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Publisher's Summary

Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy by introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises, and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.

©2006 Tamora Pierce (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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Another Amazing Story from Tammy!

Tamora Pierce has been my favourite author for the last 15 years and I have always enjoyed her stories. Beka is no difference, I love that though she has some gift she is not a mage. I love how its written and the characters that are in it. I suggest listening.

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Awesome Story!

Tamora Pierce has done it again! A really nice blend of humour and action with really likeable characters !!

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Cant get enough of this story

I have loved this story since the first day it came out. The naration however could use some work. But still an excellent choice!!!

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Exceptional Read

Loved this book, awesome series will read again. I can't wait to read the whole series. #Audible1

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Well written and Well Read

I greatly enjoyed listening to this book. The Beka Cooper series is a bit more mature than the rest of the Tortall Universe. The writing style is a bit different too as it's a journal except the very beginning and end of the series. The Susan Denaker really brings the characters to life.

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Masterful listen

I have loved Tamora Pierce since I was a teenager. This book is one of my favourites of hers. It is so well written and really transports you into the realm of Tortall. I also loved Susan Denaker as the narrator. She did a wonderful job making this book come alive. #Audible1

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  • Clara
  • 2008-07-26

love it

I love Tamora Pierce's novels and Bekka Cooper's story has quickly become one of my favorite. The style in Terrier is somewhat different from her other Tortallian novels but it is very refreshing, written in the style of a journal, we see everything through the shy but determined eyes of Bekka Cooper. Although Bekka has the soul of all the Tortallian heroines from the previous series, there is something decidedly different about her in comparison to Daine and Alanna. Perhaps it is because Bekka grew up in the city slums and lived a completely different life that makes her views so much different to that of the noble-born Alanna and the outcast Daine.

Although the audiobook read with a one person cast, Susan Denaker does expressions, accents and voices very well. I could almost imagine Rosto the Piper or Mathias Tunstall read by completely different people.

I love the book and am waiting eagerly for the second novel in the Bekka Cooper series, Bloodhound (both the novel and audiobook versions)

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  • Ashleesgirl21
  • 2010-09-12

Tammy Pierce Has Done It Again

Tamora Pierce really has done it again with the Beka Cooper series. I have just about every single one of her books and I'm of the 21 and over variety of fan. She has a way of spinning a tale that totally sucks you in every time. Be warned that because Pierce is writing within the constructs of a historically accurate "medieval time period" there will be violence, killing, and more adult situations for characters younger than you might think appropriate, but she keeps it clean for the most part. I keep coming back to the Beka Cooper series and Tamora Pierce's other work over and over again simply because I enjoy it. It's good Young Adult fiction and you can't underestimate it. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Michael
  • 2013-03-13

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Would you listen to Beka Cooper Book 1 again? Why?

Down the road after I forget parts.

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Everything just works together, its an easy listen.

What does Susan Denaker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can listen to very few female narraters, Its not sexist, its simply I can't stand when they try and do male voices, Susan Denaker is a cut above the rest. I look forward to the rest of the series knowing there is a good narrater.

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

One last good twist at the end.

Any additional comments?

Get it!

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  • Book Reader
  • 2015-02-08

Best of both worlds

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Susan Denaker is fabulous with voices, and her basic narration style is rich and engaged. I love the story itself as a great find for gritty female role models, with a lot of 'the world isn't a perfect place, but you still try to be a worthy person in it.' Did I mention that Susan Denaker is fabulous with the narration? Total win for young adult fiction.

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  • Hans R Schira
  • 2010-09-20

Rich and Dramatic

An excellent book brought delightfully to life by the narrator. The setting is detailed and complex, characters are never simple, and the mysteries are not straightforward. As Beka seeks to find her way and prove herself, we are swept along into a world of crime and friendship and complicated loyalties.

The narrator's use of accents and voices is spot on - we recognize the characters that populate the world at once.

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  • flomzilla
  • 2019-06-04

A great story about a Shero.

Tamora Pierce has written a great story about a young girl who dreams of being a Dog, essentially a police officer. This is the first book of the Beka Cooper series. This book is also prequel to the Alanna Series and deals with her husband the spymasters family history.

In this book you learn about Bekas background and why she wants to become a Dog. You are also in a journey of her early training to become a Dog and how she and her trainers solve 2 big cases. It’s an exciting book and even caught my husbands attention and my youngest daughter is beyond thrilled that I have added it to my audible library. Tamora Pierce writes for the YA age group, but I still enjoy her stories because she is such an awesome writer.

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  • Tabithia Holman
  • 2020-10-19

Just as I remember and even better

I read this book in high school. So when I saw the audiobook I thought I would give it a chance. I was not disappointed The narrator does an excellent job of voicing the characters. I am especially impressed by the male voices! Overall this narration does not take away from my fond memories of reading the book. Will have to read the next to see if this keeps up.

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  • Joanne McLaughlin
  • 2006-11-03

Very good

This book doesn't sound too promising at first, but it picks up as it goes on. I thought that the main character's shyness was made a bit too obvious, but it was well done other than that.
I think it's a very good book and worth the download.

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  • Heather Appell
  • 2022-06-25

I love this author

tamora perice is an excellent author. her books are so I spiring for women and girls alike. I'm 27 years old now I. still listening to her books

this book was wonderful!

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  • Danny Moody
  • 2022-02-24

Fun ride

Pretty fun YA murder mystery. The journal entry approach to the book was a little distracting in that it made it so some chapters really didn’t progress the story much. But honestly one I got into the meat of each chapter, I didn’t think about it. It is a really well written book that comes together in an excellent finish. The narration was really well done.