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  • Clean Exit

  • An Ajax Clean Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. Kent Holloway
  • Narrated by: Daniel F. Purcell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Anton Jax - Ajax Clean, to those who know - is a professional cleaner. As in cleaner for the mob. Bloodstains on your shirt? No problem. Fingerprints and DNA evidence all over the crime scene, enough to put you away forever? For the right price, Clean will make it all go away. But now someone wants to make Ajax Clean go away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How could I have left this in my TBR for months!?!

  • By Jan on 10-21-18

How could I have left this in my TBR for months!?!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

action-adventure, crooks, crime, situational-humor, verbal-humor, family-dynamics

This is not The Crime Scene Cleaner from German TV, Ajax Clean is highly specialized and employed by big time criminals to erase all evidence that the hitman has done his job. He has a butler who is his backup and can hack into anything, a Haitian hitman he doesn't trust, a sister to protect who is a gifted forensic medical examiner, a Korean crime boss after him, and a black ops agency trying to blackmail him. I'd call this a testosterone fest but there's no erotica, just lots of action and no small amount of confusion. For me, the biggest question is: WHERE IS THE NEXT ONE!
The audio is narrated by Daniel F Purcell and he is great!

  • Exit Strategy

  • Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Diamonds, danger, and a deadly secret... A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller. Private investigator and forensic accountant Katerina Carter uncovers a sinister connection between blood diamonds and organized crime. Then two company employees are brutally murdered and her investigation becomes much more dangerous than she had ever imagined. Can she can stay alive long enough to expose the real criminals...or will her first case be her last? Buy this audiobook today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Follow the Money

  • By Jan on 10-19-18

Follow the Money

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

greed, embezzling, diamonds, murder, suspense *****

Follow the money.
Never get complacent.
Blood diamonds are cursed.
Forensic accounting is waaaay above my pay grade, and I wouldn't even know how to follow the kind of money trail that's in this book. But reading it is a different story, the suspense just kept building! Even when I realized that I was in over my head, I just couldn't stop and research like I usually do because I just couldn't put it down! A real thrill ride.
The narrator extraordinaire is Petrea Burchard and she adds to everything.

  • A Family History of Illness: Memory as Medicine

  • McLellan Endowed Series
  • By: Brett L. Walker
  • Narrated by: John N Gully
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A Family History of Illness is a gritty historical memoir that examines the body's immune system and microbial composition as well as the biological and cultural origins of memory and history, offering a startling, fresh way to view the role of history in understanding our physical selves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Continuing ed I've heard in ages!

  • By Jan on 10-17-18

Best Continuing ed I've heard in ages!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

nonfiction, medical, history *****

I can just see my adult kids roll their eyes at the idea of reading this book. As children of a nurse and with assorted family medical histories, they have been subject to lectures on their own personal medical histories plus the particulars of relatives throughout the twentieth century and beyond. The book is well written and should serve as a wake up call to those who speak medicalese. Having spent very many years translating medicalese to patients and others, I am afraid that the tone of the book is more like that of a thesis or dissertation and will miss the mark of teaching those who need the information most. But I do think that it belongs in paramedical curricula and continuing education.
Narrator John N Gully has an excellent delivery and has clearly researched pronunciations.
I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM.

  • Lady Justice and the Black Widow

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

 

Throughout history, men have used their wealth, power, and prestige to harass, manipulate, and coerce women to fulfill their sexual desires. Fed up with the "good ole boy" status quo, the Black Widow appears in Kansas City to avenge the women who have fallen victim to their male predators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking and current with the times!

  • By Susan Patterson on 10-16-18

#MeToo

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

situational-humor, verbal-humor, excop, serial-killer, seniors, #metoo

I would have preferred a roofie and a Bobbitt, but the Black Widow decided to fight the #metoo battle with murder. Tired of reading about the powerlessness of women who have been shamed as she had been, she travels to mete out dark justice. Walt is a PI and excop working with his brother in law and gets tangled in the moral dilemma. There is still plenty of situational and verbal humor, assistance from other retirees, and interesting plot twists. Very well done!
Lately I find myself playing the audio with George Kuch a little faster, but I think that's because I really want to get into the plot.

  • Mocha and Murder

  • A Killer Coffee Mystery Series: Book 2
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Roxy becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn't kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta love small towns!

  • By Dee on 09-15-18

A really good read!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

cozy-mystery, murder, coffee, culinary, family-dynamics, friendship

A nice Southern cozy complete with family squabbling, a stuttering romance, and plenty of gossipy neighbors. The ever absent mom rolls into town around the time that Roxy comes upon a murder scene involving her friend from the all volunteer animal shelter. Things only get crazier, and Roxy finds that she needs to dust off her law degree. The characters certainly are, and I'm not willing to do spoilers, but this is a really good read!
Madeline Mrozek narrates exceptionally well and gives the Southern charm without being syrupy.

  • Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 2
  • By: Jeffrey M. Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose when a valuable artifact is stolen and a dead body turns up in an unexpected location. The prime suspect has already been identified, but there's a catch: He's more than 3,000 years old. Pomme Valley's newest crime-fighting crusaders are on the case with Sherlock, new packmate Watson, and their reluctant human, Zack. Can they solve the murder and locate the missing loot before any more misfortune can befall the town?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • such a cute series!!!

  • By Brittany on 10-19-18

A minitailed Sherlock and Watson!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, pets, dogs, situational-humor, verbal-humor, law-enforcement, theft

Great fun! Sherlock the corgi, Zack the dog lover, and Watson the new addition help the local authorities with a really messy case involving theft from a traveling museum exhibition from Egypt. The mystery is well done and no spoilers here, but there's lots of twists and red herrings as well as a lot of laughs! And take my word for it, the characters certainly are!
Bob Johnson gives the narration just the right spin to make the story even more enjoyable!
I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM.

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  • Six Armies in Tennessee

  • The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns
  • By: Steven E. Woodworth
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When Vicksburg fell to Union forces under General Grant in July 1863, the balance turned against the Confederacy in the trans-Appalachian theater. The Federal success along the river opened the way for advances into central and eastern Tennessee, which culminated in the bloody battle of Chickamauga and then a struggle for Chattanooga. Chickamauga is usually counted as a Confederate victory, albeit a costly one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great details of Civil War fighting for Tennessee!

  • By Donna Wiebe on 10-13-18

Great for military and history geeks

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-figures, politics, military-history, socioeconomics, American Civil War *****

This historical presentation goes beyond the nuts and bolts of the complex military campaigns of the area and includes the background of the politics and other factors that created the perceived need for the combatants to meet in the Chattanooga area. The material is well researched and documented and the conclusions appear valid. The actions and blunders of the generals on both sides are very clearly presented.
I feel that this study would be an asset to both history geeks and students of militaria alike.
The narration is performed by Bill Nevitt whose no nonsense delivery only adds to the credibility of the material.
Note: I am not military, and our reenactments are American Revolutionary War

  • Hatteras Blue: A Tiller Galloway Underwater Adventure

  • The Tiller Galloway Novels, Book 1
  • By: David Poyer
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

On a moonless night in 1945, a destroyer sinks a U-Boat, 50 miles off Hatteras Island, the graveyard of the Atlantic. Over a half-century later, the mummified corpses of three crewmen, wrapped in a decaying rubber raft, come to light during excavation for a new shopping development. Their reappearance unleashes neo-Nazis, drug smugglers, and a shadowy "historian" with an ominous plan.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Jan on 10-02-18

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

action-adventure, suspense, greed, mystery, thriller *****

Plot speed is a bit erratic, but the story is good. The publisher's blurb is better than most, so there's no need for a recap of spoilers. I thought that it was a good thing that the suspense build up wasn't as fast as some because that often lures the reader to skim or skip, and that would really be a waste. It really is a good read!
The audio is performed by Edison McDaniels who is adept at underlying when indicated and never oversells.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The School for Mysteries

  • A Midlife Fairytale Adventure
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Phoebe McFarland has just lost her job as a rural home health care nurse in White Oak, Tennessee, a sleepy rural community nestled in the mist-shrouded Smoky Mountains. But then she's unexpectedly offered a ritzy-sounding position as a private duty nurse to an enigmatic scholar. Unfortunately before she can start her upscale new life, Phoebe is unwittingly caught up in a medical emergency with Nick, a total stranger. The mismatched couple is forced to cooperate as they flee professional killers who now have Phoebe in their crosshairs, as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and car chases!

  • By Jan on 09-23-18

Fun and car chases!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

action-adventure, urban-fantasy, religious-history, contemporary, conspiracy, suspense, twisty, fun

Decidedly fiction that defies pigeonholing! Begins with a really startling event, progresses through appreciation of the Appalachians and the solidarity of the people, and spends much time with specific conspiracies and an unusual take on mysticism. It's really a wild ride that I didn't want to end!
When I was surfing through kindle books that I had which have audio for reduced price, I found that I had the ebook in my TBR pile since July of 2014!
Pam Dougherty is really great as narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage can Mean Murder

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

Excellent plot!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

marriage, cozy-mystery, regency, relationships

Two couples with the potential for some major resentments. The client is a young woman with pots of money but not the same class as her husband, and the man from Bow Street is a Runner while his new wife is the widow of a viscount. The client hires the runner because she is afraid that her husband is trying to murder her. The plot has lots of twists and not a few red herrings before coming to a positive conclusion. Quite well done!
Joel Froomkin gives his usual fine performance as narrator.
I requested and received a free audio copy from the author via AudioBookBOOM.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful