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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Stabenow Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kate Shugak Novels Release Date:
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Inside Alaska's biggest national park, surrounding the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the Park, are uneasy. "But gold is up to nine hundred dollars an ounce," is the refrain of Talia Macleod, the popular Alaskan skiing champ the company hired to improve their relations with Alaskans. And she promises much needed jobs to the locals.

But before she can make her way to every village in the area to make her case at town meetings and village breakfasts, there are two murders—one a long-standing mine opponent, and Ms. Macleod herself. Between that and a series of attacks on snow mobilers up the Kanuyaq River, not to mention the still-open homicide of Park villain Louis Deem last year, part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full.

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  • “Gavin superbly masters the pronunciation of native names and places as well as the cadence of native speakers, making this title an exquisite listening pleasure. AudioFile, Earphones Award winner

  • Featuring highly original and well-drawn characters, the novel is yet another triumph for author Stabenow and an excellent platform for narrator Marguerite Gavin to showcase her talent. Her emotionally charged and intimate reading moves seamlessly from suspenseful scenes to Kate's domestic drama with her foster son and state trooper boyfriend. Through every plot twist, Gavin keeps listeners tightly hooked and empathetic toward to the characters. Publishers Weekly
  • Gavin's multi-voiced reading is quite fine. She handles the Native American characters realistically and reveals Kate Shugak to be the painstaking, uncompromising character readers have come to expect. KLIATT on A Taint in the Blood
  • Gavin does justice to the complex character of Kate and those who enter her sphere...[her] rather gravelly voice reflects Kate's untamed nature. Booklist on The Singing of the Dead
  • Reader Marguerite Gavin has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion; she easily delivers the wry humor that is so much a part of a Kate Shugak book. Gavin moves smoothly from accent to accent without hesitation, recalling multiple characters perfectly and bringing to life a main character you wouldn't mind being snowed in with for a few days. AudioFile on The Singing of the Dead
  • Gavin's rendering of Kate is exceptional, along with her tackling of various German accents. Listeners will find themselves tingling with fright as they are stalked alongside Kate. AudioFile on Hunter's Moon
  • Marguerite Gavin has found a voice for Kate that captures--without being grating--a voice frazzled and nearly silenced in the violent struggle that caused Kate to leave her job as an investigator for the Anchorage D.A.'s office. AudioFile on A Cold Day for Murder

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darlis | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed listening to this book. The details of life in Alaska are amazing. The characters are interesting. The story is nicely interwoven with the details about the mystery and the descriptions of the place and the people. Very nice voice of the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Anne | 1/29/2014

    " Author Dana Stabenow lives in Anchorage, Alaska and writes about life in the 49th state. While I was on vacation there, I thought it would be interesting to read a book set in Alaska. It was most enjoyable because I was there while reading.It was a good enough mystery, but I liked the insights into life in such a wilderness. I had learned about subsistence living on my trip and that played a large part in the book. You have to love hunting and fishing to live there and realize that that's how many people both white and native feed and clothe themselves. The novel took place during the winter which means darkness during the day and night. How people can ride snow machines (snowmobiles)on trails in the dark amazed me, but that's what they are used to. A good book if you like a mystery in an unusual setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Modisettwilson | 1/25/2014

    " Really like these characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jodi | 1/17/2014

    " I hadn't read a Dana Stabenow in quite a while, and thoroughly enjoyed this one. That being said, however, there were a few times when I found the plot to be somewhat predictable. Nevertheless, her mysteries are always a fun read since they're based in Alaska. "

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