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  • Fever Dream

  • By: Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081

At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, spooky thriller

  • By Snoodely on 06-10-10

Unlikeable characters and lazy writing

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This was my first (and last) sampling of a Preston/Child book.
The characters are completely unlikeable and unrelatable. The premise of the story is good but the story telling is lazy and in part unbelievable. For example a hit man/sniper dialling in the scope of his rifle which is supported by a bi-pod laying on the ground suddenly is able to shoot a circling hawk in the air? it's just I'm possible for some lying prone with their gun resting on the ground to shoot something airborne.
That is only part of the problem with the writing, which is like a thesaurus vomited on the page.
I found this book to be a complete waste of time.

  • Written Off

  • Forensic Handwriting Series, Book 7
  • By: Sheila Lowe
  • Narrated by: Anna Crowe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine to retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker. The manuscript, written by Professor Madeleine Maynard, who was, herself, brutally murdered, exposes a shocking secret: explosive research about a group of mentally unstable grad students selected for a special project and dubbed “Maynard’s Maniacs”. Was Madeleine conducting research that was at best, unprofessional - and at worst, downright harmful and potentially dangerous? Could that unorthodox research have turned deadly? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the elements of a good Mystery.

  • By cosmitron on 06-22-18

A great thriller with a twist

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I was a little hesitant about a book with a handwriting expert as a protagonist. But that concern was soon a distant memory. The story is great and it moves along at a great pace.
I found myself listening for longer than I'd planned because I was so immersed in the story.

“This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,121

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best one yet

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 03-22-18

A cracking good read!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

This instalment of The Grey Man series is just a fantastic gripping read from beginning to end.

  • The Fugitive's Trail

  • Sean Kruger, Book 1
  • By: J.C. Fields
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In the lobby of a Wall Street investment firm, one man is dead and another seriously injured. The man accused of the crime is now a fugitive. When Special Agent Sean Kruger is personally ordered to New York City to find the fugitive, Kruger questions the reason. Told to shut up and do his job, he starts looking into the case. What he finds is troubling. Eyewitness accounts seem contrived with little variance between individual testimonies. The more he hears, the more he feels someone is manipulating the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5* read/listen.

  • By Rayc on 03-16-18

A Great Addition To The Crime Genre

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

J C Field’s FBI Agent Sean Kruger is a welcome addition to the crime genre.
The storyline rocks along at a cracking pace. From New York to the mid west of America the pace never lets up.
Mixing action with Kruger’s personal life rounds out the characters making them more human.
If you like Faye Kellerman’s work you are sure to enjoy this series.
Paul McSorely does a brilliant job bringing the characters to life.

This book has me looking forward to more of Kruger’s adventures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,010

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Another Brilliant Thriller From Karin Slaughter

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This book is breathtaking in its horror, and the way it grips the reader from the outset.
Full of twists and turns the storyline will keep you guessing right until the end.
The performance by Kathleen Early is fantastic and she does a superb job bringing the characters to life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassin's Trail

  • The Sean Kruger Series, Book 2
  • By: J.C. Fields
  • Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Homicide detective Ryan Clark has a problem. A prominent businessman has been assassinated by a drive-by shooting. Two weeks earlier another man, in the same industry, was shot and killed. He suspects the assassinations are related and calls an old friend with the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5* read/listen.

  • By Rayc on 03-20-18

A Ripping Detective Yarn

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

I’ve got to say, I love a good detective story and that is just what I found with ‘The Assassin’s Trail’ by J C Fields.

This instalment of the Sean Kruger series has inspired me to check out more of Mr Fields works. I’m glad to be able to add a new face to my list of go to authors.

This book is fast paced and the story line holds you right to the very end. The main character often times reminded me of Faye Kellerman’s Detective Peter Decker with the interweaving of Sean’s personal family life into the storyline.

I highly recommend that you check out this book. You will be glad you did.

“This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review”

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Andy Carpenter yet!

  • By Joe on 08-10-14

Another Andy Carpenter Gem

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I love the Andy Carpenter series, Rosenfelt's writing is witty and clever.

The performance by Grover Gardner is a joy to listen to. If you are a fan you won't be disappointed with this instalment in the series. If you're new to Rosenfelt's writing don't hesitate I'm sure you'll love it too.

  • The Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543

Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Break From The Harry Hole Series Is a Hit

  • By Russell on 09-04-14

A Jo Nesbø Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

A story that started as a slow burn, but the tool off and kept me guessing.

Well worth the investment of time to read this great Nesbø novel

  • NLP Master's 2-in-1 Box Set

  • By: Ramit Gupta
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hawking
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

It's time to take massive action and finally create the life that you've always dreamed of. I'll walk you through every step of the way. I'll not only teach you the basics of neuro linguistic programming through extremely powerful NLP techniques, but with my newest release, the NLP Master's Scriptbook, I will give you step-by-step instructions and the exact scripts that I use to achieve massive success in my own life! It's time to stop living in the past, start dominating the present, and start planning for an awesome future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Learned what NLP Means

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 08-02-16

A great resource for those interested in NLP

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

If you could sum up NLP Master's 2-in-1 Box Set in three words, what would they be?

Brief but comprehensive

What insight do you think you’ll apply from NLP Master's 2-in-1 Box Set?

The book contains plenty of practical examples of how to apply NLP principles everyday situations. It will almost certainly trigger a desire to delve further into the world of NLP and its applications.

Any additional comments?

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

  • 1000 Spanish Words in Context

  • A Self-Study Guide for Spanish Language Learners (Essential Vocabulary Series)
  • By: Alex Forero
  • Narrated by: Michelle Leon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

You can use this list to build up your knowledge of Spanish words. It is a comprehensive list fully illustrated with examples of the words in English and Spanish to give you a good idea of how to use the word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Se Habla Español, Okay, not really...

  • By Sheepdog627 on 02-03-16

A Great Resource For Learning Spanish

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

Would you listen to 1000 Spanish Words in Context again? Why?

I refer back to this title constantly because having an audio version of the book helps to train your ears which an important aspect of learning a language.

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

Certainly hearing the phrases and words in context enables you to accelerate your study. ( I also bought the Kindle version).

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."