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Blue Smoke Audiobook

Blue Smoke

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Publisher's Summary

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape.

She would study, struggle, and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force - and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well - and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge.

When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested - though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her - some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can't always blame them - after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world.

Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life - with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins - of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction - she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced...

©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Romantic suspense queen Roberts lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bean's versatile vocal range skillfully portrays male and female parts without hesitation." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

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    Bob Maywhort 08-24-17 Member Since 2011
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    "some fire related grammatical errors"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Smoke?

    all


    What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

    change of voices


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

    retribution


    Any additional comments?

    The Book incorrectly stated the firefighters wore oxygen tanks!!! this is incorrect, if oxygen leaked from the tank fittings, it could explode!! The air tanks the firefighters wear is compressed atmospheric air.

    When describing a fire it would be described as "TOTALLY INVOLVED"... Involved would be the correct terminology.

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    Ramona Marfin 08-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Very predictable"

    Not much of a mystery as you pretty much know who it is all along.

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    Amazon Customer 07-08-17
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    "Good story but too much like High Noon"

    Good story but after just finishing High Noon I noticed too many similarities in storyline.

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    Amazon Customer 06-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Blue Smoke"

    The story of revenge that spans many years and the fire investigator he is targeting and how she solves the the mystery.

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    CM 04-27-17
    CM 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of Nora Roberts' Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this. It's a modern romantic suspense with well developed characters, a story that isn't entirely focused on whether the main character finds a man, and a plot line that's both interesting and, at times, a little intense.


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have to say that I am not usually a big Joyce Bean fan. She has great pacing and inflection but her voice (and the voices she gives to the characters) can border on annoying. I'm not sure I could name anything she brought to the story that couldn't be experienced by reading the book.


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

    This one was hard to stop listening to. I often listen at work or while I'm cleaning and this made me want to keep scrubbing so I could listen more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARK J ALBERT Lodi, CA United States 03-07-17
    MARK J ALBERT Lodi, CA United States 03-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "slow.moving"

    I struggled to keep reading. Its like the first half of the book is all prelog as the heroine moves through relationships and the reader wonders just what the story is. The couple FINALLY find each other and the vicious bad guy finally steps it up in the second half.

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    T. Thompson 12-29-16
    T. Thompson 12-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great listen"

    loved it. story & narrator great. I love Nora Roberts recommend her books to everyone

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    Morgan Hrynkow 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotions!"

    Man, that was a rollercoaster. The writing combined with the narration provoked all the feelings the author intended to bring out. I don't know why but I really identified with the main character. I liked that she wasn't perfect but she was everything a strong female lead should be. This book made me cry and rage and it also made me smile and lol at certain points. Highly recommend.

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    Ke'Ona 02-14-16
    Ke'Ona 02-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "slow start awesome finish"

    took awhile for the story to begin but it all goes together well. Reader does a great job narrating the story.

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    Stephanie 01-17-15
    Stephanie 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the Best"

    this audio book was not my favorite. the main character is supposed to be an independent woman but I don't think she is very relatable. some of the story line is a little far fetched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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