Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are both investigating high-profile murders in Las Vegas. A celebrity is assassinated during a fling with a prostitute, and a young boy is killed in a brutal hit-and-run incident. When the cases converge, Jonathan and Serena find themselves racing the clock against a determined serial killer and searching for a connection to the unsolved murder of a showgirl years earlier.Freeman's vivid cast of characters exposes all of Las Vegas' dirty secrets, past and present. And in a rooftop showdown amid the ruins of a 1960s-era casino, the chase comes to a stunning climax.
Like the author's Immoral, Stripped pushes the emotional and sexual limits of its heroes and keeps the listener riveted until the last shocking plot twist.
©2006 Brian Freeman; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.
I always purchase the unabridged version, so I am assuming there is no difference.
The plot was good, I found myself listening to it on headphones when I was unable to use the radio speakers, I would find reasons to listen.
The way he brought each character to life, when I am able to know who is speaking without having to be told who said what, then that is a good performance. The pauses and inflections in speech patterns, along with that Minnesota accent...yeah you betcha.
No extreme reactions, there were parts that made me laugh, great one liners and some good old fashion wise cracks.
Very enjoyable, there were times I found myself not wanting to turn it off, which is exactly why I listen.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I'll make 3 points about this book that shoud explai why I enjoyed it and you should too.
First is the remarkable set of characters. John Stride is a native Minnesotan. A simple man, accepting of others and has a great depth of character about him. This is in stark contrast with the glitter and shallowness of Vegas. His partner is transexual, wealthy, and a terrific cop on a force hellbent to destroy her. His girlfriend is also a cop. She escaped a sexually abusive stepfather at 16 and made her way to Vegas. She's street wise, but also smart and driven. So you have 3 distinct detectives, intimately involved with each other, yet from vastly different backgrounds.
Second, the story is riveting. The mystery and suspense kept me interested and surprised me.
Third is it is narrated by Joe Barrett, one of the best in the business.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
To build tension and distress, Brian Freeman asks us to believe that his cops are sort of dim bulb-ish. Well okay, most of us are and it’s charming to have detectives that are like you and me. Problem is, they wind up solving a multi dimensional criminal plot here that’s buried in a half century of Vegas bloody cover-up. Well, okay… it’s an intriguing puzzle and sort of ingenious. It's the kind of plotting that many of us read these things to enjoy. Yet it’s hard to suspend disbelief when these people who are perilous serial blunderers flash the penetrating deductive insight of Goren and Eames from Law and Order’s Criminal Intent.
But… but… the real talent of Brian Freeman is his dissection of human commitment, promise, loyalty, gender, freedom, lust, and love. Freeman doesn’t judge, he shows. That theme is what will make me download the continuing growth of Detective Jonathan Stride. I want to know what happens next in this guy’s struggles to bring meaning to his life and the ensemble cast he moves among.
I’m glad I started with the first in this series, “Immoral”, and almost demand that you do to. This isn’t a novel; it’s an installment in an epic tale of this guy’s life. Oh yeah, Joe Barrett is exactly the actor to bring this all together. Uh-huh, you might complain about his female voices, but whuddahell… get over it. Barrett sings the music of Stride’s life.
Audio Book Fiend
I loved this book and am eagerly looking forward to his other books. Brian does a great job of conveying what it's like to live in Duluth (where I lived for 4 years). It's also a great mystery story, with some twists that I didn't see coming, even up to the very end. It's a really fun ride to get from the beginning of the book to the end.
Gripping story and characters. I have read everyone of this guys books and found them all well wortgh the money and can't wait for his next book.....
This is the 3rd book by Brian Freeman and I have read the previous two as well. Each one of them is a terrific listen. Freeman not only spins a great mystery with lots of action and a thrill a minute but also has a great way with words. Its like he carefully considers each word's impact before using it in his story. He has plenty of twists and turns, surprises and convolutions to keep me not only interested but on the edge of my seat. I have had his last two books for 5 days and have listened to them both hardly laying down my player for a moment. I love his main characters, their humor,interaction, friendship and their "lives" are fascinating in themselves. If you like fast action, detective stories, with plenty of action, sex and drama you can do no better than this author and his books. Do not hesitate to get them and listen to them you will not be sorry. My wife who isn't into audio books turned me on to Freeman after she read his first novel and now has read all three of them too and loves them! Whatcha waiting for?
Additionally, Joe Barrett, who narrates these books makes the character and story come to life in a big way. He has distinguishing voices and tones even regional accents for each character. The main character Lt. Stride, was born and raised in Minnesota - he has the "Norwegian flavored" accent down pat for him. The books are made ten times better by this actor! Barrett has assumed the mantel of my favorite narrator from Guidall whom I love very much.
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I read Freeman's books because they take place in Minnesota. This one didn't and I was a little disappointed but I love Stride so I kept listening. The story was okay and the mystery intriguing. I didn't care much for the ending but the book was entertaining and the ending won't keep me from reading all of Freeman's books.
"The Bone House" is still my favorite but each of Freeman's books leaves me satisfied and feeling as though I possess time well-spent.
Mr. Barrett was at the top of his game. He made the story come alive and at times I forgot that I was listening and not part of the story.
I love Science Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers & Werewolves & Vampires. I devour audiobooks. Driving, cleaning house & anytime.
This is audiobook 2 and I really liked it. Left some unanswered questions but overall an excellent story and narration.
Love all of Brian Freeman's books. Well read as usual. A few nice twists. Have finished all Stride books except next one , love hearing story of their time in Vegas.
"Good but not as good as "Immoral""
Would liked to have given this review 4.5, but settled for 4. It picks up Stride and Serena's characters shortly after the previous book Immoral, and whilst you don't have to read that book to enjoy Stripped, as I would recommend that you do. Although a good story I don't think that it was good as Immoral, as it lacks the number of twists and turns of that story. However it is still a very good listen, and very well read. I hope that Audible publish more in the series
"Stripped, but not of passion."
Having read his first novel, I was interested to hear what was on offer in this, his second offering.
Well, I was enthralled. Often, I listen to audible recordings walking the dog, whilst listening to this tale the dog often came back panting and needing water. So did I!
It was the type of book that kept you thinking who was exactly involved, and, when the final reality hits you, wow, you did not really expect an ending of that calibre.
He will also reply to your e-mail on the thoughts you have on the book. Who has the time to do that today ?
Make it your next download.
"well worth a listen"
i listened to the first 'stride' story & enjoyed it. so chose this on the strength of it. another good story. very worth listening to. easy to listen to & i dont mind the reader's american accent. hope there will be a 3rd novel one day
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