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Will

Newbie to the book listening game. Photojournalist for a local TV Station in New Jersey. Enjoy history, Mysteries & Thrillers.

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  • The Girl Next Door: Carter Ross, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It’s the last place Ross expects to find controversy - which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy’s sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.

    Valerie says: "ANOTHER HIT!!!"
    "Brad Parks is the man."
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    Where does The Girl Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks high personally because I'm a Newark native, and I work for a local TV station in the Newark area so I relate closely to what Brad is writing and the accuracy of the locations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite characters in all of the Carter Ross series for me has been Carters interns, and this is no different.


    Which character – as performed by Macleod Andrews – was your favorite?

    In this story probably Lunky for sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Player: A Carter Ross Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When he hears residents of a Newark neighborhood are getting sick - and even dying - from a strange disease, investigative reporter Carter Ross dives into the story - so deep he comes down with the illness himself. With even more motivation to track down the source of the disease, Carter soon hits upon a nearby construction site.

    Will says: "Love this Character!"
    "Love this Character!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoy the Carter Ross stories, I have listened to them all and sadly will miss them I await the next story. I hope Mr. Parks is writing as I type this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No specific character stood out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forty Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dwayne Alexander Smith
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.

    Jen says: "Exciting Social Conscience Twister"
    "Deep Dark and Disturbing Bizarro world."
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    Where does Forty Acres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks high, It's in my top 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the messages, the history, the irony, and the plot.


    What about Andre Blake’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of giving each character a unique identity. Carver especially.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Cop: Carter Ross, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    As long as Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross turns in his stories on deadline, no one bats an eye if he doesn't wander into the newsroom until 10 or 11 in the morning. So it's an unpleasant surprise when he's awakened at 8:38 by a phone call from his boss, telling him a local policeman was killed and Carter will be covering the story, starting immediately. He's baffled when, hours later, there are still no other reporters at the widow's house. And then he gets another call from his boss: the story's off, the cop committed suicide.

    R. J. Melton says: "WHERE IS MACLEOD ANDREWS?"
    "Carter Ross has a pair for sure"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Previous Carte Ross tales were better, this was a generic version from the three titles that preceded it. Adam Verner although struggled to produce the voices of Tommy, or "T" that I was accustom, did do a decent job.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    In other Carter Ross stories the interns became such a part of the stories, in this installment the intern makes cameo's and although he is a big reason the story steered in the direction it did I really didn't feel attached to him like I did Sweet Thang, or Tommy.


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

    Adam, wasn't terrible, but I was use to Macleod Andrews, and the characters he created, Adam didn't really keep that consistent, that said I think he was great.


    Do you think The Good Cop needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could sequel off, because the investigation was left unclear, but I would leave it alone, not enough interest to go there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Ben Chase is a war hero, but a reluctant one. He struggles with bitter memories and feels alienated from the culture to which he has returned. When he claims that a psychopath is stalking him, he has by then made such an outsider of himself that no one believes him. He must resurrect the repressed warrior within to save himself and a woman he comes to love. Heroes need monsters to slay, and they can always find them - within if not without.

    Michael says: "Past Imperfect"
    "Interesting, dark, and disturbing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a listen that kept me involved with the character. Chase clearly was dealing with demons, and his actions specifically at the end was a moment I didn't see coming.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure, nothing to really change.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Yes, Nick's performance was great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, the racist related component extracted an emotion out of me, the end really surprised me, I was caught off guard.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Lotus

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By K'wan
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Detective James Wolf earned the nickname Lone Wolf from his inability to work with a partner. He's a hard cop who doesn't mind bending the rules to the breaking point to make a case, which is why Internal Affairs is digging in his backyard, looking for buried bones. People are starting to wonder which side of the law the Lone Wolf really hunts for. With his career hanging by a thread, he needs a major show of good faith to stay employed and out of prison. That's when he gets the call....

    Nevada says: "On your toes"
    "Decent listen."
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    Would you try another book from K'wan and/or Cary Hite?

    I may, this was ok, I appreciated the story, but it felt like there were too many moving parts.


    Would you recommend Black Lotus to your friends? Why or why not?

    depends on the person.


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    Yes it was good.


    Was Black Lotus worth the listening time?

    in retrospect yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of the Innocent: Carter Ross, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is back, and reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey: a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the papers newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as Sweet Thang, Carter finds the victims mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about a mortgage rate reset that forced her to work two jobs and leave her young boys without child care. But she's not what she seems....

    Will says: "Great Story, Sweet Thang made it a treat."
    "Great Story, Sweet Thang made it a treat."
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    What did you love best about Eyes of the Innocent?

    Strangely the historic aspect about Newark I didn't know about, some of his side descriptions sent me on a research marathon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eyes of the Innocent?

    Sweet Thang being so naive about Akilah.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Macleod Andrew's owns this character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Carter Ross, Crime Solver.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faces of the Gone: Carter Ross, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims - an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy - came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another.

    Stephanie says: "Fast Paced, Great Narrator"
    "Carter Ross Rocks!"
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    What did you love best about Faces of the Gone?

    The attention to detail. I'm from Newark, and although I reside now in Middlesex County, my current profession ironically for a local TV station, takes me to the very places Carter Ross describes in his travels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated the characters, from Tommy to Tina.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Too many to list. I even applaud how MacLeod gave each character an identity. It was moments I forgot he was Tina or T, or the Director.


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

    Absolutely. My listening is often done while cycling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Death Comes Stealing

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Valerie Wilson Wesley
    • Narrated By Angela Bassett
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Will says: "Angela Bassett did it for me!"
    "Angela Bassett did it for me!"
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    Would you listen to When Death Comes Stealing again? Why?

    This was my first audio book download, being on the road and in the field doesn't provide a reading opportunity, heard about this book, and saw that Angela was narrating. Angela's voice and the character transitions is why I would consider listening to this again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Basel because of his blunt and direct nature, Angela made him real.


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

    Everything! Probably wouldn't have gotten the same experience by just reading myself. I almost felt after the last words she spoke, as if I had just saw a film. I wish she did this more often.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It surprised me, I kind of suspected certain things, but was a bit surprised. July and her lack of compassion made me chuckle, and Basel's Caribbean description of others made me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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