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  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2882)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2550)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "2nd Best Jack Reacher novel"
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    What did you love best about Never Go Back?

    Great story. Almost as good as Killing Floor - which is my favorite


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher of course!


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

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators. I intentionally search for books he has read and have tried new authors solely because he is the reader.


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

    The end.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait for the next Reacher book, I have enjoyed every one and recommend them to anyone who has never picked up a Lee Child book.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Tree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn't the true leader of the Double Eagles.

    Sharon says: "loved it"
    "WOW!!!! This is an amazing Epic story!!!!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom, Penn, Kaitlin, Walt & Kaiser - they're the good guys. But the story would exist without The Knox family - they're the bad guys.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are quite a few memorable scenes in this book. This is kind of an unfair question because I can't answer without spoiling it for someone who hasn't read it. I think the most memorable for me is the aftermath of Kaitlin's rescue. Read/listen to the book to find out what.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a good book. I think Greg Iles did an amazing job writing this trilogy. His recreation of JFKs assassination is truly brilliant. He has woven in the Knox family's involvement, Tom Cage's eventual knowledge and coerced unknown participation until after the fact. Tom's "white" lies he tells his wife Peggy to protect her from the truth. Penn's disillusionment of his father who he alway held the highest esteem. I could go on and on but my suggestion is GET THE BOOK! Highly RECOMMENDED. I am looking so forward to part three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeds of Iniquity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J.A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Nelson Hobbs, Kate Reinders, Luke Daniels, and others
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Victor Faust's new Order is growing. Business is good, as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year - but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy. Loved ones whose only ties to Victor's organization are their relationships with its members are abducted.

    shelley says: "There's A New Girl in Town & She's BADDD!!"
    "There's A New Girl in Town & She's BADDD!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Seeds of Iniquity the most enjoyable?

    Good story, really good narration by multiple narrators.


    What other book might you compare Seeds of Iniquity to and why?

    The other books in the "In the Company of Killers"series.


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

    I have only listened to Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders perform the other books in this series. I have listened to Luke Daniels previously but never Nelson Hobbs. I thought they all did a super job. Very believable.


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

    Yes, and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really good addition to the series. I really enjoyed the new character Nora and think she will make a great addition to the organization. I do see a future evolving over time with her and Frederick. I was a little disappointed that he did not play a bigger role in this book but thought the story was excellent with the remaining characters. Quite a few cliff hangers to be picked up in future books. The new mission the proposed at the end of this book? Victor and Nicholas' relationship following devastating revelations? Isabel's training? And more. I truly look forward to the next installment. This is highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Season of Fear: Cab Bolton, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Attractive and popular politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband 10 years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Bolton is assigned to the case.

    Trista says: "awaiting more Cab Bolton"
    "Cab Bolton - brains, looks & $-who can ask 4 more?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Why? Because it happens to be a good book with plenty of suspense and intrigue.


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

    Yes it did. You really don't find out the whole story until the end. There are a few subplots that really could be a story by itself but mixed in to this story's main plot really adds to the twists.


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

    Joe Barrett is an excellent narrator. I first heard him doing Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride novels. Now I look for books that he narrates.


    Any additional comments?

    I have either read or listened to all of Brian Freeman's books and have enjoyed everyone. This character is different then the J Stride novels in that this character has quite a bit if sarcastic humor thrown in where Stride maintains his seriousness. I thoroughly enjoy his style of writing. This book moved right along at a good clip. I didn't find any lulls and that's always a plus. It's been a while since The Bone House and I'm glad to see this character reappear. I certainly hope there will be more of him and Stride. I gave this Five Stars all around and Highly Recommend, it's worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Five US soldiers, tasked with guarding Iraqi prisoners, stand accused of committing depraved atrocities against their charges. Drummond is assigned to defend one of them: a hardscrabble young woman who is either incredibly naive or deceptively evil...and whose incriminating photos made the case an international scandal.

    Kathryn says: "An intelligent and well written novel"
    "I have missed Brian Haig! Glad to have him back..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Night Crew the most enjoyable?

    Brian Haig is such a talented author. His books are so indepth, multifaceted and detail oriented. His books may not always adhere to the comfort level of the masses but his subject plots are realistic and very believable.


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

    I thought Christopher Lane did a fine job. I prefer Scott Brick for Mr. Haig's books but I thought this narrator did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    I have missed this author so much and periodically check his name to see if he has written anything new, always disappointed when there is nothing. This was such a total surprise and I am so glad I found it. I hope that he will be writing again with more frequency. This book touches on some very taboo subjects including incest, torture of prisoners (like what happened at Guantanamo) with some variations. There is also some unrequited love, deviant behavior and murder (and boy does the ending knock your socks off!!). This is one ending I did not see coming. If you have read/listened to any of the Drummond books in the past this one will certainly be a surprise. If you haven't listened to this series before this still makes a fantastic stand alone. Bravo Brian Haig! Can you PLEASE write another one soon?
    Just a note: If you haven't read The Hunted you are really missing a well written extraordinary story that is based on a true story that is so bizarre it read like fiction. One of the best books I have ever read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Signature Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Levien
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A young woman's body is found on a side street in Indianapolis, horrifyingly arranged. Meanwhile Frank Behr, who is down on his luck and virtually broke, takes on a no-win case to locate a single mother's wayward daughter who's been missing for months. Suddenly Behr feels the two cases may be connected, but he is years removed from his life as a legitimate police officer and has few friends left on the force. His relentless focus has always been his greatest strength...and his deepest flaw.

    shelley says: "All I can say is WOW!Where has this author hiding?"
    "All I can say is WOW!Where has this author hiding?"
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    Where does Signature Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With 600+ books in my library this one would be in my top 100 and that's saying a lot.


    What other book might you compare Signature Kill to and why?

    If I didn't know better I would have thought I was listening to a Frank Quinn book by John Lutz who is one of my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a Lutz fan this is a book you will really like. Graphic at times but this is a story with a really good in depth plot. Both the antagonist and protagonist are multilayered with multiple subplots (but not so many that it gets confusing). I also like that you don't know who the killer is until the end. As his story unfolds it is reminiscent of many serial murderers that have been in past headlines and follows his path in life from childhood torture of animals and the adults who missed it but could have put a stop to his escalation into depravity as so often happens in real life. I will definitely go back and get the other three books in this series. I Highly RECOMMEND this book! This one is truly worthy of your credit. If you are anything like me you guard these closely, this one is worth it...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JET VII: Sanctuary, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    JET VII picks up where JET VI left off. Jet, Matt, and Hannah on the run, trying to evade enemies from their past who are determined to exterminate them.

    shelley says: "Fun Fast Paced & Plenty of Action"
    "Fun Fast Paced & Plenty of Action"
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    What about Braden Wright’s performance did you like?

    Braden Wright does a fantastic job with the Jet books especially considering that the main protagonist in these books is a female. He does a very believable performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed ALL of the Jet books. This one like the others is fast paced and full of action. My only gripe is that they are not long enough. Jet is like a cross between The Gray Man and Wonder Woman, this book we learn that she is certified to fly a helicopter and can perform some pretty amazing stunts with it even though it's been years and she was unsure of her skills. Ok, it requires a little suspension of common sense but it you're looking for some exciting and thrilling entertainment then you've come to the right place. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Hankins
    • Narrated By Bon Shaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it. In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."

    shelley says: "Fast paced, very entertaining"
    "Fast paced, very entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shady Cross the most enjoyable?

    This is a good fast paced book. Nonstop bad luck the whole way through.


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

    Yes it certainly did! This book moves right along starting from probably the first 10 minutes or so and doesn't stop the whole way through.


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

    Surprisingly I did! For most of the story I did not, I found some of it to be a little far fetched. How much and how many things can happen to one man in a day? This guy just went from one situation to another. Like I said, it was entertaining. Anyway back to the question. The final scene did give me such a melancholy feeling, I was so surprised! I love when a book has a great ending...


    Any additional comments?

    If you're on the fence- get the book. It is a little different then the typical rainy day nothing to read, short on attention span book in that our hero isn't such a hero but a rather shady character himself and at times not too likable. He is shockingly redeemable giving it this memorable ending.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Within

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeff Gunhus
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Serial killer Arnie Milhouse may be ready to end his thirteen-year killing spree, but he wants one last victim before leaving Annapolis - and the sexy new photographer in town promises to be his most satisfying score yet. He develops plans to seduce the mysterious Allison by luring her out to sea aboard his luxury catamaran for a secluded weekend he won't forget...and one she won't survive.

    shelley says: "If you like Mary Higgins Clark this is for you"
    "If you like Mary Higgins Clark this is for you"
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    What other book might you compare Killer Within to and why?

    If I didn't know better while listening to this I would swear this sounded like a Mary Higgins Clark book. Good, fast paced with no down time, slightly predictable but thrilling just the same.


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

    Joyce Bean did a very good job narrating this book. With her repertoire of voices the characters are easily distinguishable, including the male voices.


    Any additional comments?

    You know who the killer is from the beginning but there are a few scenes and characters you know are making some really bad choices setting themselves up as the perfect victim. With trepidation they walk right into a trap. Some of them you really want to survive. The book does require some suspension of common sense as far as law enforcement procedurals go but this is fiction and is entertaining, definitely worth the price. I would recommend this and will probably read more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Dead: Lizzy Gardner, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By T.R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Life for private investigator Lizzy Gardner will never be the same. It's been three weeks since her fiancé Jared, was shot on what was supposed to be their wedding day. He's in a coma now, and Lizzy is being forced to make a decision she might not be able to live with. But a string of deaths has forced her to get back to work. While they appear to be unrelated accidents at first glance, a closer look shows they all have something in common.

    fxtrtr says: "Another great addition to a suspenseful series"
    "Multiple story lines, fast easy read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a pretty good easy book to listen to. Fast paced with multiple concurrent stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Almost Dead?

    In the beginning of the book you find out what happened to Jarred (I won't spoil this) but it left me wondering throughout the book how it would conclude.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd has read all of the Lizzy Gardner books and for me anyway she is her voice. I think she did a fine job.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was very good and suspenseful. I like that the pace was consistent through out the book. I think I liked the last book a little better but that might be because this one was a little sad at times. I think I can see where the author is going with the next story or possibly the one after and am curious to find out if I'm right. I think Lizzy is going to get involved with the detective she always seems to butt heads with but I guess I'll have to wait to find out. I also liked that Haley and Kitally's characters were developed even more and that they are developing their own story lines. Certainly worth the price! I recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatally Bound: McRyan Mystery Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Roger Stelljes
    • Narrated By Johnny Peppers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A brilliant, methodical, and vicious killer is on a mission leaving a trail of women's bodies behind with little or no evidence. The hunt for the killer will put Mac McRyan and Dara Wire in harm's way testing their partnership, resolve and endurance like never before.

    Heather says: "I don't want them to end!"
    "I sure hope there is more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fatally Bound the most enjoyable?

    This was just a very good book. Excellent story. Unlikable antagonist with a mission I think anyone can relate to if in the same situation (which I won't spoil). So even though I didn't like him I did find myself wanting him to complete his mission.


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

    The only other books I have listened to Johnny Peppers narrate are the other books in this series and I think he does a fine job.


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

    YES! But I couldn't so it took me two days.


    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY enjoyed this book. What is nice about this series is that they can be listened to as stand alone books. I listened out of order and enough of the previous books are covered so that the listener doesn't feel like something is missing. I think of all this one was the best of the series. There is much more character development as compared to the others where there was a good story but not much personality given to the main characters. This book was fast paced, high tension with very little down time. The end is very satisfying and you feel like every now and then there is justice even if only in a book! I highly recommend this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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