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  • Off the Leash: A California Corwin P.I. Mystery Short Story

  • California Corwin P. I. Mystery Series
  • By: D.D. VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Francesca Townes
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

A murder in San Francisco's Tenderloin District is nothing new, but when ex-cop and P.I. Cal Corwin stumbles across the body of a witness she needs to find a runaway teenager, she finds the two cases inextricably entwined - and time is running out. Set against the rich backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area, Cal Corwin stories brim with intrigue and fully fleshed characters from cops and criminals to hit men, oddball family, and unexpected allies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this character

  • By Invisible on 02-13-16

Love this character

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

D.D. VanDyke has created an appealing first-person narrator expertly performed by the narrator. Actually, the story feels real because of the all the characters and how they're performed, more than the plot. A fun way to spend an hour on the road but probably not worth spending a credit on. Although, there is that narration, LOL. Can't get enough of this narrator reading Cal's thought process but would have liked a longer and more complicated plot. I'm getting ready to listen to the next novel in the series and hoping that it's got more satisfying storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Loose Ends

  • California Corwin P. I. Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: D. D. VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Francesca Townes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

When a young girl is kidnapped, street-smart but damaged ex-cop California "Cal" Corwin is engaged to find and rescue her before murder raises the stakes. As a straightforward case takes unexpected twists, Cal must quell a growing fear that an anguished mother may never see her child again. With a shadowy crime lord lurking behind every unexpected clue, Cal struggles to tie up loose ends before evil claims its next victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great audiobook, pretty good story

  • By Invisible on 03-03-15

great audiobook, pretty good story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Story isn't what makes this a great audiobook, it's the characters and San Francisco's seedier nightlife setting. A savvy, sexy first-person female PI who gambles, loves cars , has daddy issues and keeps a shotgun in the trunk of her car? I want to meet this babe! Terrific, throaty narration, very well recorded, lots of fun characters from seedy to lowlife to a self-styled prince charming Aryan Brotherhood drug lord creep. Needs to be longer, which might also fix the unfinished feel of the story complained about in some reviews. Overall, a solid B/B+ effort. I'd probably spend a credit on another if there were more in the series, just to hear Cal pillow talk about her car some more, LOL.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ashes

  • By: Scott Nicholson
  • Narrated by: Francesca Townes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

A collection of six supernatural stories by international bestselling author and Stoker Award finalist Scott Nicholson, including "Homecoming," "The Three-Dollar Corpse" and "She Climbs a Winding Stair."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Well Written

  • By Invisible on 12-19-14

Very Well Written

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

This author has a command of language and isn't afraid to use it. Powerful, ghostly imagery. While all of the stories are unsettling to varying degrees, and there is some gore and horror (and even one humorous story), there's more of a sadness to each than a jump out of your boots scare. The narration was stellar. Francesca Townes treats us to a mini-novel approach to each story, giving a lot of bang for your audiobook buck. She's excellent at first-person male characters and even her conversations between multiple male characters worked. I took one star off on Story, because to be honest, I was expecting more thrills and chills, but I might come back and change that to a full five for the excellent writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pet Bird Care and Tips

  • By: Margaret Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Francesca Townes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

It's a very wise idea to listen to Pet Bird and Tips prior to actually purchasing one and all the accessories that go along with having a pet bird. It covers all the essential information you'll need to make a factual decision when it comes to purchasing one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually informative

  • By Invisible on 09-12-14

Actually informative

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

This was an interesting way to get some info on buying an exotic pet bird. I listened in my car last night on a long drive and actually learned a lot that I didn't already know. I thought it might be difficult as audio but it's laid out well and the narrator is easy to understand, reads at a good pace and very "listenable" so I didn't get bored or annoyed. I gave it only 4 stars for "story" since it's not a story kind of book, just facts and author's experienced opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Serial Killers True Crime

  • Cold Blooded Terrifying Serial Killers from Around the World
  • By: Damien Rollins
  • Narrated by: Francesca Townes
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Monsters are real, and human beings can be the scariest of them all. It's an unfortunate fact that real life is sometimes more twisted than even the worst horror writer can imagine. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than when discussing serial killers. While many people can understand, if not condone, a crime of passion or vengeance, it is different for those who kill, time and time again, for reasons that the common person, could not hope to understand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy but informative

  • By Maceli on 03-29-14

Okay junk book, great narration

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

Reviewed: 07-02-14

Kind of a crap book but reasonably entertaining for a short road trip. The bit at the end about Thug Behram was unexpected and therefore interesting. I wasn't interested in the preface about the author at the beginning.

These serial killer junk books are almost always narrated by men trying hard to imitate the guy who does all the movie trailers. So, it was refreshing to hear a female voice in what was otherwise familiar territory about famous serial killers. Classed it up a little and kept my interest. Can't figure out why the "performance" has gotten lowest ratings, since it's the best thing in the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful