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  • Written by: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (784 ratings)

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Shelter in Place

Written by: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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Publisher's Summary

From Nora Roberts comes the #1 New York Times bestseller Shelter in Place (June 2018) - a powerful tale of heart, heroism...and propulsive suspense.

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone - until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.

But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

©2018 Nora Roberts (P)2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Utterly incredible

Nora Roberts has written a truly impressive work of fiction in "Shelter in Place". I can only imagine the research that went into creating the exquisite details of each character's experiences. As I listened I found myself nodding in agreement, smiling and even laughing, and sometimes had to stop and breathe as my eyes filled with tears.

Shelter in Place is not primarily a romance novel. In fact, the romantic couple doesn't even meet until the second half of the story. Reid and Simone are both fully developed individuals with very different experiences, but the together with a thread. It is an exploration of the mind of a female serial killer. it is also a deep and moving look into the impact of catastrophic trauma - a mall shooting - on the lives of survivors and their families.

We live in a age where news of mass shootings in schools and other places has become almost commonplace. We forget quickly, move on with our lives, with the news cycle, with "business as usual". As I listened to this beautifully read story I thought about the families of Columbine, of L'école Polytechnique, of Sandy Hook, of so many others I can't actually recall their names. The ripples continue. Gun violence impacts us all. The societal trauma eventually reaches everyone, and the fear becomes part of our collective memory.

This book takes no position politically, and doesn't need to. it's much more than a work of fiction. it is a tribute to survival, and a joyous celebration of life.

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Not her typical story! Loved it!

Very unlike her usual plot. The characters are engaging and the story was a thrilling ride.

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Excellent book - great performance!

I have been a Nora Roberts fan for many years. This is by far my favourite book to date. You are drawn in from the very beginning, which could have been pulled from the headlines of any newspaper. The narrator is also amazing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I was sad when the book ended!! #Audible1

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Nora Never Disappoints

Nora Roberts' stand alone books are always a treat, and this one was especially so. While difficult to get through the violence at the beginning of the story, it was necessary in order to set the stage for a powerful process of healing and reconciliation. I loved it. The narration by January LaVoy was stunning, by the way. #Audible1

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Excellent and intriguing!

I originally purchase this audible because the narrator is one of my favourite and it sounded like a decent plot. It was fantastic! The storyline was great, super likeable characters and great narration. Would absolutely recommend!

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Great story couldn't stop listening

very different from other Nora Roberts, took some time to get used to the narrator

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Loved this book!

Read a Nora Roberts book years ago and was disappointed, but this one sounded good. And that it was. I loved the characters and how, both they and their relationships grew. A great who dunnit with a touch of romance, and a sexy hero with a lot of nice and just the right amount of naughty.

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Disappointed

This is my first Nora Roberts book. I found it disappointing. The story was largely predictable and the characters not particularly compelling or even that likeable.

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not was I was expecting

not as good as I thought it would be. heRd great reviews about it.

I likes the relationship part but but it was not fast enough for me for the entrigue/suspense

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Not a regular Nora Roberts reader... was not a fan

Honestly I was quite engaged for the first 1/3 of this story, a bit different from what I normally read, and I was enjoying it.

Then... I had a few issues. Firstly, I found characters I had previously liked became 1-dimesional, like caricatures of themselves. The Cici/Reed relationship started charming but the overly-aggressive joking sexual spin felt forced and weird. The overall romance vibes in the story were.... hard to swallow for me. Too cheesy, too stereotypical "man's man", and not very believable. Totally lost my interest in the last 1/3.

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