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  • Hello, Darkness: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (622)

    Since moving to Austin to ease the pain of tragic mistakes, Paris Gibson has led a life of virtual isolation, coming alive only at night when she hosts her popular radio show. Then one listener - who identifies himself as "Valentino" - tells Paris that the girl he loves jilted him because of Paris's on-air advice. He intends to exact revenge by killing the girl and then coming after Paris. Desperate to stop the sinister Valentino, Paris enlists the help of the police - including crime psychologist Dean Malloy, the very man she had hoped never to meet again....

    R. Pontiflet says: "A Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing..."
    "Finally the full story."
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    If you could sum up Hello, Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Hot and Sexy an exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dean, who wants to be a good dad


    Which character – as performed by Victor Slezak – was your favorite?

    Victor Slezak makes all the Sandra Brown books he reads so great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Dean protects his son at the police station


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for full story of White Hot, all time best story

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Likely to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (272)

    New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile, media-infested murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence.

    Sandy says: "What?"
    " God Complex"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a mystery that starts out a bit slow as it builds the characters. (Could have used a bit better editing for me to pick up the momentum). Author’s book 1 was a faster pace and not to be missed, hence this 2nd book. The author builds a background for our heroine in this book, includes a typical free day! Two thirds through the story, the pace picks up to the speed of book 1.


    Would you recommend Likely to Die to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, as it is a good mystery, no gore or terror, and it is a good who dunnit.
    I will have to re listen another time to see, if the slow beginning was just on me.
    The author’s use of I’ve got your six, is one of the redeeming qualities of this series.
    I love the two detectives in this series, and they are the reason I would want to buy more books.
    This is a series that is a bit dated, so beware, relax, and enjoy.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I purchased this book due to reader Ms Rosenblat, not sure if I am a continual fan of this series, a 3rd one is next, but not in order, to see if I want more of author.

    Reviewer Wayne, loves her, and I agree she is very talented. Note, I use 1.25x speed on all mysteries to match the author’s intent.


    Did Likely to Die inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to stay healthy and unless a big emergency, not to go to a hospital.


    Any additional comments?

    For this book, take advantage of a sale, as I did.
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  • Snatched: Will Trent, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (816)

    Will Trent, a dedicated agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for 15 years, knows that there’s definitely such a thing as a cop’s intuition - which is why he should have listened to his own. While in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Will overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: "Please, I wanna go home." Something isn’t right here, thinks Will. He feels it in his gut. But he waits too long to act, and now the girl and the anxious, angry man she’s with have disappeared into the crowds at the busiest passenger airport in the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Short and sweet"
    "Intuition and Justice"
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    If you could sum up Snatched in three words, what would they be?

    Follow your intuition.
    Buy on sale if you are a Will Trent series fan, and can’t get enough of reader Kathleen Early. Reader brings out the tough, humorous and gentle side of our hero.
    You must appreciate short story format or you may feel the story is too short.
    This story is well told and has no horror or nightmare giving scenes from author.
    Ms Slaughter shows off her great writing talent and capabilities in theses shorts stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snatched?

    When Hello Kitty shoes are returned by Will.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Author uses different crimes e.g. Pedophilia, human trafficking to bring such ugly deeds to the forefront while telling her tale lead by selected characters in this series. Since so short, this is mainly Will’s tale.


    If you could rename Snatched, what would you call it?

    Title is good, unless author wants to rewrite and make this into a full length adventure with multiple stories going on. I certainly would buy it if Ms Early reads it.


    Any additional comments?

    On to next book, Criminal. Author uses creative flashes backs on her longer stories that compels a reader to want the next book. If you like certain characters you can read out of order e.g. Criminal which is Amanda’s, Will’s boss. I love her snarky attitude and quick thinking.

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  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2462)
    Performance
    (2189)
    Story
    (2189)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Jackie says: "Will Trent is back!"
    "Did Not Go Away, But Got Different "
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as author finally stopped putting so much gruesome mental pictures in this book so readers will buy her books.
    Author is an excellent story teller, see reviews on all the Will Trent series.
    Will has bark out loud humor, which is why many reviewers want to scoop him up.
    Love Faith, Will’s partner, she’s got his six. Love Amanda, she has spunk (just downloaded Criminal, Amanda’s focus) This story is Leanna’s focus.
    Author has several stories going on, hence focus reference, but all have Will as the binding thread.


    What other book might you compare Unseen to and why?

    This story still keeps you on pins and needles awaiting author’s signature style of gruesome parts to come, but like another reviewer in Criminal, I think, said author now uses language that assimilates crime scene photos instead of such graphic terminology that makes you have nightmares.
    One fan of author, couldn’t understand why author hasn’t been famed big time?
    Well, I can tell you author took the hint, and has toned down the graphic mental pictures she portrayed in Undone.
    Author Dennis Leanne, is great too, and read by my big fave, Jonathan Davis, but that author’s style, once again can give you nightmares. I read 2-3 books, but couldn’t go on as too graphic for me.


    What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

    I love Ms Early voice style, and was forced to read all of this author’s reviews looking for the less gruesome stories so I could get more listening time from this reader. I own all of her Rachel Gibson romance reads, Rescue me is fun.
    I thought reader Natalie Ross was tops for Will’s voice, but Ms Early increased her reading style to put this series as a don’t miss it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, Will’s telling of the Catapillar joke. It will steal your heart, and make you want to buy all of his stories.


    Any additional comments?

    If you start with the shorts in this series or this book, beware of going back to Undone, I love reader Natalie Ross, but couldn’t and still can’t re listen to that scary book. It was so well done, but couldn’t sleep for a couple of weeks after that gruesome listen.
    Note: l do use 1.25x speed to match author intent.

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  • Busted: A Will Trent Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (420)

    Detective Will Trent is standing in a Georgia convenience store, waiting on an obstinate ICEE frozen-drink machine. To the surveillance cameras and bored staff of the Lil' Dixie Gas-n-Go, however, Will appears to besome one very different - the menacing ex-con Bill Black. Going undercover as Bill, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent is about to infiltrate the most corrupt town in the most corrupt county in the new American South. But first: his ICEE.

    Chalantha says: "Busted while laughing out loud"
    "Fallen Dark Horse, Indian Classic"
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    What did you love best about Busted?

    I purchased as I love the Will Trent character, but I can’t take the gruesome details of author’s writing. I was counting on very few gruesome descriptions in this story, and was rewarded. One or two small ones that you can tune out.
    Weak stomach here!, but author can really tell a tale.
    This is an expensive read so get it on sale. It is so well done if you like short story formats, think Ernest Hemingway’s telegram style. You can’t be multitasking as you will have to rewind.
    I did buy, great reader’s Natalie Ross, Undone and Broken from this author about 6 years ago, and those 2 stories still haunt me if I even think about this author. Pure terror if you like a great mystery which includes it.
    Knowing I will be terrified to death, I still want to purchase Unseen as, I want more of Will Trent. (I could care less about Lena etc.) If you love this author, and reading out of order, Undone is the best!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wanted to see if author has evolved from so much terror in her reads and to check out Ms Early as I am a big fan in her Rachel Gibson reads, I own all.
    This story shows off author’s great talent to write in short story formate, use core characters, and make you want to buy her work. However, if you don’t know this format, you can feel cheated. So beware.


    What does Kathleen Early bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you love to listen to Ms Early, but don’t want the gruesome terror of Ms Slaughter, then check out Rachel Gibson, Rescue me. That is a light hearted book that truly shows off Ms Early’s full range talent. Ms Early does a great job on all of author Gibson’s work.


    Any additional comments?

    Note, I do use the 1.25x speed to match an author’s intent.
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  • House Witness: A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mike Lawson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Minority Leader of the House and Joe DeMarco's long-time employer John Mahoney has kept more than one secret from his wife over the years but none so explosive as this: He has a son, and that son has just been shot dead in a bar in Manhattan. Mahoney immediately dispatches DeMarco to his native New York to provide prosecutor Justine Porter with any assistance necessary, but with five bystanders willing to testify against rich boy Toby Rosenthal, the case seems like a slam-dunk - that is, until Porter begins to suspect that someone is interfering with those witnesses.

    shelley says: "Another Joe DeMarco winner..."
    "Ch 19 Joe Goes To Work"
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    What did you like best about House Witness? What did you like least?

    This series is supposed to be humorous, and it is not exactly dark humor, but pretty close for me. I found out the reviewer I follow, Wayne, likes dark mysteries so now I have to beware.
    This is a he said, she said type of story, and author has some humorous lines, but over all I personally failed to see the humor in all the injustice the story offered.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mike Lawson before, how does this one compare?

    I tried House Justice, as I liked the outline, and couldn't wait to hear the story, but the injustice in that story made me so mad that I felt compelled to try at least 1 more story before giving up on this author. The publishers' summery for this book is the only part that I liked.
    This story failed to hold my interest, and it was too slow for me. Our hero Joe, starts to work on chapter 19 so the previous chapters were filled with the back story of the characters involved.
    Reviewer, Shelly, is nuts about this author so I gave him 2 chances.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Mr Barrett does such a wonderful job on the Brian Haig books, Sean Drummond series that I have tried to find other series he reads as well.
    I have tried 3 different author's Mr Barrett reads, and so far for me, his best are B. Haig's books as those are so well written. Not to be missed.
    I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.


    Was House Witness worth the listening time?

    No, this author is not for me. Of the 2 books I have, the author seems to focus on plenty of injustice as the theme.
    Stopping at ch 28 as I just can not give it any more time.
    If you love Elmore Leonard's style, and his type of humor, then this author is for you.
    (I loved Get Shorty, the film)


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  • Three Minutes to Midnight: Jake Mahegan, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By A. J. Tata
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    One Army geologist is kidnapped - on U.S. soil. Two nuclear plants are attacked - in a matter of days. No American is safe - from the next, and final, wave of terror. Enter Jake Mahegan, a Delta Force veteran on the most important mission of his life. If he fails, our nation falls.

    Lia says: "Excellent 4 Star Listen"
    "Revenge Long Over Due "
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    If you could sum up Three Minutes to Midnight in three words, what would they be?

    Steady, evolving, focused.
    If you like a tale that unfolds and gives you a building picture of why, then this is for you.
    If you must have fast action, this is not in that category. Yes, the B. General has the story unveiling, and returning back to hero’s history so his story moves forward.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I love reader J.D., and purchased all 4 books in this series on Audible sale .
    Besieged is the 4th book, but Audible didn’t note it that way.
    (Mr. Davis reads lots of SciFi, but I am not a fan, so I get as many mystery/ action books he reads as I can.) His English to Spanish is his forte as well as a good female voice.
    My all time fave, Sandra Browns Mean Streak, shows off his full range.

    Since this is written by a retired B.general, action is clear. Note, I do use 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
    This story was on a slower pace than book 1, but told the back story to our hero. Hero’s history is unfolded as the story progresses and it ties much of this tale together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    “Revenge is best served cold”. I loved when the villain and our hero traded insults. Most satisfying!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, as you are compelled to find out about each of the characters. The author uses flash backs in this tale, so if you are impatient, this could seem a bit slow for you.
    Publishers summery gives good details, and the sample on Audible is good.


    Any additional comments?

    See Waynes comments on this reader from James Grippando latest book. It is not to be missed and it’s on my wishlist.
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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8553)
    Performance
    (7541)
    Story
    (7533)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    cristina says: "Terrific!"
    "If You Are A Parent, Presume Innocent?"
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    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    I purchased on $4.95 sale to get introduction to author and due to reader who performs David Rosenfelt's, Andy Carpenter series, don't miss it if you love good humor and wit in a mystery.
    This is a dark heartbreaking story of a young boy and the consequences of his actions upon his parents and their lives.


    Would you recommend Defending Jacob to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you have children, then yes, this would be a read which gives a parent a moment of pause.
    For me, the journey was not worth my listening time. I tended to skip chapters, but I don't have an environment filled with children or young adults.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was interesting as the two parents of Jacob, Andy and Laurie are the same first names of
    David Rosenfelts' hero and heroine! If you come off that series, which are light hearted and entertaining, this story is such a downer, but gives you food for thought.


    Did Defending Jacob inspire you to do anything?

    This story gives parents much to think about or fear, and certainly makes a parent realize, don't bury your head in the sand.


    Any additional comments?

    note, I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.
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  • Substitute Bride: Beaufort Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Noelle Adams
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    For more than two years, Rose has been the nanny for James Harwood's daughters. She adores the girls, but she tries to maintain a professional distance with James - no matter how attractive she finds him. However, when his engagement falls apart and he starts to look at her differently, Rose no longer sees him only as her boss.

    Amazon Customer says: "disappointing"
    "The Sweetness Of A Loving Father"
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    If you could sum up Substitute Bride in three words, what would they be?

    Caring, Conviction, Conniving. Good story as reader does young children voices very well.
    As always, Ms Dawe’s male voice makes our hero yummy and a hunk.
    I do use 1.25x speed to match author’s intent.
    The relationship between father and 2 girls is precious and many would to be envious of this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Substitute Bride?

    When fiancé faces reality! Wait for it.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The full length stories in this series read by Ms Dawe are so much more uplifting than the 3 short stories. Yes those 3 short stories have HEAEnding but the journey has too much self doubt in them for me. The heroines do achieve their goals!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes as our hero is just plain YUM. This author stories only appealed to me as Ms Dawe is the reader. I have no desire to try the other readers by this author. The full length Ms Dawe reads by this author are a good buy on sale and are good uplifting core romance entertainment.


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  • One Week with Her Husband: Eden Manor, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Noelle Adams
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Three years ago, Cassandra's marriage fell apart, and she separated from her husband, Silas. She moved away to start a new life, but now she's back home, determined to end the marriage for good. She might still love him, but they can't live together without hurting each other. Divorce is the only option left. Silas is big, rough, and sexy, and he's never liked to talk. He's been living like a recluse since she left, shutting himself off from the world.

    Empress Karen says: "Missing What You Have Lost"
    "Missing What You Have Lost"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but must buy all 3 short stories as they make a complete picture. Buy on Sale if you are a big fan like I am of reader, Ms Dawe.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending is not what’s important to know in this trilogy!
    This had a good premise, and in full length, the author could have developed the story for better appeal. Since it was a short story, only our hero had redeeming qualities for me.
    This read like an submission outline to an editor.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Our hero Silas, yum. Ms Dawe can interpret authors’ work very well, but the content still needs to be uplifting for me to enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    All 3 short stories have a happy ever ending and a soul searching mission on the part of the heroines. Their self doubt personalities just do not appel to me. If you like a heroine who fails the first time to appreciate her surroundings and lifestyle, but learns what is lost is not always gone forever, then these 3 short stories are for you.

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  • One Week with Her (Ex) Stepbrother: Eden Manor, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Noelle Adams
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When her father got remarried 14 years ago, Zach first entered Missy's life. The marriage only lasted a year, but her ex-stepbrother kept hanging around. Now Zach works with her in her father's landscaping business, and he's sweeter, funnier, and sexier than ever. And Missy can't help but wonder if it's wrong to think about him in a different way. He was only her stepbrother for a year, after all, and now he's acting like he wants to be a lot more.

    Empress Karen says: "Stomped All Over His Heart"
    "Stomped All Over His Heart"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the 3 short stories have doom and gloom under tones.

    The heroes are great, and yummy, but the heroines have so much self doubt. Not for me! I want an up lifting story with a strong heroine. Yes, these all have a happy ever ending, but it’s about the up lifting journey in a story that makes one great for me. See authors Jill Shalvis or Julie James


    If you’ve listened to books by Noelle Adams before, how does this one compare?

    The full length stories are good. Not sure what author’s intensions were on these short stories. They seem to be an outline, that was submitted to editors. All 3 stories, combine to make a full picture. Get on sale only


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am one of Ms Dawe’s biggest fans, so I buy whatever author I can get of hers that doesn’t have gore,horror or terror. I have been introduced to all kinds of writing and its been fun. Her males voices are YUM.


    Do you think One Week with Her (Ex) Stepbrother needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    See Nora Roberts, Happily Ever After series. Great use of a series and friendship theme that links friends together by their separate story.
    This author had that intention, but the dark gloom of each heroine, fails to complete the success mission.


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