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Wayne

Matthews, NC | Member Since 2018

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  • The Black Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (6422)
    Performance
    (5806)
    Story
    (5783)

    Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

    Artkeep says: "GREAT STORY!"
    "Outstanding suspense mystery/thriller!"
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    The Black Book is one of the best James Patterson brand novels I've listened to since Patterson graduated from author to brand. I assume David Ellis authored this book about the Chicago police department and Chicago politics. In any case it is an excellent modern detective novel with wonderful narration. The book was an Audible Daily Deal from January 18, 2018. I'd never pay full price for a James Patterson branded novel.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (13)

    Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right.

    Wayne says: "John Sandford seems to like female antagonists!"
    "John Sandford seems to like female antagonists!"
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    This is the second novel in the 28 book Lucas Davenport series that has him working for the US Marshall Service rather than the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Davenport's family plays a relatively small part. In general I find novels in this series that have larger roles for his physician wife Weather or their adopted college age daughter Letty or their young son Sam are more interesting. Twisted Prey is an outstanding modern detective suspense mystery despite the small roles of Davenport's family. The antagonist is a very clever US senator named Taryn Grant who is a psychopath with presidential ambitions who hires people to kill her enemies and then personally kills the hit men to protect her identity. She is smart enough that even Lucas Davenport is unable to arrest her for her crimes. Richard Ferrone narrates as usual for John Sandford novels. Ferrone is not one of the best at his craft, but he is excellent. I recommend this complex novel for those who like detective suspense mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Clean Shot: Rookie Club Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Danielle Girard
    • Narrated By Rachel Dulude
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Hailey Wyatt's life is finally settling into a sort of normalcy after the tragedy that struck her family. Or it seems that way until an investigation into the homicide of two powerful San Francisco residents is suddenly the center of a media frenzy. Because someone is taking a strong stance against guns... and they're willing to kill to make sure they're heard. The department has a message for Hailey, as well. Solve the case. Quickly. Or else. Worse, the only connection between the victims is a friendship with Hailey's father-in-law.

    Wayne says: "Book 2 in the Rookie Club suspense series"
    "Book 2 in the Rookie Club suspense series"
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    I'm a fan of author Danielle Girard and I wish more of her novels were available in audio. Her Dr. Swartzman police procedural novels are outstanding. I failed to listen to Dead Center, the first book in her Rookie Club series, before One Clean Shot. I'll listen to it soon.

    Narration of this novel is outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Private Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Cynthia St. Aubin
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

     During Jane Avery’s shady childhood, truth was always a moving target. Since then, she’s learned that colorful fictions can clean up a lot of life’s messes - and she learned from the best. Her mother, Alexis Avery, is the most imaginatively duplicitous private eye in Denver. When the mother of invention goes missing, Jane knows that only her acquired skills of deceit can solve the mystery. 

    Wayne says: "I enjoyed this outrageously humorous mystery!"
    "I enjoyed this outrageously humorous mystery!"
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    Private Lies is the first novel in the Jane Avery mystery series. Jane Avery is a recent law school graduate who finished second in her class by 0.3 point only because the young woman who finished first was providing sexual favors for the dean. Jane's mother Alexis is a Denver PI who has a rather unconventional parenting style. Alexis appears only by reference in this novel. Author Cynthia St. Aubin is well known for her paranormal novels, my least favorite fiction genre. The author's style is light and humorous. In this novel she excels at her very creative use of vulgar slang words and terms. Private Lies has an excellent plot and wonderfully vivid characters. I had never listened to a book narrated by Amy Landon who did a great job with Private Lives.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Plea Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Singer
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    “You learn early that you don’t get to prove your case with Boy Scouts and nuns. Yes, convicted felons will say anything to get out of jail, but they also know a lot.” Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals.

    Wayne says: "Worst genre classification error ever!!!"
    "Worst genre classification error ever!!!"
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    Audible classifies The Last Plea Bargain as "religious and inspirational" which it most definitely is not; it's not even close! Come on, Audible, you can do better than this. It is a legal mystery/thriller and it is a darned good one almost earning 5 stars. Assistant DA Jamie Brock faces a dilemma in trying a case. She must decide whether protecting the reputation of her now dead dad who was a famous attorney who she adored is more important than convicting a murderer. Tavia Gilbert does a great job narrating.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Boardwalk Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Avery Duff
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

     With the flawless sky above and the boardwalk below, Robert Worth has set up shop on Venice Beach with an eye on Delfina Famosa, his unexpected first client. A whip-smart homeless kid, Delfina reaches out to Robert to keep her father, Teo, out of trouble. The pair claim to be beneficiaries of the seven-figure Famosa trust, and Delfina wants him to have their backs in court. But in a city of illusions, nothing is what it first appears to be. 

    Wayne says: "Unfit for human consumption!"
    "Unfit for human consumption!"
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    I finished this damned book hoping to find some redeeming quality. Next to espionage thrillers, legal thrillers are my favorite fictional genre. For me The Boardwalk Trust is simply and endlessly boring. In this case it seems to me that narrator James Patrick Cronin has the perfect voice for silent films. I've listened to him before and found him to be excellent. Mine is the first Audible review, but the average of 5 ratings is 3.8 stars. At Amazon the nine reviews average 4.8 stars. At Goodreads 20 ratings average 4.2 stars. Other readers/listeners clearly disagree with my take.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Little Lies: Alex Mercer Thrillers Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stacy Claflin
    • Narrated By Rachel Dulude
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    He's dedicated his life to saving missing persons, but will it be enough to save himself? Alex Mercer traded in his troubled past to protect the powerless. His blog for tracking down missing persons got his foot in the door at the police academy. But on his first day of training, a heroic act drops him into the hands of the captors he once hunted. Zoey planned to tell Alex how she felt the night he disappeared. As she and Alex's family discover the bloody signs of his fate, past regrets and dark secrets begin to come to light. It's enough to tear Alex's loved ones apart.

    shelley says: "Could be a very good series..."
    "Lots of suspense; very satisfying conclusion!"
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    Little Lies, Book 3 in the Alex Mercer thriller series, is an excellent addition. Narration is excellent. I expect Book 4 in the series, Against All Odds, to be released in audio format next month.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Warning Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Ricciardi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
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    (16)

    When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right. What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac's in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems.

    Wayne says: "Espionage thriller with a history!"
    "Espionage thriller with a history!"
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    Warning Light was originally self published by the author and released in paperback format only (no Kindle ebook release!) on June 28, 2014. The novel sold reasonably well considering the format limitation and received rave reviews, but the paperback only release severely limited sales. So this week Random House re-released the book as an original release in multiple formats and with all of the marketing power of the publisher. The marketing included very positive blurbs from Lee Child, Mark Greaney, Alex Berensen, Steve Berry, James Abel, and Grant Blaackwood. They've scheduled an extensive book signing tour with the author and several other famous espionage thriller authors.

    Warning Light is an excellent espionage thriller with a refreshing protagonist in young CIA analyst Zac Miller who finds himself trapped and hunted as a spy in Iran without the ability to speak Farsi. The plot is clever and complex. The Iranian regime is also clever as it sets up Miller to also be hunted by his own and allied agencies after escaping Iran. Jonathan Davis narrates superbly. I highly recommend Warning Light as a action filled and very suspenseful espionage thriller. The hype is justified.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • No Time Left

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (400)

    Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.

    Scott says: "I don't understand how people feel ripped off"
    "Doesn't sound like Baldacci!"
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    This 35 minute gem of a short story was released in 2010. It's a superb little story with great narration. No Time Left was first released in 2010 as an add on to the audio recording of Absolute Power by David Baldacci. Absolute Power was released in 1996 and was Baldacci's first novel, but the audio version was released in 2010. I've read or listened to every book Baldacci has written and No Time Left is not typical of his works.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture in Death: In Death, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3291)
    Performance
    (2599)
    Story
    (2607)

    They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious.

    Wayne says: "Suspense (with sex scenes)!"
    "Suspense (with sex scenes)!"
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    On October 16, 2016 I purchased six books of this 46 book "In Death" series while on sale in case I ever ran out of good novels to listen to. They have sat in my Audible library since. It's time to delve into them beginning with Rapture in Death. My first observation is that this novel is an excellent suspense mystery with superb narration. Protagonist NYC Detective Eve Dallas and her new husband and rogue Irish billionaire Roarke are on the honeymoon strolling in the evening on a French beach as the novel opens when a romantic mood strikes. So the book with sex on the beach, the act not the alcoholic cocktail by that name. During the sex scene a murder with a gun is committed near them. So less than 10 minutes into the novel there is a sex scene and a murder, so the novel starts with two bangs. The sex scene was the first of more than a dozen as the newlyweds act like...newlyweds and the author dutifully reported each in varying degrees emotional and anatomical detail.

    The In Death series is by Nora Roberts using her J. D. Robb nom de plume. The series books are police procedurals set possibly 50 to 100 years in the future. This allows Eve, Roarke, and others to utilize technologies that do not currently exist.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (695)

    Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

    shelley says: "This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!"
    "Baldacci in back with memory man Amos Decker!"
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    Fallen in Book 4 in David Baldacci's super cop Amos Decker series. Both the novel and the narration earn solid 5 star ratings. (Pay no attention to the three early low ratings which were posted before the persons could have listened to the audio novel.) Narration by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy is outstanding although I still prefer Ron McLarty to Brewer for the male voices.

    Fallen is set in the fictional town of Baronville in northwestern Pennsylvania where Amos Decker and his partner Alex Jamison are on vacation visiting Alex's sister and her husband and young daughter. It is no surprise that the economically depressed area is suffering from abuse of opiate drugs and the violent crimes associated with their procurement and distribution. The novel features action, intense suspense, and plot twists. Do not assume you know who the good guys and bad guys are until the end of the novel.

    No author does a better job of developing characters than David Baldacci. All of his six adult series (The Camel Club, King and Maxwell, Amos Decker, John Puller, Will Robie, and A. Shaw) books are standalone, but the first book in a series should be read first to better understand the wonderful protagonist characters. One can never go wrong with a David Baldacci novel! (There are 38 Baldacci books in my Audible library.)

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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