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  • The Payback

  • The Eliminator Series, Book 2
  • By: Mike Ryan
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Even while Rich Mallette is in prison, he’s still calling the shots. Brett Jacobs may have taken out a dozen of his men, but he’s not ready to throw in the towel just yet. He’s still got a few things up his sleeve for the former detective, one of which is another heinous act aimed to destroy what’s left of Jacobs’ soul. While Jacobs battles more of Mallette’s Maulers, he also learns the identity of the second man who was with Frazier when his family was killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked the first book...

  • By shelley on 07-19-19

If you liked the first book...

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

Reviewed: 07-19-19

You will probably like the second. This book is not a stand alone. It's a continuation. This is s plot driven story with lots of calculating moves and action.
Adam Gold's narration is perfect for the character.
RECOMMENDED for those slow days when you need something light, fast and fun.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shamed

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel, Book 11
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her - the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets - and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tangled webs...

  • By shelley on 07-17-19

Tangled webs...

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

I am a little surprised that there are some low ratings already left for this book. When I first started listening I noticed someone had left a one star rating with no review. That's not fair to the author or potential listeners.

This is such a good book. It is a vivid procedural that takes place in Painters Mill, OH. The characters are mostly Amish with the exception of the various law enforcement agencies. This is the 11th book in the series and although it can be listened to as a stand alone I would suggest listening to this series in order for continuity of characters and relationships.
In this book a grandmother takes her two young granddaughters out for the day to an abandoned farm for walnut picking. The grandmother is brutally murdered. One child hides and the other is abducted. More murders start taking place , all linking back to the abducted child. But the Amish people keep to themselves and getting information is no easy task. Each question that comes up requires a visit to that person's home as a phone call is not possible in this community.
As a person who grew up Amish but left the fold Kate Burkholder has insight but not always trust in this cloistered community. She's often scorned and viewed as an apostate. But the murders continue and a tense plot involving some of the most respected members in the the community comes to light.
Kathleen McInerney does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Layover

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 22

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again. As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person. What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish...

  • By shelley on 07-16-19

Couldn't finish...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-19

I tried. Then I tried again and a third time. I gave up. I like David Bell but I did not like this book at all. I should have read the publisher's summary better but even that doesn't give enough insight in the ridiculousness of this story. A grown man meets a woman on the airport, they have a drink at the bar, she kisses him and says goodbye forever (oh sigh ) and he's in love. Cancels his business plans and follows her When he goes to her on the plane she starts yelling that he's a stalker and he's escorted back to his seat. Does he go home? No he tracks her down to her hotel room a few towns away where after much begging to be let in they end up making mad passionate love... that's it, I'm done!!!
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  • If She Hid

  • A Kate Wise Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Blake Pierce
  • Narrated by: Quinn Francis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Two parents are found dead, and their twin 16-year-old daughters are missing. With the case quickly growing cold, the FBI, stumped, must summon their most brilliant agent: retired 55 year old FBI agent Kate Wise. Was this a random murder? The work of a serial killer? Can they find the girls in time? And does Kate, haunted by her past, still have the ability to solve cases as she used to? An action-packed thriller with heart-pounding suspense, If She Hid is book four in a riveting new series that will leave you listening late into the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series gets better with each new book...

  • By shelley on 07-15-19

Series gets better with each new book...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

If She Hid is and excellent procedural. This series continues to get better with each new addition to the series. While the series started out very light this book takes on a more solemn feel. The writing is good and the characters are familiar to me (since this is book four) however this series is generally plot based without a whole lot of character development.
The publisher's summary gives a very good overview so I don't want to give the story away by expounding on it. The protagonist is a 56 year old retired FBI agent who has returned to work on an as needed basis.
Quinn Francis does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • From a Distance

  • By: CL Hart
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Who do you trust when you have no one left but yourself? Kenzie is a military-trained assassin, hunting her target in Mexico. Cori is a student at the University of Guadalajara. One fateful afternoon their lives will come together under a flurry of gunfire. Questioning the lies around them, they will soon learn that they can not live without each other. On the run from an unknown enemy, they must learn to trust each other, and to believe they'll make it out alive. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Betrayal at the highest level...

  • By shelley on 07-14-19

Betrayal at the highest level...

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

Reviewed: 07-14-19

From a Distance by CL Hart is a first for me in the gay/lesbian genre. I realize this is the classification but I'm not completely sure why. This book is an outstanding military thriller. I purchased this when I browsed new mystery releases and this book came up. I'm so glad I got this, this book has it all. Juvenile in trouble a caring judge, money, greed and betrayal.
I could not stand the narration. I'm not sure if she was trying to sound secretive or what but what ever it was it was terrible. She also spoke verrrry slowwwwly and I listened to this on 1.5 speed in order for it to sound like a speaking voice.
There are a few light romantic scenes which I fast forwarded through. Not for any other reason then if I'm listening to a military book I really don't care who is in a romance with who. If I want romance I would get a book in that genre.
As a military thriller this book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen

  • The Eliminator Series, Book 1
  • By: Mike Ryan
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Detective Brett Jacobs is a good cop. He’s honest, hardworking, and intent on bringing down a major criminal organization. But he's soon going to have his limits tested. After he finishes an undercover assignment, resulting in the arrest of a major crime boss, he’ll find out just how dirty the bad guys play. His world comes crashing down after an unspeakable tragedy, leaving Jacobs virtually despondent and wondering about his role in the unthinkable act. Jacobs soon realizes that in order to beat a lowlife criminal organization like this, he has to fight fire with fire. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ex-cop out for blood...

  • By shelley on 07-11-19

Ex-cop out for blood...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This is one of those light, fast paced, vendetta, shoot 'em up kind of book.
When a cop's family is executed in their family vehicle after arriving at a movie theater, that cop goes off the deep end. Detective Brett Jacobs quits the force. The department wants to keep him out of the murder investigation of his family. He wants to avenge the death of his wife and children.
The man who put out the order is in prison, thanks to Jacobs but he has plenty of henchmen on the street. Jacobs decides his entire organization must go, he can wait and get the boss when he gets released.
I purchased this book mainly because Adam Gold is the narrator. I really like listening to him and he doesn't narrate nearly enough books. His performance is excellent.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for a light fast listen.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • One Little Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Cate Holahan
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

The glass beach house was supposed to be the getaway that Susan needed. Eager to help her transplanted family set down roots in their new town - and desperate for some kid-free conversation - she invites her new neighbors to join in on a week-long sublet with her and her workaholic husband. Over the course of the first evening, liquor loosens inhibitions and lips. But someone says too much. And the next morning one of the women is discovered dead on the private beach. Town detective Gabby Watkins must figure out who permanently silenced the deceased.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sophomoric and Boring...

  • By shelley on 07-10-19

Sophomoric and Boring...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-19

I generally don't like leaving poor reviews. I enjoyed this author's last book (The Lies She Told) so much I couldn't wait to buy this one.
I realize this is subjective but I found this book boring and completely unrealistic. I couldn't find anything to like about the six main characters and by the end of the book I really didn't care.
Three grown, professional couples go on a vacation together. They rent a vacation home. Two are having an affair. One wife is suing two of the husbands but their wives don't know about the lawsuit at all. The men feel emasculated and the women whine. And these are friends? WHY? I didn't even care who murdered one of the friends by the time the killer was revealed.
Hilary Huber does a good job narrating but even she could not save this book.
Not recommended.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Fight Game: A Jack Winchester Thriller

  • Debt Collector, 11
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Following tragedy, ex-hitman Jack Winchester retires to a quiet town in Colorado with Dana Grant, hoping to give her a better life. However, their peaceful existence is short-lived. Upon returning from a trip, Winchester is thrown into a devastating mystery and forced to return to the violence he vowed to leave behind. Driven south to uncover clues, Jack finds himself at the center of the underground fighting world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Fast Paced series...

  • By shelley on 07-07-19

Entertaining and Fast Paced series...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

I don't think I've listened to a Jack Winchester book that I didn't like! This one is no exception, I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well. Part story, part excellent narration by Adam Gold gives every book in this series a whole package.
In this book Winchester returns home from one of his trips to find his home burned to the ground and his girlfriend missing. Relieved she hasn't been killed in the fire Jack begins his search for her. No one in town has a clue where Dana could be, until he's given a key to a bank safe deposit box he didn't know Dana had. There he finds a note and some and other items that send him on a pellmell journey to find her. Along the way he becomes involved with a young man he tries to help before he gets too caught up in illegal fights.
Some predictability which I was able to overlook for the sake of the story. Major cliffhanger with a lead into the next book in the series.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • You Are Next

  • Karin Schaeffer, Book 1
  • By: Katia Lief
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Former Detective Karin Schaeffer has nothing left to live for after serial killer Martin Price destroys all she holds dear. Known as "The Domino Killer," Price doesn't stop until an entire family is destroyed. When he leaves a message, scrawled in blood, on her bathroom mirror, she knows what's coming - You are next. But Karin Schaeffer refuses to run and hide. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SUSPENSE!

  • By shelley on 07-05-19

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SUSPENSE!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

This is a great cat and mouse game book. I've never listened to anything by this author before but will definitely be looking at her other books. When I saw Lauren Ezzo was the narrator I decided to give it a try. I really like her and if it is a good book her narrating abilities could only make it better. It does.
This book begins with Karen Schaeffer despondent and suicidal. Her husband and young daughter had been murdered by an escaped serial killer. One she had put away when she was a detective. Now he wants her and she would have allowed it if she didn't realize at the last minute that it wouldn't end with her. This killer liked to take out whole families. She couldn't allow him to go after her extended family.
The antagonist is a sadistic serial killer known as the domino killer. At each murder scene he would leave clues to his next target in dominos.
This is very clever character driven fast paced story. Very well written and the characters fleshed out. This is a roller coaster ride of emotions with Karen's family and former partner first supporting her and ending with her protecting them.
This is the beginning of a series that I hope Audible will release the remaining books.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Almost Midnight

  • Mike Bowditch Series, Book 10
  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch already has a troubling mystery on his hands: finding the archer who mortally wounded Maine’s only wild wolf. Then he learns his best friend, Billy Cronk, has been released from prison after heroically defending a female guard from a stabbing. Mike comes to believe the assault was orchestrated by a wider criminal conspiracy. When the conspirators pursue Billy's wife and children to a “safe" cabin in the woods, Mike rushes to their defense only to find himself outnumbered, outgunned - and maybe out of options.      

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series!

  • By shelley on 07-04-19

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

This 10th book in the Mike Bowditch series is a great read. I feel very repetitive in my reviews when I say this can be listened to as a stand alone but I would suggest listening to the series in order.
There are two plots in this story. The first dealing with wolf/dog hybrid that Bowditch (a Maine game warden investigator) had rescued a few years ago from drug dealers. The animal had been shot with a crossbow and still carried the bolt through his chest.
The second plot puts Bowditch's best friend (Billy Cronk's), then his family in danger and ultimately Bowditch himself. Protecting them all proves quite difficult with Billy on prison and his wife and children now almost destitute with out his income.
Both cases come to a satisfying conclusion with a lead in for the next book to build on.
Henry Leyva does a wonderful job narrating.
This series starts with the Poachers Son through to this book, are all VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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10 of 11 people found this review helpful