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R. Pontiflet

Fairfield, CA USA
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  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,177

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Planning Ahead, Could Save Your Life

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

In this story, a 60 year old man, a retiree, takes you on an adventure as he continue to run for his life after two decades of being on the run. From time to time I found myself holding my breathe. Of course he's an innocent man running from the US Military or is he running from the military?. He hides in plain sight using pre-planned aliases.and his two dogs: Dave and Carol. Peter Berkrot provides very good narration. I enjoyed this listen. It was a nice change of pace for me. Recommend.

  • Most Dangerous Place

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter's surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith's wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grippando puts the suspense in the courtroom.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-24-18

A Twisty and Complicated Thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The Jack Swyteck legal series are really interesting stories. So far, I have listened to six of James Grippando's novels. This story is about murder as payback for rape. But the story is complicated and nothing is as it seems.

The truth is not fully understood until the twist in the last paragraph of the novel. Most Dangers Place is a great addition to the Jack Swyteck legal series. The novel has a superb beginning and an even better ending, but in the middle the story slows a bit costing it a 5 star rating. Narration by Jonathan Davis is outstanding.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,234

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

Vengeance Is Not Justice

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Another great Allen Eskens novel... If you enjoy narrator R.C. Bray, you already know he's an excellent narrator using just the right amount of drama and tension in his voice and using different tones to separate the characters... he really elevated this listening experience for me... But this is a strong, interesting story on its own just as much as “The Life We Bury” and “The Heavens May Fall” .. all are interesting stand alone stories. The Publisher's Summary and other reviewers provide a good synopsis so I won’t repeat too much here.

Vengeance is mines’ says Max Rupert… and he goes after his wife’s murderers without real second thoughts. He is a decent man so when he hears in his head the voice of the dead woman who had raised him, he listens but his need for retribution keep driving him towards his goal. “Vengeance is not justice,” he says to himself, “but those two ideals are not strangers to one another. They are born of the same mother, one sired by virtue, the other is the bastard son of vice…” Wow! I enjoyed this story.

I recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Again

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel, Book 12
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager's disappearance, ex-con Dylan Kyle was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi's clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle's execution, Sashi's mother visits Jack Swyteck, who's doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: "Sashi called me."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent legal thriller with great narration

  • By Wayne on 11-21-17

Did The Missing Girl Call Her Mother? Or A Hoax...

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This is an interesting story where one girl disappears, and later in the story, another girl is seemingly kidnapped. Both girls are the daughters of divorced and feuding parents. Both parents are suspects. This is a real twister. Throughout the story, I thought Mom was crazy and thought Dad was the true suspect. What is the truth? Of course we know from the beginning that a man is about to be put to death for seemingly murdering of one of the girls.

I enjoyed this story but found it needed more background information on the family as a whole so that as the story unfolds, the listener could buy into the buildup to finale. The ending was a bit lackluster, in my opinion, and was hard for me to reconcile with the rest of the story as it was told.

Jonathan Davis is a top notch performer. He elevates stories he narrates.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nathan's Run

  • By: John Gilstrap
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

This raw and vivid portrait of juvenile detention centers and life on the run catapults John Gilstrap to the forefront of the crime thriller genre. Nathan Bailey is a 12-year-old juvenile-hall orphan with a problem. Covered in blood, he is caught on videotape fleeing from a murder scene. Will the boy evade the police long enough to tell the truth? Or will a hit man kill him before he gets the chance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Run Nathan Run!!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-14-18

Run Nathan Run!!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

This story is highly entertaining and it held my interest throughout. As the publisher's summary provides, Nathan is on the run for his life. Nathan is the underdog (wrongly accused, etc) and I root for children and underdogs, and against scum-bags and greedy relatives. This story is told in a way that's entertaining and suspenseful. As described by one reviewer, Nathan will steal your heart. His grief over the death of his parents and his struggles to survive abuse by the adults in his life, have taught and "schooled" Nathan to the point that he's become "street smart." However, when Nathan's dilemma comes to the attention of "the bitch", a radio host, he stole her heart and all of her listeners' heart as well.... the tide begins to slowly turn in Nathan favor.

George Guidall's outstanding performance brought the story and characters to life. A great read. Highly Recommend.....

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Found Money

  • By: James Grippando, Mim E. Rivas
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Single mother Amy Parkens feels trapped by a boring job, low pay, and no time for her young daughter. But that's before $200,000 in cold, hard cash arrives in an unmarked box. Desperately needing the money, Amy fears a setup or a connection to her mother's suicide 20 years earlier. So she sets out to find the source.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave...

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-07-18

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave... When We First Practice to Deceive...

This story explores the intricate web of cause and effect of unexpected "found" money. As moral and ethical questions of who and why are explored, this story takes many unexpected twists and turns as desperate answers are sought. As the story develops, several surprising yet supporting back stories are exposed and detailed.

As the publisher's summary synopsis states, $200,000 in cold, hard cash lands in Amy's lap unexpectedly at a time when she desperately needs it. But Amy is concerned about ethical issues related to the money... Is it some kind of setup? Should she keep the money? Ryan is in a similar boat because he and his sister inherited millions of dollars from their deceased-middle-class father. Where did it come from? ... extortion, robbery, or some other terrible crime he had committed? Ryan's remembrance of his father becomes tangled. Did his father have a dark past which nobody in the family knew anything about? Did he deceive his entire family?

Narrator George Guidall is a masterful narrator.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lies She Told

  • By: Cate Holahan
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048

Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,.

  • By shelley on 09-23-17

Blurred Lines Between Dual Storylines...

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This novel is well-written and the plot is unique and very interesting with dual story lines about two murders with a twist ... very suspenseful and dramatic. However, the setup was a bit slow but once it got going, I was hooked.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. After the setup, it really held my interest. As a matter of fact, I still remember this story very well 3 months later as I write this review. The two stories are so intertwined that it is difficult to give a better description than the publisher's summary.

Liza Cole wants a baby and she is writing a novel about Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her. People end up dead in the imaginative writings of Liza as well as in her real life.

The narration was okay. Highly Recommend

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Next of Kin

  • By: James Tucker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

A New Year's Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork - and ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killer's victims . Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Ben's life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Excellent Loved It - Just Get It

  • By shelley on 10-23-17

A Good Detective Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I enjoyed this novel... over the past several months, I've struggled to find an engaging novel. I was starting to think that I had burned myself out listening to novels, and, perhaps I needed to go back to virtually reading rather than listening. I was encountering awful narrators. A poor narrator can destroy a good story. This story is engaging with a good storyline and narrator. It doesn't have a lot of useless descriptive fluff.

The publisher's summary is a good description to get you started because this fast-paced story get going right out of the gate and the narrator's performance helps to pull you in immediately. As the publisher's summary says, this story keeps you guessing but the ending will shock your socks off.

Of the four Brooks' families, three of the families are slaughtered one after the other, but 10 year old Ben escapes and the killer is after him. Detective Buddy Lock is on the case and soon realizes why these families are being slaughtered and the killer will stop at nothing to kill Ben too. An engaging story....

Thanks to audible listeners Shelley of Raleigh, NC and Wayne of Matthews, NC, I found this interesting novel. I enjoy their recommendations in the mystery/thriller genre. Christopher Lane is one of my most favorite narrators and he does a superb job with this novel.

Recommend

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Certain

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582

Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she's not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she's sold her first novel, Ella couldn't be more thrilled...until she gets a call that her sister's gone missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Review

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-17

Sleeping With The Enemy... Murder She Wrote !!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

This novel had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out which characters are real life and which are from Charlotte's imagination. You see, Charlotte had sold her first novel which she gave a copy to her sister Ella to read. Very shortly thereafter Charlotte went missing. After Charlotte had been missing a couple of days, Ella decided to read the book. The book contained details that caused Ella to suspect that it was reflective of Charlotte's real-life love affairs which Ella knew nothing about. Ella was hiding her own double life from Charlotte. Which one of Charlotte's lovers could be involved in her disappearance?

The characters are developed well enough and the three different perspectives provides some insight into what others are thinking which adds to the mystery. Suspend disbelief and enjoy because this is definitely one of Adam Mitzner's best.

Erin Bennett’s performance is great. Her voice is well suited for this novel and she performs the different characters very well.

Recommend...

53 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • The Conviction

  • David Sloane, Book 5
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Lawyer David Sloane is a desperate parent. His son Jake, still reeling from the loss of his mother in a brutal murder ( Bodily Harm), has spiraled out of control. Sloane needs to reconnect with him - needs to keep him out of jail. So when an old friend suggests a guys-only camping trip, Sloane accepts. Maybe if he and Jake get away they will find needed quality time. Bond. Catch a few fish. But the trip into the remote reaches of California’s Gold Country takes a turn for the worse when Jake and his buddy are caught vandalizing a general store.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 04-01-17

A Fishing Trip Takes A Turn For The Worse

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Although this story is a bit too simplistic and contrived in places, it was nevertheless a good "feel good" story when it was all said and done. It's about law enforcement corruption and greed.

This story has lots of action and suspense. There is more drama outside the court room than inside even though what happened inside the court room left me slack jawed... A real kangaroo court. The bad guys ruled the court room from the judge to the sheriff and others. The victims are teenage boys caught up in this rural California legal system.

Very nicely narrated by Dan John Miller .

4 of 4 people found this review helpful