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Rancher

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US
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A well written sneaky shocker!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-19

The main characters are well developed, a bit hackneyed and yet fitting given the time period. You may think you have the mystery well in hand, but you can't be certain. It's a good read. Cheers, Ken

Below average...no mystery to ponder.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-19

The story line and action parts were way too predictable. Even Ballerini couldn't add enough flare to save this story from a low rating. He had some issues with the Boston accent. Let's just say It's not his long suit. Cheers, Ken

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Surprises can make your day or...

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

Reviewed: 08-20-19

This story is quite unique filled with drama and strong characters that tweak your psyche and cause you to care about what could possibly happen next. I've rated over 300 books and given 5 stars very grudgingly. This one has the psychological hooks that make for good movies. Cheers, Ken

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Ex con but atypical...it's a yes for me!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-19

An ex con on parole has a relentless uphill challenge. How this person manages to get accepted and build trust in spite of the odds makes for a good story. Ballerini is a wonderfully talented reader. And I leave the rest for you to discover. Cheers, Ken

Pleasant surprise, ladies will love the details!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-19

This was a lucky listen for me. Not sure how I came upon the title. But I was drawn in early on and stuck with it in spite of feeling like the book was written strictly for women. Vivian comes to Manhattan as a naive 19 year old who lives with her aunt in a run down midtown theatre. The characters are well developed, believable and lovable. Cheers, Ken

Wacky story line!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-19

I finished, but only because I have enjoyed Mitzner's previous work. The writing and performance are both good, but the story stretches too far from the credible. Having read 5 of Mitzner's books, and given the previous 4 four star reviews, I was disappointed in this one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

No hesitation...5 star across the board!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-19

This is one of those "literary lovelies" you will remember. Unfortunately, too few books are easy to remember. For those of us who listen to books primarily for personal entertainment, we often struggle to recall what a book was about without electronic assistance. It often happens in casual conversation when someone mentions a book title along with it's author. A neuron fires in your squash, and you do a deep dive trying to recall the book. With this book you won't need to root out your cell phone to look it up. My list of "literary lovelies" is way too short. So I'm pleasured to add this one to it. Cheers, Ken

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Very good, different and expect more to come.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

This hero has a wide variety of exceptional talents. He is out to right the wrongs and has all the technical and most of the physical capabilities to get the job done. Most of the criminals will never know what went wrong, how it went wrong and who caused it to go wrong. His planning skills are excellent and his solutions are more elegant than the typical overpowering methods used by most. I found them refreshingly different. See what you think. Cheers, Ken

Not great, but not bad...average on my scale.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

Split personalities are not easy to understand and even harder to accept. But if you can find credulity, you will be intrigued by the story. Hen has a past that interferes with her believability, and thus, she has to work harder at gaining the trust of others who become aware of her history. But she has enough nerve and daring to push herself beyond her own fears to get to the answers needed to clear up some very sordid acts. Both the narration and the pace are good. Cheers, Ken

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Ludicrous story line...waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

If you choose to consider the possibility of super human performance drugs, this book may interest you. Clearly we have mind warping drugs that can put you on a path of inane behavior and nonsensical acts. But finding a drug that takes an ordinary person and turns that person into a super human genius with over the top cognitive power falls well short of my gullibility index.
cheers, Ken

0 of 4 people found this review helpful