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Kate Shugak Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Kate Shugak Series, Book 22
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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It is New Year's Eve, nearly six weeks into an off-and-on blizzard that has locked Alaska down, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. But now there are reports of a plane down in the Quilak mountains. With the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board - responsible for investigating aviation incidents) unable to reach the crash site, ex-trooper Jim Chopin is pulled out of retirement to try to identify the aircraft, collect the corpses, and determine why no flight has been reported missing. But Jim discovers survivors: two children who don't speak a word of English. Meanwhile, PI Kate Shugak receives an unexpected and unwelcome accusation from beyond the grave - a charge that could change the face of the Park forever.

©2020 Dana Stabenow (P)2020 Tantor

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Great Book!

The storyline was interesting. Characters were Great! Overall, it was a fantastic book. I would definitely recommend reading it!

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Good Story, poor production

The audio was the worst of any book I've had from Audible (and there have been a lot!). I was very disappointed in the production quality of this book. The splicing was so obvious and VERY distracting! I love Dana's books, but come on!!

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My least favorite Kate Shugak book

I’ve read or listened to all the Kate Shugak books and I’m always excited to see another one has come out. I love all of the characters and the wonderfully detailed descriptions of bush Alaska life. Stabenow has spent years building the characters and the town so well I feel like I’ve been there and met all these people and Marguerite Gavin has done a good job narrating everything from the booming voice of Bobby Clark to the tough but broken Kate. They’ve been a good team.

This time around they’re both off their game. The chapters from the point of view of the young boy are both unnecessary and really irritating in both the writing and narration. The characters all seem to have lost their unique personalities and the plot seems overly contrived. Sorry I wasted the money and time.

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The series needs to end

I have been a faithful reader of the series! It hurts to say this but... it's time to end the series. I had the same feeling after the previous book and really did not want to read this one, but I guess I was missing Kate's "universe". Unlike other reviewers I was not that upset about political issues in the book. Take them for what they are... things to think about... I was sad about the overall feeling of the book. I did not recognize the style of the author that I loved. The feeling was she was tired of the main character, of that "universe", really did not want to do it, but had to, so she hurried through the book just to be done with it. Using political issues comes from that (had to write about something new...). With sadness... good-bye, Kate.

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Weird narration

The narrators voice gets suddenly louder, higher,or lower. Sounds like she recorded sections and they were spliced together with no continuity or editing.

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Another great Kate Shugak mystery

Loved this book with current issues brought to the bush. Hard to put it down, but enough left on the table to anticipate the next part.

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Another great Kate Shugak story

Dana Stabenow has a gift for writing us into her Alaskan world. This story had a lot about what is going on in the world right now. Once again Kate finds herself in a place she really doesn’t want to be in. But because she and Jim are tossed in at the deep end, Kate solves the case. I love being in Kate Shugak’s Alaska and world.

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Falling Off.......

I think this book was pretty much mailed in. I have enjoyed all of Dana Stabenow's books but the last few are nothing but "Saint" Kate, political nonsense and virtue signaling. Maybe Dana has fallen into the trap that so many authors succumb to following in love with their characters. Time to "kill" Kate off.

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North of the border

Dana Stabenow is indeed unique. What a joy to dive into a new Kate Shugak mystery again. Such a complex plot yet one very real in this world today. Old familar characters as well as new ones and heartbreaking as well. Hopefully we won't have to wait so long for the next Shugak book but thanks so much to Dana for this great read.

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📚 Best Series!! 🎤 Best Narrator!!

I put off starting this long awaited book because I didn’t want it to end!! But, it was worth the wait. Kate Shugak is one of the best characters out there and Marguerite Gavin is perfect as the narrator. I hope the wait for book 22 is not too long...