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shelley

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  • The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (351)

    Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

    shelley says: "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent Ones the most enjoyable?

    This was a very good fast paced listen. Two stories going on at once that converge about midway through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my 4th consecutive RGB book, I think I'm hooked. This is a really good story, no supernatural in this one but plenty of action and deceit. A few surprises towards the end (I've noticed this author likes doing this). The kind of ending that leaves you with a slack jaw and that's just when you think you have it all figured out. As always Scott Brick gave a fantastic performance.

    26 of 28 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
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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.

    JMV says: "Almost"
    "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
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    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.

    shelley says: "I sure hope there is more!"
    "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
  • Deadly Stillwater: McRyan Mystery Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Roger Stelljes
    • Narrated By Johnny Peppers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department. The ruggedly handsome Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a complicated brazen daytime kidnapping, a media storm surrounding the case, and political scrutiny. It is a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department.

    shelley says: "Betrayal Retaliation Money & Revenge"
    "Betrayal Retaliation Money & Revenge"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deadly Stillwater the most enjoyable?

    New author (to me), old concept with a new twist. Great characters. Totally took me by surprise.


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

    This is the first time I've listened to Johnny Peppers. I thought he did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a totally unexpected surprise. It was on a list of books that I might like based on previous purchases. I usually ignore those because I rarely find anything I like with their suggestions. So this one turned out to be a real page turner. It has Feds gone bad, one is blackmailed by another who served prison time for stealing evidence and selling it. Others antaganists who feel the justice system has done them and their family wrong, and the there is the protagonist (Mac) and his team of Super Cops trying to save the lives of two kidnapped college students who have been buried alive, one who is a diabetic. You know the kidnappers have no intention of letting them go. Wow, this story is put together! Lots of clues along the way, it's a race right up to the last chapter. I really enjoyed this and Highly Recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Einstein Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Working in secret, an acclaimed group of scientists has developed a radical new approach to modern medicine that could change everything we know about the human body and its limitations. But such knowledge does not come without risk. When their laboratory in Stockholm is attacked, it becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to keep this research from reaching the masses.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "Where does Einstein come in to this?"
    "Action,humor&great story Thank You Chris Kuzneski!"
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    Would you listen to The Einstein Pursuit again? Why?

    Maybe if I didn't have a new book waiting to be read/listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was just a really good story! The premise is one that I don't think I've come across before in this context. Secret research facility, kidnapped scientists, can't say anymore or I'll give too much away.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    There was nothing about Dick Hill's performance not to like, he's one of the BEST (according to me).


    Any additional comments?

    Chris Kuzneski has just released three books in the Payne & Jones series that are all FIVE STAR books. Each has a unique story line and can be read as part of the series or as stand alones. These are the best of the series. Really good complex multilayered plots, plenty of action and some background history between the two protagonists is filled in along with some of Payne's personal history. He learned that his father was responsible for some financial backing of medical breakthroughs and had known some very impressive/important people. Again I don't want to give names because I don't want to spoil this for anyone. I highly recommend all three, they are worth the credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Crown

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    King Ludwig II ruled Bavaria for 22 years, commissioning extravagant castles throughout his homeland and exhibiting such bizarre behavior that he was eventually declared insane. According to legend, Ludwig had stockpiled a massive cache of gold and jewels that would finance the construction of the largest castle of all time. But in the years since the king's mysterious death, no one has found any evidence of such a trove. Until now.

    Vivian says: "Reader is Santa Clause"
    "Action Packed Global Adventure - Great Series!"
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    Where does The Secret Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have over 500 books in my Audible library so that would be a hard question BUT I would have to say this is defiantly in the top 1/3 of my favorites.


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

    Oh yes. It begins with a phone call to Payne from an acquaintance saying that he believes a friend of his (Pieter Ulster) relative may have been a Nazi sympathizer. This is based on a few trunks containing valuables from that period with the Ulster family crest. Of course this turns out not to be the case but the race is on to find some missing treasure before someone else (a bad guy) does.


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

    Dick Hill brings his impressively talented voices. He is a favorite of mine and I could listen to him all day.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a good book. I thoroughly enjoy Chris Kuzneski's Payne & Jones series. If you like the Primal series or Jonathan Quinn and his bantering with Nate then you will enjoy this book. Kind of paramilitary, fast paced super hero stunts that are not always 100% within the legal parameters but completely exhilarating just the same. Anyway this book has a great ending that brings P. Ulster full circle with his families past. Super book, highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Again: Rizzoli & Isles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (336)

    Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill.

    Susan S. says: "OK story, but narration is not good."
    "Taut 5* on the edge thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I you like a tightly wound thriller this is the book for you!


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    I think Tanya Eby's voice was perfectly suited for Millie. She had that nervous fast paced speach that someone a little too tightly wrapped and coming apart around the edges would speak (at least that's how I would picture them speaking).


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this one more then Gerritson's last. This was a well told story with a believable story line. Well thought out, lots if intricate details with some predictability and a few surprises as well. Some bouncing back and forth in timeline but easy enough to follow (no guessing where they are now). This can be read as a stand alone but it's also nice that she throws in characters and events from previous books. I also enjoyed the descriptive language used when the African Bush is described since this is a place I've never been, I was able to get a clear picture in my head. This was certainly worth the credit! Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing Lines: Gabe Quinn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Keith Houghton
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "Celebrity Cop" Gabe Quinn has quit the LAPD and is chasing his demons pro bono - determined to catch or kill the two serial killers responsible for ruining his life... But when a mutilated body is washed up on a picturesque Florida beach it marks the beginning of the end for Gabe and his sanity. Nothing is quite what it seems and never will be again.What follows is an explosive game of cat and mouse and a death race to save a woman's life from the hands of a madman. This is Gabe's nemesis....

    shelley says: "Absolutely Amazing Super Book!!!!"
    "Absolutely Amazing Super Book!!!!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book picks up where Killing Hope leaves off. Celebrity Detective Gabe Quinn is still looking for the monster who murdered his wife. His tactics are not always on the right side of the law. Of course there are also other shady but colorful characters from Quinn's past who would like to do him harm and threaten to derail his search. I can't spoil this for anyone, you just have to get this.


    What about David Doersch’s performance did you like?

    I personally thought David Doersch did a super job with both books. I think I will always see Gabe Quinn when I hear his voice. My hope is that Keith Houghton doesn't change narrators.


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

    Yes there was but I don't know why Audible even asks this question. I can't answer without giving away the ending...


    Any additional comments?

    This book contains so many high tension mystery/drama/thriller dialogues and settings. I could not stop listening. The protagonist has had so much heartache but is determined to find his wife's killer that when he does the identity will knock your socks off. The person he suspects is not him but his actions will come back to haunt him. He rescues a woman left for dead as well and the scene is again shocking but the epilogue,WOW - what a cliffhanger for the next book in the series. I can't wait! I Highly Recommend this book. If you're reading my review do yourself a favor, don't keep thinking about it, just get it, you won't be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Relic

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The New World, 1545: Vanquished by the Spanish Empire, little remained of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities, a unified legend emerged: Their conquerors possessed a mysterious object, an artifact so powerful - so deadly - that it came to be known as "the Death Relic". Yucatan Peninsula, present day: When Maria Pelati's research team disappears in Mexico, she calls Jonathon Payne and David Jones, who embark on a perilous mission to find the missing archaeologists.

    shelley says: "Payne & Jones + Dick Hill Exceeded my expectations"
    "Payne & Jones + Dick Hill Exceeded my expectations"
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    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill performs them all just great. I really enjoy his multitude of voices, both male and female, his different accents, the whole picture. He is a superb narrator and I search for books he narrates even if I don't know the author.


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

    I hated putting it down when I went to bed but did finish it the second day. So yes, I just needed more hours in the day!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy listening to this series. Kuzneski always mixes some real historical events (documented), some folklore, something biblical though not necessarily religious and some geographical pertaining to the area. Sometimes I find myself taking a break to look something up to find out if it is fact or fiction. Surprisingly many are factual. The story is woven through all of the above to create a nail biting mystery thriller. Everytime you think you know what is going on, you soon find out you don't. No one is quite who they seen to be. It's nice that there are characters returning from previous books giving continuity however this can be listened to as a stand alone. Very good and highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Reckoning: A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mike Lawson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Joe DeMarco always knew that his father, Gino, had a shady job for a local mafioso, but he didn't understand that Gino had been a hit man until he was murdered. Now, nearly 20 years later, one of Gino's former mob associates is dying of lung cancer, and he wants to get something off his chest before retiring to his grave: the truth about Gino's killer. The shocking information, and the powerful position the killer now occupies, sends DeMarco on a mission of revenge with terrible consequences.

    Doc says: "Best in Series"
    "New Mike Lawson/Joe DeMarco Fan"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. This is a good fast paced book with enough suspense to keep you on the edge.


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

    Joe Barrett's performance is Excellent! He brings such life to each of the characters. I thoroughly enjoy listening to his narration of the Joe DeMarco books and don't think I would enjoy them as much if I were reading them myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I have had the first two books in this series in my wish list forever and was on the fence thinking they might be OK. They were Much MORE then OK! I have just finished listening to ALL 9 books in a row! All of the books are Wonderful! I just can't say enough about this series. Each one can be read/listened to as a stand alone, in or out of order but I really enjoyed listening to them as one Very long book :) This one is the last in the series so far but may be the best. After hearing about Joe DeMarco's hit man father in the previous 8 books this one finally details how he became a hit man and why. This book is about who murdered him and why and who he is now and DeMarco's quest to stop the man before he becomes a (more) powerful man then he already is. His internal conflict over avenging his father and becoming the same kind of man his father was is almost palpable. But then Ta Da here come Emma to the rescue. The final assassination scene with the Russian assassin is a jaw dropper. This was one of those scenes I had to mull over just because it made me realize just how gifted of an author Mike Lawson really is. I am impressed and I don't say that too often. I Highly RECOMMEND this book and the previous books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intrusion: A Chris Bruen Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Reece Hirsch
    • Narrated By David deVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When a powerful client summons him for a midnight meeting, lawyer Chris Bruen knows something is very wrong. Zapper, the world's most popular search engine, has been compromised, and its most valuable asset - search algorithms - stolen. The company suspects that this most recent instance in a wave of high-tech crimes originated in China, and that the government itself is behind the systematic theft of US intellectual property.

    spmatl says: "great story. good followup to his first book. "
    "Excellent follow up to The Adversary"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a really good, well written book and an excellent follow up to the previous book in this series - The Adversary. The protagonist Chris Bruen has not had it easy. He begins as a teen hacker whose friend took the blame, becomes an atty and works for the justice dept, wife dies of cancer and he goes into private practice specializing in Internet Security. This is a scenario for which many good story lines can emerge and so far two have! Chris along with his employee/girlfriend/sometimes former hacker find all sorts if trouble (aka jobs) to get into globally. If you are looking for a fast paced believable book - no real super hero stunts- then this is the book for you. I highly recommend this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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