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Publisher's Summary

Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

In a journey of discovery and redemption, from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, The Divide delves into the dynamics of a fractured family and their struggle with the pain of lost happiness. Electrifying and heartbreaking, master storyteller Nicholas Evans' new novel delivers an extraordinary tale about the timeless power of nature, and about the yearnings, hopes, and disillusionments that connect, and separate, all men and women.

©2005 Nicholas Evans (P)2005 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Evans demonstrates the same intricacy of plot and depth of characterization that defined his international best-seller The Horse Whisperer....Sure to be a runaway success, this lyrical novel runs the gamut from devastation to despair to deliverance." (Booklist)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome

This was one of those books that I couldn't turn off. The reader was excellent. The story, primarily a love story of sorts, was so compelling that it drew you into the characters and the messes they made of their lives. Nichlas Evans did a fantastic job - can't wait for his next book!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • Canton, MI, USA
  • 01-22-06

Haunting

This is the best book this author has written since the Horse Whisperer. You have to keep listening. Each character has the lead at their own time and you laugh and ache with each of them. It is one of those books that you can't book down but at the same time are sad when you reach the end, Very Memorable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 07-24-09

A Decent Listen

This was my first listen of a book by Nicholas Evans. My perception before (and after) reading this book is that he is a serial writer like Danielle Steele. Cranks out a large number of very similar style books.

The story was good. Light reading fare and certainly nothing I could not live for having not heard it. The narration (as with anything by Scott Brick) was fantastic.

So this is a good summer read. Nothing too heavy, but enough to keep you interested.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Sorry to Disagree With Other Reviews, But..

Long, drawn out and extremely boring. From the other reviews, I was looking forward to a good book, for a long road trip. This book nearly put me to sleep. Its only redeeming grace was Scott Brick, the narrator. If I made a horizontal line on a graph, to plot it's ups and downs, the line would be totally flat. VERY slow moving, no excitement, no suspense. I'd suggest not wasting your credits, money or especially your time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A beautifully written, very haunting story

Would you listen to The Divide again? Why?

This book is the background story of a young girl who is found dead by two skiiers on a crisp winter morning. It's extremely well written and very well rounded in its exploration of each character effected by the story of the girl in the years leading up to her death. The narrator does a very good job, drawing you into the story and bringing the authors words to life.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Especially toward the end. You can see the mistakes being made by the girl as she makes them and you want to shake sense into her as you wait for the repercussions of her actions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cleveland
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 01-05-14

Expected more

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book could have been better researched. It missed a great opportunity to delve into the complexities of the issues surrounding our relationship with the environment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amber
  • Salmon, ID, United States
  • 11-23-09

Whoa . . . . . heart wrenching

I had a love hate relationship with this book! Although it could be a little slow in places, it was wonderful and heart wrenching all in one! Even though you know the ending before you get to it, I just kept pulling for the main character. This is one I'll listen to over and over again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Kremmling, CO, USA
  • 04-11-06

Engrossing and Moving

This was a fascinating telling of a good family, apparently living the American dream, until things get seriously off track. Each point of view shows another angle of a complex situation. Even when some of the characters infuriated me at times, it was the author's skill that made them very real portrayals of flesh and blood people. The ending was sad, but satisfying. Great book and GREAT narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Terrific Story

I loved it. Yes, as always, Scott Brick was great but this was a terrific story that made me feel entrenched in the characters lives. Don't miss this one. Believeable and well written.

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    5 out of 5 stars

A touching novel I couldn't put down

This "mystery" offers depth of characters not often found in the typical cops versus bad guys or modern detective novel. Even though Abbie is dead from day 1 in the novel, she comes alive as a real person, as do all the other inhabitants of the novel. It is an excellent read, one that will stick with you.