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  • Debt Collector: Vengeance

  • Jack Winchester Vigilante Justice Series, Book 2
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 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

Jack Winchester thought he had put his past behind him. When he returns to New York City and finds his friend murdered and his sister kidnapped, Jack goes to war against the Sicilian Mafia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced action...

  • By shelley on 07-15-18

Outstanding suspense mystery/thriller!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Shelley of Raleigh, I still follow you and read all of your reviews although Audible has made it much more difficult. Thanks for recommending this series! You remain my best source for new authors such as Jon Mills and J.D. Barker as your reviews also alert me to new releases by old authors I failo to notice such as recent releases from Peter Grainger and Mason Cross. Thanks for your reviews! I see you now have over 13,500 helpful votes. You deserves those and many more.

Debt Collector: Vengeance, Book 2 in the Jack Winchester Vigilante Justice Series, is an action packed and intensely suspenseful novel with a likable protagonist with a criminal past he is trying to overcome. Adam Gold is a relatively inexperienced narrator who does a great job.

  • The Debt Collector - 1

  • A Jack Winchester Thriller
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Jack Winchester was a notorious hit-man for a ruthless New Jersey crime family, until a job went wrong, and he wound up serving time. Four years later, Jack is free, and he wants out of the game, but his boss won't let him go. Forced to take on one last job to make amends for what landed him in prison, he travels to the small town of Rockland Cove, Maine. There, he not only discovers that the target and money have disappeared; he finds himself falling for a damaged woman and befriending an unruly son left behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Sopranos for beginners.

  • By cosmitron on 03-14-18

The Debt Collector/Jack Winchester series, Book 1

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

During the last three years author Jon Mills has released ten short novels in this excellent suspense mystery/thriller series mostly in ebook format. The Kindle versions are priced at $2.99 or $3.99 each and are cost free to borrow with Kindle Unlimited. He begun to release the audiobook versions earlier this year and is releasing them at the rate of one per month. While Book 1 in audio format of the Jack Winchester series is priced reasonably for Kindle Unlimited members, in my opinion the other novels in the series are overpriced at one credit or $14 each; that is simply too much for novels that average 5.5 hours in length. As much as I enjoyed THE DEBT COLLECTOR -1 I am unwilling to pay the excessive price for the audio format novels. That is the same price I pay for much longer novels by established authors like Mark Greaney, Ben Coes, Karin Slaughter, Daniel Silva, Brett Battles, Brad Thor, Brad Taylor, Louise Penny, etc.

  • Single Malt Murder

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 475

When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot - but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it's clear that someone wants her out of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read with Excellent Characters

  • By David on 01-22-18

Abi inherits a single malt whisky business!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

SINGLE MALT MURDER is a cozy mystery about a photo journalist named Abigail Logan inheriting from her uncle a single malt whisky distillery in the highlands of Scotland. It is the first novel in what could be an excellent series. Of course there is a murder just after she arrives which must be solved. There is a nice twist near 5the end. Gemma Dawson demonstrates again that she is a stellar narrator.

  • The Financial Diet

  • A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money
  • By: Chelsea Fagan, Lauren Ver Hage - designer
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Fagan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

The Financial Diet is the personal finance book for people who don't care about personal finance. Whether you're in need of an overspending detox, buried under student debt, or just trying to figure out how to live on an entry-level salary, The Financial Diet gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your credit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED This Book

  • By Jennifer Seymour on 04-13-18

Genuinely interesting!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

THE FINANCIAL DIET is written by and mostly for for female millennials (Gen Y which includes people currently 23 to 37 years old). Being a 75 year old married male (very late "silent generation") I am not part of this group. My wife is early Baby Boomer generation, our adult offspring aand their spouses are all mid Gen Xers and all six of my grandchildren are all Gen Z. I first learned about this book when leafing through a copy of my wife's Real Simple magazine which recommends it. When it came up as an Audible Daily Deal I purchased it. (Ironically, I suspect that most Real Simple subscribers are older that the Gen Y target group for this book.)

Author Chelsea Fagan's financial recommendations are certainly sound. This audiobook is listed at 3.5 hours in length, but when the time to read and understand the 184 page PDF which is included with the audio book a better estimate of time is likely 8 hours. Lauren Ver Hage is the author/illustrator.

Interestingly, THE FINANCIAL DIET is also is also a cook book because it provides both kitchen supplies and recipes to avoid eating out as much (or at all) as part of becoming financially sound. The book does not use the term but it makes the strong case for "living below your means". Fagan's book also gives dating advice and financial advice within marriage (she should have her own money to spend as she pleases separate from the family money). My wife and I handled this differently after trying separate checking accounts by having her handle our money while I stayed out of it and did not question her decisions; since she is more conservative than I financially it has worked well. The author does a nice job of narrating her book. I did not expect to like the book as much as I do; nor did I expect to spend more than 8 hours with it.

I stated earlier that my three adult children (and their spouses) are mid Gen X (that generation is approximately ages 38 to age 53). The Gen Y group this book was written for takes frequent use of crude words that Gen X started to use in everyday language to a new level. The author writes in a conversational style. If you object to almost constant use of crude language you should skip The Financial Diet. Me? I am frequently around my 40-something daughters and daughter-in-law so I'm accustomed to crude language.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent dark suspense mystery!

  • By Wayne on 07-14-18

Excellent dark suspense mystery!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

The Fourth Monkey, Book 1 in this Detective SAM Porter series, was one of my favorite suspense mysteries of 2017. I like THE FIFTH TO DIE a lot but not as much as The Fourth Monkey. I struggled whether to rate the novel 4 or 5 stars and settled on 4 stars. Narration is outstanding.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bones of Others

  • Skye Cree Series, Book 1
  • By: Vickie McKeehan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Brutalized as a young girl by a vile sexual predator, Skye Cree is a survivor. Guided by the visions of her mystical spirit guide to the whereabouts of abducted girls, she uses her unique abilities to turn her horrifying past into a positive force for justice. Fighting the demons that have haunted her for years, she trusts only in herself - until she falls hard for a man for the first time in her life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just not my cup of tea!

  • By Wayne on 07-11-18

Just not my cup of tea!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I did not care the supernatural aspects. The story would be fine without those aspects. The narration is outstanding. (I did not complete this novel.)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pale Horse Coming

  • Earl Swagger, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

The Thebes State Penal Farm in Mississippi is up a dark river, surrounded by swamps and impenetrable piney woods. It’s the Old South at its most brutal - a place of violence, racial terror, and even more horrific rumors. Of the few who make the journey, black or white, even fewer return.

But in that year, two men will come to Thebes. The first is Sam Vincent, the former prosecuting attorney of Polk County, Arkansas who, with great misgivings, accepts a job to investigate a disappearance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story with Strong Characters

  • By Wolfpacker on 06-06-15

Historical detective novel (1950ish)

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Set in Mississippi around 1950 the racist aspects of PALE HORSE COMING may be realistic but the use of the N-word is excessive, offensive, and tiring to the point of angering me. The story is okay, but nothing special. I usually like this author's works. Eric G. Dove's narration is excellent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Samaritan

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Laura hasn’t had it easy: she's survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn't love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it. But now someone’s on to her - Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laura is Amy Dunne on steroids!

  • By Wayne on 07-10-18

Laura is Amy Dunne on steroids!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

THE GOOD SAMARITAN is a dark, dark psychological thriller about a woman who is evil beyond comprehension. Her goal is to hear the last breath of as many people as possible. She works at a suicide hotline, but rather than trying to talk people out of killing themselves she volunteers to help them. Her ruthless and self obsessed knows no bounds. This novel is a good story, but I cannot recommend it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Friend

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben. She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit - someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good psychological suspense

  • By Candice on 03-25-18

Better than her first novel!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Teresa Driscoll's first novel titled I Am Watching You earned 2 stars, so I decided to give her a second chance with THE FRIEND. THE FRIEND is better but still not very good. Like her first novel the author writes this in the first person of the protagonist. Like her first novel the protagonist here does lots and lots of navel gazing in telling the story. What saves THE FRIEND is the conclusion which brings the story together and almost makes the 7 hours of boredom worthwhile. In any case I'm finished with author Teresa Driscoll.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

  • By: Kevin O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Andrea Boyle moved to Seattle to give her 17-year-old nephew, Spencer, a fresh start after the death of his parents. Andrea has found her own new beginning with Luke, a successful playwright and father of a teenage son, Damon. The boys appear to have little in common, but in truth they share a private torment....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder spree in Seattle!

  • By Wayne on 07-09-18

Murder spree in Seattle!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Both the Author and narrator are new to me. This novel has been in my Audible library for 18 months. My choice is between 4 and 5 stars; I decided on 4 stars because the author really overdoes it with the number of murders. YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE is a solid suspense thriller.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful