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Force of Nature

Aaron Falk Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (786 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Five women reluctantly leave the city for a challenging hike across the rugged Giralang Ranges as part of a corporate retreat. Only four come out the other side. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker.

Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. In an investigation that takes Falk from corporate heartland to isolated bushland, he discovers that every person on that retreat had something to hide....

©2017 Jane Harper (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Didn't quite live up to The Dry

I loved The Dry by Jane Harper her first debut novel and was eager for the release of Force of Nature. This is a good book, and Harper is an excellent storyteller. But for me it definitely fell short. It was very slow to get into , and I found the mystery unravels very slowly - sometimes painfully so.

Harper's description of the landscape and the cold and wet atmosphere was bang on, I was shivering!!!

This book is a similar structure to The Dry with the story moving from past to present with each chapter, which helps to build the suspense.

I really like Harper's writing style and she develops great believable characters I can relate to. I really wanted to kill Alice Russell myself LOL!! But then on the flip side I didn't feel as connected to our hero Aaron Falk, as I did in The Dry.

All in all, it was an enjoyable book, but for me The Dry is so much better all round. I'd definitely love to see what Harper has coming next!!

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extremely enjoyable aussie story

Awesome aussie story. My first Aaron Falk story... this is the beginning. Thoroughly enjoyed. wonderful

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Excellent storyline but...

I loved the plot and didn't listen to a sample before I bought the book. I wasn't however a fan of the narrator and felt that let the overall experience feel like I was listening as a chore. I found the male narrator struggled with the tone and pitch for the predominately female cast of characters. This on top of his very thick Australian accent had me struggling with the book. This was only my third audiobook and has made me realise how much of an impact the narrator can have on the delivery of a book.

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Good, without being great

Really loved The Dry. Wasn't quite as engaged by this one, but still a good read.

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Very interesting a bit spooky

I did not pick the ending at all but the bush setting made it very convincing I hope Aaron appears later in another story.

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Tedious

Narrator is so-so. Story however is tedious and the characters are trite, corny, childish. Yo-yo between the 2 main plots is tiring. Wanted good Australian fiction but didn’t find it.

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Not as good as Jane Harper's other books

I was eager to play this story at every opportunity but just found it hard to believe.
If the bush was as described, the hikers would have been provided with emergency supplies eg flares, first aid supplies...not just "left."
Thankfully I haven't encountered such nasty, uncooperative women.... but then I don't live in a big city like Melbourne.
I enjoyed the side story of Aaron, Carmen and Aaron's father.
Not my favourite Jane Harper, but still a good read.

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bored

I was bored. The story was dry and i had a very hard time engaging with the story.

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Great listening!

really enjoyed it- kept me entertained for my long drive to and from work. thanks

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  • Rod
  • 06-04-2019

Good but not Gripping

struggled to finish this book they just back in time too many time. Glad it is over.

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  • Marti
  • 08-03-2018

Absolute Enjoyment

I really enjoyed this well crafted story and appreciated the narration.
The Australian bush and birds are different from anywhere else
on earth and were well portrayed.

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  • Timothy
  • 01-01-2018

Mildly Entertaining

I really didn’t enjoy listening to the narrator. I felt his voice distracted me too much. The story was only ok and I struggled to finish.

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