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The latest in the New York Times bestselling Cork O'Connor Mystery Series from the "master storyteller" (Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author) follows Cork in a race against time to save his wife, a mysterious stranger, and an Ojibwe healer from bloodthirsty mercenaries.

The ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom.

Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O'Connor's wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last journey he may ever take into this beloved land, Meloux must do his best to outwit the deadly mercenaries who follow.

Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on. Desperate, Cork begins tracking the killers but his own skills as a hunter are severely tested by nightfall and a late season snowstorm. He knows only too well that with each passing hour time is running out. But his fiercest enemy in this deadly game of cat and mouse may well be his own deep self-doubt about his ability to save those he loves.

©2021 William Kent Krueger (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Another great story by William Kent Krueger, but…..

The story is extremely well written, Mr. Kruger is masterful. I could never quite anticipate which direction the story was headed, which delighted me.
The subject matter is prescient, and extraordinarily important. Once again an example of the arts, shining light on the darkness that can occur in our world. In this instance it’s the written word creating illumination.
I admire and appreciate the respect given to the indigenous people of this continent, and my heart breaks for all the evil perpetrated upon them.
But, I did have to listen to the story on audible, my eyes just not up to reading at this point. David Chandler is one of the worst narrators I’ve ever heard on audible. My heart sunk a little bit when I began listening, thinking how unenjoyable the listening experience will be, but I increased the speed up a couple of notches, and it almost sounds the way people typically speak in conversation.
That’s part of the problem, David Chandler just doesn’t narrate the way real people talk, he speaks so slowly, with long pauses that are supposed to create tension. But the opposite occurs, and it creates aggravation instead.
It’s also very frustrating to hear common words and phrases mispronounced. One city mentioned in the book is Edina in Minnesota, pronounced ee-die-an. It’s a major suburb of the Twin Cities, and one of the wealthiest cities in all of North America, so it’s not unfamiliar to many. He starts off pronouncing it “eh-deena”, then later in the book switches too “ah-deyena”, and finally lands on “eh-deena”, never once getting it right. This also begs the question of why the producer missed this miss pronunciation, as well as many others of the book. I would think Mr. Krueger would be mortified listening to it.
Pretty much everybody has heard of a largemouth bass. He pronounces it large, mouthbass.! I confess I’ve never heard of a mouthbass of any size.
It is frustrating for me that such a marvelous series is butchered on audible by such a poor narrator.
People speak within a common syntax, and I have to believe that this is not the way that David Chandler talks to people in real life. It baffles me that he is still employed by audible as he butchers every story I’ve heard him narrate.
I highly recommend reading this book in print, it will be a delight that sticks with you for many days after reading, and the importance contained within will awaken peoples awareness on this very important subject.

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Another amazing story from William Kent Krueger

I absolutely love the Cork O’Connor series. I love the characters, the stories, the wonderful narration by David Chandler! I read a lot and I’m often asked by friends and family what’s a good book to read? I always recommend the Cork O’Connor series, this tender land (One of the best books I have ever read) and Ordinary grace. I’ve never been to Minnesota but I feel like I know it very well. William Kent Krueger is a truly gifted writer, his stories always my heart ❤️

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Outstanding read

Another great book and thanks for giving the reader awareness. Just maybe a few of the readers will educate themselves more on the issue.

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Fox Creek

Another great story with so many layers. Good triumphs over evil with so much at stake. Just sorry that I now have to wait so long for the next one.

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Disappointing

As a longtime fan, I am disappointed by this novel. The plot didn't hold my interest. There didn't seem to be tension, movement, cadence in in this novel. The book plodded on with outworn stories. Too bad.

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Not his best

I love the Cork O'Connor series but this one felt forced. still, the point made is a timely one.

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Time to hang it up Krueger

At this point Krueger is simply milking the Cork O’Conner series for money and ego. I hope I can get my money back on this book purchase.

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Love Cork and his Crowd

Another good story from Kent Krueger, with enticing loose ends. Can't wait for the next one. Only issue was technical: many times the recording broke up. It picked up where it left off, so I didn't miss any of the story, but it made me nervous every time - afraid it would shut down altogether.

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Disappointing

I have patiently been waiting for another episode of the Cork O’Connor series but I was disappointed in this book. The story just seemed to meander along and had none of the suspense and excitement that I have come to expect.

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Fair story, but

The story was good enough to hold my attention but I do not like this narrator. I like Cork O’Conner, Henry Meloux and the rest of the characters in this series, but the plots are becoming pretty much the same as the series goes on. And again, I don’t care for the voice of the reader, his lack of expression and lack of differentiation between characters. All in all, it would have been a better read than a listen and still probably disappointing.