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shelley

Raleigh, NC | Member Since 2010

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  • The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (333)

    The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

    PAR-TEE says: "Time for Rhyme & Amelia to retire..."
    "Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This book is so well written, it's right up there with The Bone Collector and The Cold Moon which are my two favorite Rhyme books. This book brings the shadow of the Bone Collector back and actual conflict between Rhyme and the Watch Maker which is outstanding. The end if this book is one heck of a cliffhanger setting the listener up for the next in the series which I'm sure will be just as good.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Oh yes. Deaver leaves clues all over the place but they are so randomly placed and innocuous that you don't realize they are even clues until Rhyme unearths and points them out as clues. The story is told in a very methodical well thought out way, very complex but none the less easy to follow.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing at all wrong with Edoardo Ballerini's performance. I thought he did a great job. Good inflections and character changes with out over dramatizing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. Of all of Jeffrey Deaver's books this one rates right at the top!

    5 of 6 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
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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
  • Spark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Jacob Underwood is a contract employee of the Special Services Section, a shadow department in the faceless multinational corporation DBG. Jacob is not a businessman...he is a hired assassin...and his job is to neutralize problems deemed unacceptable by the corporation. Jacob is not like other employees, nor is he like other people. Suffering from Cotard's syndrome - a real condition that causes people to believe they are dead - Jacob perceives himself as nothing but a Shell with no emotion...

    D says: "Engaging"
    "Oddly entertaining thriller"
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    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    This was kind of a bizarre book and if it weren't for Scott Brick's narration I probably wouldn't have stuck with it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts out really good but then takes a turn to the bizarre and does drag a bit about 1/2 way through. Stick with it though, it really picks up momentum in the second half and everything starts to make sense. The reason for the protagonist's disorder and why and how he became who he was, betrayal by the most unexpected and how Jake deals with them. But the ending makes this sad story so worth it and ends on a really great cliffhanger with unfinished relationships and personal revelations that makes me believe there will be a sequel. If you're looking for something a little different then this is it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frenzy: Frank Quinn, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Six dead women in a hotel room. Five of them students, still in their teens. Tied up. Tortured. The NYPD recognizes the suspect’s signature - three bloody initials carved into each victim’s forehead. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before. Both bear scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey… In a deadly game of matched wits, only one can prevail. It’s not just about who gets killed. It’s about who will survive.

    Carole says: "Unbelievable --disappointing story line"
    "John Lutz & Scott Brick r a great suspense team"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! This is such a good book. John Lutz writes some very sick characters, they are not for the reader who doesn't like vivid graphic descriptions. But, for people who do his books are so full of nail biting edge of the seat suspense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how this and many of John Lutz books travel back to historic events and create characters who were not just born seriel killers but instead were made over the course of decades.


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

    Scott Brick could read a geography book and make it sound exciting. So I would have to say ALL!


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

    Yes and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't go into detail but I honestly believe this is one of Lutz best works. The story spans a 60 +/- year period. It has a coherent story line that goes from future to past and brings everything together in the end. It is very plausible to see how this seriel killer was made. I highly recommend this book, if you've never read/listened to any of the other Frank Quinn books this can be read as a stand alone but I do enjoy the familiarity with the characters and building the on relationships I am familiar with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Option

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Cady
    • Narrated By Tom Jowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The sequel begins when Matt Fagan, who endangered his life while preventing the suicidal death of 300 cult members, believes that he has just killed his brother, Emmanuel, the insane cult leader. However, Emmanuel is saved from a fiery death by his disciples. Once Emmanuel is nursed back to health, the vindictive leader begins his execution of revenge against Matt and everyone Matt loves.

    shelley says: "Two Book Review Fatal Option & The Handler"
    "Two Book Review Fatal Option & The Handler"
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    What other book might you compare Fatal Option to and why?

    Since this is a sequel to The Handler, I will answer this question to the Handler. That book is very reminiscent of real life Jonestown or Waco or any of the other cults that use religion, intimidation and abuse to first recruit and then to keep their followers. This book continues that story but is a little more fiction then reality.


    Any additional comments?

    The reality of this and the previous book makes you wonder how this happens. This is a very well written, well researched book that provided both insight as well as an entertaining story. The protagonist is someone you get the feeling you're almost not supposed to like but you do anyway. He's had it rough and it shows. But in the end he is the hero. I am very happy with the purchase of both books and recommend them highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nameless

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joe Conlan
    • Narrated By Tracy Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary.

    shelley says: "Don't think twice - NAMELESS is a Great find!"
    "Don't think twice - NAMELESS is a Great find!"
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    Have you listened to any of Tracy Thibodeaux’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Tracy Thibodeaux before but I thought He did a really GOOD job. I thought his inflections and voice changes for different characters was really good. I did not think he sounded like Shatner but it's just my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a REALLY good book. I really hope this author takes off because I could easily see him becoming one of my favorites. Although this book is quite long the story was a page turner throughout. There were no lulls, it was not repetitive and there were quite a few scenes that I did not see coming even though there were actually some subtle warnings (like if only she/he had done this, missed a sign, came home later etc then the events that occurred could have been avoided). This author is so talented I can't say enough about this book. There are lots of characters, plots and subplots galore but so well told you only have to listen. I just can't wait for a sequel!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Discarded: Jonathan Quinn, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Victim Six

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Terry Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    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 1 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
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    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
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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.

    🌺༺❤ Halo ❤༻🌺 says: "Sometimes frustrating but quite entertaining!"
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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.

    Cecil says: "Fantastic listen"
    "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

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