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shelley

Raleigh, NC | Member Since 2010

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  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2314)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2090)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Mark Greaney does it again - Great Book!"
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    Where does Dead Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a really good action suspense novel. I rate it right up there with some of my favorites ie: Reacher, Pendergast, Davenport and Cage.


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

    Yes. Court Gentry can't keep out of danger! The Gray Man books move right along and I usually listen to them in one to two days.


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

    Jay Snyder is The Gray Man! After 4 books I don't think it would sound right if read by anyone else.


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

    The end. When Court "comes home". That's been a running theme through out all of the Gray Man books.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (122)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Hunter says: "Best Puller book yet."
    "David Baldacci doesn't disappoint with THE ESCAPE"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Escape the most enjoyable?

    The ESCAPE is on par or better then the previous John Pullen novels. Fast paced with a really well thought out plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


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

    Yes it certainly did. The entire book I wondered if Robert Pullen would be caught, would he make it to the end in one piece? Alive? Innocent or guilty? Would the woman partnered with John really be on his side or would she turn out to be a traitor? Who's good? Who's not? Sometimes it's not clear but will be.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a really good job. I'm impressed!


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

    Would have liked to but didn't have 15 hours to devote! Ok ok it took me 2 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this and the Will Robie series. I think David Baldacci has written some winners here. This series is action packed, this book in particular has some real twists. I don't like spoilers but I will say there is some good dialogue dealing with Pullen's father who hasn't spoken to Robert since his indictment, great "coercion" scene at the end that turns the tables on the person ultimately responsible for Robert being imprissoned. Highly Recommend by Me!!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Key Death: A Nicholas Colt Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jude Hardin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Nicholas Colt: world-class guitarist with a crippled hand, private investigator with a revoked license. His cash-under-the-table “security consultant” jobs are few and far between, but his crumbling self-confidence finally gets a boost when a young woman with deep pockets comes to him for help. Wanda Taylor has a terminal illness, and she wants to find her biological father before she dies. Unfortunately, Colt soon discovers that the father in question was shot dead two years earlier in Key West. With his client determined to see that justice is served, Colt heads down there with more questions than answers.

    shelley says: "Hardin's Nicholas Colt thrillers r nonstop action"
    "Hardin's Nicholas Colt thrillers r nonstop action"
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    What made the experience of listening to Key Death the most enjoyable?

    Jude Hardin writes fast paced, nonstop action thrillers. His books do require you to suspend a "little" of your common sense but that aside, the ride begins on page one and wraps up with the final sentence, literally.


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

    Oh yeah. There's a madman running around mostly in south Florida murdering people, cutting off the top of their heads, scooping out the brain and super gluing the bone back in place. Whets my appetite!


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

    Dick Hill brings every book he reads to life. He is one of my favorite narrators


    Any additional comments?

    I recently discovered Jude Hardin and have listened to three of his books so far. The books are not too long and for me are great after listening to a long involved complicated book. His books are light and very entertaining. I would not recommend for anyone squeamish about graphic details but otherwise his books are a rollercoaster of listening entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When White Fades to Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Conlan
    • Narrated By Tracy Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    As the pressure mounts, Miami-based FBI Special Agent Daniel Falcone must race to protect the veritable future and freedom of America. A pause-resisting thrill ride, which pits the very best against the very worst of the United States. When White Fades to Black is a provocative, multi-layered and wildy engrossing tale that will captivate, resonate, entertain and haunt, long after the story has been devoured.

    shelley says: "Joe Conlan-my new favorite author!!"
    "Joe Conlan-my new favorite author!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. This is a very complex multi layered plot with multiple key characters. Very very good book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When White Fades to Black?

    There are a few that left me thinking I was glad this was fiction although knowing all the while that the described killings committed by the KKK in this book are only the tip of reality.


    Which character – as performed by Tracy Thibodeaux – was your favorite?

    I thought he did a great job with both this and the previous book (NAMELESS). When reading text his voice sounds like a commentator however when he reads dialogue he does change his style to fit the character.


    Any additional comments?

    Joe Conlan has a unique style. I've listened to both of his books and really like the multiple layered complexities he developes in his stories. In this book the antagonist is a member of the KKK who while on a mission takes time out to commit other murders along the way. He shows how he drags his friends down and is then able to hold things over their heads to enforce their compliance in committing more crime. This author will actually flesh out the victim's lives and their personal struggles before the killing. I don't want to spoil any of this book for anyone but an example of this early on is of a young girl who goes to a church carnival, she almost didn't get to go, found a ride with a friend who got hurt there and had to leave, friends father left her with the local minister whose family died mysteriously (probably a racial murder made to look like an accident). The minister takes the girl to his house for a snack but when he opens the cabinet a bomb goes off killing them both and others in the close vicinity. Anyway I Highly Recommend this book and look forward to his next, I hope Nameless will make another appearance since he was not caught in the 1st book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Will Pendergast & Constance ever get together?"
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    Where does Blue Labyrinth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not a fair question, I have A Lot of audiobooks! Well over 500 just on Audible without counting the ones I have on CDs. I will say this one is probably in my top 100. If I had to get rid of most of my books this one would be a keeper - how's that?


    What other book might you compare Blue Labyrinth to and why?

    The only other book I would even attempt to compare it to would be White Fire. Pendergast along with his family and friends are in a class all by themselves. You just don't find 100+ year old women who look like they're in their early 20s, or people who can meditate themselves back in time or, or, or... But the thing with this series is the way it is written the listener (me) never says it's too far fetched but buys into it. I think this says a lot about the authors.


    Any additional comments?

    This was sooo good in my opinion (we all have one!). I just want to know when Pendergast will stop being Constance's guardian and will admit that he loves her as well. I really thought that this would happen in this book, since she has told him of her feelings toward him. In the epilogue after all they went through... Oh well. Maybe one day or maybe not and the writers will just keep the readers wondering. Anyway, I thought it was a great story, I wish I didn't have to wait another WHOLE YEAR for another. Highly recommend this one, it is worth the credit.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Where Serpents Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Terry Naughton, head of Orange County's Crimes Against Youth unit, is the champion of children. Someone calling themselves the Horridus has been abducting children from their beds, dressing them like little angels, and releasing them the next day, the only clue he leaves is a piece of snakeskin tucked into the folds of their gowns. So far he hasn't physically harmed any of them, but as Naughton well knows, it's only a matter of time.

    shelley says: "Where Serpents Lie=Mystery,Suspence,Betrayel&More!"
    "Where Serpents Lie=Mystery,Suspence,Betrayel&More!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did! The thing with this book is, it didn't matter who the kidnapper/murderer was. The question was when and will they catch him and what else bad can happen to our hero in the meanwhile? You learn early in the book that His (Terry Naughton's) 5 year old son died but you don't learn the whole story until maybe the last 2 minutes of the book and then all you can do it sit back and say WOW! How would I react if that was me? Where this author thought this one up amazes me. Not too many books evoke an emotional response from me knowing this is fiction and purely for entertainment but WOW!


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

    Phil Gigante did a fabulous job narrating. So much so that I now want to listen to more of the books he reads. Excellent tones, cadence and inflections.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this one. If you are trying to make a decision between this and something else, get this one! I absolutely loved it and WISH there was a sequel. My next listen which I have already purchased (Silent Joe) is another T J Parker, so glad I finall found him and there's lots of new books for me to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff Tag 9: Nicholas Colt, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jude Hardin
    • Narrated By Cole Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When an affluent young accountant receives a threatening letter - a mandate to come and play an ultraviolent video game called Snuff Tag 9 - he hires rock-star-turned-PI Nicholas Colt to find answers. Colt assumes the letter is a scam, but a four-hundred-pound psychopath known only as Freeze quickly proves him wrong. Freeze, it seems, is populating his version of the game with real people.

    shelley says: "Very Entertaining Fast Paced Thriller"
    "Very Entertaining Fast Paced Thriller"
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    What did you love best about Snuff Tag 9?

    This was fast paced right from page one. Somewhat predictable but very entertaining. The book is on the short side a I just got finished with an 18 hour book and wanted something light that wasn't too involved and this was it - PERFECT!! I will definitely get the rest of this series for in between the heavier more detailed books when I want something but need a mind break.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace. I could see this being made into a movie easily.


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

    Can't say since I didn't read it but I thought Cole Ferguson did a very good job narrating. I found his voice easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommend this if you're looking for fast, light easy to listen to and not to much depth. There are some gruesome scenes so I would not recommend this for the squeamish but otherwise have fun!
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "Not A Drill would have made a great full length"
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    What did you love best about Not a Drill?

    I'm really enjoying where Lee Child is going with Jack Reacher. I like that he doesn't act like he did when he was younger although I am sure he can still take on three or four in a brawl! This is a good story, no show of testosterone but instead Reacher is relaxing, going places he's never been and using the brain Lee gave him for figuring out a pretty good mystery.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Superb! As always. Dick Hill is Jack Reacher.


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

    I did.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Butterfly Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Lowe
    • Narrated By Michael David Axtell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest. College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.

    Jay says: "Better Than Jack Reacher!"
    "Really good story, Super Narator!"
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    Which character – as performed by Michael David Axtell – was your favorite?

    I thought Michael David Axtell did a fantastic performance. His many voices and inflections made it very easy to distinguish between the characters. I did look to see if there were any other books that he narrated but unfortunately there is only one other. I hope to hear more from him in the near future.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought the story line was easy to follow and the plot was certainly realistic. The action started almost immediately and continued right through to the end. No lulls but my heart broke for Luke Palmer, but I can't say why. I also didn't expect two of the other murders. But I can't say why! The protagonist (Sean O'Brien) is very likable, he has his own sad story that makes him a "good" guy. Of course he knows experts, carries all the right medical supplies, can recognize poisoning at a glance even when the MDs can't and shoots as good as any sniper but what kind of a hero would he be without his skills? This was very entertaining and I hope the rest of the series is available on Audible soon. I recommend this one. I got it on sale but it would have been worth a credit had it not been.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Drone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mike Maden
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (41)

    Troy Pearce is the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm that is the best in the world at drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America’s sworn enemies in the War on Terror. But after a decade of clandestine special ops, Pearce opted out. Too many of his friends had been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Now Pearce and his team chose which battles he will take on by deploying his land, sea, and air drones with surgical precision.

    Amanda says: "Where is Maden's next novel?"
    "Drone just seemed to Drone on and on and..."
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    Would you try another book from Mike Maden and/or Jason Culp?

    I have listened to Jason Culp before. He is not in my top 10 favorite narrators but he is not the worst either.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mike Maden? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure. I found myself checking how much more time was left a little too often. I found my mind wandering but had to finish just because.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book because I noticed that a second book in this series was just released and I have had this one in my wish list for a very long time but was hesitant based on some of the reviews I had read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Way Back

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Matthew Klein
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Jimmy thinks he knows about loss, about fear, about paranoia. He should think again. Every time Jimmy Thane has been faced with a crossroad, he's taken the wrong path. But after years of drinking and womanising, he has been given one last chance to save both his career and his marriage - he has seven weeks to transform a failing company. From the moment he enters the building there's something wrong - the place is too quiet, too empty.

    shelley says: "No Way Back - Not the usual who done it"
    "No Way Back - Not the usual who done it"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought this had a really good plot. It's written in a way that the reader (me) thought I was able to predict the outcome with ease. It Appeared to be very much like other books in this genre, different names, different towns, same story. I was wrong.


    What about John Chancer’s performance did you like?

    John Chancer did a great job. Different voices for different characters. Easily distinguishable from one to another. I would certainly listen to him narrating again.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. I found it believable, not too "out there" as some others have suggested. I have read/listened to other books that have much more unbelievable plots and get rave reviews. I did not feel like I had to suspend my common sense. The books end has such a great twist. I won't ruin this for anyone but when listening to this book and pulling for the protagonist keep in mind the antagonist is closer then you realize!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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