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Gail Blanco

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5 stars are not enough

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I wish it was possible to rate this higher than 5 stars. The lives of these two girls intertwined show that they are more alike than different even though so many years apart. Both orphaned, they go through many hardships that are of no fault of their own, that in the end bring them to find love and self-acceptance. They both are abandoned and neglected by many adults throughout their lives but find hope and satisfaction in the end. The narration is perfect, down to Niamh/Dorothy/young Vivian’s Irish lilt and older Vivian’s squeaky, high-pitched voice, and Molly’s adolescent skepticism. I love the symbolism at the end when they prop open all the doors and the ocean breeze blows through as they prepare for their visitors, that now their lives have opened for them to start a new beginning of openness and accepting all that has happened to them. I purchased this audio book as a daily sale but I would have gladly paid many times that and felt it was worth it. Don’t miss this story!!

One of the best courtroom dramas

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Reviewed: 06-21-19

My passion is reading legal novels but lately so many writers have side tracked to other topics and veered away from actual courtroom time. Sheldon Siegel provides all the thrilling details of investigating and the trial. Tim Campbell has always been one of my favorite narrators, since I was introduced to his work with Scott Pratt novels. I hated to have the book end, and actually went back and listened to chapters over just to prolong the inevitable finish. And Tim Campbell’s voice is one you never get tired of hearing!

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Good beginning and middle

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-19

A little too far fetched for me. The first part of the book was intriguing, but the end when they went to Peru was disjointed and hard to follow. And I may have missed it, but what happened to the lone surviving woman? Dr Ralph’s misadventure at the LA hospital was too unbelievable. I’ll stick to Victor Methos’ legal thrillers.

Disappointing ending

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Reviewed: 04-07-19

I feel duped.... I listened to the whole book and have no idea why the drive in screen came down and who was killing who and why. I am a huge Barclay fan but this was a waste of my time. I understand it could be resolved in Book 3 but I don’t want to listen to a whole book with no resolution.

Fake southern drawl and baby talk

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Reviewed: 03-25-19

As curious as I am as to where the story is going, I’m giving up. It’s not worth finishing the book give it any more time listening to the horrible southern drawl with no substance, and the baby talk of the little girl. I normally Love January LaVoy’s work; in fact, this is why I picked this book. But this is not her best work. A waste of money.

Twists and turns every chapter

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Reviewed: 03-09-19


This is a psychological thriller at its best. Jennifer Hillier provides detailed descriptions of all the action that makes you feel you are right there, while including so many surprises. It was definitely a page turner. January LaVoy’s narration adds to the suspense. More works of both this author and narrator will be on my wish list!

Intriguing and emotion-provoking storyline

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Reviewed: 10-07-18

This was a great book. It held my interest and made me think about the characters when I wasn't listening to it. Even the seemingly unimportant details came together in the end. And anything narrated by Erin Bennett is a pleasure to listen to. I didn't agree with some of Rachel's actions and got a little upset, but then I realized I was just like the townspeople who were judging her!

One of the small things that set this book apart from others was the "laid back" wording used, that made it seem more natural, which of course Erin made come to life. I highly recommend this audio book!

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Worth listening to

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Reviewed: 08-27-18

This book held my interest a few places, such as Zachary talking about the anatomy class medical projects, or a little too explicit and unnecessary for me. I believe there is an error in chapter 47 when Christine is speaking to 'Dink' at the memorial service and the narrator says that "Gail's" phone rang and it was Marcus calling. Of course that should say Christine's phone instead of Gail's. I replayed that several times to make sure I was hearing it correctly. The ending of the story (the true killer) was a little convenient but all in all, this was an enjoyable book to listen to.

Excellent book and narration!

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Reviewed: 06-22-18

This is the first book I have heard by Victor Methos and I am going to search for more by him. The story was compelling and reasonable. I enjoyed the actual trial scenes. At first I thought that Mr. Methos could have developed the other characters a little more, for example, Tommy's behind-the-scenes life, but I realize now that the author chose to focus on the main subject, that of defending Amanda, and not get sidetracked just to make the book longer. Nick Podehl's narration was spot-on and made me feel like I was seeing and hearing the action as it happened. His Russian and Scottish accents were perfect. I think Victor Methos is the next John Grisham, and he and Nick Podehl make the perfect combination for an audio book.

Held my interest

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

This book was interesting and somewhat suspenseful. The end was a little disappointing because it left some loose ends. Did the neighbors get the trailer pRk? Did Jeanie and Christine hold the estate sale? However, I thought Susan Bennett did a great job narrating. Every inflection, every pause, a little laugh or smile in her voice at the appropriate time, were spot on. I would recommend this book as long as you can take the ending as it is.