Orchid Beach

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Series: Holly Barker, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Stuart Woods delivers a riveting thriller that introduces an exciting addition to the pantheon of fictional sleuths.

Forced into early retirement at 37, smart, attractive, and fiercely independent Major Holly Barker trades in her bars as a military cop for the badge of deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do island town lies an evil that escalates into the cold-blooded murder of one of Holly's new colleagues.

An outsider, Holly has little to go on for answers and no one to help her - except Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty that becomes her companion and protector. The closer Holly gets to the truth, the more she knows that it'll take one smart dog with guts to sniff out this killer - before he can catch her first.

©2009 Stuart Woods (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Outstanding

Very suspencial, plenty of twists. First try on a Holly Barker story and I'm hooked. Can't wait to catch up

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Enjoyable

A very good story and enjoyable listen.
The narrator could not have been better. What I need is someone with a pleasant voice to read the book. I'm not looking for an actor to portray each character; most of those of us who enjoy fiction have enough imagination to make the leap.

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Entertaining and Hard To Put Down!

I just finished listening to the audio version, on Audible. I Love law enforcement mysteries! This was my first Stuart Woods book, and I can't wait to read the next title in the Holly Barker series! Definitely a page turner for me. I actually enjoyed the absence of the usual graphic, and gory violence, which tend to be present in the crime series, that I normally read! I did find that the narrator, "Cassandra Campbell", took some getting used to for me. She is so soft spoken, that at first it annoyed me. I kept thinking she wood be better suited to reading children's titles.!!" Eventually, I grew comfortable with the narration!

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Good story, poorly narrarated

Very poorly narrarated by a woman attempting to portray a mans part. Seems to be a trend in Woods audiobooks.

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Did not enjoy narrator.

Narrator miscasted. Marilyn Monroe wannabe. Wasted a credit. Story line interesting but ruined by inappropriate sounding narrator.

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I almost stopped listening

The book over was very good but if I encountered a Police Chief that talked like that I would think she was trying to seduce everyone she came in contact.

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What is wrong with this narrator???

I don't understand how poor narrators cotinue to be used! Especially since the talented Debra Monk read the abridged version. Campbell makes Holly sound airy and cutesy. It's ridiculous. How could anyone take her seriously?! I want to know if these voice actors are receiving any direction and feedback as they read. If they aren't, START! If they are, get new directors.

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Mediocre writing & reading

Some of the writing was clunky. The storyline taxes incredulity in the extreme. You want to cheer for the characters but it’s hard to work up much emotion. The narration is extremely hushed and seemed out of keeping with the narration, or perhaps just made it duller . Characters got scrambled at times.

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Happy Orchids

I loved it. 💘cant wait to get into book #2. Thanks for the exciting plots Stuart Woods

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Holly Barker Puts Down Roots

Welcome, Holly to Orchid Beach! Tackling civilian life (and death) becomes our heroine! Thank you!