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  • City of the Lost

  • A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels, Book 1)
  • Written by: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)
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City of the Lost

Written by: Kelley Armstrong
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
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Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her.

Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton, and if you're accepted it means walking away entirely from your old life and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval.

As a murderer Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

An edgy, gripping crime audiobook from best-selling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.

©2016 KLA Fricke Inc. (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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The Story is great, The Narration is not.

Kelly is a superb story teller. However, Ms Plummer does not have the feel for the Canadian English Dialect: For example, Toque is pronounced Too k, not Toke. And it is NewFoundland Dog, or simply a Newf. Not NewFinland. I find those verbal gaffs to be most irritating and really detracts from the overall experience of the book. It could be a lot better.

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More romance than detecting

I was excited to see a Canadian deceptive story, but found this was too much about the romantic and other relationships and less about the crime solving for my taste.

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Ms. Plummer needs some direction.

As a Canadian, I must agree with all the reviews by others about Ms. Plummer’s pronunciation. A plot based in Canada, written by a Canadian, needs to have narrator pronounce like a Canadian.

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great premise falls short

the premise of the story was great. And the characters were engaging. But the resolution was rushed and fell flat.

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Read a previous book by this author and enjoyed it

For me this was more along the lines of a YA book then something I could take seriously. The narration didn’t help either. For this would be a delete and do not recommend

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Great adventure Story & narration

Being Canadian I found the narration to my liking.
Writing is intelligent and NOT filled with unnecessary musings/frettings and re-thinking everything in the character's minds.


I read this story in a day. I couldn't put it down. Moving onto the Book#2 now.

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Couldn’t stop listening

I devoured this book in a few days. The story grabbed my attention right out of the gate. The narration was well done. I will definitely listen to the other books in this series.

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Another amazing read!

Kelly Armstrong has done it again! With real life character you can relate to, and a stunning setting, this book with snatch your attention and keep it from start to finish!

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Kelley Armstrong is my favourite Author!

My favourite authors book read by someone that actually can read a book with expression and makes it not so mono tone! Love this!

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Intense

Fast and intense…kept me riveted to the end. I can’t wait to start the next instalment

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  • shelley
  • 2018-03-11

I wouldn't want to live here!

This is a very good book, Very interesting concept. The story revolves around a town (Rockton) in the middle of nowhere. It's a town for people trying to escape their past and start over.
The protagonist (Casey) and her best friend pay for the privilege of moving there. Prior to their move, Casey was a detective. It seems the town of Stockton is in need of one, there's a serial killer on the loose and no one is safe.
Don't ask me why (as if anyone could) but I kept thinking this book was a combination of the movie BOYS TOWN with Spencer Tracy (It was about a town for "wayward " boys ) and Blake Crouch's book PINES, where people who could contribute to a new town in the future were brought. Although the majority of the people living in Rockton have checkered pasts and would probably not be on a save for the next generation list, many have worthwhile skills.
If will be getting the next book in the series A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE. This is an entertaining book and I would like to see where the author is going with the characters.
Therese Plummer does an outstanding job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Purple.Wizard
  • 2016-09-19

Great Book

This is by far the best book that I've read in years. Solid plot. Part mystery, part romance (but not sticky, just believable and realistic) part cops & killers, part unusual plot twists. Realistic characters. Superb narrator - also the best I've heard in years. I wish it was the first in a series.
I'm sure there will be readers who disagree with me, after all we're all different to some extent or another. But for me it was just fantastic!
Thank you Kelley Armstrong. Do you have more similar stories?

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-03-16

Author Kerllery Armstrong surprised me!

I purchased City of the Lost during the February Audible first of a series sale with apprehension because I have tried books by Kelley Armstrong in the past only to be disappointed by the horror, supernatural, paranormal, and fantasy aspects. Armstrong has been a highly regarded best selling author for more than 15 years as she published an average of more than 3 novels annually. Audible listener Shelley's very positive reviews of this novel and the other two in the Casey Duncan persuaded my to listen to City of the Lost. I'm glad I did because this is a wonderful suspense mystery/thriller. Theresa Plummer's narration is superb.

I would not want to live in the fictional Canadian Yukon town of Rockton, but it makes a good story.

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  • Tracey
  • 2016-05-08

wonderful start to new Armstrong series

A departure from Kelley Armstrong's recent string of YA paranormal romances (and earlier paranormal series, Otherworld and Gainesville), this new entry into what I hope will be a LONG series harkens back to the Armstrong's earlier Nadia Stafford books. Whether fantasy, mystery, thriller or YA, there are signatures of any Armstrong novels -- strong protagonists (especially the women), at least one trying relationship (either romantic, familial or platonic) and layered plots. I admit, the twists at the end weren't 100% shocking to me, but I have read most of what Armstrong has written (except for the YA fare), but I still had time putting the "book" down and am happy I started this on the weekend, otherwise I would have had a difficult day at work. Although the beginning was slow-building, the development of the various characters and the core mystery kept me saying "one more chapter." My one grouse is the bit about feral chickens in Northern Canada -- unless there is some sort of super breed of chicken or special hibernating chicken or wonderful chicken cave system in the City of the Lost, it just couldn't happen outside of a fantasy novel. Feral chickens in Asian jungles (where the original jungle fowl was domesticated) or the streets of Miami, yes. Northern Canada or Alaska, no. But, it was a minor complaint, easily ignored. I highly recommend!

Therese Plummer narrated the various male and female characters beautifully.

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  • Joanna Hubbard
  • 2018-10-07

starts out strong...

This book started out strong. I really liked the context and there were some great characters, but then the stereotypical love story overshadows the mystery and intrigue and the previously complex characters devolve into some standard trope where they just needed to find the right person. The romance didn't add anything to the story and the changes in the characters violated how they were developed in the first half.

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  • BikeVON
  • 2017-03-27

Outstanding new detective series!

I must add my praise to the great reviews of the book. Kelly Armstrong created a city Rockton, and new characters for this new series. Rockton is a city in the wilds of Canada.
People with secrets need a place like Rockton to hide from the judgements of a civil society. The city is populated with people shedding their past selves. It is a city of criminals who can pay to become invisible and victims who seek some place to live without fear.

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective who has a secret. She now calls Rockton her home. and works as a homicide detective. Armstrong has deftly created a plot twist, which makes it a challenge to guess the perpetrator of murders. There is one law of Rockton, ask no one of their past.

Every resident of Rockton has the propensity for violence, no person is safe. They live off the grid, with few resources. There is a vicious killer preying on the residents. Without the expertise of a detective, the sheriff is unable to solve the crime.

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  • Petrea
  • 2016-08-25

This Book is a Mess

The book has an interesting, if unlikely, premise that the author never brings to life. As a result, the story just becomes more and more unbelievable. The mystery wanders about and the love story is equally unsatisfying--it is drug out, it seems, just to make the book longer. It certainly does not add interest.

The performance is fine, but don't waste a credit on this book.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-03-03

Read the negative reviews too

This is a romance, TV crime soap opera. The narrator was a little overly dramatic but I think that because she had such terrible dialogue to work with. If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies this is for you. If you were looking for a good creepy even, fantastical murder mystery try Paul Cornell.

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  • Nancy Briggs
  • 2018-01-20

Alternative Title Could Be “F***

The story was pretty good, but I was distracted by the much overuse of F bombs in literally almost every single paragraph. I kept listening to find out who the killer was. Wish I hadn’t. I won’t be listening to this author again.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 2017-04-20

Great Story

I really enjoyed the story and the Characters in this story. I love this author and look forward to more by her soon.

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