The Last Kiss Goodbye : Dr. Charlotte Stone

  • by Karen Robards
  • Narrated by Ann Marie Lee
  • Series: Dr. Charlotte Stone
  • 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When New York Times best-selling author Karen Robards brought her irresistible brand of hot passion and chilling suspense to the paranormal romance scene with The Last Victim, it was just the beginning. Now her all-new series cranks up the deadly danger and intense desire to the next level, as sexy serial-killer hunter Charlotte Stone returns to action in her thrilling second adventure.
Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge - Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing - or curse - gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of charismatic bad boy Michael Garland.
But there’s little time for romance with her supernatural suitor when murder comes pounding at Charlie’s door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie squarely in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator nicknamed "the Gingerbread Man", notorious for manipulating his victims like pawns in a deadly chess game. And now the queen this psychopath’s bent on capturing is Charlie. Refusal to play will only put more innocent lives in danger. Matching wits with this cunningly twisted opponent will require all of Charlie’s training and expert skills. But even with her devilish "guardian angel" - not to mention her favorite flesh-and-blood Fed, Tony Bartoli - watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man’s horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction." (Newsweek)
"Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the best-selling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion." (Albany Times Union)
"Thrilling...a fun and sexy read." (Booklist on The Last Victim)

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Customer Reviews

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Noooooooo!

What disappointed you about The Last Kiss Goodbye?

Totally ridiculous story, very tedious with unnecessary repetitive detail. Shallow character development. Really? How many hot, hung prisoners on death row have you heard of? Ridiculous!


What could Karen Robards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't enjoy this style of writing. Stephen King writes with this much detail but it is not tedious or repetitive. The erotic parts are painfully drawn out unnecessarily. I've read better written bodice-rippers.


How could the performance have been better?

She enunciates so much it crackles in you ears. I hate that.


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

I have always been fascinated by supernatural writings and I was drawn to that part of it.


Any additional comments?

Waste of a credit.

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- R. Montoya

Worst narrator ever.

What disappointed you about The Last Kiss Goodbye?

This narrator is the worst one I've ever listened to. The southern accents make me want to poke out my own eardrums. I thought the book would be so good, but I just could NOT tolerate the narrator. Especially horrendous was the voice she used for a teenage girl...she sounded exactly like the teenage girl from the cartoon King of the Hill. And when she is trying to sound like the southern man, it is worse than fingernails down a chalkboard. Mostly it made me laugh, but I'm pretty sure this is not the reaction expected from the author. UGH.


Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Robards? Why or why not?

I would, but a different performer would be a must.


How could the performance have been better?

Less ridiculous emotion, and the southern accents have to GO


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- bunni

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-13-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio