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  • WereHuman

  • The Witch's Daughter
  • By: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Good parents will go to any lengths to protect their children. The Hillens are very good parents. But with all the secrets in the Hillen household, the biggest one is hiding right under their noses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun for kids

  • By KD on 09-18-18

I Was Totally Enthralled

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18


The blurb for this book starts with:
Good parents will go to any lengths to protect their children.
The Hillens are very good parents.
But with all the secrets in the HIllen household, the biggest one is hiding right under their noses.

One day their 6-year-old son Bailey found an abandoned puppy in a basket on their porch, in the basket with the puppy was the following letter to the Hillens

Dear Hillens
I met you several years ago. You won't remember the incident, but your kindness saved my life. I hope that your kindness can extend to my little Laylea as well.
There is an evil man who would do experiments on Laylea and her brothers. Because of this, they have spent their lives thus far in a basement, not seeing anything of the world.
Two days ago, this man found our sanctuary. We escaped but I dare not foster any of my pups together or to people that know me. I know Laylea would be safe with you and that you are up to the challenges that raising her will present. She is a very special little girl. Please take care of her.
Though I am heartbroken to leave my puppy, I am comforted knowing she will be as happy as Bailey and Woodford were when I knew them. She is eight weeks old and just weaned.
With Great Appreciation for whatever help you can give her,
Mama

This was the beginning of what for me at least was one of the most exciting and moving stories I have had the pleasure of listening to in quite some time. The author of this book, Gwendolyn Druyor, is also the narrator and perhaps that helped bring so much depth and feeling to this story. We find as the book progresses that Clark and Sher Hillen are hiding from the thoroughly evil Consortium, who kidnap and experiment on people to turn them into super soldiers or weapons with no regard at all to human life. Clark himself was one of these experiments but Sher helped rescue him. Sher was once employed by the Consortium (who from now on I will refer to as TC) but when she realized the depths they were sinking to she blew up the lab and set free as many of the volunteers as she could. Sher and Clark, together with other escapees, now work to defeat TC.

As the book progressed we meet a lot more escapees from TC and follow the steps being taken by the two people running these terrible experiments, Walker and Trask.

The story is told from many perspectives, but from Laylea's mostly. Laylea or LG as most of them call her is no ordinary puppy, Bailey Hillen is no ordinary boy how could he be when his mother Sher is a witch and his father Clark has been enhanced?

The story covers many years, starting when Bailey is 6 and ending when he leaves for college. In between the Hillens and their dogs face many difficulties and have to make many hard choices. I would love to tell you more but that would involve spoilers and I don't want to do that - this book is far too good to have it spoilt knowing what is to follow.

Suffice to say I was totally enthralled through the whole of this book and I can not wait to start the next installment of this beautifully well written and well-performed book. I laughed, I cried and I experienced fear for the Hillens but I also felt their love and closeness. What more can you ask of an author?

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.



  • Cash Kills

  • Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Nanci Rathbun
  • Narrated by: Kieren Calland Metts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Adriana Johnson inherited millions from her murdered parents - who lived like the working poor and never had 'enough'. She hires PI Angelina Bonaparte to find the sources of the money. When Angie arrives to interview the parents' attorney, Herman Petrovitch, he is missing, but his secretary Dragana is there - lying dead on the office floor, with her head blown off. Homicide detective - and Angie's boyfriend - Ted Wukowski cautions her against getting involved in the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good mystery.

  • By cosmitron on 05-02-18

So Very Intriguing I could Not Stop Listening!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This may be the second book in this series but for me, it was the first, not only of the series but by this author too. I had read the blurb and thought it would make a change to listen to a detective story where the PI was a woman, and a vertically challenged 50 ish one at that! Being vertically challenged myself I found lots of the little points made in the story bringing a smile to my lips.

But back to the story - well this was an incredible story, packed full of characters and a very involved mystery to solve. The book starts with our Lady Detective, Angelina Bonaparte who from this point on I will call Angie being asked to meet with Adriana Johnson, her parents have recently been murdered. All her life Adriana has gone without, always believing that there was no money, she couldn't go to college as there was no money etc. But now she has been informed by her parent's lawyer Herman Petrovitch, whom she refers to as Uncle Herman, that she has inherited millions of dollars most of which is not fluid as yet but she does have access to an account in her name with a considerable sum in it. Adriana is unsure if she should accept her inheritance, where has this money come from and why was it kept a secret?

Angie arranges to meet with Petrovitch to discuss Adriana's inheritance, but so that he will have to talk to her and not claim client confidentiality she arranges for Adriana to hire a lawyer of her own and recommends, Bart Matthews who in turn hires Angie so that she's working for Adriana's legal team. When Angie goes to Petrovitch's office the next morning, he is not there to meet her, but his secretary Dragana Zupan is, well let me rephrase that, the body of Dragana is discovered by Angie but there is no sign of Petrovitch.

When the police arrive on the scene, the lead detective is Wukowski (who from this point on I will refer to as Ted). This could complicate things because Ted is Angie's lover. So to put things in a nutshell we have a Serbian couple murdered, followed by the Serbian secretary, a missing Serbian Lawyer, a Polish detective, and a Sicilian-American PI and a pile of money from we know not where!

I don't want to give away too many spoilers but this book both intrigued and gripped me from the moment I started listening to it. I really loved the writing style of this author, I loved her attention to detail. The warmth she brought to the characters, the depth she gave to each and every character in the story. This was a real rollercoaster involving, ex. servicemen acting as security guards for Adriana, Angie and her trainee detective Bobbie, the FBI, and last but not least the mafia. As the story progresses a very dark tale emerges involving possible war crimes and attempts on the lives of both Adriana and Angie. Whilst all this is going on Angie and Ted try to come to terms with where their own relationship is going, these two both have their own demons to face but will they decide to face them together?

The story is full of really interesting characters some of which I have already mentioned but there are many more and each and every one of them is brought to life beautifully by the very talented narrator Kieren Calland Metts who did a truly amazing job with this intricately involved story. I've already mentioned that this is my first book by this author but I now want to listen to more, especially if they involve the lovely Angelina Bonaparte and her new associate Bobbie.

I was lucky enough to be given this audiobook as a gift and my review is written voluntarily and contains only my personal opinions and observations.


  • The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride

  • By: Cora Seton
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Livingston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, knows all about difficult assignments, but his current mission is one for the record books. Not only must he find a wife - and get her pregnant - or forfeit the ranch his family has prized for generations, he must also convince his three brothers to marry, too - before the year is up. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cora Seton's Chance Creek series delivers again!

  • By Marina on 12-06-14

Regan and Mason

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This is the first book in a series about four big strong military men who are forced to find wives to claim back their family ranch. They are all brothers, each of whom have been serving in a different branch of the US Military.

Mason Hall is a Lieutenant Commander Navy SEAL who's tour is up and he's going home to Montana. But he needs a wife to meet one of the conditions made by his aunt, of which there are many, for it to be possible to get back the family ranch. He placed four Wife Wanted adds, one of each of his brothers and one for himself. He is intrigued by Regan Anderson's response, even though it made no sense to pursue her as she didn't meet any of the qualifications, he just couldn't help believing she was the one.

Regan Anderson has just left her job as a loan officer with a bank, she's downsized to a studio apartment and is starting over. She plans to start a business helping people with financial advice. But more than anything, she wants a baby and having been hurt too many times has decided to be artificially inseminated and go it alone. After her last day at the Bank she celebrates by drinking a little too much wine and tequila and while in her inebriated state, she is intrigued by Mason's Wife Wanted Add and decides to have some fun!

Many emails are exchanged between them, these are funny and insightful, giving each of them a feel for the other, then they switch to Skype and like what they see but Regan isn't looking for a husband and Mason most definitely wants a wife. When these two meet the chemistry between them can't be denied, Mason convinces Regan to go with him to Montana to see The Hall, his family's ranch, and see if she could live there with him.

Once they arrive in Montana they find things in a much worse state than expected, everything that could be removed and sold has been, even the fence wire has been stripped away. But Regan loves the Hall and wants to see if she and Mason have a chance, so she agrees to stay until her hospital appointment and if things work out between them she'll cancel the appointment and they will make a baby the old-fashioned way.

As if things aren't bad enough Mason finds out that his deceased Uncle has left behind many debts, and everybody seems to think he should now pay them in addition to putting everything to rights, his funds are limited and the strain on him is way too much! As Mason and Regan work side by side to try and succeed their friendship turns to love but will that be enough for them to keep The Hall and be together as a family?

This story is about finding love, building relationships, and making the best of what you have to work with. It is both moving and at times annoying - Mason can have tunnel vision. The story is so worth listening to, it is a great start to what I feel will be a great series, one which I want to listen to in its entirety.

My favorite part of the book was when Mason and Ragan ran the course - I loved that part when I originally read the ebook but I loved it more when I closed my eyes and listened to it! The narration is very well done and added immensely to my enjoyment of this book.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.


  • Power Play

  • A Reverse Harem Hockey Romance
  • By: Mia Moon
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When I drunkenly message my old high-school crush one night on Facebook, I never imagined he'd respond. It's been so many years, and I thought he'd forgotten all about me. He hasn't - not even close. And when we meet in person all these years later, he's a handsome hockey player...with three equally sexy friends. They could spend every night with a different woman, but they want me. I've been so focused on my job and my computer that when this complicated real-world dilemma comes up, I'm not sure what to do. Am I supposed to choose just one man? Or can I have them all?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A team player!

  • By PATRICIA on 08-01-18

Reverse Harem That's both Sweet and Sexy

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This was the blurb which intrigued me enough to make me want to listen to this book:-

When I drunkenly message my old high school crush one night, I never imagined he'd respond. It's been so many years and I thought he'd forgotten all about me. He hasn't -- not even close. And when we meet in person all these years later, he's a handsome pro hockey player . . . with three equally sexy friends.

Well, I was expecting heat and Mia Moon certainly delivered that, this story is about one lucky lady and the four sexy guys who want to share her. The book is written in such a way that our leading lady gets to know all four guys before there is any actual intimacy. There are three guys who are on the same professional baseball team who happen to share a house and the fourth guy Nathan who now works in IT, like our lady but only because he was injured and can't play anymore.

Ken was the jock at high school who needed extra math tutoring and that is when her crush started as they worked together, but nothing came of it. Now years later she has moved to the same city as him after communicating with him online for the past year. What she doesn't know is he always wanted her and has told his three friends all about her and they have decided that it would be a good idea for them all to meet her and if they like her and she likes them - then they will share her!

The first three-quarters of the book were very well done setting up the friendships and letting us know what she is thinking and feeling, all without any actual sex. Then the last part of the book is centered around what happens next.

A very sexy conclusion indeed!

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing this review.

  • Crashing Together

  • Silver Bay, Book 2
  • By: Amelia Judd
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Determined to hide a fear too embarrassing to admit, recently evicted Kat Bennett accepts an impromptu offer to crash with her brother's best friend and player extraordinaire Logan McCabe. When things heat up between them, spitfire Kat decides to embrace temptation rather than fight it. A steamy fling might be just the distraction she needs from her own problems. And who better to fling with than a gorgeous Australian who's only in the country for a few months? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kat and Logan

  • By LeMiliere on 11-15-18

Kat and Logan

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This is the second book in the Silver Bay series and although you could listen to it as a standalone I personally feel you will enjoy it more if you listen to them in order.

I first met Kat and Logan when I listened to the first book in this series and I wanted them to get together then but it wasn't to be. Instead, and as it turns out and for the better, they now have their own book. Logan worked as an adventure guide and surfing instructor at the La Vida de Ensueno resort in Costa Rica which is owned by Pax, Kat's older brother. Logan is sexy and charming but in his own words, he Does Not Stick he has to be carefree, and Kat was decidedly unimpressed with his laid-back attitude and player reputation, which as it turned out was not entirely true.

Logan is now in Silver Bay to help her father set up a charitable foundation, Logan will only be in town for a few months but a temporary fling seems to suit them both because Kat is suddenly in need of a place to stay and Logan offers to let her Crash with him.

Logan is a complex character, he is so much more than his good looks and charm, though he has that in spades. At first, he's resistant to a fling, he feels he will only hurt Kat when he leaves because he will most definitely leave. He has a deep-seated sense that he has nothing to offer a woman like Kat. As for Kat she is a strong, thoughtful and giving she's like a bundle of dynamite who gives as good as she gets, but also has her own hang-ups.

There is plenty of laugh-out-loud humor, lively banter and incredible chemistry between these two. There is also sweetness, tenderness, gentleness, and plenty of surprises in store as Kat and Logan work together to set up SAS. I loved Kat and Logan's camaraderie, their personalities, both individually and together, they were like Ying and Yang, meant to be together.

The narration by Elizabeth Klett was done beautifully she brought each character to life and added immensely to my enjoyment of this book.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing this review.

  • Irresistible

  • TerraMates, Book 9
  • By: Lisa Lace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel, Samantha Leatherwood
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

I'm on a mission to get an artifact that can cure disease. I'm good at what I do, and I work by myself. I don't need a man. To survive, I switched places with a stranger on a starship. I didn't know where it was going, and I didn't care. She never told me she was a TerraMates bride. When I arrived, a sexy ex-military man was waiting for me, expecting marriage. I don't need a man, but I want this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Adventure

  • By Troublemer on 07-25-16

TerraMates Book 9

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This is the ninth book in the TerraMates series and for the most part, it is a fast-paced story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

There is the usual mix of action, adventure, fighting, danger, with some surprises, quite a few twists/turns, some suspense, believable villains, lots of drama, an intriguing romance, hot chemistry and passion, and of course eventual love.

This time our bride is an accidental mail-order bride, she is actually an archeologist, looking for a mysterious ladle she is not looking to find a mate or marry. Our Hero is a retired military alien warrior who must marry to retain his inheritance but once they meet and discover the chemistry and heat between them they find it turning to love.

This is not the usual TerraMates story but it is good and worth listening to if you are a fan of this series or genre.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

  • A Change of Plans

  • By: Donna K. Weaver
  • Narrated by: Karen Kruper
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiance was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He's everything her fiance wasn't, and against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world, her emotions come alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Clean Romantic Adventure

  • By Roseanne Wilkins on 04-28-16

So Very Emotional

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I have a confession to make, I purchased this book and downloaded it to my Kindle a year ago but or some reason just did not get around to reading it - what a mistake! I was then given this audiobook version so I listen to it and I have to tell you I soon became totally immersed in Lyn and Braden's story so much so that I resented when I had to stop listening!

This is going to be an incredibly difficult review to write without doing what I hate and giving away too many spoilers but I will try!

Lyn's finance was killed in a car crash, the one year anniversary of his death is close at hand as if that wasn't devastating enough, her fiance was with another woman at the time who believed he was about to propose to her. At the start of this book, all the main characters are boarding a cruise ship to go on a month long vacation. Lyn is traveling with her bestie Elle who has dragged her along to make her start living again after shutting herself off from everything but work for nearly a year.

On the ship, they meet Braedon who is traveling with his sister and her family, Yuri, Jimmy, and Maria with whom they form firm friendships. But Braedon wants more, he wants a relationship with Lyn but she is resisting all advances.

This is a really emotional roller coaster of a story which involved, deep and abiding friendships, love, action, drama, danger and even death. The story takes place over a period of years during which you are never sure if there will be an HEA for Lyn, she is certainly tested. All of the characters feel real, are well drawn and are for the most part likable. If I have one little niggle it would be that at first, I was very annoyed with Lyn for her attitude, I thought she was too self-involved but as the story progressed I started to really like her and I loved Breadon.

I like my romance stories to have happy endings but at times I thought I was going to be so disappointed but I digress. For the most part, this book was one I loved, it had chemistry and love but it was clean too if I had to sum up the story in a few words they would be - emotional, moving, happy, sad. I think the best thing I can say is that I have not been so moved by a story for a very long time.

The narrator Karen Kruper did a wonderful job with this book, every inflection and emotion came across, the love, the fear, and the happiness were all there in her voice. Great work on her part in performing this wonderfully moving tale by Donna K. Weaver.

This review is written voluntarily after receiving this audiobook as a gift.

  • Casino Girl: A Gripping Las Vegas Thriller

  • Baxter and Holt Series, Book 2
  • By: Leslie Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are members of the elite Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual visitors, they’re hunting for a killer. When a beautiful, young girl is killed in the high-roller Pleasure Pit of the exclusive Scala Casino, the news reverberates for hours among the ritzy clientele. Before taking the stage where she found her death, Crystal was last seen boarding an unmarked helicopter for a late-night flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder, Mystery, and Intrigue

  • By Jan M on 12-05-18

Intriguing Mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are partners in the LVMPD and they are assigned to investigate the death of Las Vegas exotic dancer, Crystal Tillman. When Crystal died onstage in the High Roller room in the ritzy Scala Casino, with no apparent cause the question is what would cause a healthy eighteen-year-old to drop dead in the middle of her dance routine?

The story is told from the perspective of Laura who in addition to solving this crime has to deal with the Department of Internal Affairs who want her to frame her partner, Holt, for something she feels sure he did not do or she herself will be out of a job. Added to that she has feelings for Holt, could things be any more complicated?

The storyline is complicated involving murder, mystery, and intrigue! The plot has been really well thought out involving several good subplots which added to my enjoyment of this book. There are so many suspects to choose from, her room-mate who also dances at the Scala, her lover, her lover's wife or any of the billionaires who were in the casino that night. Or was it the man who argued with her just before she died?

This mystery thriller flows well and is fast-paced and from the beginning to the very end it held my attention. As Laura and Holt investigate their working relationship is under added pressure because Holt feels Laura is hiding something from him, but what? Because of an incident involving the Medical Examiner, it did take a while to identify Crystal's Cause Of Death which helped to build the suspense. There were many twists, turns and surprises in this story and I personally did not guess who the murderer was.

How Laura dealt with the problem of Internal Affairs was also very well done and I hope this means that we will be able to have more stories involving her and Holt.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

  • Distant Light, A Reverse Harem Romance

  • Tales from the Edge Series, Book 1
  • By: Chloe Adler
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Carly Robins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Iphigenia Holt is a good little witch who grew up under the thumb of a wicked mother and two powerful sisters. Pegged as a caretaker, Iphi hides a secret that would change the way everyone around her views her: she's an empath. And yet she doesn't let that stand in her way. A soaring circus performer with a fierce love for animals and the downtrodden, Iphi tumbles her way through life, hiding the hurt just being around others can inflict, until she meets an enigmatic vampire and his three hot shapeshifting cousins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Male voice destroys what “may” have promise

  • By Lisa D on 05-22-18

Cliffhanger Ending!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I enjoyed this book about the sweet innocent Iphigenia or Iphi for short. She lives at home with her mother a truly horrible, demanding, controlling and selfish witch, no she really is a witch, who has driven her two older daughters away and makes Iphi's life very difficult. Iphi is a witch in a world full of other supernaturals, such as shifters and vampires, that somehow coexist with humans in the town of The Edge. She has many talents apart from being an incredibly strong and talented ariel artist in the circus she is a very strong empath.

The grandson of her mother's lover, Reese, meets Iphi when he helps his grandfather move in. He lives in a place called the Grove with his three cousins, they are all involved in some way with the local police department. Their reason for moving to The Edge was to find out what has happened to Reese's brother Nolan, for this they need Iphi's help.

During the course of this book, Iphi comes into her own as a woman and begins to see just how much she has allowed her mother to control her life. She develops feeling for all four of the men living in the Grove and when things come to a head and her safety is threatened she moves into one of the tiny houses there.

I can't really tell you anymore with giving away too many spoilers but what I will say is that in this first book of this series Iphi takes two of the men as her lovers but has strong feelings for the other two - what is going to happen next I wonder?

There are a lot of questions left hanging at the end of this book, but we did know going in that there would be so that's OK, I just need to wait now for the next book to be released.

I do own and have read the ebook of this book but I wanted to listen to it too as personally, I get more out of an audiobook, so when I was given a copy of this book as I gift I was thrilled. The audio version did not disappoint it is narrated beautifully by Alexander Cendese and Carly Robins who bring just the right feel to the story.

This review is written voluntarily.

  • Taker of Lives

  • By: Leslie Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

They are the most violent, blood-thirsty, and vicious of criminals. While hunting for them, FBI profilers call these monsters UNSUBS, short for "unknown subjects of ongoing investigations". At any given time, in the United States there are more than 50 serial killers at large, preying on vulnerable, unsuspecting victims. Until yesterday, no one knew Florida had another serial killer on the loose. Special Agent Tess Winnett calls this particularly elusive one the "Taker of Lives".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping listen!!

  • By Julie on 08-10-18

I Was On The Edge of my Seat, I Was Enthralled!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This is a book by an author who is fast becoming one of my favorite authors of this genre, so much so that even though I purchased and read the eBook when it was first released I really wanted to listen to this audio version.

The story starts when FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is out running with her friend and colleague, Detective Fradella who works for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. When he is called to attend a suicide of a young model Tess, who has tagged along, sees something the police and coroner do not and firmly believes that this was not suicided. She gets permission from the Police Chief for her and, therefore, the FBI to "help with their investigation". She is proved right this was not suicide and so begins the hunt for "The Taker Of Lives".

I could not stop listening to this one, I found myself resenting having to stop for even the shortest time! Leslie Wolfe has written such a fantastically thrilling and disturbing tale with so many twists and turns that I found myself totally enthralled. The story moves along at a really fast pace as the team Tess, Fradella his partner Michowsky, and super analyst Donovan (D) together with a little help now and again from her mentor work to catch The Taker who always seems to be at least one step ahead of them, How?

There is also a second separate story here as well which runs alongside but does impact upon the original investigation. Tess has agreed to help her boss with a special project involving his own daughter, to do this she enlists the help of Michowsky, who is feeling a little out of his depth working the "The Taker's" case as it involves work he doesn't really understand as well as the rest of the team. The case she asks for his help with is not only old-school police work it is vitally important to both Tess and her boss Pearson.

I love the way Leslie builds her characters, some of whom you may know from earlier books, but even if you don't you soon get to know them well. I love the depth she gives to all the characters, no character is insignificant. In this book, you hear personally from The Taker and get to know what is driving the killings, you can't help but marvel at the cleverness of The Taker's crimes whilst holding your breath hoping each time that The Taker will be caught.

The narrator Andrew Tell does an incredible job with this story, each character is distinct and the inflections used helped to create a more vivid picture in my mind making it possible for me to get much more from the story than I did when I read the book originally. This book is gripping with a storyline that is so full of surprises it kept me on the end of my seat. Who was killing these women? I for one did not guess who it was, will you?

I was given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.