One Was a Soldier : Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries

  • by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • Series: Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries
  • 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the Millers Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she's using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than simple migraines. Officer Eric McCrea is battling to keep his constant rage from affecting his life as a cop, and as a father. High school track star Will Ellis is looking for some reason to keep on living after losing both legs to an IED. And down-on-her-luck Tally McNabb has brought home a secret - a fatal one.
Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne just wants Clare to settle down and get married - to him. But when he rules Tally McNabb's death a suicide, Clare sides with the other vets against him. Russ and Clare's unorthodox investigation will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny Adirondack town to the upper ranks of the Army, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.


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Series Derails

I have been on a tear reading this series with great enjoyment. So much so that when the middle 5 books were not available here on audible I borrowed CDs (!?!?) from my library. I loved the complexity, the characters, the dialogue, the setting. Yes the mysteries were of the block-buster movie type where you needed to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the show. But--they were concise, very engaging, plot and character driven books.

This book is a departure from that style. It was overly long, very, very slow and plodding. The narration was terrible. Men growling with almost nauseating voices. Lyle being completely intolerable. Clare becomes a one dimensional boozy, drug seeking, southern belle obsessed with sex. This change in direction makes for 17.5 hours of rambling and profane yuck. Such a waste. Truly disappointing.
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- sara "Avid reader/listener/reviewer"

I'm so disappointed

Julia Spencer-Fleming is among my favorite authors -- to read. This was my first one to listen to -- or to TRY listening to. I'm about three hours in, and I don't think I can continue -- I like the series too much to ruin it by listening to this narrator. She started reading so slowly I had to backtrack to keep what she was reading in mind. Finally I switched my iPod to "fast" read, but then she speeded up some, so I switched back. But her voices -- oy! The narrator is female -- why the falsetto for most of the female characters? And (so far, anyway) she makes Claire sound like a lovesick damsel from the Old South -- good grief. This woman is not a Suellen O'Hara -- she's a tough as nails helicopter pilot who saw combat. Nor is she a wilting lilly at home -- she's decisive, quick thinking and courageous, not languid and insipid. Right now I'm at the "I bought it so I darn well better listen to it" stage -- but still hating to ruin the book if it's as good as the others in written form. I will definitely stay away from this narrator in the future, for anything.
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- karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-22-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.