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Summary

Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a U.S. military base inside a demilitarized buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically manipulated and used by the U.S. government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.
©2009 Jacqueline Carey (P)2009 Tantor

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Damn!

This one made me cry publicly at work. Loved the characters, loved the setting, excellent listen. Finished it in two sittings.

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  • P. Stover
  • 29-01-10

Loved it, and I don't like Boxing

Boxing has to be my least favorite sport. I don't even like any of the rocky movies. I was skeptical then when I noticed what a big role boxing played in this book. But it was an amazing listen. The world created in this book is vivid and fascinating and the characters have real depth. Though it isn't a fast paced book I was never bored. I found myself coming up with reasons to drive around in my car so I could listen to more of this book.

Also I thought the reader did an excellent job she added to the experience of hearing the story and did not distract from it with a strange accent or annoying voices.

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  • Bonnie
  • 16-03-10

Jacqueline Carey touches on something different

From what I have read of the author, her characters all are fighting personal demons,even in the Kushiel series which I enjoyed. This is a bit different, but none the less a journey into plots and the strength of will to over come. Not the best work by JC but not half bad. Hoping for another book in this series to explain more and deepen the characters as in the Kushiel series. If you are expecting Kushiel then skip this, if you can open your mind to a different kind of country that many of us believe we are living in you might be surprised and say I can believe that our government has been hiding things for years.

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  • Rachael Vardeman
  • 24-10-10

Jacqueline Carey continues to shine!

This is a great story and unlike her other books. This story is very interesting and hooks you right from the start. The narrator is just OK. I will buy the next book that should come out late in 2011.

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  • Trj
  • 24-01-10

Different from Kushiel

This was my first audiobook so I wanted to pick something I knew I would like.Well, I did and I didnt. This book is nothing like the Kushiel books,if thats what your looking for..dont get this book.To me this book is total drama with very little adventure.I liked the readers voice but I started wishing she would just read and not change tone for the male roles.The f word was used overmuch.Loup had little emotion,when her love done her wrong you got nothing...no anger just "I understand".The description of the book is slightly misleading but the story was good and very different.If a Santa Olivia 2 comes out I will want to read it just to see what happens next.

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  • darswords
  • 08-10-11

Loved It!

Wow! This was my favorite Jacqueline Carey novel. Of course, those who know me know that the book I am currently reading is always my favorite!

If you are a fan of James Patterson's Maximum Ride books but maybe longed for something a little more mature, you will love this book, too. I think I should warn of language, and sexuality. It seems appropriate, though, considering the future dystopia the characters live in.

This was my first time reading a book on my tablet (Kindle app) while listening to the Audible version, yeah, there's an app for both. The narrator, Susan Ericksen, was excellent. I loved her cadence, characterizations, and voice. I wish I could read like that.

I went to Jacqueline Carey's website, and there is a sequel I can hardly wait to read. It will be out soon. In the meanwhile, I will miss Carey's poetic worlds.

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  • Rev j
  • 24-07-18

good book but amazing perforance!

It's a heavy book, sort of, but very good. I just wasn't expecting it. The performance by Susan Ericksen was amazing! definitely my favorite now.

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  • Bryan S Guzman
  • 19-07-18

not bad

a not terrible book with alot going for it. a bit to dower for my taste but the ending was satisfing and all the characters worked

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  • dreacraftie28
  • 25-06-17

Viva La Santa Olivia

This books was everything I was searching for when I signed up for audible it mixed all of my favorite genres seamlessly in a beautiful story I bought the second book half way through listening and didn't stop listening until it was finished it was heaven sent

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  • nicholas claggett
  • 11-06-17

Great story, better reader

Fantastic story, Ericksen's portrayal of all characters was perfect. Her voice and emotion was wonderful.

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  • Elizabeth Launt
  • 26-07-16

First Audiobook, Still A Favorite

What did you love best about Santa Olivia?

Santa Olivia delivers an interesting twist on a classic supernatural story through its unique cast of characters in Outpost. The narrative follows these characters as they grow and confront personal and societal challenges in their hometown. The book explores themes like gender norms, disenfranchisement and occupation, kinship, education, grief and love, one's purpose in life and other themes within these coming of age stories. There's a character for every reader!

Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

A friend introduced me to Santa Olivia as my first audio book. I was immediately taken in by the story and by the narrator's voice acting. Her inflection, pace, and voices for the characters have made this a repeat book for me to listen to. I enjoy it every time, and now I look for other narrations by Susan Ericksen.

Any additional comments?

If you want to immerse yourself in an easy and entertaining piece of fiction, this is a book for you.