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Blindsided | [Jay Giles]

Blindsided

Matt Seattle, a Sarasota stockbroker, befriends an older stock enthusiast, Joe Jesso. During one of their weekly Wednesday morning sessions, Joe announces he's gotten married. A week later, Joe dies. Believing Joe may have been the victim of a black widow, Matt hires an investigator to look into Joe's death.
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Matt Seattle, a Sarasota stockbroker, befriends an older stock enthusiast, Joe Jesso. During one of their weekly Wednesday morning sessions, Joe announces he's gotten married. A week later, Joe dies. Believing Joe may have been the victim of a black widow, Matt hires an investigator to look into Joe's death. The investigator finds old Joe wasn't so innocent; he embezzled money from a drug cartel. Suddenly, Matt finds himself battling Joe's widow and her shyster lawyer who want his money, The National Association of Security Dealers who wants his broker's license, and, oh yes, the cartel who wants his life. It's enough to turn any bull into a bear.

©2006 Jay Giles; (P)2006 Reagent Press

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    Lynn A. Martin 05-09-14

    I'm a lady of a certain age who enjoys good mysteries, autobiographies, humor and a good bargain.

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    "Blindsided by the good reviews"

    While the premise of the story was interesting enough to keep me listening until the end, the narration was off-putting enough to make me take frequent breaks. The female characters' voices and the extreme nasal quality of some of the male characters are dreadful. Except for the voice of Matt Seattle the other male characters' voices are merely annoying. The constant mispronunciation of "d'Onofrio," the name of one of the main characters, is also distracting.

    Some of Matt Seattle's actions and reactions aren't very believable, but I found myself rooting for him to prevail.

    I might listen to more of the author's work, but will studiously avoid anything read by the narrator of "Blindsided."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Kenilworth , IL, USA 06-25-06
    Kathleen Kenilworth , IL, USA 06-25-06 Member Since 2014
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    "ridiculous narration"

    I am wondering how this recording was released by the publisher. If I didn't know better, I'd think the voices were a comedy act. The insensitivity to the book is overwhelming-such as when he reads about the main character's family's car accident.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Awful"

    I listen to many books. This is the worst ever. The only good character, Eddie, the dog,is killed quickly and the balance of the book is lame.

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    Coral PORT DEPOSIT, MD, United States 02-09-15
    Coral PORT DEPOSIT, MD, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Cartoony voice."

    The narrator voice sounded almost cartoony. It was unbearable. The only reason I listened to it is because it was required listening in our book club. In order to bear the narrator's voice I had to set the narration speed to high. I will not listen to this narrator ever again!

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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 01-27-15
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't tolerate the narrator"

    I listened to the audio book for awhile but couldn't finish. The actual story promised to be a good one but I couldn't stomach the narrator's voice. He had a drawl that was irritating. I'm from the south and nobody talks like that. He was just a little too excited about his reading. I just couldn't listen to him for 8 hours. Maybe I'll just read the book instead. 😣

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    Kindle Customer NJ 01-19-15
    Kindle Customer NJ 01-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Horrible narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found the story interesting but was distracted by the poor narration.


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

    The plot had me waiting for the next thing to go wrong.


    What didn’t you like about Ron Knowles’s performance?

    The narration is the worst narration I have listened to. The narrator either needs new glasses or a good dictionary to get the pronunciation straight. For example on one line he describes the bad guy as being worried someone would inflate his business when the word was infiltrate. The voices of the women were high pitched and made them all sound like 95 years old. Mostly I could not stand the voices other than the protagonists. There was a lot of nasal in some of the mail voices. What irked me was that when the protagonist is having a conversation and the narrator switches voices he often did not switch the voice making it sound as if Matt's character was talking to himself.


    Was Blindsided worth the listening time?

    It was partially worth it because with WhisperSync I can read faster and I like using two senses to read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not buy another audio book which Ron Knowles narrates.

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    Angie East Olympia, WA, USA 10-27-06
    Angie East Olympia, WA, USA 10-27-06
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    "Loved it!"

    This is an outstanding thriller! Such a great read. Once it gets going, it doesn't stop until the last pages and you won't be able to put it down. I listened to the last hour in one big gulp. The author does a great job of getting you sucked into the crazy events and then keep turning up the heat. If you like suspense, mystery or thrillers, you will love this book!

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    Ryan Bourbonnais, IL, USA 07-18-06
    Ryan Bourbonnais, IL, USA 07-18-06
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    "Brilliant!"

    I am a long-time and quite devoted fan of mystery and suspence novels and will snatch up novels by my favorite authors the moment they hit the shelf. I prefer listening to reading though andafter 12 years of listening to books on tape, I've graduated to an iPod thanks to my niece. I must admit I loved every moment of Blindsided.

    No question, this is simply delicious. I like the interaction between characters, and the brilliant reading. Altough some people, I have read in various reviews, had a hard time warming up to reader, I think the reader is brilliant. I liked him from the start. I liked especially that he seems to capture the characters exactly. I can literally see the characters speaking.

    Toward the end of the book, I had a hard time stopping. Perhaps that was because this was a suspense book as much as it is a mystery, but wheever the case, I was glued to the reading. I'm a new fan of this author and this reader.

    The most delightful aspect of this well-written story is that Mr. Giles doesn't rush his story, his characters or your pleasure in enjoying the book. Bravo!! Read this book and enjoy yourself! It won't hurt to have a nice glass of wine and some tasty snacks nearby while you do.

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    Hellen Santa Fe, NM, USA 05-31-06
    Hellen Santa Fe, NM, USA 05-31-06
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    "An Awesome Mystery Book"

    People have been telling me for years that I should start listening to more mysteries. I don't know why it took me so long, but I'm glad I finally picked one up. Blindsided is a timely, thoughtful and interesting story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed the story and the characters a lot. I especially liked Matt Seattle. Within a few chapters, he seemed like an old friend. Quite a few twist and turns for Matt as he gets deeper and deeper into Joe's life. Great read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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