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Publisher's Summary

Phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a spine-tingling novel about a female cop who walks fearlessly into danger - but must draw on her courage to let love into her life.

Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age when a violently unstable man broke into her family’s home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she’s Savannah’s top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations. 

After watching her talk one of his employees off a roof ledge, Duncan Swift is committed to keeping this intriguing, take-charge woman in his life. Phoebe’s used to working solo, but she’s finding that no amount of negotiation can keep Duncan at arm’s length. Especially when a man throws a hood over Phoebe’s head and brutally assaults her - in her own precinct house - and threatening messages begin appearing on her doorstep. Duncan backs her up every step of the way, as she establishes contact with the faceless tormentor who is determined to make her a hostage to fear - before she becomes the final showdown.

©2007 Nora Roberts (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A courageous protagonist, deft plotting and the sultry Savannah backdrop all add up to another winner for consummate storyteller Roberts." (Publishers Weekly

"High Noon will enthrall readers with its irresistible combination of superbly crafted characters and a danger-rich plot." (Booklist)

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Excellent narration and story - worth the credit

This is a great story, and read by an excellent narrator. I am actually writing this review after listening to the book a 2nd time. I had liked it the first time, but after being so fully engrossed the second I had to log in and give the book it's due praise. The narrator does a wonderful job with the voices, and there is a wild cast of characters that she gets to play with. A great love story but not to be out done by the mystery and suspense of the book. A strong woman character that you can believe in, like and root for. Truly a thumbs up in every way.

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Couldn't get enough!!!

An absolute MASTERPIECE!! I was extremely said to hear it come to an end!! You had your drama, suspense, comedy, and romance all rolled up into one! Download it TODAY!!

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Wow Great!

This was fantastic all around! Great recording, great narrator, great story! Suspense , romance, funny, conflict, mystery! My first NOra Roberts book! Great choice!

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Great story as you would expect from Nora Roberts, I found the narration merged with the characters so you were often not sure who was talking.I found that a bit disappointing.

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great read

I found the characters and story line exciting. They were believable,romantic fun and I learned about negotiations with hostage situations. I would recommend this to everyone who enjoys Nora Roberts. I also thought the narrator did a great job.




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Wonderful Storyline

I really enjoyed this book. The subject matter was interesting. I kept guessing at who the villian might be up until it was revealed. Recommend this book. Narrator did a good job. She really did excellent with the little girls voice--sounded just like a 7 yr old should.

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  • Ed
  • 08-30-11

Too much romance

This is the first book I've listened to by Nora Roberts and my guess is that she appeals mostly to female readers. Seems like every time the action was building to a crescendo, Duncan and Phoebe had to take a 20-minute break to play kissey-face. Duncan's character was largely unrealistic but I guess you're allowed to have it this way with fiction. I liked Phoebe, although her character seemed to run the gamut from extremely strong to rather weak. The narration was poor as I often had a hard time distinguishing who was speaking based on the narrator's inflection. She has limited range. I gave this book three stars because the non-romantic action scenes were pretty riveting. Call me a "guy."

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It has been sometime since I was a reader of this type book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. The reader was articulate and made the characters come to life. Nora Roberts outdid herself again and I look forward to similar downloads.

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A stunning "read"

and then it was finished!

The characters are "real" they have lives and history.

I just couldn't stop listening and then it was gone and in true Nora Roberts style I missed the 2nd book.

Thank you, well done it was GREAT!

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Too much hostage negotiation

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Susan Ericksen?

I've read many books by Nora Roberts and have enjoyed all of them up until this book.
I'm also a big fan of Susan Eriksen. I think I'd review the plot description more carefully before I buy another one of her novels.

Has High Noon turned you off from other books in this genre?

possibly. I don't generally like police drama and this had way too much of it.

What three words best describe Susan Ericksen’s performance?

She's good, but there were times I wasn't sure who was talking during the dialog.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked Duncan- but he was too good to be believable

Any additional comments?

This is the first Nora Roberts book I've ever not enjoyed, and I've read many of them. I'm also a big fan of Susan Ericksen as a narrator. I found this book boring and fast forwarded through much of it.

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  • Catherine kelly
  • 09-14-18

Good performance but the story is only average

I really enjoyed the first part of this story but by the end, I was a bit done. I'm pretty sure Police procedures in the States don't allow the boyfriend of the Lt. into incident sites, no matter how well intentioned or muscular they happen to be.
That being said, it was read really well by Susan Ericksen and was easy to listen to. I always enjoy reading Nora Roberts but when the dialogue is read aloud, her heroes become very macho and I always lose track of the story a bit while pondering how hard I'd hit them and with what, were it me having to listen to them.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 03-18-16

Negotiate a romance

There's something quite comforting about Nora Roberts' books, after getting a few unknown doozies lately, I knew I could rely on a tame drama with some romance, yay!

Phoebe is a hostage negotiator trying to cope with a nightmare work colleague, a possible mole in the unit and an agorophobic mum. Good thing a hunka chunka appears on the scene!

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  • JillyB
  • 11-25-18

Another disappointment

I really enjoyed this book for the first few chapters, funny, charming in its way, and than it all fell apart. And the ending - too quick, as if she became bored by it all. I would have liked a little more. Another to go back. Liked the narrator by the way.

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  • Samantha
  • 07-08-15

Excellent! If you can get over the cheesy narration

Loved this book, it took a while to get over the cheesy narration as it was a little cringe like! But the story and characters were great! Really well put together story and plot, another NR sure to delight readers and listeners

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  • mrs j.
  • 09-27-22

The best Nora Roberts

Her best story by far. Why is this not a movie? It would be fantastic! We all know there is a happy ending with Nora Roberts and I am grateful for that. This story is clever and well developed and takes us on an eventful journey. There is suspense, violence and death but we know love will conquer all. Thanks Nora for the feel good factor in a world that is way too determined to be bad.

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  • N. Fail
  • 07-03-15

Loved it

I read this book several times I wanted something to listen to while I worked in wedding flowers, I loved the narrator! I loved her voice and the inflections she used. Highly recommend!

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  • Mrs M J Vallely
  • 10-23-13

Fast paced murder story with romance

What made the experience of listening to High Noon the most enjoyable?

The story was very good, it kept me guessing throughout, Susan Ericksen read it very well and it was very easy to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The detail that went into everything from the job to the houses.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favourite?

I thought Ma Bee was played very well and she was a favourite of mine

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

Yes I definitely wanted to stay and listen to this one till the end, I kept listening whilst ironing and cooking so that I could finish it.

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  • Kathryn A. Dean
  • 05-07-13

Brilliant.

amazing story and kept guessing until the end. Narrator one of the best for voices yet.

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  • Book-Diva
  • 06-15-12

Classic

You could feel the suspense throughout the book. Tender scenes and action packed into one heck of a story

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  • Kate
  • 08-09-16

LOVED this book!

This book ticked all my boxes! The only disappointment was with the narrator Susan Ericksen; I would have liked more distinction between each of the characters' voices

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  • Ruth
  • 05-30-16

love it

loved listening while shopping driving excersising cleaning.. great book.. fantastically read. Have listened 5 times now. now what's next Nora

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  • Mitch
  • 04-02-22

an all time favorite

loved the story, the characters the background and the outcome! thanks for the research and true to facts type of writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-20

A good read HIGH NOON. By Nora Roberts

Excellent read. Very engrossing. Kept me awake at night listening to it. The only complaint I have, is the woman reading it. Her voice was voice is a little harsh until I got use to it. Overall a good way to entertain ones self in the midst of the virus crisis.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-18

Action filled story

The sound of voices over the phone actually hurt, it was a horrible sound. Narrator had a strong clear voice.

Average story, overall not for this listener but author has some other great stories I would recommend

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  • Leonie
  • 05-04-18

Great all around

As usual, a superb, well written story from Nora Roberts and Susan Ericksen is an absolutely brilliant narrator.