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  • Sandfire

  • Caine: Rapid Fire, Book 3
  • By: Andrew Warren, Aiden L. Bailey
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Before he was betrayed, Caine was still an assassin.... As the CIA's deadliest operative, Caine is tasked with eliminating America's most dangerous enemies. But Caine is a professional. His missions of death have rarely been personal. Until now. A fellow operative is killed on an icy New Zealand mountain. A shipment of vital medicine disappears from a UN cargo container. And a CIA cargo plane is shot down in the vast Empty Quarter desert. These seemingly unrelated events are all linked to a shadowy operation, known only as SANDFIRE...and if exposed, the fallout could engulf the Arabian Peninsula in war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SANDFIRE---What An Outstanding Book & Performance!

  • By Dennis H on 12-10-18

Exciting thriller you want to listen to

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Really enjoyed this story. The fact that it is an audiobook is even better. Excellent performance of this thriller by Mr. Abell who excellently narrates the story and portrays the different characters as they would act and sound in the many different situations they find themselves in. Lots of twists and turns which make for a very enjoyable read. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Strongbox

  • By: Maureen O'Hagan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

In this tantalizing true mystery of a stolen life, an acclaimed reporter and an identity theft investigator follow a series of incredible revelations about the actual identity of a wife, mother, and friend turned perfect stranger. Days after Lori Ruff’s suicide, her family discovered her hidden strongbox containing stunning evidence that her entire life had been invented. Her real identity was buried so deep it would take five years to unearth. Who was Lori Ruff?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

  • By Delah on 08-12-18

Short but very interesting story

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Really enjoyed this relatively short story regarding the investigation to find the identity of a person who committed suicide. Matter was taken up by a reporter and a retired detective who would not stop until they found this person's identity. Investigation began with very few clues found in the deceased person's personal strongbox, totally unknown to her husband and his family. By painstakingly continuing the search, clue by clue, item by item, interview by intereview, we travel with the investigators until the final end of the search. Very interesting story. Recommend it highly.

  • Cold Kill: A Thomas Caine Novella

  • Caine: Rapid Fire, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Warren
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Thomas Caine is being hunted. To protect a friend, the vengeful assassin has taken on a sinister branch of the Russian Mafia. Blood has been spilled, and these ruthless gangsters know better than anyone that revenge is a dish best served cold.... Caine soon finds himself captured in the frozen mountains of Siberia. With no equipment, no supplies, and no weapons, he must survive in this icy wasteland, as a crack team of Russian mercenaries hunts him down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step aboard The Siberian Express

  • By cosmitron on 03-28-18

A thriller you won't soon forget

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

A thriller that you can’t put down. The action is non-stop and the suspense keeps you turning page after page. You can’t imagine what can possibly happen next. Although we are introduced to Thomas Caine in the novella, Devil’s Due, Cold Kill is a stand-alone story that gives you everything you need to know about Thomas Caine, his former and current life, and the people who are important to him. When these people are threatened, by persons unknown Caine takes action to protect them, but hits a wall with the Russian Mafia. Caine is drugged, flown to Sibera, and dropped out of an airplane in a cage onto the frozen tundra in the winter. And this is only the mild part. The story actually goes from here. Incredible action and suspense. Highly recommend this amazing thriller and look forward to more in this series from this very talented author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Stars

  • Kyle Achilles, Book 3
  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Imagine Bin Laden meets Bernie Madoff - and hold on for the ride. A mysterious summons lures Kyle Achilles to a midnight meeting that shocks the world and sets a master plan in motion. Meanwhile, his former partner also enters a terrible trap. It's ingenious and unprecedented, but just a hint of what's to follow. Achilles and Jo join forces against the cunning culprit, but time is tight and the pressure is great. The Russian is not just making millions with his clever crimes - he's waging war on the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 11-18-17

A superb Tim Tigner novel read by Dick Hill

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Since I am old school, the use of drones to me is fascinating. The entire story is about the weaponized use of drones and how easily it is accomplished. What an incredible adventure for Kyle and Jo. ( Katya, while briefly mentioned, play an important but very minor part this time.) I really enjoy the interaction between the characters. Ivan the Ghost, Kyle’s nemesis and “master planner and manipulator of all things,” reappears in this story (the bad guy in Book 1 - Chasing Ivan). I really enjoy these exciting chase stories. Due to the incredible capability of drones, this is a real nail-biter since you actually realize that law enforcement has only a minimal ability to counteract a situation when a drone is used for evil purposes. This story is again perfectly read by Dick Hill. As will all of the other Tim Tigner novels, Mr. Hill is able to perform the various character parts expertly. The variety of the accents and the cadence of the different character's speech patterns is fascinating when performed by one person. You feel you are actually with them in the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • War, Spies & Bobby Sox

  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Diane Piron-Gelman, Derek Shetterly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America. A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two Germans soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp. Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago. And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago's Lawndale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A glimpse of trying times during WWII in America

  • By Betsy on 10-09-17

A glimpse of trying times during WWII in America

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

The three stories were really, really good. The Narration was excellent. The stories take place during WWII and reflect the experiences and attitudes of the period. I found the writing to be excellent.

The Incidental Spy. The first story concerns a young girl, Lena, who escapes from Berlin just before the Nazi’s begin the roundup and termination of the Jewish population. It follows her story as she leaves the love of her life, Josef, and travels to the US for a new beginning, meeting and marrying Karl. The story then takes a major twist and you learn that maybe leaving Germany was not as simple as crossing the ocean. The characters are interesting and the story is a fast read, taking you from pre-war Germany, to war-time Chicago, to the infiltration of spies, to the development of the atomic bomb. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend the story.

P.O.W. The second story concerns the German P.O.W’s brought to the U.S. during the war. Since the men were off fighting the war, the wives and children left home on the farms needed help with the harvests. In this story, the P.O.W’s are hired to harvest apples over a 2-week period. The P.O.W’s included not only German soldiers, but also Nazi’s who were hiding within the group. The coming-of-age daughter becomes involved with one of the prisoners and, at this point, the story becomes a heartbreaking adventure for the young girl with twists and turns that change her life forever. This story is also a very fast read, and you do not want to put it down until the end.

The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared. This is a very short story about two teenage boys, one from the working class part of town, and the other from the upper class part of town. Fast friends, they spend all of their time together. The story follows their adventures in Chicago including loose women, bar patrons, and running collection for the mob. The story is well written and provides a glimpse into a slice of pre-war Americana from the prospective of one of the boys that is well worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

  • The Hard Way

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,082

Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he’ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance - because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - But I All Ready Had It!!!!!!!!

  • By Delstel on 11-27-14

Jack is an incredible hero.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

From the first page to the last, this exciting adventure grabs you and doesn’t let up. Even if you are unfamiliar with other Jack Reacher stories, you quickly immerse yourself into the characters from the first page. I found it extremely difficult to put the book down until the end. If you love action- packed mystery, intrigue, and just plain great writing, this is the book for you. The crime, of course, is unthinkable. How could anyone do such a thing. You want revenge along with the heroes. I highly recommend this well written story. Just a note, I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Looking forward to going back and reading other books by this very talented author.

  • Saint Death

  • John Milton, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Victor The Assassin Meets James Bond

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Incredible story

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. The story was extremely well written, the audio was extremely well spoken.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saint Death?

Each time Saint Death performed one of his terrible feats of terror, the descriptions made you shiver in horror. This was a terrible, terrible villain who justly deserved what he got in the story.

What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

The dialogue of each character was interpreted in a different way. You felt like there were different performers telling the story. Excellent!!! Made the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Make sure you have John Milton's contact information before you challenge the authority of the Mexican cartels.

Any additional comments?

Definitely well worth getting into this series. Each story is individual, but you want to know how it all began and how it fits into the continuing story of John Milton.

  • End of Days

  • ARKANE, Book 9
  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A marble tablet found in the ruins of Babylon warns of the resurrection of a banished serpent in the final days. A sarcophagus is discovered in the deepest ocean, locked by seven seals scattered throughout the ancient world. As the Brotherhood of the Serpent race to find the seals before a rare lunar eclipse over the heart of Jerusalem, ARKANE agents Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber battle to find them first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well told the snakes didn't even trouble me

  • By Cyn on 04-30-17

Excellent addition to the ARKANE series

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because of the story. The performance was only four star because I did not care for the interpretation of Morgan's voice. It was too soft, too high-pitched, and came across as too wimpy. She is a very strong, capable woman and her voice she be performed to reflect that. All of the other characters were excellent, and basically, made the performance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of End of Days?

Of course, at the end, when the Great Serpent which had been entombed for a 1,000 years is released. Breathtaking description.

Have you listened to any of Veronica Giguere’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I have listened to her other performances for J.F. Penn novels. Morgan's voice was also too soft-sounding in these also, but it was very noticeable in this particular audiobook.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The description of the church service in Appalachia where the parishioners are handling rattlers. The description of the people, the pastor, and the performance of the service are incredible.

Any additional comments?

Other than the interpretation of Morgan's voice, overall the performance of this exciting story was extremely well done. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • London Crime Thriller Boxset

  • Desecration, Delirium, Deviance
  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Evil stalks the city of London at night. Can Detective Jamie Brooke and reluctant psychic Blake Daniel stop the murders before it's too late? This audiobook contains three full-length crime thrillers with an edge of the supernatural from J.F. Penn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommend this exciting series.

  • By Betsy on 04-26-17

Highly recommend this exciting series.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to my friends. It is well presented, with the characterizations of all the different characters extremely well interpreted. I thoroughly enjoy being read to since, if I wish, I can relax, close my eyes, and actually be there.

What did you like best about this story?

In all three books, the interaction of the characters within the absolutely amazing circumstances. Everywhere you turn there is another situation brewing, You are constantly running at full speed. Jamie's performance as a detective, a mother, a victim, a friend, an adversary, a partner, a caregiver, all work together. When she pairs up with a person with an unusual psychic ability, the mixture of the two characters is electric.

What about Rosalind Ashford’s performance did you like?

Rosalind was able to interpret the accents, emotions and inflections of the characters, actually keeping them separate from one another and allowing you to imagine how they look, how they react to situations and with each other. I was able to “see” the people, places and things. Thoroughly enjoyed the narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

DESECRATION. This is the type of book where you are tempted to read the last page to see if your hero survives because the suspense is so intense. It was an awesome thriller. The intensity of the story just builds and builds. Being trapped underground and prepped for sacrifice in the "Hellfire Caves" was more than enough to get me moving. This was only one example in this excellent story.DELIRIUM. What a better place for a psychic thriller than an old insane asylum with a history of not so humane treatment of the patients. What could an emotionally damaged police detective and an abused psychic possibly get involved with in a place like this? You plunge head first into the adventure from page one and never stop after that. Jamie Brooke and her partner are immediately immersed in the horrible crime, with much more to follow. It's hard to find time to take a breath before the next page hits you. Lots of adventure with supernatural fun thrown in makes for a wonderful, exciting read.DEVIANCE. You will not want to be interrupted once you start this book. Exciting third adventure with our now ex-cop and our psychic. Author weaves into the story the social ills of modern society, the determination of a greedy land developer, and, of course, horrible serial killings, all mixed in with a mesmerizing evil politician, street people, and marching "clean up our streets" groups. All the ingredients for a thriller that takes our heroes right to the edge. The entire book was mesmerizing.

Any additional comments?

Lots of adventure with supernatural fun thrown in makes for a wonderful, exciting read. I would expect nothing less in a book from Joanna Penn. Would like to see a fourth in this series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Desecration

  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. She enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than a thriller

  • By Michael Parsley on 06-10-14

Awesome read. Don't start unless you have time to

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

What made the experience of listening to Desecration the most enjoyable?

I love to listen to audiobooks because I can do other things without interrupting the story. I listen during dinner preparation, bathtime, morning preparation for work, and relaxing on the weekends. If you haven't experienced being read to since you were a small child, take a chance...you will understand why our children love it! You can simply close your eyes and immerse yourself in the narrative.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is the type of book where you are tempted to read the last page to see if your hero survives because the suspense is so intense. It was an awesome thriller. I love this type of book. So much grittier than the ARKANE series which I thoroughly enjoyed. The story just builds and builds. Once you read the first page you are hooked until the last word on the last page.

What does Rosalind Ashford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rosalind was able to interpret the accents,emotions and inflections of the characters, actually keeping them separate from one another and allowing you to imagine how they look, how they react to situations and with each other. I was able to imagine photos of the people, places and things. Excellent narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Don't start it unless you have time to finish it. It will haunt your dreams. For example, being trapped underground in a series of deep caves named "Hellfire Caves" is enough to make your skin crawl. Super exciting.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend both the Ebook and this wonderful narration by Rosalind Ashford.