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The Last Widow

Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Series: The Will Trent Series, Book 9
Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (335 ratings)

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Summary

From the number one best-selling author comes a gripping new crime thriller featuring Will Trent and Sara Linton.

It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end...they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air. 

A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens.

Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs - their vocations - mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. 

Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind....

This edition also includes an exciting new preview into Karin Slaughter’s upcoming novel The Silent Wife. Continue listening after The Last Widow concludes for the gripping prologue.  

©2019 Karin Slaughter (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Poor Narration

The story was another good installment of Will and Sarah. What spoilt it for me was poor narration.

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Story spoiled by reader.

Narrator read the story badly and spoiled what might have been a very good book.

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Annoying narrator

the ridiculously overacted voices were tedious but the story was great. Very harrowing even by KS standards

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Far too repetitive

No wonder this book is so long. Each character's viewpoint is repeated , but in almost identical narrative. So the book should only have been half as long . I gave up on chapter three , this was so annoying . Can't understand the race reviews. A wasted credit.!.

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OKish

I kept losing concentration, while listening to this audiobook. That possibly tells a tale.

The story’s mostly OK. The infelicities of Ms Slaughter’s grammar did get in the way. And I was quite surprised when told that the heroine put a knife in her bra, a knife whose blade was long enough to reach the baddie’s heart when she would stab him in his shoulder. That’s a long blade... and an impossibly massive big bra. Things like that I found broke the willing suspension of disbelief.

Perhaps most people will enjoy this book, without being distracted by the infelicities I found so disturbing.

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Oh dear me, not her best!

Repetitive story from different characters made for a boring story to listen to, in the end I fast forwarded from two thirds through the story until the end just to make sure Will had survived. I did not bother to listen to the part when he went undercover as I just lost interest.

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Not the usual

It was good, but not the usual gory, murder, mystery. Felt like this book and the one before this had the same story pretty much.

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Story OK, but narration on audio was distracting!!

Listened to book within 3 sittings, although first sitting the narration was so irritating, due to male voices sounding so incongruent, I stopped listening for a few weeks in between. I usually read Karin Slaughter's books, this is the first one on audio, I think I will go back to reading them in the future.

A good paced storyline at the start with a sense of tension building, but last few chapters seemed a little rushed, with a few cracks appearing in the storytelling. Overall, not the strongest book within the Will Trent series, but enough to keep me going until the next one!

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The series moves on.

Not the best book in the series, but I enjoyed it. Passed several nights without making me think too hard.

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great series of books Will Trent series addictive

love these books very addictive. easy listening and look forward to each book. will trent series up to book 8 so far

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-19

Terribly narrated

Narrator made so terribly annoying sound, making Sara's mom sound like a horrible fairytale witch. I returned this book purely because I couldn't stand the sound and the fake and disguised accent of the narrator. Horrible horrible choise of narrator.

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  • Joan
  • 09-01-20

Not the usual standard Karin Slaughter

This was just not the usual Karin Slaughter standard and I'm a bit disappointed in this story. I cannot put my finger on what exactly was wrong with this book, but I usually devour Karin Slaughter's books and with this one, I was just "meh". It was an interesting story, with a lot of things happening, it was just missing some of the usual suspense. There wasn't much investigation happening, no real evidence were being uncovered, Faith barely featured in this book, and she is my favourite character in this series, perfectly offsetting Will's broodiness in all the stories. I did not really feel the suspense in this story and it did not really do a good job of building up to the final event.

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  • Zilda
  • 11-09-19

All the ingredients were there, except one...

I have long been a fan of Karin Slaughter and have read every book and short story. Ms Slaughter again did not disappoint and I enjoyed the story immensely. It kept me glued to my ear buds.

The only thing that did not work for me, was the narrator. The pitch of her voice was too high for some of the female voices and the attempt at male voices were contrived for the most part. Many of the statements in the storyline, were read as thoughts or musings, which detracted from the suspense the story was building up to.

All in all, great story, poor narrator.