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Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn't believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend.

It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the steadfast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one's life to another.

©2008 Amy MacKinnon; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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  • Sharon
  • United States
  • 02-07-13

Good book, but the narrator makes this book!!!

Amy MacKinnon did a great job with the book...not your typical main character...kind of dark, but I like that! Looking forward to her next book! Rebecca Lowman is by far my favorite female narrator. She does an excellent job with the characters. Very convincing changes in the voices. She doesn't rush the words, she takes her time and honors the author's words. This one will NOT dissapoint!

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 09-30-08

Amazing!

I am not sure who is better here, the author or the reader. If you are looking for a high adventure action thriller, this isn't it. I read this in 2 days, I just couldn't put it down. For a new writer, she writes like she has been writing best sellers for years. The reader has such a mesmerizing voice and style that puts you right in her space with her. The last 7 chapters are unbelievable. By themselves they would be insightful, but the way they are read, are just awe inspiring. More Please!

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  • Tina
  • Gainesville, GA, USA
  • 09-30-08

Tethered

The book was very interested but startes a little slow. The lady who read to you was the most soothing voice I every heard and she made you feel like you were walking in the main characters shoes. For a new author I think she did a great job. I would like to see how she develops as she writes more books.

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Hypnotic and Thrilling

Where does Tethered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the top 5 of the books I have listened to so far. I was excited to read more from this same author and was sorely disappointed to see this was her only one.

What other book might you compare Tethered to and why?

I would compare this book to The Weight of Blood because of the subject matter.

What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

Her voice is hypnotic. I listen to books during rush hour traffic and I cant concentrait on anything else (in a good non-road rage kinda way, not a dangerous oblivious driver kinda way)

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Dreary, Predictable Drivel.

Awful. Complete waste of time . Don't waste your money. I'll never get the wasted hours of my life spent listening to this dreck back.

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Monotonous

I struggled to finish listening to this book about 10 minutes into it. I stuck with it and got through the ending, but the narrator's voice is so monotone it's better to set as a sleep timer then it is a book to listen to. The storyline and plot are very fragile and don't require the need to create such an extensive storyline and excessively descriptive paragraphs.

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Excellent

Excellent listen. Very moving and full of suspense. Can't wait for more from this author.

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  • Nina
  • SANTA FE, NM, United States
  • 01-20-15

Hullo, Eeyore

Why hullo Eeyore, I see you have come back to literary life as a female undertaker with a bunch of baggage...

I cannot blame the narrator on this one, because I think she hits the nail on the head with her reading. However, the problem is, that the main character is so despondent, so lifeless, that it is not all that appealing to listen to. Even when Clara has a brief moment of -out-of-character strength, she is semi-conscious, literally.

I think the people who compared this book to one of Gillian Flynn's must have thought so because Clara is not all that likable, much like many of Flynn's characters. However, to pull that off, you need to have a better storyline and, preferably, some other females who are at least making poor decisions and sticking with them instead of the doormat style life planning that Clara does here.

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Great listen

Where does Tethered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really liked this book. I'm a big fan of Gillian Flynn and this book reminded me of something she could've written. The writing was very good also.

What other book might you compare Tethered to and why?

The One I Left Behind - because of the who done it aspect and damaged main characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

Really don't have a particular one. The whole book was good.

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

If I could've yes.

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  • Tina
  • Columbus, IN, United States
  • 09-13-10

Loved it!

I loved this book. An amazing story from a wonderful narrator. Get it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful