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Playing with Matches Audiobook

Playing with Matches: A Riley Drake Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Tough and tenacious, Riley Drake is a first-class private eye who runs background checks for a dating service on the side. She has zero interest in helping billionaire John Stratton clear his name so the man can resume dating again. The handsome widower would be quite the catch - if it weren't for the fact that he probably murdered his wife.

Stratton's woes are only part of Riley's problems. Other clients - a TV celebrity with sexual-perception issues, a Trump-like entrepreneur with an embarrassing fetish, and a worshipful drug-addict trying to go straight - keep her running through the streets of Chicago, ready to take down anyone who gets in her way.

Riley is determined to uncover all their secrets, even though she knows that playing with matches means you sometimes get burned.

©2011 Julie Hyzy (P)2016 David N. WIlson

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    DONALD JOHNSON colorado 05-31-16
    DONALD JOHNSON colorado 05-31-16 Member Since 2009

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    Just a bad narration I just couldn't take it only made it through 20 minutes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Harris USA 05-31-16
    Lisa Harris USA 05-31-16

    I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.

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    "A good start to this series"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love female sleuth stories. This one did not disappoint. It did not contain unreal scenarios that Riley could not get out of. It was real and entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening elevator scene and an unlikely friendship that forged.


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

    I wasn't too happy about what happened to the painter to say anything more would be a spoiler alert.


    Any additional comments?

    Take time to listen to this book you will love it. I look forward to following this series. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 05-10-16
    Michelle 05-10-16
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    "EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that I didn't know who done it from the start! I kept guessing up until close to the end. I figured it out chapter by chapter with the main (kick A$$, girl power) character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too Many to list!


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

    Once I got absorbed into it, yes! I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't listening to it, which made me listen to it.


    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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    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 05-09-16
    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 05-09-16 Member Since 2012

    Just Another Audiobook Addict! Love listening to all types of romances, but occasionally need a good Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or a book with humor!

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    "Great Start on the Riley Drake Series!"

    Wow, this is the first story I've listened by Julie Hyzy and was very impressed!

    The plot and characters were great! I really liked Riley, she was tough and determine to find who killed John Stratton's wife, even if it was him. Along the way she did uncover a few secretes, and after listening to the entire story, the name of the book fits the story perfectly.

    As far as the narrations goes, I thought Angel did a great job overall. I've listened to other stories narrator by her, so I guess I am used to her voice and how she portrays characters.

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast dot com."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 04-26-16
    Marianne 04-26-16
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    "Why This Narrator"

    I enjoy Julie Hyzy's writing quite a bit and when I saw she had a new book out I bought it without checking who the narrator was, unfortunately. I don't know why or how this narrator gets as much work as she does. Her voices (the secondary female characters are all performed in a super high-pitched nasally voice) and every dang sentence is overperformed to the point where it's exhausting to listen to. It's like nails on a chalkboard. I feel the same way about Coleen Marlo too, but, evidently, I'm in the minority since they keep getting paid to ruin the books I'm interested in buying. Just want to warn anyone who might be considering buying this audiobook: this narrator isn't for everyone. Julie Hyzy is an awesome writer though, so if you haven't read her White House Chef series, then I recommend you read that instead!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a lot to admire about this book. Lots of plot twists, interesting characters, intelligent mystery and a lead character that guesses wrong sometimes


    Which character – as performed by Angel Clark – was your favorite?

    I love the main character. a corky, strong, no nonsense female lead trying to make a name for herself. I liked her wit


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

    I wasn't too happy about what happened to the painter


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

    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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    "On the shelf with this book"
    Would you try another book from Julie Hyzy and/or Angel Clark?

    I am a big fan of Julie Hyzy. I have read and loved all her White House Chef series and I will read more in this series too. As for Angel Clark I didn't enjoy her reading of this book in fact it took away from the story for me. So if Angel is the narrator for future books in this series I will read them and not listen.


    What other book might you compare Playing with Matches to and why?

    I can't really say I could think of another book to compare it to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Angel has a nice voice and she reads fine but I just couldn't get into her. The only reason I finished the book was because the story kept me going.


    Was Playing with Matches worth the listening time?

    No I wish I had read it and not listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book as a gift with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-22-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Good Book"

    This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoyed this book. The characters and plot were well developed and interesting. I enjoy Julie Hyzy's writing and will read the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Inishowen Cailín 05-21-16
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    "Fast paced and funny."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Playing with Matches to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version yet but I really enjoyed the audio and would recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say that Riley was my favourite character. She is tenacious and tough. She can handle herself in any situation apart from the train wreck which is her love life. I would love to see how she handles a few dates with some clients from the dating agency. I am sure hilarity would ensue in her attempts to refrain herself from punching some of them in the nose.


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

    I haven't listened to any of Angel Clarke's other performances but I enjoyed this one and based on this experience I would happily buy the rest of the series and listen to her performance of it.


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

    I wouldn't say any moment in particular moved me but I loved the humour in the story and the possibility of future romance for Riley hinted at in this book. The mystery aspect was interesting and complex as there were quite a few suspects and red herrings to mill through. All in all a great read and I can't wait for more.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an honest review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    josie Asheville, North Carolina 05-11-16
    josie Asheville, North Carolina 05-11-16 Member Since 2008

    Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear

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    "Pretty good"

    There is a lot to admire about this book. Lots of plot twists, interesting characters, intelligent mystery and a lead character that guesses wrong sometimes. Gotta love that! The lead character, Riley, stays a strong, tough woman with surprisingly empathetic tendencies. The romance - what there is of it- is very realistic and really, she can't be bothered with it right now. How refreshing!! Her tag along 'friend' Eck is awesome. I hope he reappears in later novels which I will definitely read.
    The narrator is over the top at times - I found myself lowering the volume here and there. However, I liked her. I really like her voice for Riley. It matches what I think she would sound like. I could understand why some would not like her style but for whatever reason, I liked her.
    I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. It is rather unlike any other mystery book I listened to in a good way. Look very forward to more!

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