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  • Desperate Paths

  • By: E.C. Diskin
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Dan John Miller, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Brooklyn Anderson knows it looks bad. She was found wiping down a gun. His blood on her hands. Her father now dead. The incomprehensible nightmare has started. Seven days earlier, Brooklyn had returned to Eden to care for her beloved father, who lay helpless in a hospital bed. Her estranged sister, Ginny, said he fell. But as Brooklyn soon realizes, Ginny is prone to lying. Former Eden resident Darius Woods was in the hospital, too. The famous actor had written a screenplay that would lay bare all the secrets of the town, but within hours of his return, someone shot him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You only think you know your family..,

  • By shelley on 03-22-19

You only think you know your family..,

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I really enjoyed this new book from E C Diskin. This is a stand alone with a very creative plot. Throughout the story you keep thinking how predictable the ending will be, guess again! This is a story of a complicated and rather dysfunctional family.
The protagonist (Brooklyn) is very likable. She is an aspiring actress living in NYC. When her father is injured in a fall, Brooklyn returns home.
Throughout the book you get glimpses into her past. Her sister who the truth seems to elude, her religious parents, her unusual adoption and the teasing she got because she was different.
Meanwhile a visiting actor is shot through his father's kitchen window. And then Brooklyn is accused of killing her father.
The town has a lot to hide and the retiring sheriff is the best friend of Brooklyn 's father.
Somehow all of these disjointed events come together in this story for a rather surprising ending.
The three narrators worked very well together. Excellent job!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Ambush

  • Sydney Rose Parnell, Book 3
  • By: Barbara Nickless
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Railway cop and former Marine Sydney Parnell is on the hunt. So is a killer she knows only as the Alpha. They’re in a race to find Malik, an 11-year-old Iraqi boy with secrets to guard. Sydney wants to help him. The Alpha wants him dead. From the dark alleys of Mexico City to the mean streets of Denver, Sydney and her K9 partner, Clyde, use their wits and determination to chase down the ruthless killer. But when their path collides with his, Sydney realizes just how far-reaching and sinister the Alpha’s past is. And how far he’s willing to go to save his secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST OF THE SERIES!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-21-19

BEST OF THE SERIES!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This is the third book in the Sydney Rose Parnell series and I think it might be my favorite. It could be read as a stand alone book however I would strongly suggest listening to the series in order.
This is a fast paced procedural that keeps your attention through out. The story takes Sydney to Mexico to protect a young boy she had rescued in Iraq. Back then he had seen something he shouldn't have. His mother had been murdered. Now, who ever wanted him dead then is closing in and Sydney wants to find him.
Meanwhile, back at home another ex-Marine has been murdered. Sydney's life is threatened at the airport. And more and more...
This book has a very well constructed plot. Lots of moving parts and unexpected characters. Sydney's dog Clyde as always remains a hero.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.
Emily Sutton-Smith does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Run Away

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

You've lost your daughter. She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed.  Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a nail biter!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-20-19

It's a nail biter!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Harlan Coben takes everyday people and turns them into super humans that will take the chances and go above and beyond for the people they love.
This book deals with so many issues. The number one is how much can your love and responsibilities be tested? Can you still trust when trust is broken? The family portrayed is so dysfunctional. But what comes through is their devotion to each other. In the beginning you don't see it so much. When the protagonist Simon Greene finally finds his missing daughter panhandling in Central Park she wants nothing to do with him. She's strung out on drugs and her equally strung out and abusive boyfriend intervenes to keep him away. But then the boyfriend turns up murdered.
There is another plot going on simultaneously and the connection is not clear in the beginning. The two come together is a crazy twisted climax.
But wait !
The story doesn't end there... The real kick is in the epilogue... Wow! Some secrets should never see the light of day.
This is an Excellent, fast paced thriller that builds momentum the further into the story it gets.
Steven Weber's narration is perfect for this book.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Swamp Spook

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 401

Sinful, Louisiana, really knows how to throw a party, and it goes all out for Halloween. The weeklong celebration kicks off with a maze of horror in the park built of hay bales. And Fortune has the perfect assignment - the executioner. Her scene comes complete with a head block, a hatchet, and a fake body with removable head. It’s the perfect setup...for a crime. When Fortune returns from break and realizes the body in her scene is a real one and not the prop, she knows trouble is coming. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another huge Thank You...

  • By shelley on 03-19-19

Another huge Thank You...

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

...to Audible listener/reviewer Wayne (Matthews, NC). If it were not for him I would have never even looked at this series. I really enjoy Jana DeLeon's Shaye Archer but this series seemed off of my beaten path. Anyway, I've just finished the last book (so far ) in this light, fun, fast paced original series. Each book is an adventure. The four central characters are very well developed and very often humorous.
Cassandra Campbell narrates all of these books beautifully.
This series is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hit Me

  • A Killer Mystery Thriller
  • By: Peter J. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Charley Fieldner appears to have the perfect life: a well-paying job, a loving wife, two great kids, and a beautiful home. He also has a big secret. Charley is a hit man with a huge complication - he is his own next target. The background file contains the sort of details only someone very close to him could know. The suspect list is short but devastating: his wife, father, sister, and best friend. Charley always thought he could have it all, but the secrets, lies, and betrayals are piling up. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Suspenseful...

  • By shelley on 03-19-19

Very Suspenseful...

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I think this book is as good as Peter Thompson's first book, LIVING PROOF. If you haven't listened to that one I recommend it. So far all of his books are stand alone, that's just a really good one!
This book hits the ground running. The protagonist is Charley Fieldner. He's a hired killer. He's average in everything, his looks, height and build. What's not average about him are him hand to hand fighting skills. He works for The Agency autonomously as did his father. They don't even know his real name so it's not too surprising when they offer him a contract to kill himself. Unfortunately for him, even though he remains anonymous, so does the client. Charley accepts the job and is given two weeks to complete. But then he gets contacted from the Agency, they want to job completed quickly. Charley now needs to find out who wants to have him killed and remove the contract or kill that person. But WHO? His wife? Best friend? Someone else? And can he spot another hit man before gets to him? Was another killer hired also to make sure the job was done?
This book is fast paced with a completely unexpected ending.
Gary Tiedemann does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Without Precedent

  • By: J. D. Trafford
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Matthew Daley is a Manhattan corporate lawyer at the top of his game. As the first defense attorney on call to get pharmaceutical companies out of trouble, Matt is rising in the judicial system exactly as he planned. Until his sister dies of a heroin overdose. Now, torn between conscience and career, the newly minted law partner faces a critical choice: Defend the very companies that manufactured the addictive drugs, or give up his fiancée and his hard-won dream job to fight for justice in his sister’s name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid legal thriller FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

  • By shelley on 03-13-19

Solid legal thriller FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

J D Trafford is such a good author. His books deserve so much more attention from readers. This book like Trafford's others is an exceptional stand alone read.
The publisher's summary is excellent and gives a great overview. I wouldn't expand on it because to say more would spoil this for someone else.
The courtroom scenes with the underdog attorney (Matthew Daley) who is the protagonist are the dream of every plaintiff. The ending is hilariously spectacular!!!!
The narration by Timothy Andrés Pabon is outstanding.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Act

  • A Novel
  • By: Brad Parks
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Tommy Jump is an out-of-work stage actor approached by the FBI with the role of a lifetime: Go undercover at a federal prison, impersonate a convicted felon, and befriend a fellow inmate, a disgraced banker named Mitchell Dupree who knows the location of documents that can be used to bring down a ruthless drug cartel...if only he’d tell the FBI where they are. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trials and tribulations...

  • By shelley on 03-13-19

Trials and tribulations...

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

This is a two part story. The first part (The Whistleblower ) is a two hour short story released on 1/8/19. I would highly suggest listening to that book first otherwise the crux of this book may be lost.
Anyway, this is a really clever story that is put together so well. I really enjoyed the character development as well as the environmental descriptions.
Brad Parks is a super author. This book reminds me somewhat of early John Grisham books. An impossible situation with the good guys (Mitchell Dupree and Tommy Jump) somehow on the wrong side of the law. The bad guys (a powerful cartel) seem to have the odds stacked in their favor. This scenario requires lots of strategizing and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their loved ones.
This book is superb. The writing is solid, the story well formed, the suspense is palpable and the conclusion, stunning.
Graham Halstead narration is more than excellent.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonfly

  • By: Tom Lowe
  • Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Sean O’Brien knows that his close friend, Dave Collins, isn’t a man who asks for favors. After three decades as a CIA officer, Collins learned self-reliance from the best school in the world - the streets. However, after five years out of the agency, he stops looking over his shoulder. And then the assassinations begin. One by one. Five of the CIA’s best former officers. Dave Collins’ old colleagues. Local police can’t protect retired CIA officers from ghosts of their past. Dave’s life is on the line, and they are coming for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced cat and mouse with a serial killer...

  • By shelley on 03-12-19

Fast paced cat and mouse with a serial killer...

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

If you haven't listened to the Sean O'Brien you should!! I would suggest you listen to book one first for background, but each book in the series is a stand alone. Most deal with historical events, bot fiction and nonfictional.
This book deals with fictional events that occurred years earlier to a friend of Sean's. A terrorist his friend crossed paths with is now after him and other CIA operatives (and his daughter and son-in-law with their newly acquired sailboat the DRAGONFLY). Sean and a group of his friends (and 10 lb. miniature dachshund, Max) step up to help hunt down the terrorist turned serial killer and anyone who may be helping him. It's a battle to stay alive in this fast paced suspense thriller.
Michael David Axtell does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of the Zodiac

  • A Jack Winchester Thriller, Debt Collector 10
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Two killers - one hunts for justice, the other for fun. Their worlds are about to collide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another 5 Star Winchester!!

  • By shelley on 03-10-19

Another 5 Star Winchester!!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

The Jack Winchester series is a favorite of mine for a fast paced fun book with a hero whose feet are firmly planted on both sides of the tracks. This is the 10th book in the series. Although each can be read as a stand alone I would suggest listening to them in order for continuity of character progression and relationships.

Since leaving the mob in NYC Jack has worked as a PI/vigilante for hire. This job is different because it's not really a job, it's personal. The son of a woman Jack once loved has been murdered. She wants Jack to do what the police can't , find the killer claiming himself to be the Zodiac killer's son.

Adam Gold does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Before She Knew Him

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Hen and her husband, Lloyd, have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace. But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Dark Psychological Thriller...

  • By shelley on 03-09-19

Very Dark Psychological Thriller...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

From the author of "The Kind Worth Killing " (which is still his best) comes a dark, disturbing, creepy yet captivating thriller. Again the publisher's summary gives a very good description. What it leaves out is the spine tingling, hair raising feeling you get when listening.
Henrietta knows her neighbor is a killer. He's told her so after she discovered a trophy from a young man who was murdered years earlier. He too was her neighbor in a different time and place.
Mental health issues run rampant. The police are disbelieving because Henrietta has a history with them.
The ending has a great twist that blew me away!
The characters are likable, even the killer (Matthew) who was molded by his father to become what he is.
The narration is excellent. The two narrators worked very well together.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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46 of 48 people found this review helpful