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Trish R.

JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
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  • In Harm's Way

  • Sandhamn Murders, Book 6
  • By: Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy - translator
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The body of world-famous journalist Jeanette Thiels is discovered the day after Christmas, frozen in a snow-covered garden just steps from her hotel on Sandhamn Island. Detective Thomas Andreasson finds it highly unlikely that it was some bizarre accident. After all, the relentless war-zone correspondent was no stranger to conflict and controversy - both professional and, of late, very personal. Who would want to see her dead is another story.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many Characters

  • By Seattle blues on 10-17-18

NOT a good book but perfect narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

It was like every chapter the author was introducing a new character and most of the time I was completely lost and had no idea what THAT person had to do with the death of Jeanette Theils. Even though I did want to know who poisoned her I can’t see me reading anything else by this author, or anything else that’s been translated, because things get “lost in translation.” LOL

Thomas and Margit I could see since they were the police but not all the others that had anything to do with Jeanette and I couldn’t understand why they were even in the book. The only review on Audible says “Too many characters,” and I have to whole-heartedly agree with reviewer Seattle blues, there were too many, 416 pages of too many characters. I found it hard to believe she was going to tie all these people together at the end on the book. Which she didn’t. About 4 people didn’t even have to be in the book:

Nora and Henrik were a divorced couple who spent Christmas together with their sons. She worked for a bank and she thought the bank was doing something shady, and that went on and on. It had nothing to do with Tomas and Margit’s investigation into the murder. There was two stories and the one was pretty boring. In the end Nora decided to quit her job and find another. Really? All those pages to come up with that solution? That was stupid.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 12 times.

As to the narration: Angela Dawe was amazing. There were a whole lot of Swedish words and she never stumbled over the words or gave you the impression she had no idea what she was reading. Her voices were perfect and she read every emotion the book called for. Simply awesome.

  • The Air Raid Killer

  • By: Frank Goldammer, Steve Anderson
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

 In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting thriller!

  • By Mrs Rex on 07-26-18

Terrible book but great narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18



I’ll admit I went from 52% all the way to the end of the book just to find out who the killer was. This story was depressing and disgusting and sad all at the same time. AND how anyone could call this “riveting” or “brilliant” or “captivating” is beyond me. I did not know when I chose this book that I would spend so much time reading about people starving or how emaciated they were or how they were starving to death or the constant bombings that went on or how cruel the Germans were to everyone who wasn’t PURE German.

I simply can’t finish this. The only person that was likable was Karin, Max Heller’s wife.

I can read war stories but I can’t read about the misery these people went through page after page. The biggest part of the book was written about what these poor people went through instead of the murders. There was too much other crap going on and not enough mystery until after I zipped over to the last 10 or 20 pages. I felt this wasn’t as much a mystery as it was a history lesson. This definitely wasn’t for me.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 2 times.

As to the narration: Alexander Cendese did a wonderful job on the voices, both male and female, as well as the emotions when he read.

  • Run and Hide

  • Eva Driscoll Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Eva Driscoll is used to chasing down bad guys, but now the bad guys are chasing her. She knows they won’t stop until she’s dead. After her brother is killed in a faked suicide, Driscoll teams up with ex-soldier Rees Colback, the one person who can help her find answers. Together they’re determined to uncover why members of his Special Forces squad are dying in mysterious circumstances. But with every agency in the country in hot pursuit, their only choice is to flee. The clock is ticking. They can’t run forever. It’s time to make a choice: kill or be killed...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Carol Meighen on 10-18-18

Awesome read and Awesome narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18



Wow! What a great book. Eva Driscoll, a CIA agent, could seriously kick some butt. And along with her men, Colback, Sonny, and Smart, as well as another teammate that I can’t tell you about, they killed a lot of bad guys.

This was about the ESO, Executive Security Office, a group of Billionaires and one Trillionaire who pretty much run the world and they had anyone killed that even thought about getting in their way. Unfortunately, Henry Langton, the Trillionaire, made the mistake of having Eva’s brother killed and that brought on a war.

There was a surprise at the end and a lot of unanswered questions but we won’t see any answers until November 14th.

There was no romance and the F-bomb was used 24 times.

As to the narration: Angela Dawe was absolutely wonderful. Every man had his own voice so you knew who was talking without the book telling you. She’s one of my top 5 female narrators.

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the beginning...

  • By shelley on 08-05-18

Loved the book and the narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18



I have to go with the 15,000+ four and five star reviewers that liked/loved this book. I really, really liked it and I will definitely read more from this author. As with most books you can find something silly or stupid or immature or vulgar or sick, or whatever in it, but I look past that and ask myself if the murder mystery/suspense was good or was it all of the above descriptions. Yeah, it was good. I liked that it was about MAYBE 2 serial killers, you had to wait until the end to find out. Was it the killer from Zoe’s childhood or was it someone else.

I liked Tatum and Zoe and I was rooting for them to get romantically involved, just a little romance, though. But, alas, it was not to be. I also liked her sister Andrea, as a little girl and as a grownup.

I thought it was amazing that Zoe started reading everything she could find on forensic profiling when she was 14 years old, when 3 girls she knew were murdered, and continued with that career until she became a Forensic Pathologist for the FBI. And at 14 she profiled the real killer but no one believed her because of her age. However, the killer she’s profiled when she was young tried to kill her again while she was working for the FBI BUT he got away and we’ll find out nothing about him until the next book in JUNE of 2019.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narration: GREAT! Brittany Pressley has certainly come a long way recently. Not only with her voices but with the emotions when she reads. I enjoyed her narration immensely.

Another thing I loved, loved, loved about this book was that it WAS NOT written in the first person.

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  • Cut and Run

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image - the twin sister she never knew she had. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Fast Fun & Free (to borrow)...

  • By shelley on 10-19-18

Awesome read and great narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18




So, I’ve read 6 of Mary Burton’s books and I’ve really liked them a lot. BUT this one I loved. Here’s why; the storyline was wonderful but sad, about young girls a man considered “baby makers” then killed the girls after he had the baby, until he had the boy he wanted, but mostly I loved the relationship Hayden (the Texas Ranger) and Faith (the Forensic Pathologist). It went from secret meetings in hotel rooms with no kissing and no facing each other while having sex to a slight peck on the cheek to kissing on the lips to falling in love by the end of the book. It was a little romance and sex thrown in with murder and kidnappings to solve.

The ONLY problem I had with the story was that Hayden and Faith referred to his dead wife, who died FOUR years ago, as Hayden’s soul-mate and Sierra’s name was mentioned 23 times. I’m not crazy about a dead spouse being mentioned over and over again while the remaining spouse is falling in love again. Mention her 2 or 3 times but NOT 23 times. Just sayin’

I liked Macy, the FBI agent who was run down within hours of coming to town and Kat, the teenage girl who was taken by the killer in order to lure Faith to him. It really was exciting from beginning to end.

There was graphic sex in this book but certainly NOT erotic. And the F-bomb was used 7 times.

As to the narration: The last Mary Burton I read was also narrated by Brittany Pressley and I gave her 2 stars because it was like she didn’t even care if she sounded manly or not so she ruined the book for me. However, this time the men may have all sounded alike but at lease the sounded like men. Great job, Ms. Pressley. As of today I will gladly listen to you narrate.

  • The Atlantis Cipher

  • The Relic Hunters Series, Book 2
  • By: David Leadbeater
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Five ancient statues have been unearthed in South America, each containing a mysterious coded message hinting at an origin many thought impossible: the mythical world of Atlantis. As word of their discovery spreads, the prized figurines become a treasure bounty hunters will kill for. CIA agent Heidi Moneymaker calls in the only team for the job: Guy Bodie and his posse of relic-hunting thieves. If they are to find the ancient civilization, Bodie and his team must decode a series of clues that will take them across the world and to the deepest depths of the ocean.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and barely OK narration..

  • By Trish R. on 10-11-18

Good story and barely OK narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18



So, I read the first book, The Relic Hunters, and I liked it but this one the team just kept getting the sh*t kicked out of them and they were ready to fight again after about 4 hours sleep. It really was unbelievable at times.

The players: Bodie, Cassidy, Jemma, Gunn and Cross are a great bunch. I think I like Cassidy best since she can definitely kick some a*s. Heidi and Lucie, of the CIA, is pretty good too.

This was all about following the clues that lead them to the lost city of Atlantis and the Russian mob, the Bratva, and the Chinese special forces-like group were also on the hunt and that’s who Bodie and his people were constantly fighting, all trying to be the first to discover Atlantis.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 26 times.

This just came out but it was a free read and free listen. But you never know how long that will be.

As to the narration: Jeez, Pete Simonelli AKA Sebastian York truly is terrible. His women’s voices suck and he reads without any kind of emotions. No matter what he never ever whispers. The only thing he has going for him is his nice reading voice BUT you have to do more than read.

  • The Event

  • By: Nathan Hystad
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Cities all around the world reported strange alien vessels descending. Some saw them as the heralds of a new age; others fired everything they had at them. All were taken as the beams lashed down and drew them into the sky. Dean was left behind, seemingly the last man on Earth. A trail of clues left by his dead wife guides Dean on a perilous journey across America and beyond to learn the truth behind the mysterious ships and save humanity from its doom.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the purchase

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-12-18

Great read and awesome narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18



I enjoyed this book a lot. It was about an invasion and the few people left on earth to save the billions of people taken by the aliens and put in containers and sent toward the sun so they could have earth.

The characters were great; Dean and Mary, Magnus and Natalia, and Mae near the end of the story, and Carey, Dean’s neighbor’s dog. A neighbor who didn’t make, along with billions of others.

Of course, this book left it open for the next book because Dean told everyone that “it wasn’t over, yet.”

There was no swearing to speak of and no sex so this book was definitely G-rated. And, unfortunately, G-rated books are really not my thing. In real life I’d expect a lot more swearing than “s**t” used two times when people are getting into all kinds of scary-crazy-dangerous-deadly situations. A good read but I won’t be moving on to the next book. This was written for YA and teens.

As to the narration: YAY! Luke Daniels! He’s simply wonderful. With voices and emotions.

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  • Duplicity

  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life - newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared? The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads - was Max's incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silence of the Calves

  • By 6catz on 01-24-17

Good read but the female narrator was awful..

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

So, it’s written in the first person by a male and female narrator. The female was The Other One, who was the killer and only had 4 to 6 pages where she talked about her life and the abuse she went through. The only male when Henrietta Meire read was he father and she did a terrible job on his voice. Until Part 2. Then she did Max’s voice and it was just as girly as the father’s was. It was pretty terrible.

The other chapters were The Detective, the one trying to solve the murder of Max Burbeck, and Simon Vance read several chapters before it went back to the girl and his voices were so much better than Henrietta Meire’s, she didn’t even try to sound masculine. And right after Part 2 began it was all pretty simple to figure out what happened. So, that kind of sucked. I wasn’t even at 50% yet and the whole story was given away. There was a little twist at the end but not enough to make it a thrilling thriller.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 32 times.

As to the narration: Henrietta Meire stunk but Simon Vance was much better.

  • The Savannah Project

  • Jake Pendleton Series, Book 1
  • By: Chuck Barrett
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331

Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick's Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend there are no suspicious circumstances and more than the usual share of rather unlikely "coincidences," he sets off a veritable avalanche of secrets, violence and treachery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Even Scott Brick couldn't save a story arc

  • By Andrew Pollack on 05-25-14

Decent book but pretty terrible narration..

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18




Overall, this was a good mystery with a bit of romance but it was very wordy and there was a lot of the parts about the IRA and Ireland that was pretty interesting but there was just too much history given.

I did like Jake and Beth but the author left you hanging at the end, but not so much you couldn’t figure out what happened, which I think I hated. I liked Gregg Kaplan, too. His girlfriend, not so much.

Laurence O’Rourke and his brother and Nasiri got exactly what they deserved, But the real bad guy got away so I guess Jake will be going after Shamrock in the next book. Which I will NOT be listening to.

No sex and no F-bomb, other swearing though.

As to the narration: I absolutely love Scott Brick BUT not in this book. He was just so awful I can’t tell you. Every single woman sounded exactly like a man and he didn’t whisper when he absolutely should have been. Didn’t laugh, didn’t do much of anything except read the book. Sorry Scott, but I think I’ll stay away from your older books.

  • The Boardwalk Trust

  • Beach Lawyer
  • By: Avery Duff
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

 With the flawless sky above and the boardwalk below, Robert Worth has set up shop on Venice Beach with an eye on Delfina Famosa, his unexpected first client. A whip-smart homeless kid, Delfina reaches out to Robert to keep her father, Teo, out of trouble. The pair claim to be beneficiaries of the seven-figure Famosa trust, and Delfina wants him to have their backs in court. But in a city of illusions, nothing is what it first appears to be. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unfit for human consumption!

  • By Wayne on 04-20-18

Good story and barely okay narration..

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18



This was a pretty good book. Absolutely nothing to do with a courtroom but I still enjoyed it.

It was about Teo and his daughter, nine year old Delfina and the Beach Lawyer and his girlfriend Gia and his best friend, retired cop Erik and his other friend Reyes and the Bulgarian mob. And it was kinda’ like a scavenger hunt near the end of the story as well as murder and attempted murder and a real surprise as to who one of the bad guys were. It keeps your interest all the way through.

Sex was only mentioned and the F-bomb was used 8 times.

As to the narration: James Patrick Cronin was okay. He did good accents but all the women had pretty deep voices.