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  • The Body Counter

  • Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide. At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims - until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The bodies just pile up in this one!

  • By shelley on 06-13-18

Jude and Uriah are Back

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This is the 2nd in the series and I think the ending leaves it open to have another one.

Jude Fontaine was kidnapped, tortured and held captive for over three years. She was a police officer and returned to that duty after she found her way out. Now she is on the case with her partner, Detective Uriah Ashbyd. Uriah is also trying to live the demons following his wife's death.
They are called on the case of a serial killer, who is slitting peoples throats. But now the killer or killers are escalating, they seem to be following a formula, which takes them from 3 to 5 to 8 and killing the number of people.

Lots of action and one of the people that Jude thinks might be involved, her next door neighbour.

Hope this is followed up with a 3rd one!

Emily Sutton-Smith was as always outstanding in the delivery of the story

  • The Reckoning Stones

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Laura DiSilverio
  • Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Nobody believed Pastor Matt raped her. The tight-knit religious community punished her when she spoke out and expected 15-year-old Mercy to repent for making false allegations. Instead, she ran. And somebody - her father? - beat Pastor Matt into a coma and left his wife for dead. Twenty-three years later, Iris has put a life together, transformed herself from runaway teen Mercy Asher to sought-after jewelry designer Iris Dashwood. But now that Pastor Matt's awake, she's sliding back, losing ground to the painful memories she's barely kept at bay. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Suspence Novel

  • By Lia on 06-20-18

Good Suspence Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Iris once known as Mercy has come back home 23 years later to Colorado Springs. Will having a new perspective and a plan to claim her life back after losing it all those years ago, is she able to redeem all that she has lost? Her father is now in prison for 23 years for the brutal attack of the “community” pastor Matt whom Iris had accused of sexual abuse who has been in a coma as well. With her father in prison, Pastor Matt serving his own sentence, and the self-destruction prison sentence that Iris is now living, she has much to gain by breaking the strong holds that have kept her living in her past.

Coming back has not been the welcome home coming but a fight for her life as someone is determined to send her back to Washington where she now lives. Fighting for her father’s freedom, she must discover what happened that night when The Reckoning of the stones changed the lives of her family.

Iris story deals with sexual abuse when one man has absolute power over so many. Absolute power corrupts absolutely even in a religious setting where it is can be so damaging. The narration did not go into great sexual detail but it was truthful to the consequences of the abuse of power and the affects it has on victims.

A Special Thank you to the author and the opportunity to post an honest review.
Sandra Murphy was good with the delivery of the story although a little bland at times

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of the Year!

  • By Brad on 08-26-16

Very Contrived

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I am really in the minority with this book as most listeners loved it. But for me this is a bunch of rather unbelievably contrived circumstances and scenarios - many of which REALLY stretch credibility.
The hero is another of those unrealistically handsome and completely indestructible characters, surrounded by beauty queen women.
Then the story runs off on tangents and extra 'scenes' that are really just no more than filler.
I could barely finish and found the almost 14 hours a waste of time
Dick Hill was just OK with the delivery of the story. I found is voice very old sounding and his female voices were not good at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

  • By Heather on 11-05-15

Another Great Book From This Author

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I came across this book after checking out listener pages of people I used to follow. I must say again how much I dislike the way Audible has redone the new listener page. I have written them and would like to suggest that others do so as well, maybe if they get enough complaints they will change this new format. One can only hope!

Great book! Robotham is an excellent writer, and I have always enjoyed his books, but this one really captured me for a few days! Sure, there are places where it strains credibility, but most good stories do that now and then. Admittedly, the fact that it was set in south Texas increased my interest, but this story would play just as well in any other setting. I was a bit surprised that an Australian author captured names, places, and demographics perfectly. Again, though, this story would work well anywhere. A slice of prison life and temporary(?) freedom mixed together that brings out the true humanity of its characters. I was pulling for the "hero" throughout, and was sorry when the book ended.

John Chancer was excellent with the delivery of the story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Body Parts

  • Tally Whyte Mystery Series #1
  • By: Vicki Stiefel
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Boston is in the grip of a serial killer known as the Harvester, due to his fondness for keeping bloody souvenirs of his victims. But mny of those victims are people that Tally knew, through her work or as friends. Tally realizes there's a connection, a link that only she can find. But she'd better find it fast. The Harvester is getting closer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mystery

  • By Lia on 06-08-18

Good Mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Body Parts is a grim novel with a spunky heroine that I liked. Vicky Stiefel doesn't cover any new territory in the first book of her series about Tally Whyte, a Massachusetts homicide counselor, but the familiar landscape is interesting.

The first-person narrative is almost pitch-perfect throughout, and Tally Whyte is a likeable character from the first page. She also has an interesting job, one that I wasn't familiar with, and I enjoyed the peek into the world of a homicide counselor. I figured that grief counselors generally came out of personal funding and didn't know that the state governments sometimes supplied those.

Body Parts introduces listeners to Tally's world, and the journey is a fun one. Tally knows lots of interesting people and has relationships with workers and her sometime lover that provide lots of friction. I enjoyed the semi-mother/daughter relationship with her boss, and the definite points of conflict she has with homicide detective Rob Kranak feel right and deepen both characters.

The mystery/suspense elements of the book aren't anything flashy or new. A serial killer is murdering beautiful women and chopping off body parts, hence the title of the novel. No one knows why the parts are being taken, other than as possible trophies or souvenirs. In fact, no one knew there were as many cases involved as there are until Tally starts her investigation. That's standard fare for many suspense novels.

However, the plot jumps around a lot, introducing a number of characters to the point that I had to stop and think every now and again about who this person was. Granted, I didn't get to sit down with this book nonstop and that probably would have altered my take a little, but not many readers have that kind of time. Also, the story provides legitimate twists and turns that delighted and shocked me, but there are also a number of over-the-top scenarios that I couldn't completely buy. One particular incident was when Tally was in disguise, sitting beside Kranak, and he didn't recognize her. I just couldn't take that seriously.

I also had some problems with the killer's overall motivation for the murders and body-part snatching. The reasoning is creepy and brings the readers to a nightmarish finish, but I struggled to believe it.

Overall, Stiefel delivers a solid read that will entertain fans of serial killer novels that like a little romance on the side. There are three other books in the series so far, and I'll be reading those as well.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Equalizer

  • By: Michael Sloan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!

  • By shelley on 08-24-14

Call The Equalizer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This is a top notch thriller novel featuring Robert McCall, an ex-C.I.A. operative, who evens the odds for innocent victims of heinous crimes. If you are old enough to remember the television series, The Equalizer, you will already be a leg up on this book, written by the co-creator of the show. Your mental image will be of the great actor, Edward Woodward, whose powerful portrayal defined the role of the Equalizer. McCall is skilled, confident, unflappable, seemingly aloof, yet with a soft spot for the underdog. If you are new to the character you have a a great opportunity to learn the origins of one of the coolest ex-secret agents to walk the streets of New York. After too many missions, too many lost friends, and lovers, McCall has quit the C.I.A. He is trying to blend in, lose himself, and maybe even settle down in New York. The more he learns about the community he has chosen to live in, the more crime and corruption he comes across. Although he tries, he just can’t turn his head and ignore the plight of the innocents around him. McCall has to step in even if it means he will be caught on the radar of the C.I.A. It seems the agency doesn’t take kindly to it’s agents walking out on them. McCall soon finds himself embroiled with a Chechen mob running nightclubs and forcing young women to prostitute themselves to gain information from influential clients. Little does McCall know that the people heading the Chechen mob are also involved in assassinations throughout the world and are under surveillance by the C.I. A. The Chechens may have been involved in the murder of McCall’s girl friend, who was also a C.I.A. agent. This is a great book resurrecting a character who has been in retirement too long.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

Fantasic Military Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book, as many of the comments have already suggested, is well written. The language was easy to understand, even amidst the military jargon that was heavily used, which greatly added to the intricacy of the book. This is not something the book should be criticised for, because it was a perfect mix of technical and laymen terms that just about anyone could enjoy reading. The interaction between Reece and his friends throughout the story was so brilliantly written. It captured the human element of a guys-type of friendship so well, I couldn’t help but laugh as I was reminded of the joking conversation I have had with my friends before.

Carr does an excellent job of depicting the characters right down to every single article of clothing worn and does not shy away from simply mentioning the brands of certain items in order to fully describe to the reader what is pictured.

Ultimately the single word that comes to mind while reading this book is authentic. Obviously the story is fictional, and that is not what I am referring to, but the perspective of Reece in the story clearly indicates the author has had significant first hand experience that is reflective in the story. For that reason, this work stands out strongly as a respectable military/thriller book.

One minor criticism I encountered was that I would occasionally lose track of which character was saying what during some of the dialogue. It was not difficult to simply back track and continue with the conversations in the book. This admittedly may be entirely my fault for not paying close enough attention as I had thought I needed to.

The book is just as much an action intense thriller as it is a constant reminder of importance of those whom you truly hold close in life. Not just your parents, spouse and children, although that is a significant aspect, but your closest friends, and even acquaintances who quickly become friends and allies under trying circumstances. Not to mention the kinds of people you come across that you find yourself thinking, as Clint Smith so eloquently stated, “there are some people who just need to be shot.”

The end of the book, particularly the final chapter and epilogue, left me feeling deeply conflicted about the way things ended. At the same time, it was exactly what makes a story of retribution come to completion. I found myself moved by the urgency to see justice followed through with in a fantastic action-filled story.

Needless to say, this book was excellent and I greatly look forward to Mr. Carr’s next work. I also wanted to express my gratitude to Mr. Carr for his military service to the United States.

Ray Porter was outstanding with the delivery of the story

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Memories can be a real killer. Melvin Mars awaits his fate on death row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged 20 years old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents - just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amos Is Amazing

  • By Lia on 06-01-18

Amos Is Amazing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

David Baldacci impresses me in a way I had not previously considered in The Last Mile
because the hero, ex-cop, private eye Amos Decker, has unexpected unique qualities.
He's not your typical leading man of detective literature. In fact, he's a big, fat
slob - obese, ill-clothed, socially awkward and totally un-graceful. But not forgetful.
He has a perfect memory, resulting from a sports injury, which makes him smarter than
you think he is. When he thinks, he forgets everything else, like who he's talking to
at the moment. But, he remembers seemingly insignificant facts related to the crime
that help him solve it. If he saw a car back in the day, he can tell you, now, its
license plate number, and that may identify the murderer. It seems that Baldacci had
a eureka moment and is creating some fun by giving Amos such an unpredictable weapon.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,989

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

Different But Amazing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

First of all, I loved how this story was told from the perspective of Frank, a 13-year-old boy. This gave a unique life to the story of the loss and suspense in New Bremen in the summer of 1961, as well as gave the reader a true picture of the freedom of childhood in small-town America during an era much unlike today. Young Frank was a bit of a "go getter;" rules meant little to him and all that eavesdropping he did gave us much greater insight into this events of a ill-fated summer. Underneath the tragic losses in this community is the ever-present essence of relationships, prejudice, God and family. Frank's father is a pastor, and the struggle of faith runs clearly through this story where grief changes everyone. And, ultimately, a child shall lead the way. Because of this novel, I will likely delve into some of Mr. Krueger's Cork O'Connor series ... but I do look forward to his writing another stand-alone novel with the depth of this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Boundary Waters

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094

Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 06-01-18

Amazing Installment To The Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I'm a total fan now of William Kent Krueger and none of the books I've read to date have disappointed me in any way. Boundary Waters was no exception. It's been weeks since I listened to the story, but the imagery still sticks with me. A young woman, a singer, decides to get her head together by spending time alone at a cabin in the middle of nowhere and basically hides out from her fans and everyone else she knows. She's brought food and batteries for her dictation machine every week by a local Ashanabi - and one day he doesn't show up. Nor does he show up the next day, or the next. She knows that he's not coming, and she has to find her way out of the Boundry Waters on her own somehow. Her Step-Father comes to town and asks for help for Corcoron O'Connor. The FBI gets involved and a team of people go into the boundry waters to search for the missing singer. Only, they are not the only ones looking for her, and some of those searching for her would prefer that she didn't come out alive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful