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  • Causing Chaos

  • By: Deborah J Ledford
  • Narrated by: Christina Cox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Inola Walela's final days as a Bryson City police officer take a perilous turn when her Cherokee childhood friend becomes lead suspect in the disappearance of four women. The investigation entangles Inola and her fiancé, Sheriff Steven Hawk, in a web of deceit as they vie for vengeance, meeting danger head-on in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By Isabella on 02-08-16

Couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

This is a truly fantastic story. It's got everything Deborah J Ledford is known for in her psychological thrillers: Complex characters, dark secrets and interesting locales...all twisted together in the gripping story of a serial killer cold case that threatens Inola's closest friend. As she investigates, her own life is put in danger. I have enjoyed all of Ledford's novels in her Inola Walela series, and this one is no exception. Be warned: Once you start listening, you won't be able to stop!

I was also floored by the fantastic rendition of the story by Christina Cox. She amazes me with her talent for voices, accents, dialects and roles. She was able to effortlessly convey both a true New Jersey and an authentic German accent (among many others). She also portrayed Native Americans in a completely un-stereotypical way that was refreshing to hear. Her narrative voice is pure pleasure to the ear.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blind Eye

  • A Sephardic Journey
  • By: Marcia Fine
  • Narrated by: Christina Cox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Emblazoned across distance and time, The Blind Eye - A Sephardic Journey, frames a sweeping narrative beginning in 1492 with the expulsion of almost all Jews from Spain. As The Inquisition pursues them for 400 years they seek refuge in Portugal, Brazil and beyond. With the historical accuracy of scents, sounds and sights, this First Prize winner links family and cultural ties to a contemporary Cubana with a wicked wit as she learns about her past. Fast and moving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing & educational!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 01-30-15

HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL STORY

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

This wonderfully crafted and heartfelt story continues to stay with me. Marcia Fine interweaves a modern tale of the search for love and meaning with an ancient story of family ties and betrayal. Fine sets part of her book hundreds of years in the past, beginning with the ousting of the Jews in Spain. Fleeing for their lives, their courage in the face of religious persecution is so vividly described that it drew me in completely. I stayed up late reading to find out what would happen to the refugee family.

The modern portion of the story is set in Florida, and centers around the tribulations of a daughter in an immigrant Cuban family. The witty banter and interplay between the sisters underscores the complicated relationships between women in many families.

I loved listening to Christina Cox's reading of this story in the Audiobook version. She had to portray a wide variety of characters, from young girls to old men, and she did it perfectly. She also had to adopt many different accents from various nationalities. As a Latina, I particularly appreciated her Spanish accent. Other accents were credibly done as well. I never had trouble distinguishing one character from another, even in fast paced scenes with a lot of quick switching between characters with different accents and genders. With Cox's smooth voice and flawless rendition, I got so lost in the story that I wanted to just keep listening.

This is a truly meaningful and heartfelt story that moved me deeply. It is well-written and beautifully voiced. I would love to hear more like this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crescendo

  • By: Deborah J Ledford
  • Narrated by: Christina Cox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77

As the only female Native American officer on the Bryson City, North Carolina police force, Inola Walela, must always play her A game. Allbets are off when during a routine traffic stop the passenger insists her sonhas been kidnapped but is struck by a car before Inola can glean any hardfacts. An altercation ensues and Inola's partner is felled by a bullet-possiblyfrom her gun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Familiar Profile

  • By Carole T. on 09-01-14

A thriller to keep you turning pages!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

I have both read the book and listened to the audiobook version of this outstanding thriller. Deb Ledford deftly creates very real and fully developed characters that propel her story as she moves seamlessly from one exciting scene to the next. We understand each character's motivation (psychological and professional) and we care deeply about what happens. With a background in law enforcement, I found her depiction of the investigation, professional rivalries, procedures and emotional involvement to be spot on.

In the audio version, Christina Cox uses her voice perfectly to evoke images that accurately reflect the mood and pacing of each scene. She is a pleasure to hear, and portrays a wide variety of characters so well that it is easy to get completely lost in the telling of what is truly a ripping good tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful