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R. Pontiflet

Fairfield, CA USA | Member Since 2015

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  • Chill Factor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (702)

    Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town, the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.

    R. Pontiflet says: "A Love Story and a Serial Killer"
    "A Love Story and a Serial Killer"
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    Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors, mainly because I like her storylines of murder and mayhem with a romantic twist to spice it up. This story grabbed my interest and attention from the first sentence. Right out of the gate, the spotlight is squarely placed on one of the main characters which the listener is skillfully led to believe is the killer, but since I know how Ms. Brown likes to fake the listener out, I knew he was not the killer but every clue continued to point his way. The tension builds while the plot and romantic storylines are developed and key characters are introduced.

    Ms. Brown skillfully weaves subplots around the main and supporting characters which adds more depth, interest and drama to the main storyline. Stephen Lang narrates and performs the story very well with a range of voices so that listener knows who's speaking without needing to be told.

    This novel had me on the edge of my seat at all times because Ms. Brown developed each character well enough that the listener cares about them, even the ones who are unlikeable. The plot lines are easy to follow and are not overly complicated but well developed... An enjoyable read... Highly recommend.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Again: A Jack Swyteck Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (226)

    Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager's disappearance, ex-con Dylan Kyle was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi's clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle's execution, Sashi's mother visits Jack Swyteck, who's doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: "Sashi called me."

    Wayne says: "Excellent legal thriller with great narration"
    "Did The Missing Girl Call Her Mother? Or A Hoax..."
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    This is an interesting story where one girl disappears, and later in the story, another girl is seemingly kidnapped. Both girls are the daughters of divorced and feuding parents. Both parents are suspects. This is a real twister. Throughout the story, I thought Mom was crazy and thought Dad was the true suspect. What is the truth? Of course we know from the beginning that a man is about to be put to death for seemingly murdering of one of the girls.

    I enjoyed this story but found it needed more background information on the family as a whole so that as the story unfolds, the listener could buy into the buildup to finale. The ending was a bit lackluster, in my opinion, and was hard for me to reconcile with the rest of the story as it was told.

    Jonathan Davis is a top notch performer. He elevates stories he narrates.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (246)

    This raw and vivid portrait of juvenile detention centers and life on the run catapults John Gilstrap to the forefront of the crime thriller genre. Nathan Bailey is a 12-year-old juvenile-hall orphan with a problem. Covered in blood, he is caught on videotape fleeing from a murder scene. Will the boy evade the police long enough to tell the truth? Or will a hit man kill him before he gets the chance?

    R. Pontiflet says: "Run Nathan Run!!"
    "Run Nathan Run!!"
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    This story is highly entertaining and it held my interest throughout. As the publisher's summary provides, Nathan is on the run for his life. Nathan is the underdog (wrongly accused, etc) and I root for children and underdogs, and against scum-bags and greedy relatives. This story is told in a way that's entertaining and suspenseful. As described by one reviewer, Nathan will steal your heart. His grief over the death of his parents and his struggles to survive abuse by the adults in his life, have taught and "schooled" Nathan to the point that he's become "street smart." However, when Nathan's dilemma comes to the attention of "the bitch", a radio host, he stole her heart and all of her listeners' heart as well.... the tide begins to slowly turn in Nathan favor.

    George Guidall's outstanding performance brought the story and characters to life. A great read. Highly Recommend.....

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Found Money

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Grippando, Mim E. Rivas
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Single mother Amy Parkens feels trapped by a boring job, low pay, and no time for her young daughter. But that's before $200,000 in cold, hard cash arrives in an unmarked box. Desperately needing the money, Amy fears a setup or a connection to her mother's suicide 20 years earlier. So she sets out to find the source.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave... "
    "Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave... "
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    Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave... When We First Practice to Deceive...

    This story explores the intricate web of cause and effect of unexpected "found" money. As moral and ethical questions of who and why are explored, this story takes many unexpected twists and turns as desperate answers are sought. As the story develops, several surprising yet supporting back stories are exposed and detailed.

    As the publisher's summary synopsis states, $200,000 in cold, hard cash lands in Amy's lap unexpectedly at a time when she desperately needs it. But Amy is concerned about ethical issues related to the money... Is it some kind of setup? Should she keep the money? Ryan is in a similar boat because he and his sister inherited millions of dollars from their deceased-middle-class father. Where did it come from? ... extortion, robbery, or some other terrible crime he had committed? Ryan's remembrance of his father becomes tangled. Did his father have a dark past which nobody in the family knew anything about? Did he deceive his entire family?

    Narrator George Guidall is a masterful narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lies She Told

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cate Holahan
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (920)

    Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

    shelley says: "Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,."
    "Blurred Lines Between Dual Storylines... "
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    This novel is well-written and the plot is unique and very interesting with dual story lines about two murders with a twist ... very suspenseful and dramatic. However, the setup was a bit slow but once it got going, I was hooked.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. After the setup, it really held my interest. As a matter of fact, I still remember this story very well 3 months later as I write this review. The two stories are so intertwined that it is difficult to give a better description than the publisher's summary.

    Liza Cole wants a baby and she is writing a novel about Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her. People end up dead in the imaginative writings of Liza as well as in her real life.

    The narration was okay. Highly Recommend

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Next of Kin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Tucker
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    A New Year's Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork - and ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killer's victims . Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Ben's life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan?

    shelley says: "Great Excellent Loved It - Just Get It"
    "A Good Detective Mystery"
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    I enjoyed this novel... over the past several months, I've struggled to find an engaging novel. I was starting to think that I had burned myself out listening to novels, and, perhaps I needed to go back to virtually reading rather than listening. I was encountering awful narrators. A poor narrator can destroy a good story. This story is engaging with a good storyline and narrator. It doesn't have a lot of useless descriptive fluff.

    The publisher's summary is a good description to get you started because this fast-paced story get going right out of the gate and the narrator's performance helps to pull you in immediately. As the publisher's summary says, this story keeps you guessing but the ending will shock your socks off.

    Of the four Brooks' families, three of the families are slaughtered one after the other, but 10 year old Ben escapes and the killer is after him. Detective Buddy Lock is on the case and soon realizes why these families are being slaughtered and the killer will stop at nothing to kill Ben too. An engaging story....

    Thanks to audible listeners Shelley of Raleigh, NC and Wayne of Matthews, NC, I found this interesting novel. I enjoy their recommendations in the mystery/thriller genre. Christopher Lane is one of my most favorite narrators and he does a superb job with this novel.

    Recommend

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Certain: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (1528)
    Story
    (1525)

    Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she's not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she's sold her first novel, Ella couldn't be more thrilled...until she gets a call that her sister's gone missing.

    cristina says: "The only mystery here is what happened to Mitzner."
    "Sleeping With The Enemy... Murder She Wrote !!"
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    This novel had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out which characters are real life and which are from Charlotte's imagination. You see, Charlotte had sold her first novel which she gave a copy to her sister Ella to read. Very shortly thereafter Charlotte went missing. After Charlotte had been missing a couple of days, Ella decided to read the book. The book contained details that caused Ella to suspect that it was reflective of Charlotte's real-life love affairs which Ella knew nothing about. Ella was hiding her own double life from Charlotte. Which one of Charlotte's lovers could be involved in her disappearance?

    The characters are developed well enough and the three different perspectives provides some insight into what others are thinking which adds to the mystery. Suspend disbelief and enjoy because this is definitely one of Adam Mitzner's best.

    Erin Bennett’s performance is great. Her voice is well suited for this novel and she performs the different characters very well.

    Recommend...

    53 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • The Conviction: David Sloane, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (448)

    Lawyer David Sloane is a desperate parent. His son Jake, still reeling from the loss of his mother in a brutal murder ( Bodily Harm), has spiraled out of control. Sloane needs to reconnect with him - needs to keep him out of jail. So when an old friend suggests a guys-only camping trip, Sloane accepts. Maybe if he and Jake get away they will find needed quality time. Bond. Catch a few fish. But the trip into the remote reaches of California’s Gold Country takes a turn for the worse when Jake and his buddy are caught vandalizing a general store.

    Lia says: "Another Good Installment To The Series"
    "A Fishing Trip Takes A Turn For The Worse"
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    Although this story is a bit too simplistic and contrived in places, it was nevertheless a good "feel good" story when it was all said and done. It's about law enforcement corruption and greed.

    This story has lots of action and suspense. There is more drama outside the court room than inside even though what happened inside the court room left me slack jawed... A real kangaroo court. The bad guys ruled the court room from the judge to the sheriff and others. The victims are teenage boys caught up in this rural California legal system.

    Very nicely narrated by Dan John Miller .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Winterkill: Joe Pickett, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1173)

    In the third adventure in C. J. Box’s engrossing series, Joe Pickett finds himself at the center of a confrontation between a special investigative team and a group of government-hating survivalists camped out on federal land. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Joe lays his life on the line to protect an innocent girl before a wave of violence surges over the Bighorn Mountains.

    Vickie Oakley says: "I can not seem to put it down!"
    "A Government-Hating Survivalists Group"
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    This is one of those stories that left me feeling empty. I can't declare that I enjoyed the story nor can I declare that I hated it. The characters are realistically drawn and the story was fitting to the circumstances. However, after finishing the story, I felt that something was missing, or incomplete. Or maybe the story was just not my cup of tea. I've listened to and liked other CJ Box stories but this one fell flat for me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Burnout: Jessie Black Legal Thriller Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Larry A. Winters
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Jessie Black's successful prosecution of a serial murderer and rapist put her on the path to stardom at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Public defender Jack Ackerman represented the opposition, and his spectacular public breakdown after the trial put him in a mental institution and gave Frank Ramsey a second chance at freedom. When Ramsey petitions the court for a new trial with a claim that Ackerman was ineffective, Black must step up to defend him.

    shelley says: "EXCELLENT Court Room/Legal Thriller"
    "Buyer Beware ... Nothing Is As It Seems!"
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    The publisher's summary provides a good synopsis of this story about murder and deception. The courtroom drama along with complicated relationships adds to the plot and mystery of this gripping story of intrigue. This is a good, fast-paced legal thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. I couldn't tell who the real villain was. I thoroughly enjoyed this story... hard to put down! Recommend.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Pratt
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (439)

    Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn't commit. He's rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there's no outrunning it.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Justice Has A New Name - Don't Mess With My Mama!!"
    "Justice Has A New Name - Don't Mess With My Mama!!"
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    This is a great story. Darren Street has been to hell and back. He has spent two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn't commit. Now he's trying to put his life back together when his mother is killed in an explosion, the police believed but Street knew that he was the intended target. Street began to lose his grip on reality and decided to take matters into his own hands. Nothing including the law will stop him from extracting revenge. Payback is a bitch, and Street is the new sheriff in town. Darren Street is a force to be reckoned with!! A good fast-paced read.

    The publisher's summary is a good synopsis of this story which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was really afraid that Street had lost his grip on reality, and had crossed over into the dark side forever. Had a decent guy turned into a psychotic killer? I hope there is another story in this series.

    Narrator James Patrick Cronin does a good job.

    Highly Recommend.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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