the landscape is described with compelling detail.  Unfortunately, the characters feel unrealistic and forced.  An astronomer dealing drugs?  A Chilean detective immediately sharing her findings with an inn-keeper from America?  The listener wants to like this mystery but the connections seem too far-fetched to stay involved.  Many mystery lovers want to try to guess who-done-it. This one just doesn’t give you that opportunity.

    Dan Carroll performs the story.  While he has a good voice and is pleasant to listen to, he has a strange way of dragging a sentence and pausing before the last word.  He sometimes stumbles over words and pronounces the many Spanish words poorly.  A native speaker would have been a better choice for this performance.  As with all audiobooks, listen to a sample first to see if Mr. Carroll’s performance is right for you.

    While the story does have some good ideas, there is little left to the imagination.  There are so many mystery novels.  This one doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre but may be a pleasant listen for some.  See if the sample gets your attention before you commit.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Pablo Nelson finds you cant always leave it behind"

    Atacama Red by William Graham was a pretty good listen. Pablo Nelson as he resigned from a detective job in Vermont feeling burned out and ready for a change. He decides to open a hotel in a small town in Chili with the hope of getting away from his old life. Fate has other things in store for him as finds himself helping Chilean detectives as they investigate some gruesome murders.
    This is a good story not a great story but it is a relaxing listen and the twists and turns will keep you involved until the end.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bikram Agarwal 05-23-17 Member Since 2017

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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    "Dry like the desert."
    What disappointed you about Atacama Red?

    Where do I start. The characters aren't fleshed out at all. Their actions / reactions don't make much sense (from motivation perspective), their fate doesn't bother the listener much. The "mystery" isn't much of a mystery either. Plus the narrator did a poor job at best.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire America 05-09-17
    Claire America 05-09-17 Member Since 2014

    I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.

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    "A mystery to keep you guessing"

    I enjoyed the story, there are quite a few twist and there are clues layered into the story but they aren't obvious so I got most of the way through before I figured out one of the characters involved.

    I like mysteries that aren't obvious but where you stand a chance of guessing who's involved. and this one delivered that for me.

    This book created a good set-up for a series of books and I'm putting the next book on my 'to read' list.

    I wasn't a fan of the narration, a few of the character voices were OK but most weren't particularly the female voices. I also found the flow of the narration a bit strange, not too bad but enough to be a bit distracting. I'd have preferred the eBook version.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below, thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Patterson 05-04-17
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    "Not very interesting."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, written at a grade 6 level


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Graham? Why or why not?

    No, very boring story.


    What didn’t you like about Dan Carroll’s performance?

    Voice inflection poor, monotone at times.


    Did Atacama Red inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Hedden 04-29-17
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    "Good read"
    Any additional comments?

    Atacama Red by William Graham was a pretty good read. This mystery novel follows Pablo Nelson as he resigned from a detective job in Vermont to open a hotel in a hole. He finds himself helping Chilean detectives as they investigate some gruesome murders.

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    Judy 04-18-17
    Judy 04-18-17
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    "Rich story teller"

    I have listened to many audiobooks. Dan Carrolll has a rich and wonderful voice that is a pleasure to listen to. The time goes by quickly hearing the story come to life. Look forward to listening to more books narrated by Dan Carroll.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Silver Ave 04-10-17
    Silver Ave 04-10-17 Listener Since 2006

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    "Loved the Exotic Desert Setting"

    I found this audiobook most enjoyable - The exotic desert setting was an intriguing place for Pablo Nelson to help solve the mystery of the local murders centered around drugs and the astronomical observatory. The characters were very entertaining and the dialogue witty. The plot takes an exciting turn that is reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard. This was a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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