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Trish R.

JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
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  • Genesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For 300,000 colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start...a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended!

  • By Andrew on 03-25-18

Excellent read and excellent listen..

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18


This is my first try at a book about actually going to another planet and setting up housekeeping, by 3000,000 earthlings. AND I really enjoyed it. But I probably enjoyed it so much because the narrator was awesome. I absolutely loved Connor’s voice and all his snarky, rude, sarcastic and sweet words. I liked Diaz too. He had a perfect Spanish accent. And the girl, (damn I forgot her name) sounded kind of German, and when a young man, Sean, spoke he did sound young.

Connor was a black ops team leader and when a mission went horrible wrong a friend of Connor’s father had Connor drugged and put in stasis for a trip to another galaxy because Will knew that Connor and his team were going to be blamed for millions of people dying on the space station where the battle took place with the Syndicate. So, Connor was in stasis for 200 years and 8 months. Needless to say, Connor had a really hard time believing it when he woke up.

Actually, all the battles were thrilling, especially the one the creatures they called Ryklars, who had like 4 arms and 2 legs and could run 130 miles an hour, all day long. There were other creatures and the description of them all was incredible.

It wasn’t a cliffhanger but it left it open for other books, which I will probably read. I mean, a fleet of “something” is heading their way and I have to know what it is. The fleet could be there in ten months or in ten years, nobody knows.

No romance of any kind and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narration: Scott Aiello was simply wonderful.

  • Her Last Word

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she still suffers the guilt of running away in fear and resents being interrogated as a suspect in the immediate aftermath. Now Kaitlin has only one way to assuage the pain and nightmares—by interviewing everyone associated with the unsolved crime for a podcast that could finally bring closure to a case gone cold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Procedural as I would expect from Mary Burton

  • By shelley on 05-11-18

Great read and barely okay listen..

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18


Another great read from Mary Burton. This one was about a girl who was kidnapped 14 years prior and her friend came back to town to find out who did it and where Gina Mason was. And it was about 2 more murders of friends of Gina’s and the killer wanting to kill our heroine, Kaitlin, along with as many cops as he could.

It was exciting from beginning to the end.

There was graphic sex in this but as usual I skipped it because nothing ever leads up to it. And the F-bomb was used 10 times.

As to the narration: Brittany Pressley was just okay for me. She doesn’t always remember when a man is talking so THAT man sounds like a woman. I’d listen to her again but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find books narrated by her.


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  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,245

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travel for those who don't like Time Travel

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-17

Good read and almost good listen..

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18


I liked this book well enough but I did think the author just went on and on trying to add pages to the book, and they weren’t necessary. It would have been a great book if it had been less pages.

I did like the players: Cager, Arlie, Ell and Aunt Cealie.

The long drawn out part of this book was the pages and pages and pages of describing how Cager was building his time machine. Like half his readers would understand what he was talking about when he talked about “quarks and electrons and photons and fermions” and what he was doing with them inasmuch as his machine went. It was a good story but too drawn out and too much unnecessary information. (Well, it was good until Cager and Ell decided to try out the machine and ended up back millions of years with the dinosaurs. That really didn’t add anything to the story. And Cager throwing rocks at a dinosaur to protect Ell was silly.)

The end was kind of disappointing, too. But overall it was a good story.

There was very little swearing and no sex.

As to the narration: Christopher Lane has a very nice voice but he reads without emotions and his women’s voices need to serious work. I don't understand all the 5 star reviews. But maybe people hear narrators differently.

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  • Crash

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

When Jed Allen wakes up at a desk in New York City, he has no idea who he is. The evidence around him shows he's a hotshot architect, and a photo in his wallet reveals he has a beautiful girlfriend named Cassie. But when he goes home to seek her help, Cassie is nowhere to be found. Self-penned notes remind Jed that he's been suffering bouts of amnesia since a car crash nine months ago. As he plays private detective with the facts of his own life, he discovers more and more about his character.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit predictable...

  • By shelley on 01-19-18

Good book, barely okay narration..

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18



This was a weird and crazy story and I just kept waiting to see what was going to happen next. Was Jed and Cassie’s relationship real? Was he a stalker? Was he a serial killer? His “intermittent amnesia” made his life one big question. After learning things about the “old” Jed I can see why he wouldn’t like him. Wow! What a piece of work the old Jed was. I didn’t like him either. He was a drinker and a coke head, so what was there to like?

And the ending was kind of sucky. I mean it all worked out for Jed and Sarah but it would have been nice if the author hadn’t given the impression that Jed wasn’t through with his old ways. One second I was happy for Jed and Sarah and the next I just wanted her to dump his butt. Very disappointing.

There was no sex and the F-bomb was not used.

Oh, this was written in the first person but it would have been better in the third person.

As to the narration: Pete Simonelli (aka Sebastian York) continues to suck at women’s voices. He doesn’t even try so don’t let the 5 star reviews fool you. He has a great reading voice and his men’s voices are wonderful but his emotions are non-existent and his women sound just like men.

  • Unlucky Day

  • By: J. R. McLeay
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

A mysterious sniper is killing random New York City citizens at the same time every day. Detective Joe Bannon and his partner Hannah Trimble follow the breadcrumb trail of clues down repeated blind alleys. With citizens fearing to venture outside, the streets of Manhattan have become nearly deserted. When the sniper begins escalating the profile of his targets, higher level government agencies are pulled in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Police Procedural...

  • By shelley on 10-16-17

OK book with great narration..

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18


Ok, this just went on and on and on. One murder after another and Joe couldn’t catch a break. The killer managed to sneak away at every turn. It became monotonous and boring. This author could have ended this story at 70% and it would have been so much better. This did make the police look incompetent.

It was interesting, as long as you weren’t reading about Joe and Hannah screwing up every time they tried to close in on the killer. By the time it came to the 7th or 8th killing I was thinking I had had enough so I almost skimmed to the end, which I do when an author drags out a story just to add pages, whether it makes it more interesting or not. You can only surround buildings so many times and the guy gets away before it becomes too boring for words. Another story that did not have to be 350 pages.

However, I did like that the killer’s thoughts and feelings were in the first person narrative. It really showed how crazy he was and why.

It turned out to be good, during the last 40 pages. That’s how many pages it took to get the killer, chasing him on a bicycle through the streets and alleyways of Manhattan.

The F-bomb was used 10 times.

As to the narration: One reviewer said the narration was “overdone” but I beg to differ. Peter Berkrot’s narration was spot-on. The women need a little work but his males all had their own voices, including the killer who gave you the creeps every time he spoke. And his emotions when he read were wonderful. The narrator was much better than the book, I’m sad to say.


  • Witness X

  • By: Mark Dawson, Mariani Scott
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Bryan Duffy is Witness X - a government agent implicated in a national scandal and banished to Spain until the agenda can be moved on. But when North Korean hit men attack a seeming innocent on the streets of London, Duffy is called back to the fold. He is tasked with finding the woman's assailants and bringing them to justice. Why has the woman been attacked? Duffy investigates and finds himself sucked into a whirlwind of action and mayhem that is particularly well suited to his special set of skills....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak plot, lots of action

  • By Wayne on 03-01-18

Good novella but only okay narration this time..

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18



Our hero in this book was Bryan Duffy and all I can say is the narrator did a terrible voice for him. Everyone sounded like perfectly speaking English men and women but Duffy sounded like he came straight out of the London rookeries. So I would suggest you don’t listen to this but read it. Unless you like sound of the rookeries being spoken.

Duffy’s old girlfriend, Tamsin, had acid thrown in her face because of something her husband did and it was up to Duffy to find the bad guys, since Duffy worked for Group Fifteen, the same group as John Milton from the Group Fifteen Files and Michael Pope from the Isabella Rose series. All were really good books so I just keep reading Mark Dawson’s books. I’m thinking The Cleaner is next, it’s a John Milton book.

Overall, this was exciting when they got to the company and the battle began. And then it was back to the hospital to see Tamsin. Wow, what a mess her face was, the description was kind of disgusting.

So, as for the swearing? The F-bomb was used ONE time. I have no idea why he would throw that in there. Give me the word a lot or not at all. One time is just silly.

As to the narration: David Thorpe did not disappoint except when he does a woman’s voice and the way he did Duffy's voice, too. (He really needs practice the women to get that better.)

  • The Assassin

  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is the most dangerous city in the world. And when a mission to break the local cartel’s grip goes wrong, Isabella Rose, the Angel, finds herself on the wrong side of prison bars. Fearing the worst, Isabella plays her only remaining card... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 04-26-18

Great book and awesome narration..

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18



Alrighty, then. The last book in this series, maybe, and it has 364 pages and 100 chapters then the epilogue. That should tell you how short some of the chapters are, LOL…

Anyway, I wasn’t crazy about Pope in the beginning of this story, and I liked his wife even less. She threw him out and he became a drunk. I’m glad it started off with Isabella and Maia doing their thing in Mexico instead of starting with Pope. He was always such a hero that it was hard to dislike him suddenly. I knew he’d get better but still…

The good thing about the beginning of this is you had no idea what Isabella and Maia were up to. Why did Isabella have to get arrested? Where was Maia and what was she doing? There was such a great mystery going on in the beginning. I couldn’t read fast enough. And it was very exciting when those questions were answered.

And Bloom? Someone just needed to kill that jerk. Well, that whole group he worked with needed to be killed.

This was a really good series BUT I did do a whole lot of skimming. This author thinks everyone is interested in the name of every road or highway someone drives down and every weapon they kill with and every piece of furniture in every room and every part of the woods where they are hiding, it became ridiculous. Mr. Dawson needs to calm the heck down in his descriptions of everything. It makes the book boring IMO, and it causes a lot of skipping and skimming. Stop with the filler.

The F-bomb was used 14 times.

As to the narration: WOW! Napoleon Ryan is the best. He was very, very impressive with all the names in every country that Pope and Isabella went to. Especially the names in China. THAT was awesome.

  • The Agent

  • Isabella Rose, Book 3
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Isabella Rose is on the run, hunted by the very people she had been hired to work for. Trained killer Isabella and former handler Michael Pope are forced into hiding in India and, when a mysterious informer passes them clues on the whereabouts of Pope's family, the prey see an opportunity to become the predators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 03-12-18

Another good read and awesome narration..

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18



Continuing with the story of Michael Pope and Isabella Rose was really exciting BUT this book had a lot more useless crap in it. Pope mentioned all the places they’d been to: London, Switzerland, Turkey, Syria, Italy, Shanghai, Vladivostok, and Washington DC. Now, can you imagine all those places and someone naming every single road you drove down? Every road, highway, street, path, look-out point? Everything? Especially in Shanghai CHINA? It was totally ridiculous. This book was the worst so far, even as good as it was it was the worst.

As I said it was exciting. During a rescue Pope saw Isabella fall about 30 feet into the snow covered ground and assumed she was killed BUT since he was running through the forest for his life he couldn’t check on her. And there was a surprising savior who was there and got Isabella to a hospital. Now, Isabella and her savior are headed to Mexico to try to get away from all those bad guys.

I’m off to read book 4 and I do hope this is the last one. Each book has been a cliffhanger but I hope this one’s not.

As to the narration: OMG! Napoleon Ryan is simply fabulous. His voices and emotions are outstanding. AND his pronunciation of ALL those streets they went down was amazing.

  • The Asset

  • An Isabella Rose Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Isabella Rose, the Angel, is used to surprises, but being abducted is an unwelcome novelty. She's relying on Michael Pope, the head of the top-secret Group Fifteen, to get her back. When ISIS get involved, the situation becomes even bleaker. Isabella's abductors are in turn abducted, and she finds herself trapped in Raqqa, the capital of the self-styled caliphate. Meanwhile, Pope has problems of his own: a new danger has emerged from the shadows and is threatening both him and his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A chip off the block; excellent espionage thriller

  • By Wayne on 08-23-16

Another great part of this series..

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18



So, the story continues with Pope and Isabella. Pope is still trying to rescue her from Abu and she’s still trying to escape. It’s just one exciting moment after another. BUT there were 3 times I really thought the whole thing was rather stupid and it was nothing more than filler. The rescue accomplished nothing, but it did give Pope the idea they had a traitor among Group Fifteen or higher up.

I did realize one thing while reading the last two books in this series; if this would have been written by a woman there would have been soooo many inner thoughts it would have made the reader crazy. BUT as it was written by a man there were maybe two. So, that was good. I’m sure the thoughts of this fifteen year old heroine would have been too insane anyway. Who could possibly guess what a fifteen year old assassin could be thinking?

Isabella was taught by her mother to kill and after she died Isabella continued learning about weapons and practicing her martial arts so when Pope asked her to go undercover in private school she was more than ready.

I really like Pope and Isabella but everyone around them ended up dead. LOL, they really were bad luck to be near.

The F-bomb was used 8 times.

On to the third book: The Agent

AS to the narration: Napoleon Ryan is simply awesome in everything he narrates. His voices are terrific.

  • The Angel

  • An Isabella Rose Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

An Underground carriage in London is destroyed by a suicide bomber. The injured and the dead litter the platform. But as a crowd forms at street level, Michael Pope knows that this is only the beginning. Pope, head of top-secret Group 15, is tasked with finding the perpetrators of this atrocity and bringing them to justice, any way he can. He knows that the answers to many of his questions will lie at the end of the money trail, but he also knows that whoever funded and organized the attack will kill again for their freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • no ending

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-19-15

Great book and awesome narration..

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18



This was the story of Group Fifteen who were an undercover group of men and women who protected Great Britain from terrorists. The story of those same terrorists blowing up the underground trains and the House of Commons, where they killed a lot of people.

And it’s about Michael Pope the Captain of the group who had been told to “stand down” by his superior, only to be told to continue his work in secret by another superior. AND it’s about Isabella, the girl who was trained by her mother since she was a little girl and could do some serious butt-kicking now and continued to train, and she’s only fifteen. Pope drove her away after she killed the last man who had torn her family apart when she was little. She lives alone in Marrakesh now and was in London for a meeting with Pope when she was caught in the underground explosion

It was a great story, made better by the narration, and I’m definitely going to move on to the next book.

My main problem with this book is how often the author gave directions throughout the book. So many highways and streets with French names. It was a little much. Too much filler.
As to the narration: Napoleon Ryan is just awesome with the voices and the emotions when he reads.