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  • 30 Days of Justis

  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

 

Michael Gresham meets his lost daughter, Cache, in her prison cell. She is scheduled for execution in 30 days. Her other lawyers have given up; there is nothing left to do. On a hunch, Michael reviews ancient records. He is astonished at what he finds. He goes before the appeals court. The lawyers at the other table hammer him; the judges pursue him. He leaves with a heavy heart. With gathering speed, the days tick past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST in the series...

  • By shelley on 01-20-19

One of the BEST in the series...

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I enjoy the Michael Gresham books by John Ellsworth so much! I'm always sorry when they come to the end. And the narration by Stephen Hoye is top notch.
The one thing you will find with this series is that for the most part the plot is generally plausible. The story itself or how it gets from beginning to end is generally not believable and requires the reader/listener to put that part of your brain away! You know, the part that says "yeah right, like that could really happen!" No, in the real world the way this book is written the story could never happen. So, I would suggest just listening and enjoying it because this is a super fast paced legal thriller with so many ups and downs as each new lead is followed but doesn't help Gresham's daughter on death row.
The publisher's summary gives enough detail about this story I really don't want to give any more information. I actually found myself getting choked up towards the end, this is a rarity.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is $1.99!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Annie's Verdict

  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Attorney Michael Gresham has a new go-to person. Her name is Annie, and she's 12. Annie is a savant. She can look at you and, like her idol, Sherlock Holmes, tell you where you're from, whether or not you're happily married, and where you went to school. But now she must use her skills to discover who murdered her entire family, because it looks like the killer was actually looking for her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on Audible!

  • By shelley on 01-19-19

Finally on Audible!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Another really good solid addition to the Michael Gresham series. The publisher's summary gives more than enough information so I won't go into any more detail about this story. Although parts are not exactly believable I found the entire book completely enjoyable. It held my interest with no lulls and maintained a steady pace through out.
Stephen Hoye does an excellent job narrating.
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  • A Merciful Fate

  • Mercy Kilpatrick, Book 5
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed - those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist - Mercy realizes she isn’t the only one with something to hide. For Mercy and her fiancé, Police Chief Truman Daly, their investigation opens old wounds in Eagle’s Nest that cut deeper than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars and FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

  • By shelley on 01-17-19

5 Stars and FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Book #5 in the Mercy Kilpatrick is a good solid addition to this series. It is a good stand alone but I would suggest at least listening/reading book #1 first for an understanding of the area culture first.
The publisher's summary gives a good overview of a 30 year old robbery. It is brought once again into the public interest when the skeletal remains of one of the participants in the robbery is found. The one person involved who went to prison gives Mercy a menacing warning and two women in town are victims of vandalism. Then someone is murdered...
This book is as expected from Kendra Elliot. Great plot, fast paced mystery with minimal romance and maximum suspense!
Teri Schnaubelt does an excellent job narrating.
This book is FREE to borrow with the kindle unlimited edition!!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Texas Sicario

  • Arlo Baines, Book 2
  • By: Harry Hunsicker
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Still mourning the murders of his wife and children, former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines now works security at a bazaar in Dallas. Grief-stricken, he’s invested his heart and hope in the welfare of Miguel - a street kid who’s become his surrogate son. But the wounds of a brutal past are hard to heal, especially when a new case threatens to rip them open all over again. Approached by a colleague now working for the DEA to investigate the seemingly random murders of prominent Latino businessmen, Arlo works to expose the common link.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • $1.99 with kindle unlimited!

  • By shelley on 01-16-19

$1.99 with kindle unlimited!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I both really liked and was (initially) a little confused with this new Arlo Baines book by Harry Hunsicker.
First I think it was a pretty good story of good vs evil. There are decent Mexican people and then there are not so decent as in the drug cartels. The protagonist in this book Arlo Baines is leading the war in his little neck of town. Arlo and a a local businessman/friend have taken in a child and are pseudo fostering him. They later find out that the cartels have been using children for sicarios because nobody suspects a child to kill. Great premise.
What I found confusing with this book is the character of Arlo was not the same character from the last book. That character was a traveling man who never spent too long in one place. Kind of hard to foster a child if you're not staying long. This change of character is resolved but not until the very surprising and somewhat sad ending.
Eric Dove does a great job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and $1.99 with kindle unlimited.
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  • Her Last Breath

  • Debt Collector 9. A Jack Winchester Thriller
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In the quietest town of America, the loudest sound is murder. With clues from a murdered journalists voice recorder, Jack Winchester sets out to rescue a young woman who has disappeared in a small West Virginia town where five women have washed up dead. But this is no ordinary town. Cell phones are banned, radios crackle out, and someone patrols the streets in a white van to ensure everyone abides by the rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Jack Winchester !!

  • By shelley on 01-15-19

Love Jack Winchester !!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This is one of the best in the Jack Winchester series! The publisher's summary gives a very good overview so I will cautiously add to it with out giving too much away.
There's a reporter Jack agrees to help who is looking into the murder of 5 local women. Before Jack even gets into town the reporter disappears. Jack is determined to solve this case even without her.
Within the first few hours Jack is lead to four suspects. The obvious being a group of men running the prostitutes who are found murdered. The others include a minister saving them from the "life" and a cop.
Twist and turns in small town America! But the biggest twist comes at the very end when the police think they have it all tied up. Jack Winchester knows it's not done... you'll have to listen for yourself.
Adam Gold does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Magic Show

  • By: Lawrence Michaelis, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Gilbert Gilbertson, an inept magic clown whose biggest gigs are kids' birthday parties, suddenly develops skills in sleight-of-hand and stage illusions that confound expert magicians. He also begins affecting people in strange ways, as well as winning staggering amounts of money in Las Vegas, which he donates to the Catholic Church. Enter a far-right fringe group within the Catholic Church, convinced that Gilbert is working legitimate miracles - miracles they believe will convince Catholics to return to more conservative ways. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • !!!!Best new author debut!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-13-19

!!!!Best new author debut!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

The Magic Show by Lawrence Michaells & Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff is a wonderful debut.
The publisher's summary gives almost too much information but leaves just enough out so that there is still a mystery here. I also found the summary to be slightly misleading.
This book is not about the church or the catholic religion. They only play a part in this story. This story is about Gilbert (the magician), Jack (the neurologist) who is a magic buff and Joan (the cop).
This really is a great book with a very twisted story that starts to get a little weird, or so you are lead to believe. But by the end of the book you find out that it was all an illusion (kind of)!!!!
Anyway, I loved it and give it my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
Richard Ferrone does a fantastic job narrating.
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  • The Whistleblower

  • A Short Story
  • By: Brad Parks
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Mitchell Dupree has finally landed his dream job: compliance director for the Latin American division at Union South Bank. It's a comfortable place to work, with a family-like atmosphere. Except this family has secrets. Mitch quickly notices a string of suspicious transactions that he worries may be coming from a notorious Mexican drug cartel, the brutal and fast-growing New Colima syndicate. As he probes deeper into the bank's dealings, Mitch must play a dangerous and complicated game, figuring out who to trust and how safe his job and life really are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted MORE!

  • By shelley on 01-10-19

I wanted MORE!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I'm a huge fan of Brad Parks and really enjoyed this prequel to a new series he's writing. All I know is when it was over I wanted more. Excellent, can't wait for the first book in this series to be released.
Graham Halstead does a super job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Burglar

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief - with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by - she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From breaking the law to helping the law....

  • By shelley on 01-09-19

From breaking the law to helping the law....

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I've seen some very mixed reviews about Thomas Perry's new book but I loved it! Talk about taking an about face this character takes.
Elle is a burglar who decides to rob the home of a wealthy art dealer What she finds instead is three dead bodies locked in a ménage a trois. Not realizing there are pinhole cameras she takes a video camera the threesome had been using. The next thing Elle knows, she is being hunted.
When her best friend is murdered because of her, Elle decides it's either find out who committed the murders or be the next victim.
What happens next is a wild game of cat and mouse. People are after her and she wants to get enough evidence to get them convicted. But first she must find out who they are! It will take all of her burglary skills to break into some of the most dangerous places (for her) to find out who and more important why.
Christina Delaine does an excellent job narrating. She also narrates "The Fixer" series.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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32 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • They Won't Be Hurt

  • By: Kevin O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The lights are on at the Singleton vacation home on Lopez Island, Washington, illuminating the horror within. The family is found dead, and the police's main suspect - the property caretaker - has disappeared. In her secluded vineyard home two hours away, Laura Gretchell is on edge. Her husband is out of town on business, and the children are understandably shaken. Laura tries to tell herself there's no reason to fear. Then the door handle rattles, and the real terror begins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You never forget your best teacher...

  • By shelley on 01-08-19

You never forget your best teacher...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Kevin O'Brien is one of those authors whose books I always look forward to and am always sorry when I finish it. This book is no exception.
This book grabbed me at the beginning. The publisher's summary gives more then enough detail to get you started.
This is a roundabout tale of religion gone wrong. You have con men, hit men, love, betrayal, misogyny and GREED. There's a frustrating protagonist and two antagonist. One makes you want to string him up and the other so childlike you want to protect.
Daniel Thomas May does a great job narrating.
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  • The Boy

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he's ever seen. Genevieve's seven-year-old son, P.J., has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick's wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like watching dominos...

  • By shelley on 01-04-19

Like watching dominos...

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

As a long time fan of Tami Hoag, I've been looking forward to the release of this book. Although I enjoyed the story I don't think this is one of Hoag's best.
The book starts out with the murder of a young boy, his mother fleeing from her life (and to try to get help). I thought the book started getting bogged down with the initial investigation. Then about 1/2 way through the tension ratcheted back up again and maintained a taut storyline with unexpected twists and turns right up to the end.
The characters are fleshed out, including a stepford wife or two, a sheriff who take his power too seriously and a family who lives in too much fear of consequences
Hillary Huber does a thoroughly outstanding job narrating especially Nick's French accent.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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33 of 33 people found this review helpful