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Shoshana Hathaway

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  • Human Resources

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Neil
    • Narrated By Corey M. Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
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    (21)
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    (21)

    Some things are much worse than getting fired. A beautiful business consultant swoops in to rescue a struggling company from financial disaster. She cancels layoffs and dazzles everyone with her killer looks and corporate savvy. Employee, Lonnie Raiford, becomes skeptical when he and the other staff notice inexplicable, over-the-top attention and affection she showers on his best friend, Hugh Berish. As curiosity mounts about the woman's intentions, Lonnie launches a frantic investigation that uncovers her true identity...

    Matthew says: "The long walk down the hall to HR is looming !"
    "A whole new take on the HR Department"
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    Some things are much worse than getting fired. A beautiful business consultant swoops in to rescue a struggling company from financial disaster. She cancels layoffs and dazzles everyone with her killer looks and corporate savvy. Employee, Lonnie Raiford, becomes skeptical when he and the other staff notice inexplicable, over-the-top attention and affection she showers on his best friend, Hugh Berish. As curiosity mounts about the woman's intentions, Lonnie launches a frantic investigation that uncovers her true identity and a secret plan more disturbing than anyone at the company had imagined. Human Resources has been optioned for film or TV adaptation by Mace Neufeld Productions, producers of titles such as The Omen, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Invictus, The Sum of All Fears.

    This is one of the more original mystery/thrillers I’ve read, and I didn’t “get” the nature of the real mystery until it was revealed. Hint: you’ll know who did it almost from the beginning, but that isn’t the *real* mystery.

    The writing is very good. At first I found the story a bit confusing, because, although I’m used to reading stories having more than one POV, usually, these are presented in shorter, alternating chapters. However, once the author tied things together, and I understood how certain characters introduced in the beginning of the book fit in, the book became a fast and fascinating thriller, with a twist that left me breathless.

    The narrator gave a professional an very competent performance, too, so, all in all, this was an absorbing read, and by the last few chapters, one hard to put down, even for a minute.

    I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Breaker: Occult Assassin #3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Massa
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (24)
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    (24)
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    (24)

    In Spirit Breaker, Mark Talon must confront an evil psychic and the terrifying forces of the afterlife in his most heart-pounding adventure yet.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Exciting addition to the series."
    "here be nightmares!"
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    This book consists of 1 novella and 1 short story, both well written, and both with high “scary” factor. In the novella, the author uses paranormal technology to excellent effect, and it adds enormously to the chill factor. While these are certainly not character driven stories, the author develops his important characters, including his villains with enough care to make them interesting. This is especially true of the main characters, and, in both books in this series I’ve read, I was happy to learn more about Mark Talon, which gives me insight into his motivations.

    The paranormal world has been thoroughly mined In fiction, and all too many stories simply retell themes that have become familiar that they have also become clichés. The author has avoided these traps, however, taking some ideas with which we have become familiar, but giving them very creative and unique twists. These stories are best read in broad daylight, preferably with bright sunlight.

    Mr. Foster provides an entirely professional narration, which, as good narrations tend to do, enhances this book admirably.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Michael Gilboe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Back from the dead - and back on the case! Even being murdered doesn't keep a good detective down, and in the Unnatural Quarter - inhabited by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and all sorts of creatures that go bump (or thud!) in the night - a zombie PI fits right in. Dan Chambeaux, aka "Shamble", solves a string of madcap cases with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his firebrand lawyer partner Robin Deyer.

    David says: "Undead Detective lifeless narration"
    "the creatures next door ..."
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    Since I discovered Sookie Stackhouse some years ago, I have come to very much enjoy the lighter touch authors are using to deal with the interaction of unnatural (or “othernaturals?) and humanity in the modern world. In this collection of short stories, we see all sorts of different um, species (for lack of a better description) interacting with humanity as nearly a normal part of everyday life, and the whole subject is treated with humor. The cases are sometimes laugh out loud funny, as are most of the characters, and, while this book doesn’t have a serious bone in its body, it is grand, well written fun.

    Mr. Gilboe provides his usual excellent narration. He uses expression and character voicing to good effect, and his style enhances both the quality and the humor of this lighthearted romp through the world of legends that have come to life, and can now be found at the nearest gourmet coffee shop or mall.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aranya: Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marc Secchia
    • Narrated By Shiromi Arserio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (113)
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    Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "An amazing dragon tale."
    "A wonderful new fantasy realm"
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    I had read and enjoyed the Pygmy Dragon so much that the author very kindly gifted me a copy of this book. I enjoyed it just as much, and for many of the same reasons. First of all, the world building in both books is superb. The author creates his own world, complete with geographic features, civilizations, and history. it all works together to enmesh and then captivate the reader. Yes, one can trace certain inspirations back to the Earth we know, but those inspirations are merely jumping off points, and by the time the author is finished with them, they are creative and entirely his own, fitting perfectly into his world.

    Next, there is the writing, which is vivid and engaging. The author’s use of language is admirable, and he weaves his tale with a light but firm hand.

    I had noticed, before, the deft way the author has with portraying young people, and that definitely carries on in this book as well. His teens are just that, whatever world they live in. they laugh and play (not always at appropriate times), tease one another, and have the same doubts and fears anyone approaching adulthood have, and they deal with them, with a minimum of angst, which I, frankly, appreciate. These young people are far too busy living to dither and agonize, let alone be self indulgent or self absorbed.

    The story is exciting, complicated, filled with lots of action, including some incredible aerael battles, the politics of diplomacy, and yes, romance. This is a marvelous fantasy series, and a delight to revisit through the pages of this book.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Taylor Street File of Red Cin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By JoBe Cerny
    • Narrated By JoBe Cerny
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    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    Frankie Turk and Lola Lahti were suspended for using excessive violence in the pursuit of justice. So they were the perfect detectives to investigate the murder of the husband of a wealthy young widow who owns Chicago's hottest night spot, Club Red. Join Chicago's most interesting crime-fighting couple as they investigate The Taylor Street File of Red Cin.

    Shoshana Hathaway says: "Alternate police force?"
    "Alternate police force?"
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    While I’m not a proponent of vigilante justice, especially not when it has, if even indirectly, the approval and backing of official law enforcement, I did enjoy this book, because the premise was presented and carried out extremely well. The case was maze like in its complexity, but the writer managed to keep everything fairly straight, so that while I was often befuddled, I wasn’t actually confused. Granted I saw the outlines of the resolution before that resolution occurred, but not *how* it would happen.

    One of the things that hooked me and kept me reading was the marvelous character development. Each person in this book is well developed, multi dimensional, and when not sympathetic, interesting. There are some surprise “heroes” here, too, and the 2 main characters are humanly complicated. The writing is excellent. The author has a strong voice, leavened with a dry, often sarcastic sense of humor.

    This is a very enjoyable mystery/adventure, but it also touches on more serious issues, without ever allowing them to overshadow the story.

    I have found, generally, that authors do NOT make good narrators, since writing and narrating require 2 very different skill sets, so my rule of thumb is to avoid books narrated by their authors, usually by several miles. However, every rule must have exceptions to prove it, and the narration provided by the author of this book is just such an exception. The author provided a skilled, expressive narration, with perfect pronunciation and character voicing. In fact, knowing that the author was the narrator, I had to check several times to make sure that was correct. I was, and not only can Mr. Cerny write, but he can narrate, both impeccably!

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from AudioBookBlast dot com.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Nimrod: The Iranian Embassy Siege

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Russell Phillips
    • Narrated By Phillip J Mather
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    On 29 April 1980, British police assured Iran that their embassy was secure. The very next day, terrorists stormed the embassy and took 26 hostages. With the Iranian government willing to let the hostages become martyrs, and the British government only willing to talk if the terrorists surrendered, 26 lives hung in the balance.

    A. Kessel says: "Excellent Narration of an Interesting Event!"
    "Anatomy of an Event"
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    This is a very short book, but it gives a fairly in depth portrayal of what happened during these 6 days, and why it happened. The extreme drama is showcased by the low key objective writing style. The author has gathered, and presents documentation from various sources to excellent effect. He has, in fact, made that documentation an integral part of the story he is telling. This is more than another incident in the history of terrorism, because it shows the first time the British SAS became, essentially public figures, and in their success, viewed live around the world, popular heroes, as well.

    Mr. Mather provided an adequate and professional narration. Though he used expression fairly well, and though his pronunciation was excellent, I was slightly put off by his narrating style for reasons I can’t quite pin down. However, that in no way distracted me from this book.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He Taught Me to Hope: Darcy and the Young Knight's Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By P. O. Dixon
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other? What's more, Darcy has an entanglement of his own--an engagement of a peculiar kind. As dire as their chance for "happily ever after" seems, there is a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them ...

    Jan says: "Interesting version of Pride and Prejudice"
    "a novel of manners from a modern perspective"
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    Over the past few years, I have noticed a number of “fan fiction” works inspired by the brilliant prose of Jane Austin, particularly her Pride And Prejudice. I have been curious to see whether modern writers could approach her writing skill, and just how modern writers would manage novels of manners. While I won’t be visiting this sub-genre much, this book was well written, and retained much of the grace of the original. One thing that I did find interesting, and even endearing was that, even though this story is told from a more modern perspective, it was true to the nature of 19th century novels, in that it was never quite explicit, while still managing to present intimacy, mostly through implication and innuendo.

    The story itself is well told, and kept my interest throughout the book. This was due, in no small part, to very good character development and presentation, especially of the main characters. True, many of the young ladies reminded me of chattering sparrows, and reading about them was more tolerable than having to associate with them (just), but they flitted in and out of the main story so didn’t distract.

    Such novels are a pleasant change from time to time, just as are occasional afternoons spent in ornate tea rooms, enjoying a full English tea with friends.

    The narrator provided a professional narration in all ways, although some of the “sparrows” tended to be indistinguishable.

    I received this book in exchange for this unbiased review from Audiobookblast dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deceitful Moon: Manny Williams Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Murcer
    • Narrated By DJ Holte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Detective Manny Williams and his partner, Sophie Lee, are called to the scene of a disturbing and gruesome murder at Lansing's local adult playhouse, the White Kitty. The circumstances surrounding the murder rocket deeper into the bizarre as the forensic evidence reveals more questions than answers. As he begins his investigation, Manny is interrupted by a phone call that shakes his world. His nemesis, serial killer Dr. Fredrick Argyle, has killed again and sent the evidence to prove it.

    MSEreads says: "Fast paced; suspenseful; good narration."
    "Read one, get 2"
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    This is an extremely well plotted mystery thriller with 2 beautifully constructed mysteries, and vibrant characters. It is the second book in the series (I read the first book some years ago), and, while this book can be read as a standalone novel, I think it best if the reader reads this series in order, because these stories interlock so closely. However, even if you read this one first, I think you will find it absorbing.

    There are 2 sets of villains, and 2 sets of violent crimes that must be solved as quickly as possible, and one set of crimes affects every major character in the book in stunningly surprising ways. The villain who is carried over from the 1st book reminded me of Hannibal Lecter in his viciousness and brilliance. He is a bit less stable, or rather, unstable in very different ways, but his instability in no way impairs his effectiveness. Of such characters nightmares are born!

    There is a fairly large cast of characters to keep track of, and all of them are important, and contribute significantly to the development of the plot. Some are wonderfully sympathetic, and a few are not only that, but charmingly quirky, as well, and the author presents them with verve and compassion. Not only are these people law enforcement professionals, but they are extremely decent, good individuals, as well, and that makes investment on what happens to them on this reader’s part inevitable.

    I do have one quibble with the plot, and seeing it surprised me, because the author is so meticulous in every other detail. When a police officer, of any rank, is either wounded or killed in the line of duty, his family is NOT informed by phone. Officers are sent to her home or wherever she happens to be, she is told personally, and then escorted to the hospital. In addition, the closest waiting room will be packed with other police officers, on or off duty, to provide support to their fallen comrade and his/her family. If the wounded officer is in the ICU and the ICU waiting room cannot accommodate them, they will find the closest available place, and pretty much make it their own.

    Mr. Holte provided a stunning narration, the excellence of which fully complimented this very, very fine book.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of Audiobookblast dot com



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Delayed: The Catherine Janet Walsh Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steve Hallock
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
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    An estranged husband who was a former high school sweetheart. A suitor spurned after a night of boozing and dancing. A secret early-morning lover. These were three of the five viable suspects police were investigating after 23-year-old Catherine Janet Walsh's parents discovered her half-nude body in her bed that Saturday morning of a sultry Labor Day weekend in 1979. But there was not enough evidence to convict any of them.

    Shoshana Hathaway says: "A Really Cold Case"
    "A Really Cold Case"
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    The events of this True Crime book are related carefully, and the reader is guided through this complicated case. In addition, the author provides the background context that make the people interesting, believable and multi-dimensional.

    The book is beautifully documented, too, with extensive transcripts from testimony, police interviews and forensic reports. This documentation adds to the interest, and deepens the understanding of what happened over a very long period of time.

    However, this book is more than the story of a crime. It presents significant information on the science behind the use of DNA evidence in criminal investigation, and also presents some of the issues surrounding this relatively new forensic tool, including political, ethical and moral issues that are being considered, and the potential effects the use of DNA information could have on criminal investigation and prosecution, both positive and negative.

    Although reading some of this material required concentration, which removes this from escape reading, I found this book both interesting and thought provoking, and I was impressed with its meticulous attention to detail.

    Kevin Pierce provided his always superb narration. He reads nonfiction in a low key style, but he is never bland, monotone or lacking in expression. He never dramatizes, but doing so would be inappropriate and distracting in this kind of book, and he always finds, and stays in, just the right “key”.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Road to Revenge: A Stripper's Story: The Garbage Collector Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Justice Gray
    • Narrated By JP Braukus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Cheri was a stripper, when she met her husband, Spike. Spike was a biker and a customer at the strip joint where Cheri worked. She got pregnant soon after they met, and she convinced him to marry her. Cheri quit being a stripper, but Spike didn't quit going to the strip clubs. Their marriage lasted for a few years, but after the son they had together died in a horrible accident, things began to fall apart, and Spike got into gambling, Spike was never the same; things were never the same.

    J and M says: "Didn't quite get it."
    "a nice little lecture on morality"
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    While both the writing and the narration of this book were competent, the characters were one dimensional, shallow, predictable and fairly uninteresting. In addition, there was nothing either original or unique in this plot. In fact, it could have come entirely from any number of TV soap operas.

    This wasn’t a bad book, but neither was it particularly good, because its message was entirely too blatant, its plot elements were too trite and stereotypical, and its characters were too clichéd and one dimensional. Frankly, this book read more like a morals lecture for pre teens than a novel.

    I received this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of Audiobookblast dot Com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tipping Point: Action-Adventure Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Simon Rosser
    • Narrated By Chris MacDonnell
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    When eminent climatologist Dr. Dale Stanton - in the process of studying the Atlantic Ocean's thermohaline circulation - is found dead in his London apartment, environmental lawyer Robert Spire is given the task of administering a large legacy left to global warming organizations. The job is straightforward until a second climatologist, Dr. Jack Bannister, drops dead on the other side of the Atlantic.

    Deedra says: "Tipping Point"
    "Fire and Ice"
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    Although there is plenty of action in this book, murder, mayhem, International conspiracy at its most Byzantine, and semi-natural disasters, this book provides fascinating insight into some crucial issues dealing with the effects of global warming, and what could happen with the melting of Polar ice. While the hero isn’t a law enforcement officer, he also isn’t the usual “innocent who stumbles into danger” either. He has, as we learn early in the book, had over 14 years of Martial Arts training, and, as an environmental lawyer, he is familiar with these issues, as well.

    While eminently instructive, this is high test fiction, and the author weaves fact and story together in ways that make the factual material an integral part of the thriller fiction.

    The narrator gave an extremely professional performance. Though his style is low key, that quiet, sometimes almost casual narration highlights the relentless action and the violence of the conspirators.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of Audiobookblast dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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