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shelley

Raleigh, NC | Member Since 2010

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  • Redemption Games: John Rain, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    After nearly dying while taking out a target in Hong Kong, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a "problem" in Manila. He also has a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol'-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. And he has a new hope: that by using his talents for something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain's conscience causes him to botch the Manila hit, he finds out the next problem the Mossad wants fixed is himself. Is Delilah, his Mossad lover, coming to help him? Or was she sent to finish him off?

    shelley says: "REDEMPTION GAMES redeems John Rain series"
    "REDEMPTION GAMES redeems John Rain series"
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    What did you love best about Redemption Games?

    I've tried the John Rain books before and wasn't a big fan, but then I tried the Ben Treven series and wanted more (there are only two so far). So, I went back to John Rain now that Barry Eisler is narrating them - WOW! What a difference. I'm now on a marathon and Love this series. I guess the reader really does make all the difference. This was such a good book. Great story, easy to follow and fast paced. Can't get over the difference, last Rain book I listened to I thought was boring, I'm relistening now and want them all.


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

    Barry Eisler narrates wonderfully. He did a smart thing reading his own works. I can't believe these are the same books. Five star listening material!


    1 of 1 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
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    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.

    4 of 5 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
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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
  • Soft Targets: A Jonathan Grave Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Four children's lives hang in the balance. A vicious criminal is on the loose. With law enforcement at a dead end, there's only one man who can recover the hostages: Jonathan Grave.

    FBI Special Agent Irene Rivers is horrified to learn that because of mistakes made by agents under her command, a murderer and child molester will walk free. When Irene's own daughters become the monster's next targets, she reaches out in desperation to an elite Special Forces operator.

    shelley says: "Well written, fast paced Jonathan Graves novella"
    "Well written, fast paced Jonathan Graves novella"
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    Would you listen to Soft Targets again? Why?

    Probably if I didn't have anything else lined up or needed something short while I was waiting for a release.


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

    Yes and no. When the story began the listener can kind of predict how it's going to end however it the getting there that does throw some twists into this story.


    What about Basil Sands’s performance did you like?

    Basil Sands is perfect for this story line. I had never listened to him before the Graves series but now think of Jonathan Graves as soon as I hear his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good novella. It gives some background information on the relationship between Graves, Dom, Irene and Boxers. It also shows why Irene/Wolverine calls on Graves and allows or encourages him to do what he does even when it doesn't always comply with the law. But, he's "on the side of the angels"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • End Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Assassins have eliminated a Chechen scientist who's been working as a double agent for the U.S. government. The feds know who to call: Jonathan Grave and his elite rescue team. Their mission: Find the dead man's teenage son, who's on the run - and off the grid - with crucial information that must not fall into the wrong hands. There's one problem: The boy's bodyguard is a security specialist with unusual talents, and she's not giving up without a fight.

    shelley says: "End Game - Best In the Graves series"
    "End Game - Best In the Graves series"
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    Where does End Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one would be in my top half. With about 500 books in my library so far it is hard to place any single book.


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

    I really like Basil Sands reading the Jonathan Graves books, much better then the narrator who reads the first two of the series. His cadence when reading is perfect for the character.


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

    Yes! I listened to it in One Day!


    Any additional comments?

    I think John Gilstrap did a Great job with this book. His writing style has really evolved since his first book and he has brought so much more personality to his characters. In this book Boxer has become more vocal, he reminds me now of Dox from the John Rain series by Eisler. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone but if you're on the fence about this book, get off the fence and get the book! I personally think it is the best one in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Safe House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Brian O'Neill, Graham Winton
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    New York Times best-selling author Linwood Barclay delivers an electrifying novel of suspense in which a family’s troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.… Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family, who first appeared in No Time for Goodbye, experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible.

    shelley says: "Linwood Barclay has done it again - 5 Star Review"
    "Linwood Barclay has done it again - 5 Star Review"
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    What made the experience of listening to No Safe House the most enjoyable?

    Partly because I think this is the first sequel I've seen to any of Linwood Barclay's books and I'm familiar with the characters of a previous EXCELLENT book.


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

    Yes and I can't say how or it might ruin it for the next listener. All I can say is if you listened to No Time For Goodbye (and really liked it) then you will Love this one. If you haven't read the previous then this is still a good stand alone.


    What does Brian O'Neill and Graham Winton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They did a Great narrating job together. Voices complimented the other and having 2 made a distinction between opposing characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. I've been looking forward to Linwood Barclay writing another since his las (Tap on the Window) and this did not disappoint. I've listened to everything he's done on Audible a this one does not disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppetmasters

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By K. D. Lamb
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Caught in the web of ruthless international forces, Kendall Radcliffe is kidnapped and taken to Afghanistan. Why was she singled out, and what does it have to do with corporate espionage, NSA surveillance, and investigation by the Mossad? Secrets will be revealed, and much blood will be shed. Governments will fall, and some will be fleeing for their lives. Who is the enemy, and who has betrayed whom? Who siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars of ill-gotten gains?

    shelley says: "Good story, not much suspense"
    "Good story, not much suspense"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not a lot of edge of your seat suspense. I think it could have been. Dragged a but in places but still entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Meskimen – was your favorite?

    I think Jim Meskimen did a very good performance. I've never listened to anything he's done before but will certainly look for him in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    This was every well written and researched. At times I felt like I was listening to a cultural/regional book rather then a mystery/espionage. I do think I learned some about the Afghanistan nation and that not a bad thing. I think the narrator did an excellent job or I may have turned it off. The book sells for $5.95 and for that it is definitely worth the price.!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold Dark Place

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In a secluded farm house in the Pacific Northwest, a family has been slaughtered – and a teenage son has disappeared. Single mother and cop, Emily Kenyon spearheads a dark hunt for a killer. But Emily's teenage daughter Jenna is one step ahead of her...are planted in...Jenna knows the boy suspected of murdering his family and wants to help him – perhaps too much

    shelley says: "A Cold Dark Place deserves better reviews"
    "A Cold Dark Place deserves better reviews"
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    Where does A Cold Dark Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With over 500 audiobooks in my library it would be difficult to place this one. Not at the very top or bottom but somewhere in the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emily Kenyon


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

    Kevin Foley did a great job with this especially since the main character is a woman.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has gotten some poor and mediocre reviews on both Audible and Amazon and I'm not sure why. I actually listened for some of the discrepancies mentioned (blonde hair/brown), only to hear that the girl colored her hair out of a bottle. If people would listen the story may have unfolded with a little more fluidity. I thought this was a really good fast paced book, well written, believable and completed with talented narration. This is worth the credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Time for Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

    S. Johnston says: "I truy enjoyed this book!"
    "No Time for Goodbye gets 5*s all around"
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    Where does No Time for Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have so many books in my library I have a hard time rating them on order but I would say it falls in the top half.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of this book is that it's conclusion is so far off from what you think it's going to be. Good plot with some really good twists and high tension.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Christopher Lane did a great job on all


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

    Not extreme but melancholy. Linwood Barclay tends to put these zingers in at the very end and the last maybe 4 - 5 minutes get you every time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good listen. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The first part of the book starts out with the disappearance of a family minus the daughter. Her life is spent looking for them and wondering why they just up and moved with out her. I thought it was a little hokey but then as people started to get involved in the hunt for the family they started getting murdered and then it just kept getting better and better with one heck of a conclusion that will knock your socks off. It's worth the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "Those Who Wish Me Dead - Wish it was Longer"
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    What did you love best about Those Who Wish Me Dead?

    This was a really good fast paced adventure packed story. I would have like if it were a little longer. Characters were pretty fleshed out, enough for the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I liked Hannah the best. Her story came out little by little through out the book. As a subplot this was superb.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil this for anyone but I think the scene that touched me the most was towards the end when Hannah sat with Nick on the mountain watching the fire.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending was not what I had expected. The brothers were GREAT the way they played off of each other, a some are not who they seem to be. I don't want to say too much but in my "opinion" this was certainly worth the credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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