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  • A Darkness Absolute

  • A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels, Book 2)
  • Written by: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off the grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. What she didn't expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers. Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff's deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who's been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it's an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong.

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its TWO-QUE not Tuk.

I loved the narration overall but her proniunciation of Toque took me right out of the story.

I enjoyed this one just as much as the first novel. great story, riveting to listen to - mispronounced words aside.

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Toque

My stars say it all, except if the narrator is reading a book written by a Canadian authour about a thriller that takes place in Canada, she should know how to pronounce “toque” correctly.

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Canadian Content

I really liked the book and the series. An author I've liked for a very long time. My issue is with the pronunciation of some of the Canadian words. A toque is not a toke and the dog is a NewFOUNDland, not a NewFINland. There has to be some kind of editing or quality control on these things. I found this very distracting.

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It’s pronounced “t-ewe-k”, not toke!!

I really enjoy Therese Plummer’s narrative and the book was fantastic. But she pronounced toque wrong EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The book is set in Canada! Toque is one our common words in Canada! God!
But other than that, the book was mint!

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  • Amy
  • 2018-04-27

Story entertaining

Entertaining story - however narrator’s pronunciation of “toque” drove me nuts and that word is used surprisingly often throughout the novel.

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Really enjoyed this!

Great story and narration - just the pronunciation of toque and Newfoundland need some work!

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Fantastic!

An absolutely captivating story that thrills you the entire way! Phenomenal narration!!! Simply marvelous job by Thérèse. I thoroughly enjoy the Rockton Series.

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Great book

I really enjoy this series and look forward to my commute knowing I’ll hear more.
Only down side is the pronunciation of touque. A very Canadian term which could cause difficulties for someone who doesn’t know the term.

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Too-k not toke

The storyline is great, an ever-evolving story. The way the narrator say touque is incredibly irritating. It’s “too-k” not toke.

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great story frustrating narration

I absolutely love the story. I love the series for the "locked room" puzzles with the twist endings. The hidden back stories are fantastic. The reason I can't give this book five stars is because of the reader. I love her voices and even her cadence when there is action but my problem is with her pronunciation. Toque is NOT said like took (to rhyme with book) toque is pronounced two-kh. This story heavily features a bloodied toque and with the pronunciation off it becomes very annoying very quickly. Other than my issues with that the story is great and the performance is good. would recommend to any mystery lovers

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  • shelley
  • 2018-03-12

Entertaining police procedural...

Kelley Armstrong has written a very entertaining series. The stories take place in the town of Rockton. It's a place where people pay to go when they need to disappear.
In this book the protagonist (Casey) and her boyfriend/boss (Eric) who is also the sheriff are chasing a serial killer/kidnapper. He takes young women and keeps them imprisoned in caves in the Yukon until they die. He's had a strange upbringing.
Basically these books are police procedurals, they just take place in an unusual setting. The town has it's own governing body and people are only allowed to stay as long as the town council approves. There are no elections, only appointments. Very interesting since most of the people were quite unsavory in their past lives. Everyone coming into this town takes on a new name and persona. The characters are fleshed out and believable.
Therese Plummer does an outstanding job narrating.
This series is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The next book Is The Fallen Prey which is my next listen.
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  • 2018-02-24

Kept me interested all the way!

Without being overly serious, the author found a way to address the book’s critical issue -domestic violence, tossed in some tantalizingly deceitful felons and managed to have a bit of love woven throughout.

It was an excellent listen! I really enjoyed the balance with this book landing dead center on a scale of light to heavy reading.

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  • Kim Peters
  • 2017-12-15

Amazing thriller!!

This book was amazing!! I couldn’t stop listening. Plummer is the best narrator out there! She made the story soooo much more exciting!
Could have done without all the F bombs!!!

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  • Nana
  • 2020-03-08

Enjoyable

This is a great series, so far.
But... if I had a nickel for every time a character uses the F word...

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  • CHajash
  • 2017-09-27

nice easy mystery

enjoyed this book...easy listen and easy mystery. performance was good...Therese Plummer has a pleasant voice and accent.

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  • Zoe
  • 2017-05-15

Unputdownable

I enjoyed A Darkness Absolute very, very much. I can't wait for the sequel! The setting is particularly interesting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-03-02

o.k.

Meh....Although I normally love her books ,I struggled a bit on this one,felt it was lengthy and did not develop well.

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  • Alex
  • 2017-02-23

But for The ending.

It was formulaic but still
A good read. But the ending felt short, incomplete and rushed.bv

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  • Nan
  • 2017-09-10

An exciting thriller that kept me up way past my bedtime.

I've read and loved many of Kelley Armstrong's fantasy books. Now I can say I love her non-fantasy ones also. The characters are engaging and interesting without being too quirky, which seems to be a trend right now. I look forward to the next Rockton book and can't wait to hear what happens with Casey and Eric next time.

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  • T. Myers
  • 2017-04-30

Enjoyable 2nd book in series

I enjoyed traveling to Rockton and working on a case with Casey and Eric. figuring out who done it was interesting . I get the feeling that the author set up some Loose Ends will have to be tied up in a later book. I look forward to the next

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  • NathPatchou
  • 2018-03-31

Great

Kelley Armstrong never disappoints.
The strong female characters, the complicated brooding man and the interesting plot are in all her books and never fail to suck me in the story completely. Otherworld and Cainsville better watch out for Rockton!