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Northern Lights

Written by: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Gary Littman
Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Let #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts fly you into Lunacy, Alaska, and into a colorful, compelling novel about two lonely souls who are searching for love and redemption…As a Baltimore cop, Nate Burke watched his partner die on the street—and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepted the job as Chief of Police in a tiny, remote Alaskan town with the hopes of starting over. Despite the name, Lunacy provides a balm for Nate’s shattered soul—and an unexpected affair with pilot Meg Galloway warms his nights….But other things in Lunacy are heating up. Nate suspects the killer in an unsolved murder still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life—and the new love—that he has finally found for himself. 

©2004 by Nora Roberts. (P)2004 2004 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"[A] richly textured novel that captures the intimacy of smalltown police work, the prickliness of the pioneer spirit and the paradox of a setting at once intimate and expansive." (Publishers Weekly)

"Roberts's latest hit novel could not be performed better." (AudioFile

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Fantastic story! Awesome narrator!

loved it! I couldn't stop listening. was late to a fewmeetings because of this book.

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An absolute treasure

This has been my absolute favorite so far. Its starts off rather slowly but Gary Littman's narration pulls you in. Whether he is doing a male or female voice he does a great job of presenting each and every character with many different but appropriate voices. It's a love story..thriller ..and even has parts that will make you laugh. The mayor's special honk of a laugh was just great! I wished this one would go on forever. This is one of the best they have to offer is this genre.

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not bad

It was definitely not my best book from Nora Roberts. The psychology of female lead was not clear, the plot too long and then over. in French, we say: bof.

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Love Nora Roberts

An older title I just discovered. It was a good listen. Typical plot line for Nora Roberts! Since I am a fan, I appreciated the nice and easy listen

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great voice actor

Gary made this fantastic story really come to life. really wonderful voices. couldn't walk away from it!

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Hops voice

Was very irritating and should have been softened just a bit for such a major character. Charlenes character was a bit over the top as well - even for someone as narcissistic as she was presented to be. Story drug on a bit as well. It was first Norah Roberts book so have nothing to compare it to.

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entertaining and fast paced

Nice scenery surrounds this narrative . fast paced and entertaining love story thriller. Not sure about the believability of some of the characters.

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Roberts delivers yet again!

A fabulous tale woven in Alaskan beauty. This was my 1st purchase of an audio book and I really enjoyed it. The inflection in the voice of the narrator made listening a pleasure.

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Good escape

Enjoyed the storyline the narrator is really entertaining. Easy to follow the characters and the story.

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  • Jane
  • 2018-06-29

Good mystery, some romance to go with it

Feel good ending, enjoyable escape. I read the paperback several years ago and gave it 4 stars. I recently did the Audiobook and for some unknown reason, I enjoyed it more. Don’t know why. It was a good escape - kept my interest all the way through. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Gary Littman did a fine job. STORY BRIEF: Nate was a cop in Baltimore. His partner was killed on the job. Nate felt responsible and was sad, withdrawn and depressed for months. He left Baltimore to become police chief of a small town in Alaska, hoping to further lose himself. He meets Meg who is a fiercely independent bush pilot, flying people and supplies around Alaska. She has more masculine traits than feminine and is the initiator of casual sex. Some mountain climbers discover a dead body with an axe in his chest. The body has been sitting in a cave on the mountain for 16 years. Nate’s cop instincts awaken as he investigates. The murderer starts doing things to stop the investigation. REVIEWER’S OPINION: It was a long book and a little slow at first. But the last half made it worthwhile. It was an interesting group of characters. I enjoyed watching what life was like for a small town police chief, breaking up fights, taking care of drunks, dealing with teenage orneriness. Nate was a good man, taking care of his town. But when murder happened, he turned back into the tough, Baltimore cop - investigating and protecting. Solving the murder and his relationship with Meg brought him back to life. I would have liked a little more understanding of the motivation for the murder. The love story between Nate and Meg could have used more relationship development. It started with Meg wanting casual sex and later they sort of realized they were in love. It was ok but could have used a little more sizzle. I enjoyed the Alaskan lights in the sky, the beautiful wilderness, and the lifestyle. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 635 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 10. Setting: 1988, 2004 and 2005 Alaska. Copyright: 2004. Genre: romantic mystery.

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  • tgp157
  • 2012-11-13

Really Really Good

While one could say that most books in the romance genre following the same basic format--it's the back story that makes a book interesting or not and gives it its uniqueness. This back story is definitely interesting & unique. I really like the Alaskan setting & the suspense was intriguing. I'd picked out every character in the story (at one point or another) to be the villian before it was finally revealed. The narrator did a good job with the exception of the mayor's voice. The mayor is an older woman with a foghorn laugh--the narrator kinda over acted her part. But other than that (which is very tolerable) he did an excellent job. Overall I enjoyed the book & performance & would recommend it all the way around.

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  • Michele
  • 2011-11-30

Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself

This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts love/mystery stories. I first bought is in cassette but eventually wore those out and had to buy it digitally. The main character and his supporting cast are colorful, deep and they use their brains for thinking, not just to wear extra warm headgear for the cold.

If you are looking for a book that you can listen to anywhere - this is it. There is humor, life, death, murder, conspiracy, and a crazy tow-truck driver. I would love to see this have a sequel so I could hear more about the Lunitics and their steadfast Chief of Police!

The descriptions of the town and the surrounding land and mountains is so detailed, that you often feel you are their watching the Northern Lights with the characters.

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  • TexasgirlinCali
  • 2019-06-03

Not my favorite Nora Roberts book

I love Nora Roberts books. Things I know: I will get an interesting, suspenseful mystery. I will get a romance. I’ll get interesting characters and fun scenery. Even though this book was full of all these things I love about Roberts books, I just didn’t feel the romance or why they were even into each other. The ending made it okay and the mystery was good. The narrator was okay as he had a lot of voices to do but his “Meg” drove me crazy and he sounded like he was the television guy from the Twilight Zone show a few times. His main characters was good and I didn’t even mind the smokers voice of the mayor- it made me actually like that character!!!

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  • Sydney Hoffman
  • 2018-07-05

Couldn’t get into it

I liked the characters and the plot, but I couldn’t get into it and wasn’t able to finish due to the narration. His voice for the women characters was awful, like nails on a chalkboard. If you want to give this book a go, I’d recommend just reading it.

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  • Peter
  • 2009-07-16

one of the best

This and Montana sky is some of Nora Roberts best work. Great story, reader did a great job !

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  • marilynolsen
  • 2009-09-08

great story

This story had all the elements that I enjoy. A great read with romance,mystery,humor and believable characters it you have ever been to Alaska. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Guiselle
  • 2013-01-19

The balance between murder and romance

I'm happy to report that I've finally joined the throngs of Norah Robert fans. Ok, I'm still not an avid fan, but I did like the book, and that's good enough for me.
After decades of feeling like a pariah and thinking: Is this it?, this novel finally made me think: Ok, I think I get it. Kinda.
Certainly a good listen. Well. Let's get to it, shall we?

Premise:
So, this guy, Nate, an ex cop, is pretty depressed after an incident in which his partner got killed. So he quits his job and moves to Alaska. ...Ok.
So he gets there and becomes chief of police in this town called Lunacy. (Lunacy, get it? The townspeople are pretty weird and they are called Lunatics. Mrs Roberts seems to have an excellent although not very subtle sense of humor. It's funny, though, isn't it? Lunatics? LOL).
Nate meets and falls in love with this awesome bush pilot woman Meg. Then a body is discovered on a mountain. The rest of the plot circles around this murder. Who'd done it?! :-O

The excitement in this books comes mainly from the murder, and the search for the killer. The love between Meg and Nate seems almost placid. Maybe I'm getting mellow in my old age, but I liked that. Nice, kinda calm love. No real drama there.
Very pleasant.
While on the one hand, the pace seemed slow and nothing much happened with regards to Meg and Nate, on the other hand, the abundance of Lunatic (lol) characters made me feel as if a lot was going on in the overall story. I need to confess, though that most of the characters (including the main characters) seemed a bit 'flat' to me. Take Nate for example, although he was supposed to be tormented, I wasn't really convinced. The scenes in which his depression was discussed, seemed spaced out and didn't seem to tie into the whole.

All in all, I liked the book. It wasn't spectacular, but certainly a solid suspense/ romance novel. If you're looking for a novel with a romance/ murder plot. This one's as good as any and better than quite a few. Nice descriptions of the surroundings are included. I would say the romance aspect was pleasantly there, but the murder investigative side of it was more prevalent.

The narrator has a very nice voice, by the way. My only problem, and that's one of my pet peeves, so please indulge me, is that male narrators sometimes tend to 'overdo' female voices or intonations. I found that mr. Littman's (narrator) rendition of Meg (and of her mother) sometimes tended a bit towards a caricaturization.

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  • grace
  • 2019-08-01

The characters are caricatures of adults. Painful.

The narrator does a fine job with the different characters. The issue is that Meg is deeply, deeply unlikeable. She seems like she is supposed to be a "strong" female but comes across as anything but and is incapable of learning from experience, empathizing with others or generally being kind on even the lowest of levels. And why does nate want to continually run into this wall to receive so little in return? He's just as difficult to handle as Meg. I have listened to something like 11 hours and I truly cannot stand another minute. I will be listening to some Stephen King to lighten the mood after this.

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  • Amanda
  • 2011-05-24

Best of Nora Roberts...

Great story with very well written characters and a wonderful discription of the beauty of Alaska. This and Montana Sky are absolutly my favorites!!!

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