The Negotiator

The O'Malley Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Series: O'Malley, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,500 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Dee Henderson's acclaimed novels are an irresistible blend of suspense, romance and spirituality. More than a million copies of Henderson's books are in print, and she has won many prizes, including the Christy, the RITA and the National Reader's Choice Award. FBI special agent Dave Richman loves hostage negotiator Kate O'Malley. But keeping her safe is another matter entirely, one that requires deep trust in God.
©2000 Dee Henderson

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Do not let this book fool you!

STORY - The Negotiator is an inspirational book but, foremost, it is an excellent mystery/romance. The excitement starts early in the story and doesn't let up. There is a complex crime, interesting investigation, emotional hostage negotiations and an engaging romance. Sprinkled through the 10 1/2 hours there is about 30 minutes of religious conversation, but it fits with the story line well and is not overpowering. The language is clean and there is no sex or alcohol, but do not mistake this book for wimpy religious chick lit!

NARRATOR - The narrator is okay, but there are much better ones out there. He doesn't do female characters well, and occasionally I got confused who was speaking. Sometimes he pauses midsentence and then reads the rest of it like he lost his place, but these minor irritations don't detract from the total experience.

BOTTOM LINE - This is a very good book. I'm moving on to the next one in the series.

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The O'Malley Clan - one at a time

Before you listen to this great book, PLEASE read "Danger in the Shadows" first (winner of multiple book awards). You will better understand people that come in and out of this story after reading that book.

Kate O'Malley is a negotiator, and the first story of the O'Malley "family," orphans who met in a home and who made the decision to become a family...they chose their own last name, and the books slowly reveal bits and pieces of how they came to the home, met, and became family. I love every single book...I read them when they first came out, but hearing them just adds another dimension to the great stories.

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Beautiful Story with a touch of excitement!

I have read all of Ms. Henderson's books except the ones after her writing hiatus. This is a solid story experienced through the eyes of an unbeliever who walks in a very dangerous profession (law enforcement). Good narration except for the fact that Dave should have a British accent and the women do not sound like women. Yet, it is still lovely to hear the book read.

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well yeah but...

I agree this book series is a little trite, but actually, Ms. Henderson has obviously done good research into the individual careers of her protagonists. I like the stories. I just ignore the trite-ness and I'm glad that the world of relaxation literature has some good interesting Christian stories. What an awesome way to explain the gospel and the proofs of Jesus and the church. That got the extra star handsdown.

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wonderful story

i loved listening to this book,have listened to it multiple times. I absolutely love the o'malley series.

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I love this series!!

I read the books a few years ago and now it is really great to be able to listen while I crochet.😊

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Worth the Listen

This is the first installment in the O'Malley series. I enjoyed this book, it was suspenseful and it had a great christian theme. I think there could of been a little more romance but the book was still good. I have listened to the entire O'Malley series and this is one of the best, though the entire series is very good. I think it is good to see christians operating in these type of roles.

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The O'Malleys

This is the kind of book you hate to see come to an end. It's exciting to know there are more in the series! My husband enjoys these as well and so on our long trips to visit the kids we listen to these. Makes you not want to stop for dinner

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All the men seemed the same

I have to start by saying that I did not like the narrator. First, he almost came across as creepy when I think he was trying to sound flirty. Second, all the characters sounded alike. Third, a couple of times in the book it mentions that the male romantic interest is British, and yet there was no attempt to sound British.
The story line of the book was not uninteresting, but the characters were two dimensional. The witty banter was not witty. It was just awkward. There were certain phrases that were used too frequently. The male romantic interest did weird, inappropriate things like touching her face or hair.
I listened to the whole book because of the story line, but I will not listen to any more of the series... It's the same narrator too.

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a favorite story

wonderful story and series. have reread more than once and the audio version is also wonderful

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