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Fairfield, CA USA
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  • Thread of Hope

  • The Joe Tyler Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Shelby
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

If someone accused your best friend of a terrible crime, when would you stop defending him? Seven years after Joe Tyler's daughter Elizabeth was abducted, he hasn't stopped looking for answers, and he hasn't forgotten the friend who stood by him as he lost his wife, his home, and his career in his search. Now he's been brought back to San Diego by the news that this friend has been arrested for beating up a teenage girl - a girl not much older than Elizabeth would be now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent procedural GREAT Characters!

  • By shelley on 10-07-17

Fast Paced, Suspenseful Hunt For Missing Child

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I enjoyed this listen. Characters are developed enough to capture the listener’s interest .... and sympathy where needed. The story has lots of action, drama and suspense/mystery, which move the storyline at a fairly fast pace. The publisher’s summary gives a good synopsis.

When Joe learns his best friend, Chuck, is in a coma after a brutal beating, Joe returns to his hometown. Even though Chuck is in a coma, he is under arrest. He is accused of beating up a high school girl. Joe doesn’t believe it. As the story unwinds, Joe uncovers secrets and lies that could ruin the lives of town’s wealthiest members.

Narrator, Chis Andrew Ciulla does an excellent job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • And Justice for One

  • By: John Clarkson
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

If someone you loved was the victim of a violent crime, how far would you go to find justice? Jack Devlin didn't know the answer, until his brother was left comatose after a brutal assault. To the police, it was just another New York mugging. But to Jack Devlin, it was an abomination that must be avenged - outside the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Watch out Jack Devlin is in the Big Apple

  • By cosmitron on 02-28-18

Because You Can, You Will Pay!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

The Publisher's Summary and reviews by other listeners are a good synopsis so I won't repeat here. This story held my interest until the very end. It is an interesting, fast-paced, action-packed story about one man's belief that he is "above the law", and another man's driving desire to exact revenge. He went after the "above the law man" with a vengeance. I enjoyed this story. The narrator, Alan Philip Ormond, did a wonderful job with a good range of voice tones for the characters which made the story easy to follow.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,520

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Alice Nearly Lost Her Mind!!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I enjoyed this story set in Australia with several plotlines that converged into a very interesting story about a wife, mother, and sister who suffered a serious head injury resulting in serious memory loss. She forgets a huge chunk of her life! She remembers that she is married but forgot that she had already had her baby a while ago. This story is suspenseful and interesting. How would you manage not knowing your kids?!! The story takes many twists and turns along the way with interesting characters including a grandma who writes daily letters to her dead husband even tho she had remarried.

I believe two narrators, or a more skillful narrator, would have helped with telling this story. Narrator, Tamara Lovatt-Smith did a good job but with her accent and her limited voice tones, it was sometimes difficult to follow who was speaking especially in the first couple of hours of listening. Overall, however, once I got into the story it became easier to follow. The suspense of the story held my interest from the opening paragraph until the very end...

Highly Recommend

  • A Death in Live Oak

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a firestorm that threatens to rage out of control when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime. Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Townson's defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Courtroom Drama

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-22-18

He Let The Tears Come.....

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This is another well written, interest-holding Jack Swyteck story. The Publisher's Summary is a very good synopsis. I won't reiterate here but only to emphasize that it is a very timely, incendiary story of race, politics, injustice, and murder.

The story has many twists and turns with just a few flashbacks which add to the ease of following the storyline as the plot thickens. The great court room drama stirs the pot and adds more seasoning to the thickening plot. So far I've listen to six of the Swyteck series and this may be Gippando's best yet. I listened at every opportunity and couldn't wait to get back to the story and I didn't have to rewind once because of unclear words or to recall the story from where I shut it down at my last listen.

Jonathan Davis is one of my favorite narrators. He voice range provides very good individualized voices for most everybody in the novel. So far, I have not been disappointed by Gippando or Davis.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,771

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Planning Ahead, Could Save Your Life

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

In this story, a 60 year old man, a retiree, takes you on an adventure as he continue to run for his life after two decades of being on the run. From time to time I found myself holding my breathe. Of course he's an innocent man running from the US Military or is he running from the military?. He hides in plain sight using pre-planned aliases.and his two dogs: Dave and Carol. Peter Berkrot provides very good narration. I enjoyed this listen. It was a nice change of pace for me. Recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Most Dangerous Place

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter's surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith's wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grippando puts the suspense in the courtroom.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-24-18

A Twisty and Complicated Thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The Jack Swyteck legal series are really interesting stories. So far, I have listened to six of James Grippando's novels. This story is about murder as payback for rape. But the story is complicated and nothing is as it seems.

The truth is not fully understood until the twist in the last paragraph of the novel. Most Dangers Place is a great addition to the Jack Swyteck legal series. The novel has a superb beginning and an even better ending, but in the middle the story slows a bit costing it a 5 star rating. Narration by Jonathan Davis is outstanding.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,255

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

Vengeance Is Not Justice

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Another great Allen Eskens novel... If you enjoy narrator R.C. Bray, you already know he's an excellent narrator using just the right amount of drama and tension in his voice and using different tones to separate the characters... he really elevated this listening experience for me... But this is a strong, interesting story on its own just as much as “The Life We Bury” and “The Heavens May Fall” .. all are interesting stand alone stories. The Publisher's Summary and other reviewers provide a good synopsis so I won’t repeat too much here.

Vengeance is mines’ says Max Rupert… and he goes after his wife’s murderers without real second thoughts. He is a decent man so when he hears in his head the voice of the dead woman who had raised him, he listens but his need for retribution keep driving him towards his goal. “Vengeance is not justice,” he says to himself, “but those two ideals are not strangers to one another. They are born of the same mother, one sired by virtue, the other is the bastard son of vice…” Wow! I enjoyed this story.

I recommend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Again

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel, Book 12
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager's disappearance, ex-con Dylan Kyle was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi's clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle's execution, Sashi's mother visits Jack Swyteck, who's doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: "Sashi called me."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent legal thriller with great narration

  • By Wayne on 11-21-17

Did The Missing Girl Call Her Mother? Or A Hoax...

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This is an interesting story where one girl disappears, and later in the story, another girl is seemingly kidnapped. Both girls are the daughters of divorced and feuding parents. Both parents are suspects. This is a real twister. Throughout the story, I thought Mom was crazy and thought Dad was the true suspect. What is the truth? Of course we know from the beginning that a man is about to be put to death for seemingly murdering of one of the girls.

I enjoyed this story but found it needed more background information on the family as a whole so that as the story unfolds, the listener could buy into the buildup to finale. The ending was a bit lackluster, in my opinion, and was hard for me to reconcile with the rest of the story as it was told.

Jonathan Davis is a top notch performer. He elevates stories he narrates.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Nathan's Run

  • By: John Gilstrap
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

This raw and vivid portrait of juvenile detention centers and life on the run catapults John Gilstrap to the forefront of the crime thriller genre. Nathan Bailey is a 12-year-old juvenile-hall orphan with a problem. Covered in blood, he is caught on videotape fleeing from a murder scene. Will the boy evade the police long enough to tell the truth? Or will a hit man kill him before he gets the chance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Run Nathan Run!!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-14-18

Run Nathan Run!!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

This story is highly entertaining and it held my interest throughout. As the publisher's summary provides, Nathan is on the run for his life. Nathan is the underdog (wrongly accused, etc) and I root for children and underdogs, and against scum-bags and greedy relatives. This story is told in a way that's entertaining and suspenseful. As described by one reviewer, Nathan will steal your heart. His grief over the death of his parents and his struggles to survive abuse by the adults in his life, have taught and "schooled" Nathan to the point that he's become "street smart." However, when Nathan's dilemma comes to the attention of "the bitch", a radio host, he stole her heart and all of her listeners' heart as well.... the tide begins to slowly turn in Nathan favor.

George Guidall's outstanding performance brought the story and characters to life. A great read. Highly Recommend.....

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Found Money

  • By: James Grippando, Mim E. Rivas
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Single mother Amy Parkens feels trapped by a boring job, low pay, and no time for her young daughter. But that's before $200,000 in cold, hard cash arrives in an unmarked box. Desperately needing the money, Amy fears a setup or a connection to her mother's suicide 20 years earlier. So she sets out to find the source.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave...

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-07-18

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave... When We First Practice to Deceive...

This story explores the intricate web of cause and effect of unexpected "found" money. As moral and ethical questions of who and why are explored, this story takes many unexpected twists and turns as desperate answers are sought. As the story develops, several surprising yet supporting back stories are exposed and detailed.

As the publisher's summary synopsis states, $200,000 in cold, hard cash lands in Amy's lap unexpectedly at a time when she desperately needs it. But Amy is concerned about ethical issues related to the money... Is it some kind of setup? Should she keep the money? Ryan is in a similar boat because he and his sister inherited millions of dollars from their deceased-middle-class father. Where did it come from? ... extortion, robbery, or some other terrible crime he had committed? Ryan's remembrance of his father becomes tangled. Did his father have a dark past which nobody in the family knew anything about? Did he deceive his entire family?

Narrator George Guidall is a masterful narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful