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  • Model Investigator

  • By: Lissa Kasey
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

With his lover, Kade, missing, androgynous former-model-turned-private-investigator Ollie Petroskovic is ready to kick some ass to bring him home. Ollie and his ex, rock star Jacob Elias, need to find Kade and free him from the clutches of his manipulative family. But with Ollie suffering from chronic migraines and Jacob unable to bear loud noises, they are hardly the dynamic duo. It takes a lot of sweet talking on the part of Jacob - and patience Ollie doesn’t have - to find Kade. Only Kade’s not whole anymore. The fight for Kade’s heart and mind is far from over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Model Investigator

  • By H. Martin on 03-22-19

Model Investigator

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19


Overall Rating: 4.5 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 4.5 stars

Model Investigator is the third book in Lissa Kasey's series and cannot be read as a standalone! Seriously, I know I almost always say that they need to be read in order but this time you need to listen! Book 2 ended with a cliffhanger and this book picks up that storyline.

Without Kade, Oliver is struggling with old issues. He's not taking care of himself, he's not eating and he's letting the depression win again. But Oliver isn't going to stand by and wait for someone to rescue him and to fix all that's wrong with his world. He decides it's up to him to get Kade, though Jacob isn't going to let him go alone.

Once reunited, Kade and Oliver have a lot of pieces to put back together with themselves. And Oliver's fallen back into his old behaviors of pushing Kade away and sets out to discover the truth of the accusations against Kade by his family. Kade and Oliver come through this story even stronger than before.

There's nothing like family drama, animal cruelty, rape accusations, surprise paternity, amputation, explosions, mental health institutions, and health issues to jack up the angst and drama in a story. The mystery of Kade's family behavior is so twisted, you're going to want to pay attention for this crazy roller coaster ride!

The narrator of this book, Brian Hutchinson, is also the narrator of the second book. I listened to this series one after another. I thought the narrator did a pretty good job. There are quite a few characters and, for the most part, he gave them individual voices. However, there were times that Cade and Ollie’s voices sounded the same so I didn’t always know who was speaking. I really enjoy this series but getting just the point of view from one character really doesn’t translate as well in audio as dual point of view does, in my opinion.

This story has a much better ending than the last book but there is still the mystery of Nathan's death, his relationship with Kade's family and his secret life so you’re going to want to have the next book available immediately!

  • A Few Good Fish

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit. But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town, so they can meet the snake in its den. Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom, and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a team

  • By Vicki on 02-10-19

A Few Good Fish

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

A Few Good Fish is book 3 in Amy Lane’s Fish Out of Water series. This is absolutely one of my favorites and one of the best series I have ever read, or listened to. This series, absolutely, MUST be read in order. I know, I always say that, but I’ve never meant it more than I do now. This series follows Jackson and Ellery and each book builds upon the previous one. If you’re a fan of this series, you probably thought the author was done putting Jackson and Ellery in dangerous situations, both emotionally and physically. If you were crazy enough to think that, you ARE SO WRONG!

It’s been a rough few months for Jackson and Ellery and things aren’t getting easier. Jackson thought he had suffered through pain before, but he learns there’s something more painful than physical pain, and that’s Ellery’s pain. This storyline continues from previous ones so I’m not going to get into the details or give anything away but Jackson and Ellery still have a lot to clean up. And the hits are coming at them from all sides.

But, no matter what they have to endure, Jackson and Ellery come away stronger as a couple. And, in this book, their future has been mentioned and for me, that felt huge! I love watching the family that Jackson, Cameron and Jade are building because it isn’t just one of them, it’s still all of them. And I loved having Ellery’s family more involved in this book! I’ve always been a fan of Lucy Satan, aka Taylor, but getting time with Ellery’s dad and getting to know him, was just icing on the top!

The audio version of this series is just as good and possibly better than reading the book. Greg Tremblay does a fantastic job bringing it to life. Even when I read one of these books in the series, it’s Greg’s voice narrating it in my head. He perfectly performs each and every character! They each have their own voice so you can just immerse yourself into the story.

I love Jackson and Ellery together, especially in this book. If you haven’t read or listened to this series, I can’t stress how highly I recommend you do so now. The author has done a masterful job of building this series. I would love, love, love if the author would continue her series. With the new project Jackson, Ellery and Jade have coming, the series could follow their cases. Maybe with a little (or a lot) less abuse to Jackson and Ellery, but I foresee great things for their future!

This book and series get all the stars there are! Seriously, read or listen to it and it will become one of your favorites too!

Overall Rating: 5+++ Stars
Performance: 5+++ Stars
Story: 5+++ Stars

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by DreamSpinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

  • Model Citizen

  • By: Lissa Kasey
  • Narrated by: Mike Pohlable
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Oliver "Ollie" Petroskovic's life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency - Petroskovic Haven Investigations - and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide. Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother's business afloat, but can't get his PI license. Then his brother's best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-13-16

Model Citizen

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I read this book and loved it. I’ve also listened to the second audiobook and was preparing to listen to the third when I realized I had never listened to the first. There are two different narrators for this series, just FYI.

Had I listened to this book before reading it, I would not have liked Ollie. Please read the first book, it really gives a different impression of him. He sounded so whiny throughout this book and he’s not! I was not a fan of several of the voices used for the characters s, many of which were whining and grating.

  • Connections in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel

  • In Death, Book 48
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads - and they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering - whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support. Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together. He’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! For once, nothing about Eve's childhood!

  • By M on 02-06-19

Connections in Death

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

It’s hard to believe that 48 books into a series and it’s still so fresh! This one started out a lot different than all the others and I spent the first few hours nervous about what was to come. No need for my nerves! I will keep listening to this series until I can’t get anymore and I hope that’s a long way to go. As usual, the narrator does a fantastic job. And, personally, I found the chimes annoying between chapters. I’m not sure how long it lasted throughout the book because I managed to block them out.

  • Treachery In Death

  • In Death, Book 32
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,559

In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Treachery in Death

  • By Jean on 03-10-11

Treachery In Death

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I absolutely loved this book, definitely one of my favorites! Susan Erickson does such a fantastic job, with regular character voices and all new additional characters.

  • Running to You

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Jack Richmond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania - where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand. Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good story from Andrew, great narration

  • By Meph666 on 08-25-18

Running to You

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This book is another example of the talent and skill that is Andrew Grey. The way this book starts will have you on the edge of your seat, even though you don’t know what’s going on, you know it’s bad. Billy Joe grabs his son and disappears into the night. The story of what happened unfolds throughout the book, but you get pieces until you know. And it’s not an easy story to read/listen to.

I liked Billy Joe and Carlos. These were just two every day men, trying to improve their lives, their situation and creating a new life for themselves. They were both great fathers to Billy Joe’s son and thanks to their families, had learned how not to be a parent. The story is full of great supporting characters who come together to create a family with Billy Joe and Carlos. The relationship between the two men was comfortable from almost the very beginning. They just seemed to make a life together without a lot of effort and thought.

No one writes children into stories like this author. He’s able to utilize them to create the perfect dynamic without letting the story be overwhelmed with their presence. Children always enhance the relationship but don’t detract from the story. He’s also woven quite the story in this one that shows some truly negative aspects of humanity, issues that are usually hidden but happen every day in our world. And, because this is fiction, people get the punishments they deserve and Billy Joe and Carlos get their HEA.

The narrator of this audio is Jack Richmond. I don't believe I've listened to him before, and I struggled with him this time. His pacing and timing was very slow and just hard to listen to. He did give character voices, but it felt like the emotional dialogue was a bit monotonous. There was at one point that a character had a line that was screamed. The narrator just read the line in a normal tone and I was thinking really, that was the character screaming? And the reality is, Billy Joe is from Mississippi, maybe he was so supposed to talk so slow, but it was hard to listen to. Though I'm not one to ever adjust the speed of the narration, if you're struggling with it, maybe adjust to a higher speed to help.

Though there are some tough issues in this book, it never overwhelms the story and it has a sweet HEA! I've both read and listened to this story, and I truly enjoyed it more when reading it than listening, but if you're new to this story, I'd recommend listening to a sample before making your decision about which medium you choose. Honestly, choose one because it's a terrific story with wonderful characters who truly work to make a better life for themselves.

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars (I'm not taking rating away because of the poor performance, lol)
Performance: 3 stars
Story: 4.5

  • Glory in Death

  • In Death, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219

The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, I'm officially addicted to this series now

  • By AudioAddict on 03-14-15

Glory in Death

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I love this series! If you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend it. I love the audio and think the narrator does a fantastic job!

#EveDallas #NewYork #TheGoodGuysWin #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • What I've Done

  • Morgan Dane, Book 4
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095

Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lying in the backyard, stabbed to death, she has only one terrified thought: What have I done? Agreeing to take the case as a favor to her PI friend Lincoln Sharp, Morgan must scale a mountain of damning circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove her client innocent. Haley couldn’t appear more guilty: her bloodstained fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and she has no alibi. But Morgan can’t shake the feeling that this shocked young woman has been framed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What I’ve Done

  • By H. Martin on 10-16-18

What I’ve Done

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Whew this was quite the book! I’ve been looking forward to this books release and the day it happened I received an email from Goodreads saying I’d won a copy. WHAT! I ended up buying the audiobook because I love the narrator of this series! She does a fantastic job bringing the characters and series to life!

I was so sure I knew what really happened and I did partially but I didn’t have it all figured out! Also there are some references to Star Wars ???? that I absolutely did not understand because I’ve never watched those movies. I had a moment of fright about something that happened and I thought the author was going to break my heart. She didn’t, what a relief! If you like books with strong female characters, great mysteries and terrific characters, this series and author is for you!

#Mystery #Family #ScarletFalls #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Leverage in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 47
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter - but what was the motive of the masked men? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 09-23-18

Leverage in Death

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

All these books into this series and I love it just as much as I did at book one. Maybe even more! Susan Erickson has to be one of the best narrator’s ever!

#EveDallas #NewYork #TheGoodGuysWin #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Undone

  • Burt Bigsley Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Jason Deas
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Since Burt retired at 52, he’s been bored. After a chance encounter with a mugger he decides he might just be meant to save the world one crime at a time. And voilà, Burt’s Private Investigations is born. Before he knows it, he’s in deep and possibly over his head. He stumbles onto a dead body, which turns out to be the daughter of the town’s country club owner who has rumblings of mob ties in his past. The clues lead him all over the North Georgia mountains, but the most intriguing ones lead to an end of the world compound and its charismatic leader. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book One!

  • By Dee on 09-23-18

Undone

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Undone is the first book in the Burt Bigsley Murder series by Jason Deas. As I’m a fan of mysteries, I was excited to listen to this audiobook and it did not disappoint!

Burt is a retired school teacher with too much time on his hands. After stopping a purse snatcher, he celebrates and decides that it’s time to put his free time to better use and just like that Burt’s an unlicensed private investigator. And after solving his first case, Burt’s a little cocky. Burt’s next case won’t be as easy when he finds a body and soon he’s all over the place following the clues to her killer.

Sometimes the first book in a series can just be overwhelming with all the information and characters but that was not the case with this one. This book was written to just let you enjoy this one, while building the world for future books. The character of Burt was well done. Sometimes he came across as just an old man that got lucky and sometimes he seems pretty naive, but he was an easy to like character, who was smart and good on his feet. He was thrown in some weird, crazy situations but he handled them well. Sometimes I questioned his methods, but it just further developed his character.

The murder mystery was very well done! There were so many clues, twists and turns that I never figured it out before Burt had his reveal! I really thought it was one person and that the author was just trying to throw me off the scent with the twists and turns! I was wrong!

The narrator of this book is Kyle Tait, who did a fantastic job with all the characters! The narrator had an easy to listen to voice and was able to bring the story to life. He had an easy pace, clear diction with no weird pauses. The narrator expressed the appropriate emotion to really bring the story to life!

I really hope the author continues this series as he’s done such a great job with this first book! The author has really done a great job of with this first book and built a lot of interesting characters, I’d love to see more of them.

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars!

**I was given this audiobook by the author via Audiobook Boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review**

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