• The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-01-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4.3 (322 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.
As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue...or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts - before he becomes its prey?
©2017 Andrew Mayne (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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By shelley on 10-02-17

Fantastic! I loved this book!!

When a young woman is killed by a bear while on a camping trip with her boyfriend Professor Theo Cray gets involved. The woman had once been a student of his. Theo is not convinced that it was an animal, he's positive that a man did this. A man killing like an animal would kill.

In an attempt to prove his theory he begins to look for other animal killings that have gone unsolved. When he locates the body of a woman previously assumed missing, he becomes the prime suspect until the police determine that it was another animal killing.

Cray is now driven to find more. With the help of a sophisticated computer program and his biological background he discovers more. Upon meeting an anthropologist with information dating back to the 1980's of an attack by maybe a mountain lion, maybe a man dressed up like a mountain lion. Cray now thinks he's found this murderers beginnings.
This book starts out a little slow as you get background info, it increasingly speeds up until it like a roller coaster and by the end... forget it! This is a downward spiral with nail biting, stomach twisting suspense! I absolutely love books like this and listened to it in one day.

Will Damron does a fantastic job narrating. I don't think anyone could possibly do any better.

This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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By Lia on 11-03-17

Different Sort Of Thriller

Entertaining. Couldn't put it down. The science seemed rather dubious, but I just went with it. I would agree about some of the other more critical reviews about loose ends (what happened to Gus? did I miss that part?). And Professor Cray should have encountered at least a few dead ends--seemed like everything he did was spot on every time. But overall, it was an enjoyable book. I can't wait for the next one.

Will Damron was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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By Colette on 10-21-17

Great listen

I loved everything about this book. It had me gripped from the start and I genuinely didn’t want it to end. I enjoy Jack Reacher/John Milton characters but this nerdy bioinformatics professor is right up there with them. I loved his unusual thought processes and felt his frustration when others didn’t make the mental leaps that he did. Can’t wait for Book 2.

A brilliant narrator enhanced the pleasure.

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