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shelley

Raleigh, NC | Member Since 2010

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  • A Lonely Resurrection: John Rain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job - eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself - Rain knows he can't refuse. Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza.

    shelley says: "Better the second time around"
    "Better the second time around"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without a doubt! I have now relistened to all of the John Rain books. I really like this series a lot. I had previously listened to a couple of them by a different narrator and was not to impressed with the books but with Eisler narrating they are fantastic. I can not believe the difference. I had originally found them to drag but I do believe that was due totally to the narrator. These books really move right along at a fast pace. WOW!


    What other book might you compare A Lonely Resurrection to and why?

    The other John Rain books, the Gray Man books (Greaney),Victor the Assassin (Woods) and the El Ray books (Blake).


    What about Barry Eisler’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job narrating. He brings his characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this series now that they have been rereleased with the author narrating. They are at a lower price then they had been previously and are a much better listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Discarded: Jonathan Quinn, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    He thought his final assignment would be simple: Transport a package from Japan to Amsterdam. But for Orlando's mentor, Abraham, the job was not at all like he expected and ended up haunting him. Seven years later, Quinn and Orlando know something is up when Abraham asks for a favor. At his age, he should be sitting on a beach, enjoying his retirement, not working.

    shelley says: "This one is too good to DISCARD :>"
    "This one is too good to DISCARD :>"
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    Would you listen to The Discarded again? Why?

    Yes. This was soooo good. I didn't think Brett Battles could top The ENRAGED but I think he has at least written it's equal. I've relistened to Allthe others so will do the same with this one.


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

    Oh Yes! And you are on the edge until the very end.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All! Silly question, Scott Brick is one of my two favorite narrators, so as always he read the book perfectly. Thank You.


    Any additional comments?

    As I have found with All the Jonathan Quinn books this one takes off within the first few minutes and then it proves to be a wild ride right up to the end. There is a little 4 year old girl who Orlando's mentor transported 7 years earlier and her fate has bothered Abraham since. It takes the entire book (almost) before you find out who, what, when, where, how and why. But oh the journey to get there keeps your heart tripping along. I turned this on this morning and have not turned it off once today, I had to get to the end. I only wish it were longer but then I would have just stayed up all night. This is just good. There is some great character development in here, the continuing relationships develope further, some really funny bantering between Nate and Jonathan and some unknown background (Daeng sp?) is revealed. Well written and I hope it doesn't take too long for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victim Six

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Terry Rose
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    The bodies are found in towns and cities around Puget Sound. The young women who are the victims had nothing in common... except the agony of their final moments. But somebody carefully chose them to stalk, capture, and torture - a depraved killer whose cunning is matched only by the depth of his bloodlust. But the dying has only just begun. And the next victim will be the most shocking of all.

    Julie Jones says: "Very disappointed"
    "Not sure why the low ratings-my opinion differs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With out a doubt. I thought it was such a good book.


    Which character – as performed by Terry Rose – was your favorite?

    I thought he did a Great job with the whole book. His portrayal of the one Canadian father was a little Over the top but other then that I thought it was excellent. His narration of the male antagonist was Perfect! I will listen to other books narrated by him.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book. Yes, the listener knows who the culprits are almost right from the beginning but I thought that added to the suspense. I did mot think this was predictable in any way and each time a new victim was taken i found myself hoping that one would get away. Each was different but likable. You listen to the gruesome details and the next scene depicts them interacting "normally", taking their child to school and talking to family (who just so happens to be the reporter covering the murders). The conclusion leaves you with a foreboding feeling that makes you want to write in one more chapter and give it a happy ending. This does not in anyway spoil the book, very good and I will definitely purchase the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Kill: Jim Brodie, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Barry Lancet
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Fresh off his involvement in solving San Francisco's Japantown murders, antiques dealer Jim Brodie had returned to Tokyo for some R&R, and to hunt down a rare ink painting by the legendary Japanese Zen master Sengai for one of his clients - not to take on another case with his late father's P.I. firm. But out of respect for the old soldier, Brodie agrees to provide a security detail, thinking it'll be an easy job and end when the man comes to his senses. Instead, an unexpected, brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew, sending them deep into the realm of the Triads.

    shelley says: "Tokyo Kill is a 5 Star WOW"
    "Tokyo Kill is a 5 Star WOW"
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    Would you listen to Tokyo Kill again? Why?

    Probably. There is so much going on with no lulls that if you're not paying attention you can easily miss something.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick narrated flawlessly. Since he is one of my two favorite narrators my opinion is slightly biased.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a thrilling book! It's like reading something by Eisler and Berry with a little Russell Blake thrown in for fun. You have these murders committed by this gang of bad guys trying to make it look like another gang who are trying to make it look like someone else altogether? Then there are these bad guys who maybe aren't so bad, or maybe they're the good ones? Don't forget the good guys, or are they? Or is there a woman behind it all? I wouldn't want to spoil this work for anyone but of you're reading my review get the book, Audible has a guarantee but if you're anything like me you will not need it, this is one book worthy of your time and credit. I just can't say enough, take my word, get the book and please leave me some kind of feedback so I know if other people liked it as much as I do. Right now I'm off to get the first in the series and can't wait for the next.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Game of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Perini
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Brilliant kids from all over the country are disappearing - but no one knows why. Until now. In the cockpit, Search and Rescue pilot Deb Lansing is in control: her flight, her rules. But after the suspicious disappearance of her supersmart younger sister, she knows this is one rescue mission she can’t fly solo. She needs help. She needs Gabe Montgomery.

    Trish says: "Another wonderful read.."
    "Game of Fear is Eerily Believable!"
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    Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to Todd Haberkorn before. I thought he did a very good job narrating this book. Although he is not my favorite I would listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I don't want to spill too much but will try to tell some. So we have terrorists right here in the US kidnapping genius teenagers to hack into NSA and other govt agencies and personal pc's belonging to politicians who wield power to use at a later date for bribery and other purposes. The teens that don't cooperate end up buried in the desert somewhere. There are some minor conflicts and a romance going on in the background but these do not overshadow the main plot. I thought it was a very good and believable book, certainly worth your time and WOW, I don't know why but it was all of $4.89!!!! Great deal!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jet - Justice: Jet, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Justice continues the saga of the former Mossad operative as she battles to survive in a world intent on destroying her. From the streets of Argentina to the corridors of power in Moscow, her past continues to haunt her even as she flees it with all her heart.

    shelley says: "The momentum continued with JET VI JUSTICE"
    "The momentum continued with JET VI JUSTICE"
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    Have you listened to any of Braden Wright’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Braden Wright does a great job narrating the Jet books. I have not listened to him narrate anything else but his voice is the voice of Jet. He is very believable even portraying a woman.


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

    Yes I did exactly that!


    Any additional comments?

    Another fast paced wild ride of a book from Russell Blake. This is light reading (listening) but extremely entertaining. Jet and Matt's past continue to haunt them but this wonder couple can bring their foes down by the dozens and remain on top and intact with few wounds, broken bones and bruises. Amazing! Seriously, it is worth the credit and I RECOMMEND IT :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Tomorrow: Victor the Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

    shelley says: "Victor is still the top Assassin!"
    "Victor is still the top Assassin!"
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    Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really like Rob Shapiro doing Victor. I have looked for other books but he doesn't have many. Would like to see him narrating more mysteries and suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good Victor book. It is fast paced with plenty of heart pounding edge of your seat moments through out the story. I was a little disappointed that it didn't pick up where the last book left off but this was a complete story on its own. The book goes full circle from beginning to end, I won't say how because I don't want to spoil it for anyone but the conclusion leaves your jaw dropped. I actually had to go back and listen to it a second time not sure I had heard it correctly. So now the door is open for a follow up to either book 3 or 4, or maybe Tom Wood will figure outhow to pull them all together, either way I am looking forward to the next This book is worth your time and credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (301)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Jack Reacher aka Sherlock Homeless: I Love It!!"
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    What did you love best about Personal?

    I thought this was a typical Reacher book. By that I mean it did NOT disappoint me at all. It's Reacher to the rescue with an unexpected ending.


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

    Dick Hill is Jack Reacher's voice. There are three books in this series that are read by someone else and I really wish Dick Hill would reread these. I for one would purchase them.


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

    Nothing extreme but I think there were some really good one liners that did make me laugh through out the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why this book has gotten some poor reviews but I thought it was great. This is probably my favorite series and I'm already waiting for the next. I think people have to remember that he was "born" in 1961, making him 53. Unless Lee Child does a flashback book you can't expect him to perform like he was 36 again and still be believable. I really liked the story line and the ending was so unexpected. As in a few previous books the ending throws you for a loop. Everything is getting wrapped up, there's maybe 15 minutes left and you find out that what you believed was the conclusion was not and the real antagonist was the last person you would have guessed. I am happy with my purchase and I'm sure I will listen to it again.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Equalizer

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Sloan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

    shelley says: "THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!"
    "THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!"
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    Would you listen to The Equalizer again? Why?

    Oh yes! This was such a good book. Long (which I like), very detail orientated (but not overly with trivial filler), great characters and an Excellent lead in to a new series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert McAll. He has such a colorful history that would make a normal man bitter and hostile but he has turned his emotions to humanitarian characteristics with a twist.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    His performance was five star worthy.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Michael Sloan's style if writing. I though it was very much in the style of Robert Ludlum. I thought the book kept the pace up with out any lulls. The story unfolds in present and flashbacks that are clearly defined and easily followed. I think the publishers intro to "The Equalizer" is a little misleading because that title doesn't come into play until the last chapter or three! The entire story leading up to the title is how Robert McAll gets to that point. Don't get me wrong, it's a Great Journey and certainly worth the read/listen and credit!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

    shelley says: "Much better unabridged"
    "Much better unabridged"
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    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    I prefer Dick Hill for the Greg Iles books but this narrator is much better then the one who read Natchez Burning!


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a good book that deserves to be listened to in it's full unabridged length. There are so many plot twists and great characters to fill the 20 hours of listening time. This book also fills in background on the characters for the other Penn Cage novels. I highly recommend The Quiet Game.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Obsessed: The Lizzy Gardner Series , Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Desperate for better ratings, radio psychologist Madeline Blair tells her listeners she’s being stalked, unaware that her long-time listener and biggest fan, Seth Brown, will do anything to protect her. When her publicity stunt is revealed, he becomes enraged by her deceit and dangerously unhinged. When her friends mysteriously begin to vanish and damning evidence points to Madeline, she turns to private investigator Lizzy Gardner for help. Lizzy knows her way around a murderer’s mind, after surviving her own horrifying ordeal at the hands of a serial killer years ago.

    shelley says: "Best in the series! GREAT CLIFFHANGER!!!!"
    "Best in the series! GREAT CLIFFHANGER!!!!"
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    Where does Obsessed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was really good and would fall in the top half of my books as opposed to the bottom.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    I thought Kate Rudd did a fine job narrating. Although sometimes a little whiney, I can picture the character she is performing being the same.


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

    OMG the END! I will not say more.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this was the best in the Lizzy Gardner series. Great plot, characters fleshed out, backgrounds filled in and a really twisted seriel killer who is OBSESSED. If you listened to the first 3 in the series and liked them, then there is no reason to even hesitate for a moment. This is certainly worth the $.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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