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The Weight of Night Audiobook

The Weight of Night: A Novel of Suspense

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Publisher's Summary

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of Montana's Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park police officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with a 2,500-degree incendiary monster threatening to barrel through the town and no forensic detective on hand, Monty must work outside protocol. So he seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county's lead crime scene investigator and someone on whom Monty feels he can rely.

The two are working against the clock to determine the true identity of the victim when a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together in time.

The Weight of Night is Christine Carbo's latest book in a series that "paints a moving picture of complex, flawed people fighting to make their way in a wilderness where little is black or white" (Publishers Weekly). This gripping thriller is a tribute to the power of family, set against one of America's most majestic and unforgiving landscapes.

©2017 Christine Carbo (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Lia
    Sutton, Australia
    21/08/17
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    "Another Good Installment To The Series"

    I have listened to Christine Carbo's first two novels, The Wild Inside and Mortal Fall, and loved them so I looked forward to a third with great anticipation. I have not been disappointed. Carbo seems to get better with each book and The Weight of Night is my favorite of the series so far.

    Like the previous two books, The Weight of Night takes place in and around Glacier National Park in Montana. It's fire season and the forest fires are raging out of control. Amidst the conflagration, firefighters unearth a shallow grave containing human remains. Monty Harris, a Park Police Officer, and Gretchen Larson, a crime scene investigator, are called in to excavate the remains and discover who they belong to and how they got there. In the midst of all this a boy vacationing in Glacier Park with his family goes missing and Monty and Gretchen have to work fast to find him.

    Monty and Gretchen are characters from the previous two books, and in this third one we learn a lot more about Gretchen and her interesting and tragic past.

    Carbo is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive prose is just beautiful and gets better with every book. I've seen her compared to C.J.Box and Nevada Barr, but those comparisons are flawed. Yes, she sets her novels in a National Park in the West, but that's where the similarities end. Carbo is a much more talented writer than either of them. Her prose is disciplined and beautiful. Her development of and insights into her characters is more profound and illuminating. While I love her skill at crafting mystery plots and maintaining suspense, I would listen her work even if she didn't write thrillers.

    R. C. Bray and Sarah Mollo-Christensen were really good with the delivery of the story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • S Mericook
    Fresno, CA United States
    15/06/17
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    "Superb narration"

    All of the books in this series have been wonderful -- well written and engrossing. This third one is especially fine. It has many layers of meaning which is unusual for a mystery, but the literary quality never gets in the way of a great story.

    The two narrators are among the best I have heard. They are amazing at producing different identities for their characters, and their mastery of accents is impressive.

    I highly recommend this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • cathlyn
    01/07/17
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    "Carbo does it again!"

    If you love nature and suspense, Carbo's books are for you. Her descriptions of Montana are as glorious as the state itself and the stories are complex and suspenseful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Log Cabin Pat
    Hinsdale, IL USA
    19/06/17
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    "OK, But Predictable"

    It's a decent story that you've heard before: a dead body has someone reviewing old case files and it turns out there's a serial killer in town. The team on the case (a National Park ranger and the head of the county's CSI team) both have damaged pasts that they are forced to address. A boy is missing who could be another victim. The killer is someone that no one would expect. Oh, and because the ranger is a man and the CSI lady is a woman there is some unspoken sexual tension that never gets addressed. (Maybe in the next book.)

    This is the 3rd book in a series focused in and around Glacier National Park. In the first 2 books, Glacier was an organic part of the story. But this one feels like it could be set in any small town in America. Yes, there is a forest fire that sets the story in motion and is in the background, but that's about it.

    Still, you want to know whodunit, right? And you want to know how they're going to be defeated. So I hung in there and then, in the ultimate showdown between good and evil - the author cuts the scene! Seriously, one minute the CSI lady is in extreme jeopardy up against the killer and the next minute she's walking out of a building having defeated him. I actually re-listened to that segment because I was sure my mind had wandered and I missed something. Nope, it just skips over the most important scene in any murder mystery. (I'm writing it here in the review and I still can't believe the author did that.)

    It's a good story, but not great or very original. (Nevada Barr still sets the bar for National Park mysteries.) It took me a while to get used to the female narrator's Norwegian accent, but after I did I enjoyed her sections as much as those narrated by R. C. Bray.




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Stain
    12/07/17
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    "Best One Yet"

    This is the third book by Christine Carbo and I think it's her best. The introduction of Gretchen with her unique history provided a fascinating , dramatic and original storyline . I also think the two narrators were excellent . I really hope Ms Carbo gets the serious recognition her literary skills deserve . Can't wait for her fourth .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    12/07/17
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    "Weakest of the Series"

    I enjoy Christine Carbo's books, but this book seemed to have the weakest story in the series. Carbo is always great when describing Glacier Park/Montana, good with the technical cop speak, and great with dialogue. I do not feel that the Gretchen Larsen character is strong enough lead character. I almost don't care about her, and wanted more of Monty Harris.
    The voice actors were great. R.C. Bray is always great. I did catch an error where he said Kyle instead of Ken. Not sure if it was written that way or read wrong. Sarah Mollo-Christensen also did a good job. Her voices were good, but again I didn't seem to care about Gretchen. Maybe it has something to do with hearing a foreign accent speaking in a cliche American way. Just my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen E. Orum
    Aloha, OR United States
    30/06/17
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    "I was a little disappointed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book but I liked the other 2 better.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't care for the 2 person format--it was too much personal/family drama and felt like filler for a slightly weak plot. It just didn't compare to her first 2 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Scott Blackman
    frostburg, md United States
    12/07/17
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    "Wished I had bought the print edition"
    What did you love best about The Weight of Night?

    I really enjoyed the mystery and some of the characters. I could not stand Gretchen. The narrator for Gretchen was not terrible but not good either. I found Gretchen's over thinking her tragedy to be tedious and every time another of her chapters came up I wished I had the print edition to be able to skim through her melodramatic wonderings into her past. I felt her sleepwalking added absolutely nothing to the story. While i felt sorry for her plight,I got sick of her constant whining about it. Otherwise the characters were well developed and the story was engrossing.


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

    At times,until Gretchen started her depressive rants.


    What three words best describe R. C. Bray and Sarah Mollo-Christensen ’s voice?

    R.C. Bray: excellent,strong and perfect. Sarah Mollo-Christensen: depressing, non-expressive and tedious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy Christine Carbo's books and am glad I bought this one. The first two I listened to were much better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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