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Cached Out Audiobook

Cached Out: A Cliff Knowles Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Newly retired from the FBI and alone after the tragic death of his wife, Cliff Knowles takes up geocaching. While looking for a cache in the mountains, he comes across a human skeleton and reports it to the sheriff's office. Then a second body is found - a fresh corpse this time - right after Cliff found another geocache nearby. When it turns out the first remains are those of a fugitive he was supposed to arrest years earlier, he becomes a suspect in a multiple homicide investigation. He has no choice but to use his sleuthing skills to identify the mysterious cache owner, known only as Enigmal, and free himself from suspicion.

Cached Out is the second book in the popular Cliff Knowles Mysteries series. The author is a retired FBI agent. Many of his books are inspired by actual FBI cases.

©2012 Russell Atkinson (P)2015 Russell Atkinson

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    mani 11-20-15
    mani 11-20-15
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    I loved this book It is a crime novel with geocaching at the core.A well written and a truly enjoyable story. These are trails that I hike and cache on! I loved visualizing the action in all those familiar places. My only wish is that the caches were real (if not so hard) and that there will be a follow up with more caching adventure!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    BlueEyes Ontario 12-24-15
    BlueEyes Ontario 12-24-15

    Recreation Therapist by day, avid reader by night. Mother of 2, and lover of the outdoors; fishing , hunting , nature walks and snowmobiling

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    "Suspense at its Finest"

    This story was incredible, it was a very long mystery with fascinating and intriguing characters. The story was easy to follow, even with having to put it down and pick it up a few fays later. I listen mostly in the car.
    I just love the narrator's voice as he did a superb job with both women and men's voices as well as Spanish accents.
    I can't say enough about how much I loved this whole audiobook and I will definitely look for more books by this talented author and narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    trish 12-20-15
    trish 12-20-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Wow! First geocaching mytery novel & a great one!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cached Out the most enjoyable?

    Cached out is a story about Cliff Knowles, a young retired FBI agent who geocaches (finds "treasures" based on GPS coordinates) for fun and exercise and stumbles upon a serial killer after more than one body is found geocaching. ALong the way, we are introduced to lots of fun characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a geocacher myself, and I liked the way the book really highlighted the sport. In general, I loved a lot about this book. The characters were written well, the action and plot were contrived to the right realism level, and of course I love anything narrator Joe Hempel does!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the scene where Cliff's love interest is dangerously suspended on a cliff and barely found by other geocachers. Suspenseful, and funny with the cliff dialog.


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Bough 12-16-15
    Tony Bough 12-16-15
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    "A great story from someone who knows his stuff"
    Where does Cached Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very good. The author, as an ex-FBI Special Agent can obviously talk about crime and solving them and this really shows in the story. Very entertaining as a story and also very interesting. I was not familiar with geocaching prior to the book so it was interesting to hear about and it sounds fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Cliff. A very likeable character that takes his fate into his own hands when implicated or at least held in suspicion over a death. He's just the right type of character to mix FBI or ex-FBI smarts with a personal reason for investigating the crime.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    I thought that Joe did a wonderful job on the narration. Very clear and easy to listen too and he did a slightly higher pitch for female characters than with male. My favourite character is the main character from both a narration and story perspective.


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

    The first half of the book had me interested in the geocaching elements as it goes into detail to set the plot up and explain the story. I was very intrigued by this. The second half of the book is then left open for pure plot/story development around the crimes and this is even better. So overall a great start, very interesting leading into an absolutely great book.


    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-27-15

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

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    I enjoyed this book very much. Joe Hempel did a great job of narrating the story. I know very little about geo caching but am interested in trying it after reading this book. I also loved the fact that it takes place in my hometown. It's so nice to be able to picture the places mentioned. I would recommend listening to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bec/audiothing Australia 01-04-16
    bec/audiothing Australia 01-04-16

    I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!

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    "Good story if you love detail"

    My Review
    You haven't heard of geocaching? No, nor had I, but this is how it goes: it's a bit like a treasure hunt for smart people, the clues to the cache are in the form of GPRS co-ordinates. If you read this book you will find out more, much more, so very much more about this, well, how do I describe it, hobby? Pursuit? Obsession? I think you get my drift, the author is an obvious enthusiast, actually, probably an expert, and he likes to let you know, everything, far too much for me, I just lost interest.
    I broke my rule for this book by reading a few reviews prior to posting my own, seems all these (to me) endless details go down a treat with some of the readers.
    So there! Audiothing, what do I know? The author also happens to be an ex Federal Special Agent, so yes, he knows what he's talking about when it comes to crime and criminals. Now I do love a procedural, I really do, but again I felt overwhelmed by details, just too many details. When I come across these lengthy explanations in a work of fiction, it makes me feel that the author underestimates the readers' ability to understand anything, unless given a lengthy and detailed lesson.
    However, apart from these criticisms, the book does contain a cracking good story full of interesting characters, exciting moments, cliffhangers and lots of good old mystery. Now here's the rub! Review sites expect a star rating and I can only go with 3 for the story. A smart editor could knock 4 hours of the length of this listen simply by weeding out extraneous material, then it would be a 5 star for sure, but that's just my opinion.
    Narrator
    Narrated by Joe Hempel who has been blessed with a pleasant and easy to listen to voice. Character definition is good, I had no trouble in identifying the male characters of the story. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the female characters, it takes a bit more than simply raising the pitch of the voice. I reckon if he worked on that a bit, then he'd be a top notch narrator.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John D Dulaney 12-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow but kept interest"

    I've been a geocacher for many years, so finding it referenced was interesting. I felt the flow of the story was a bit slow. Not much in the way of action, but it maintained my interest.

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    jean doe 11-05-16
    jean doe 11-05-16
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    "Mystery and Intrigue .."
    Any additional comments?


    Cliff, the main lead, is a retired FBI agent who takes up geocaching and one day while in the mountains, he accidentally stumbles over a skeleton.

    From that point the book picks up and moves along a quick pace.

    This book was a combination of Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense, making it an overall entertaining read.


    Joe Hempel did really well with the narration as usual.

    Note:
    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DecemberRain Utah 12-05-15
    DecemberRain Utah 12-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Geocaching meets the FBI"

    Cached Out is the story of a retired FBI agent named Cliff.

    Cliff is really into a hobby called Geocaching. Geocaching is where one person will create a puzzle that leads to a hidden cache using co-ordinance on a GPRS,and then other people solve the puzzle to get the co-ordinance , then go out using their own GPRS’s and find the cache. When people find the cache, they get to log their initials on it and then they have bragging rights in their online community. A cache sounds like its basically a bunch of random stuff, and knowing what was in the box helps one prove they found it.

    For those of you who don’t know (I sure didn’t), the difference between a GPS and a GPRS is that a GPS will give you directions to a place, but nothing else, while a GPRS will do that and also a bunch of other nifty stuff including showing you the latitude M and longitude of your location on earth. While engaging in his hobby, Cliff stumbles into a dead body and becomes a murder suspect.
    Due to the abundance of info and enthusiasm about geocaching in this book, I strongly suspect the author has a geocaching hobby. I have to say, it does sound like a lot of fun.

    The first half of the book is good but is a little redundant because it lays the groundwork about how the FBI eliminates suspects, and information about how geocaching works. This element was good, but I felt there was a bit too much of it, dragging the story out.
    The second half of the book was fantastic, things picked up and all that plot building from the first half payed off. All that talk turned into action, action, action!

    The narrator, Joe Hempel, did a good job. He has a good reading voice, clear and engaging, and he had one voice pitched a bit higher for women and another for men.

    I’d recommend this book to anyone who thinks they would find a combination of how the FBI goes through the processes of suspect elimination, geocaching, and/or action interesting

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Derek 12-05-15
    Derek 12-05-15
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    "Amazing, Case Closed"

    I literally cannot adequately express how much I enjoyed this book. Each and every character felt unique and real. Upon finishing I hated saying goodbye to the world and characters, They had effortlessly endured themselves to me, almost like friends. It felt more like I was watching a movie, rather than reading a book. The author's real world experience shines through every word. Hempel's narration is clean and pleasant. He manages to stay perfectly professional while still easily conveying unique life into each character. In short, this author now has a devoted fan for life. Please support him so that more audiobooks may be produced from his work. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. However, I will be purchasing a copy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Dave Self
    6/11/16
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    Giving It a Favorite Point"

    This was my first book in the series and my first from Audible UK. Won it from the UK Geocaching Podcast. Despite the subject matter, I probably would not have picked it up otherwise. I actually very much enjoyed it and will probably check the rest of the books at some point.

    Thanks and Happy Trails!

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