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  • The Music of the Deep

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Hall
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Fleeing an abusive marriage and tormented by her past, Alexandra Turner finds solace in a small coastal town on Puget Sound and a job with a local marine biologist studying orcas. After befriending a group of locals, Alex learns that she has moved to a place that has a reputation of being the "most haunted town in Washington." Such superstitions would be easy to dismiss...if Alex wasn’t already on edge. Haunted by shreds of memories of her days with her husband, Alex can’t keep from looking over her shoulder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Escape from domestic abuse not a HORROR story!

  • By shelley on 05-21-18

An Escape from domestic abuse not a HORROR story!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I'm not sure which is better, the story this book tells or the stellar performance Emily Sutton-Smith gives with her narration.
This is a gripping tale of domestic abuse. A husband (Daniel) used to be the perfect guy. He wooed Alexandra and within a year they were married. A few arm squeezes and threatening looks later Alex becomes pregnant. Daniel is responsible for her miscarriage and insures there's enough damage that she will never be able to have a child. She knows it's past time to leave. But Daniel isn't done with Alex, he visits her at her mother's house and shows Alex that he owns a gun AND knows the trails her mother likes to walk on to go bird watching.
The statistics quoted in this book about women who are murdered or their family or friends by the abusive spouse is incredibly disturbing.
When she finally runs 1200 miles from Daniel she still cannot relax and believe she's safe. But she's surrounded by a community that cares for her and a family of orcas the teach her even more.
The publisher's summary mentions this being the most haunted town, but the paranormal is really a background prop bringing in tourists. This could have been left out all together and it would not change the story.
This is such a wonderfully well written book. It is captivating, horrifying and believable. It is told in both present time with flash backs that come together toward the end. The book has a good ending if not an explosive ending.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE!!!!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • The Case of the Antiquities Collector

  • A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery
  • By: Owen Parr
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Retired NYPD homicide detective Joey Mancuso and his half brother, Father Dominic O'Brian, are hired to find a Greenwich, Connecticut, young lady abducted from her dorm at the University of Miami. Working from their investigative offices located inside Captain O'Brian's Irish Pub & Cigar Bar, located in the Financial District of Manhattan, the brothers are about to find out there is more to this than a simple abduction.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mancuso and O'Brian solve another one...

  • By shelley on 05-20-18

Mancuso and O'Brian solve another one...

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This is an excellent addition to the Joey Mancuso/Father O'Brian mystery series. This is book four and although it can be read as a stand alone I would suggest listening to this series in order. There are changes in location, procedures and relationships that are best read in the order they were written.
Mancuso is known as the victim's last advocate. When he's hired by a multi millionaire to find his kidnapped daughter, Mancuso doesn't know what to expect or the danger he and his team are in. He follows clues from NYC to Miami to the Virgin Islands. While in Miami he questions a pilot at a private charter, after leaving his car is shot at and a young woman trying to help him is found murdered. Now Mancuso and O'Brian have another case. They have to watch their step because now other alphabet agencies are getting involved.
When first hired they thought they were investigating a human trafficking organization. Instead this turned into something completely unexpected.
Mancuso comes up with one of his schemes to trap the person pulling the strings and responsible for multiple murders.
Fred Filbrich does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • The Good Twin

  • By: Marti Green
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed. Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her. It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, some surprises, a little predictable...

  • By shelley on 05-18-18

Fast paced, some surprises, a little predictable...

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

This is a very cleverly written book. I am a fan of Marti Green, whose previous books have all been 5 star legal thrillers (in my opinion).
This book has a very different feel to it than her other books but that might just be perspective.
This is a very easy quick read with some predictability. It moves along at a good clip and is told from different points of view.
This book is about twin sisters separated at birth. One raised by her poor single mother. The other raised by a wealthy adoptive family. The one raised in poverty is approached by her sister's husband who gives her a story of a wicked twin. He enlists her assistance to have her twin murdered and take her place. It's a little Lifetimey but entertaining.
Worth a listen but not as good as Green's legal thrillers.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE!
Dara Rosenberg does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Rising Fury: A Jesse McDermitt Novel

  • Caribbean Adventure Series, Book 12
  • By: Wayne Stinnett
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Jesse McDermitt lives in the backcountry and very little happens near him that he's not fully aware of. During a quiet moment, he watches a slow-moving shrimp trawler as it serenely cruises by, barely visible on the horizon at the edge of the three-mile limit. The tranquility of the moment is shattered when the trawler is suddenly demolished in an enormous explosion. What caused the explosion? And why was a woman from Jesse's past on board? To find the answers to these questions and more, Jesse and friends will work from Miami to Key West, then across the water to Fort Myers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Jesse McDermitt novel!

  • By Wayne on 01-27-18

EXCELLENT SERIES!!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I've just completed the entire Jessie McDermott series. I listened to them one after another and have finally hit the end. I cannot recommend these books HIGHLY enough! These books are so well written. The characters are lively and colorful. I you're and action lover I think this series will is a good fit. Although each is s stand alone and they don't need to be listened to in order I would suggest doing so. There are some relationships that develop over time. There is also a spin off series (Chasity Styles) that have some of the same characters.
I was very impressed with Wayne Stinnett's personal story of becoming an author. Here's a man who was not college educated and drove a truck and was able to turn out thrilling books with great plots. Most of us only dream of doing something like this but others actually have the talent to.
Nick Sullivan narrated all of the Jessie McDermott books flawlessly.
This entire series has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!
If you have kindle unlimited these books are Free to read and $8.03 after taxes to purchase the audio book.
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  • How It Happened

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

 Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Judge a book by it's cover!

  • By shelley on 05-16-18

Don't Judge a book by it's cover!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Michael Koryta has written another page turner with this thrilling new book.
The publisher's summary gives so much information that if I provide much more you wouldn't need to get the book. What the summary leaves out is how well told this story is. The protagonist is FBI investigator is Rob Barrett. He believes the story of murder told to him by a woman (based on her reputation ) he should never have believed. The characters are so realistic and believable. You can feel Barrett's anger and frustration. You will actually feel empathy for the woman who claims to be an accomplice in the murder. The father of the murdered girl's pain is palpable.
This is a complex story, but not so much that you'll get lost in it. But there are quite a few characters, each contributing to a piece of the plot.
I really enjoyed the whole book but I thought the end was lacking something.
The narrators Robert Petkoff and Christine Lakin do an excellent job.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Reaper: Ghost Target

  • A Sniper Novel
  • By: Nicholas Irving, A. J. Tata - contributor
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Vick "The Reaper" Harwood is an esteemed sniper with a record kill count - 33 kills in 90 days - when he is knocked out under mortar attack in Afghanistan. He wakes up back in the United States with little memory of what happened, his spotter and gun both unrecovered from the battlefield. Harwood has resigned himself to slowly picking up the pieces of his life. But when a series of assassinations start occurring in the area, Harwood can't explain why he just happens to be nearby for each killing - or how a sniper rifle that matches the description of the one he lost seems to be involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too much knowledge CAN be Hazardous to your Life!

  • By shelley on 05-14-18

Too much knowledge CAN be Hazardous to your Life!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

You might see this book and think "Wow, a sniper book written by a sniper!" Except this book is so much more then that. This is a military/mystery/thriller/suspense with the protagonist (Vic Harwood) being a sniper! This book is super fast paced with plenty of action.
While in Afghanistan he believes his spotter was killed and he was knocked unconscious. He has no memory of what happened but since back in the states some strange things have begun to happen. His girlfriend was expected to give a presentation and never showed. She also hasn't answered any of his text messages. He thinks someone has been slipping some kind of drug into the bottles of drink he likes. He realizes that he has periods he doesn't remember it seems to be happening after he has one of his sports drinks.
The next thing he knows two generals are assassinated and he's being sought as a person of interest. He knows he's being framed but has no idea who or why. Meanwhile because of social media his picture is all over the internet and his face is recognized every where he goes. When he rescues a 14 year old prostitute from rape and murder even she recognizes him and can't wait to tell people all about him.
But Harwood's memory starts coming back and people are scared. Harwood knows too much about drug and human trafficking out of Afghanistan and who's behind it.
Jeff Gurner does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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  • Her Last Word

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

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

Good Procedural as I would expect from Mary Burton

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This is a very good police procedural. The book is tense and although not lightening paced it moves steadily along through a cold case.
The publisher's summary gives a good description of what to expect. The story unfolds as the protagonist (Katlin Roe) puts together a podcast to bring attention to the case of her cousin's disappearance 14 years ago. Through her own memories and interviews with people aware or involved each new chapter uncovers a little more of what happened that night. The problem is the people she interviews start turning up dead. At first the detective looks at Kaitlin as a possible accomplice but then she is almost murdered as well. The crime was interrupted and she ends up in the hospital instead of the morgue. Well written book with interesting characters and a surprising ending.
Brittany Pressley does a very good job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Gale Force

  • By: Owen Laukkanen
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

 

McKenna Rhodes has never been able to get the sight of her father's death out of her mind. A freak maritime accident has made her the captain of the salvage boat Gale Force, but it's also made her cautious, sticking closer to the Alaska coastline. She and her crew are just scraping by when the freighter Pacific Lion, out of Yokohama, founders 200 miles out in a storm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seafaring Danger & Thrills!

  • By shelley on 05-11-18

Seafaring Danger & Thrills!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I really really like Owen Laukkanen's Stevens and Windermere series so I was very curious to see what his new stand alone book would be like. In my opinion this is a first rate maritime thriller!
The publisher's summary gives a great overview of what to expect. The protagonist McKenna Rhodes and the crew hand picked by her deceased father set out on a salvage mission to rescue a horribly listing freighter off the coast of Alaska carrying 100 Nissan cars. There are millions at stake and the fee Rhodes would get would more then save her company. The antagonist are weather, the ocean and Japanese organized crime.
Karissa Vacker does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Red Square

  • A Noah Wolf Thriller, Book 9
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Team Cinderella has been sent into Russia to fake an assassination of a Russian Deputy Minister, in order to cover up the fact of his defection to the United States. They accomplish the mission, but then are compromised during their own escape and captured. They are quickly disavowed by the US Secretary of State, and sentenced to a public execution in Red Square only a week hence. Noah, at Neil's urging, convinces Allison to let Team Camelot put together a fast rescue mission, but complications require Noah and Marco to break into Lefortovo Prison, where they are also captured. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Archer is a very prolific author...

  • By shelley on 05-10-18

David Archer is a very prolific author...

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

With three series going (Noah Wolf, Sam Pritchard and I Am Sal), you can almost bank on something of his coming out at least every other month or so. My favorite is the Sal books but there are only two of those so far. If you haven't listened to those I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them.
As for this book (9th in the series, 10th book), this is another fast paced espionage story with all sorts of surprise situations to throw the reader off. Archer is generally good at making his book a little unpredictable. In this book he has Noah's wife Sarah calling a former antagonist for help when Noah is captured, thrown into a Russian prison and sentenced to death along with a few others from E & E, the government agency they work for covertly. They end up uncovering a Russian plot that could bring about another world war.
Adam Verner does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • The Last Trial

  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

McMurtrie’s old nemesis, Jack Willistone, is found dead on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Willistone had his share of enemies, but all evidence points to a forgotten, broken woman as the killer. At the urging of the suspect’s desperate fourteen-year-old daughter, McMurtrie agrees to take the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely one of the best legal thrillers!!

  • By shelley on 05-09-18

Absolutely one of the best legal thrillers!!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This is a wonderful legal series. If you have not listened to the first two books I would suggest listening to them first. This book is a follow up to a previous book in this series.
The protagonist is Tom McMurtrie. He's a former attorney, former law professor who taught most of the lawyers he comes up against since coming out of retirement. He's opened a law office with another former student.
When a woman in town is charged with murder her 14 year old daughter enlists McMurtrie's help. McMurtrie had exposed her perjuries during a trial in one of the previous books Following that trial she lost everything. Now she's accused of the murder of the man convicted in that same trial.
When McMurtrie's partner's father has a fatal accident another prisoner on death row takes credit. He tells McMurtrie that he arranged it from inside. It doesn't end there. The prisoner tells him that he will kill him and everyone important to him. McMurtrie believes he might be capable, especially when others involved start dying.
This is a very well written book. The characters are so well fleshed out. The story is told with very vivid descriptions. It is believable, realistic and fast paced with the tension mounting as the story progresses.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is $1.99!!!!
Eric Dove is the perfect narrator for this book. His southern drawl is great.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!
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