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  • Running to You

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Jack Richmond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

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 5,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,134

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 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700

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**

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,736

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully full of secrets!

  • By Kathryn on 09-05-17

Secrets in Death

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I say it every time and I mean it every time. I love this series and characters. The author does a wonderful job of keeping this series fresh. The narrator is superb at bringing the story to life.

#EveDallas #NewYork #StrongFemaleLead #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Echoes in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,928
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,391

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband - and walks into a brutal nightmare. Their paths are about to collide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-18-17

Echoes in Death

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Man this was a tough one. JD Robb is a fantastic writer and still keeps this series fresh. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of this series. Susan Erickson is one of the best narrators. She is consistent, easy to listen to, brings the story & characters to life.

  • Apprentice in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 43
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,272

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park's ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be. Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 09-21-16

Apprentice in Death

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Such a sad story! Another well done book in the series and excellently narrated, as usual.

  • Brotherhood in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 42
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,666
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent turnout by JD Robb. Loved it.

  • By Alexis Fox on 02-06-16

Brotherhood in Death

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This really started out light hearted and funny. It made me laugh out loud many times. I love Eve’s continued butchering and questioning of sayings. But, the lightheartedness ended and I found myself in tears many times. A fantastic job by the author and narrator!

  • Wonderment in Death

  • In Death, Book 41.5
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

J.D. Robb's contribution to Down the Rabbit Hole. An Eve Dallas novella inspired by Lewis Carroll's whimsical masterpieces, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By MaxineSap on 09-30-15

Wonderment in Death

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

The short stories are always enjoyable but always a little crazy lol. The narrator continues to do a fantastic job!

#EveDallas #NewYork #StrongFemaleLead #tagsgiving #sweepstakes