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Burying Ben Audiobook

Burying Ben

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Dot Meyerhoff has barely settled into her new job as a psychologist for the Kenilworth Police Department when Ben Gomez, a troubled young rookie that she tries to counsel, commits suicide without any warning and leaves a note blaming her. Overnight, her promising new start becomes a nightmare. At stake is her job, her reputation, her license to practice, and her already battered sense of self-worth. Dot resolves to find out not just what led Ben to kill himself, but why her psychologist ex-husband, the man she most wants to avoid, recommended that Ben be hired in the first place. Ben's surviving family and everyone else connected to him are determined to keep Ben's story a secret, by any means necessary. Even Ben, from the grave, has secrets to keep.

Right from the start, Dot's investigation efforts get her into trouble. First she alienates Ben's training officer, who is barely managing to hold onto his own job. With the police chief watching over her shoulder, she tries to help the officer with disastrous consequences. After reaching out to console Ben's pregnant - and slightly sociopathic - widow, Dot winds up embroiled in the affairs of her incredibly dysfunctional family. Dot's troubles are compounded by a post-divorce romance, the ex who still has a hold over her, and an unwelcome visit from his new wife. By the time she uncovers the real reasons behind Ben's suicide and brings the people responsible to justice, Dot has not only resurrected belief in herself, she has also acquired some surprisingly useful new skills: impersonating a public official, burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon.

©2015 Ellen Kirschman (P)2016 Oceanview Publishing

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    Kelvin L. Reed Las Vegas 05-25-16
    Kelvin L. Reed Las Vegas 05-25-16
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    "Unique, well written story"

    I enjoyed "Burying Ben" by Ellen Kirschman. Psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is contracted to monitor the progress of newly hired police officers as they learn the ropes. Unfortunately, rookie Ben Gomez commits suicide. Wracked with guilt over missing the warning signs, Dot investigates Ben’s life on her own, opening herself to professional harm as she wades through the young man’s life and the police department’s secrets. Veteran alcoholic cop Eddie Rimbauer is a scene stealer who deserves a book of his own. Solidly recommended. Book given free in exchange for honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 05-10-16
    Michelle 05-10-16
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    "Truly ENJOYABLE! Slow at first, then your hooked!"
    If you could sum up Burying Ben in three words, what would they be?

    KEPT ME GUESSING!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eddie was my favorite character besides Dot. At first I hated his character, he came off as nothing more than a bully. Then you get to know his character better and understand some of why he is the way he is.


    Which character – as performed by Daniela Acitelli – was your favorite?

    Eddie for sure! Daniela played each character well, giving them their own personality through her voice (or voices).


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

    The storyline in a whole gives the reader a glimpse into a police officers life outside of their roll of being a police officer as well as the job itself.


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook boom"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 05-05-16
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 05-05-16 Member Since 2016

    Mid 60's Male. 9,800 Kindle books, close to 500 Audible books with 200 reviews. Over 1000 Helpful votes for reviews on Amazon.

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    "Psychological Profiling Cops Suicide"
    Where does Burying Ben rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Who thinks up these questions? I have over 300 Audible books. On its own merit this audiobook is fine. Compared to books by James Lee Burke, Ken Kesey, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc and narrators like Will Patton and the late Frank Muller, for example, it's in a lower league. The writing and story are well done by THIS author, the narration isn't on the same level as the greats. Odd sing song voice for one character is disrupting to the flow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burying Ben?

    The story is strong, start to finish. The climatic finale where everything culminates in the solution.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration for the most part has a good pace. The issue I had was the just plain weird cadence to the police character Baxter. (I think it was).I can't picture the narrator, producer or author was completely happy in this regard.


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

    I had to listen in small doses.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the criticisms I mention, I did actually enjoy this audiobook. I empathised with what Dr. Dot was attempting to do, with Ben, and his family.

    Thanks for making this available for review.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-08-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Three and a half stars"

    This book starts off really good, but falls apart in the middle. Dot makes very bad decisions and I was constantly shaking my head and rolling my eyes because of her actions. I begin skipping ahead because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters. The ending was pretty good. Dot gets the backbone that she lost in the middle of the book and everything gets put right. I almost didn't make it because of the narrator. In trying to give her characters different voices, she made them sound like idiots. That was the worse part of the book. I don't think I will get a book read by Daniela Acitelli.

    This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Patterson 07-04-16
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    "Twists and turns holds your attention"
    Would you listen to Burying Ben again? Why?

    You can understand the characters more.


    What other book might you compare Burying Ben to and why?

    Books by Jonnie Jacobs. Lots of twists and turns.


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

    Haven't but she has good diction and a feel for the characters.


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

    You just wanted to slap the pregnant girl. So self-centered.


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 06-13-16
    Lori 06-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    Started off a little slow then picks up a couple of chapters in. Really enjoyed the story. While not completely surprised by ending there where a few unexpected turns making it an entertaining, interesting and a well written story.

    Psychologist Dot Meyerhoff is hired to monitor new recruits for the police department. She has been trying to counsel Ben Gomez. Unfortunately this does not work and Ben commits suicide. This makes Dot second guess herself as to what she could have done differently to help Ben. Dot decides to investigate the situation further.
    The story follows Dot through the many twists and turns of trying to piece together the truth of what exactly happened to Ben Gomez.

    Eddie is a great character, a jaded veteran police officer( who deserves a book of his own) steals the book.

    Daniela Acitelli did a pretty decent job with the narration. Her voice is pleasant and pronunciation is clear. Most of the narration was at a nice even pace. Her voices for the females are good. Some of the male voices need some work. Example; Eddie is suppose to be condescending when he is speaking most of the time. The narration does come across as condescending but it borders heavily on Eddie sounding like an moron.

    This is my first story by Ellen Kirschman and it was quite enjoyable.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-10-16

    I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.

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    "Great new series"
    Would you listen to Burying Ben again? Why?

    To be honest I don't read or listen to books again but that is just me and not a reflection on the book or narrator. I just have so many books to read and so little time :)


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

    The plot was great from the beginning you just have to help Dot find out what happened. You are along for the ride as the plot takes its twists and turns.


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

    Daniela did a great job of narrator! I love to listen to books because it opens up time for me to read that I would not normally get the chance. Like driving, housework or knitting.


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

    L found the whole story to be moving.


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    josie Asheville, North Carolina 05-30-16
    josie Asheville, North Carolina 05-30-16 Member Since 2008

    Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear

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    "Love this series"

    I thought this book was captivating from start to finish. I love Dot - her inner dialogue sounds a bit like mine - all messed up. Nice to have a lead character without all the answers and making bad decisions for kind reasons. The story outside her musings is interesting and complex in a good way. Felt real. Everyone is a good and a bad guy depending on the circumstances and this was handled very well by the author.

    The narrator's voice for Dot was absolutely great. But the male voices were not so great and the worst thing is how dumb she makes some characters sound, even Dot a couple of times. The way she had Dot talk like a Mom coaxing a 3 yr old to eat her food during some of the sessions were very distracting. If a therapist had used that tone of voice with me, I would not go back to see her. It certainly did not ruin the book for me and I think there is a great deal of talent there if she could not 'overact' some parts.

    I eagerly await more from this author!
    I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Lucky me!

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    Patrice Sledd 05-26-16 Member Since 2001
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    "worst narration"

    I received this book for free for a honest review. The voice of the narrator was so bad I wanted to not finish the book. The story itself was interesting but the portrayal of the characters and even the main one was so distracting you lost sight of the story because you'll be wondering is she for real with that voice. I'm really sorry I didn't like it more.

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    Kim R. Wilson 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really enjoyed this one."

    This novel was a joy to listen to. Ms Ellen you are a very good author continue writing and Ms. Daniela I really enjoyed you. You are a very good narrator I really enjoyed listening to you. With your voice I was laughing alot of the times. Please continue the good works.

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