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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Karin Slaughter brings back her two most fascinating and complex characters - medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver - in a heart-pounding tale of faith, doubt, and murder....

The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods - then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty young woman. For them, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of life into the case. 

For as Jeffrey and Sara move further down a trail of shocking surprises and hidden passions, neither is prepared for the most stunning discovery of all: the identity of a killer who is more evil and dangerous than anyone could have guessed. 

©2006 Karin Slaughter (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the critics say

"A compulsively readable narrative." (Booklist)
"Slaughter's fifth Grant County case offers tough love, suspenseful spadework and life-affirming vigor." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about Faithless

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Good but not great

While the story itself was interesting enough, I felt that the reader left a bit to be desired.

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Wish narrator was same as previous series books.

Disappointing to have a different narrator, it changed the dynamics and personalities of the characters.

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Too Bad Kathleen Early didn't perform this reading

Clarinda Ross sounds like a wet sock. She is a terrible reader and it ruined the book for me. I love Karin Slaughter's books and this is the first one I wanted to skip through to the end.

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It was a good audio book overall

It was a great book overall it took me a little bit to get use to Clarinda as narrator as I am use to Kathleen and her great transitioning between different characters and the accent she uses but Clarinda was pretty good too.

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Another good story, but a different narrator

While I enjoyed the story and love the Grant County series, I was disappointed by the change of narrator. Clarissa Ross has a great southern accent and is pleasant to listen to, but her sound is very different from Ms. Early and that changes the feel of the story. All that said, I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Q69
  • 2020-07-15

new narrator

love Kathleen Early as a narrator.
i started with the Will Trent series... which Kathleen read most of those as well.
it is an adjustment when you're listening to these books back to back.
Clarinda isn't terrible. in fact i did not mind her voice at all.
kind of envision the characters differently now?!!

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Narrator left a lot to be desired

Changing the narrator 4 books into a series made it hard to believe the characters were the same. The narrator was not a good narrator to begin with and I struggled with the entire book because I wasn’t hearing Sarah Liston, Jeffrey or Lena. If it wasn’t for it being a book in the series, I would have stopped listening and returned the book.

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Very entertaining!

This audiobook was captivating from the start! It kept me wondering and entertained till then end! I recommend and will read more of her books for sure!

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  • Andrew L. Smith
  • 2016-04-26

Terrible narrator

Horrible Narrator!!!!!
Never allow this narrator again. Couldn't listen over five minutes. Returning book for a credit!

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  • FAH
  • 2016-09-05

Horrible narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story is ok but the narrator is horrible.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The next book in the grant county series

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clarinda Ross?

Kathleen Early

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Kathleen Early narrated the first four books in the series. She should have continued with this one also.

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  • Casey
  • 2016-02-18

Never change a narrator in a series! Audiobook 101

What disappointed you about Faithless?

New narrator!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Done with the series now

Any additional comments?

It ruins a book. If the narrator changes I'm struggling to connect with the new person. It's annoying and a horrible experience. I never ask for a refund unless they change the narrator. It's like your favorite TV show then one day and the characters change with the same name/same plot. It's bad business and your asking for negative feedback. All that hard work writing a book I would typical enjoy if you kept the narrator. Shaking head.

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  • Heather
  • 2016-04-18

Terrible Narration!!!!

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Clarinda Ross?

I love Karin Slaughter's books and was really looking forward to finishing the Grant County series but the narration for Faithless is TERRIBLE. Never, ever change a narrator in the middle of the series. I had a hard time connecting with the characters even though I already had in the other books. Clarinda is so flat and her accents are horrendous.

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  • Letia Brown
  • 2015-03-21

Great story....Awful narration

What did you love best about Faithless?

I enjoy Karin Slaughter's writing, but I thought the narration of Clarinda Ross was terrible. I don't think I will be able to listen to any other books that she "performs". Her affected accents were horrible. I have enjoyed this series up until this book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clarinda Ross?

Kathleen Early. She did a fantastic job in the first books.

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  • CMayes
  • 2016-04-26

Did not like Clarinda Ross

I thought Clarinda's voice was to hick-ish for the classy Sara Linton. Sara sounded like she was a hefty male football player that lived in a trailer and smoked 3 packs a day.

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  • Polly
  • 2015-09-22

Painfully Bad

About 1/8 of the way through this listen, I thought, "I am going to see if I can get my money back ... this is dreadful."

I decided to hang in there out of fairness. Maybe the book will get better!
It didn't.

The basic story is pretty good, but the writing is so amateurish that I can't believe it is part of a series. I also was stunned to see that it was on the NYT best seller list. How could this be? The author writes things like, "She walked to the door. She opened it a crack. She indicated it with her head, and he knew she meant the door." (I made that up - not the actual wording.) Of course she meant the door. Do you have to tell the reader that?

On top of that, Slaughter tells us WAY too much about the romance of the two main characters. Who cares? This is a murder mystery. And their romance is unbelievable. They don't talk like real people.

The must frustrating aspect of this listen is the narrator. Ms. Ross is the worst narrator I have ever heard during years of Audible membership. Here is an example, "He walked TO the door. (PAUSE) He looked like (PAUSE) he WAS going (PAUSE) to speak UP (PAUSE) but he didn't." Enormous, unnatural pauses; a very strange cadence and rhythm; inexplicable syllablic emphasis.

Save your money. Buy something well written and well narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2007-01-29

Not worth the two credits

I don't understand why this one was worth two credits. The book was good, but definitely not as good as "Triptych". It was not filled with as many twists as "Triptych", nor did it have the same character interdependency. After reading "Triptych", "Faithless" was a bit of a disappointment.

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  • Amanda
  • 2020-02-29

Ugh, this narrator! Please rerecord with K. Early

I LOVE all of Karin Slaughter's books, and love that she uses Kathleen Early to narrate most of them. This is a rare book that is not narrated by Ms. Early and struggled to get through it.

The story itself was great, but so hard to listen to.

Sara and Jeffrey stumble (literally) upon a grave in the woods and they struggle to find leads to identify the girl and then find the suspect. The list of potentials is long, and Jeffery, Sara and Lena all have to put aside their prejudices to accept where the evidence leads them.

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  • W. Sherer
  • 2015-11-29

New narrator!

Would you be willing to try another one of Clarinda Ross’s performances?

No. Terrible narration-really unnatural inflection of words and phrases. Terrible job voicing the men. Her narration really grated.

Any additional comments?

It's like when TV shows replace a character with a new actor. After listening to all the previous books in this series narrated by Kathleen Early I just couldn't get used to a new narrator. As if it wasn't bad enough to change the narrator in the middle of a series, the one they chose was terrible. Wish I had read this book instead of listening to it.

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