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  • The Golden Girl and All

  • Hardman, Book 3
  • By: Ralph Dennis
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In The Golden Girl and All, Hardman is hired to find Peggy Holt, a drug dealer, stripper, and serial seductress who has kidnapped her six-year-old daughter from her ex-husband. Peggy has disappeared into an Atlanta underworld populated by the dirty cops, crooked lawyers, and violent mobsters that she's bedded and betrayed...and who keep coming back for more.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint!!!!

  • By Dee on 03-13-19

Dark Underground Atlanta

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I received this from AudiobookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

This was about a 3-star read until the last quarter of the book, when the tension and excitement ramped up significantly. Both Hardman and Hump are under the gun, and a little girl's life is at risk.

We learn a lot about Jim Hardman's morals in this one, too: not everything he does is about money, and he appears to have a soft spot when it comes to innocent children in the dark world of Underground Atlanta.

More Hardman, please!

  • Pickle Pie

  • A Cyberpink Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

When a bankrupt armorer ends up owning a second-rate jugger player, he decides to go for it. But will he manage to even turn a profit when he knows little about the game and its seedy world, when the opponents play dirty on and off the field, and when the game's popularity grows with every player injury and death?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, narration

  • By Logical Lady on 04-02-19

Sexy Cyberpunk Sports

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

Took a little while to get into the book, but once it got going this was quite fun. Plot was good, but the narration was a little annoying, especially the really odd sound effects.

I will definitely be looking for the next book on Audible.

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  • The Charleston Knife Is Back in Town

  • Hardman, Book 2
  • By: Ralph Dennis
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Jim Hardman was a mediocre Atlanta cop until he was wrongly accused of corruption and thrown off the force. Now he works as an unlicensed PI, troubleshooter, and bodyguard...often partnered with his drinking buddy Hump Evans, a black ex-NFL player. Five kids rip off a gambling party attended by Hump Evans and some of Atlanta’s criminal and political elite. Hardman is hired to recover the loot and find the kids before they are caught and butchered by a hitman from Charleston with a very sharp knife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Atlanta Noir

  • By ssimon2000 on 02-25-19

Outstanding Atlanta Noir

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19





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The Charleston Knife is Back in Town (Hardman Book 2)

by Ralph Dennis

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I received this from AudioBookBoom and the publisher, Brash Books, in exchange for an honest review.

This really is an outstanding series, and is so much more than the "Men's Action Adventure" that is was marketed as back when it was first published in the mid-70s. So glad that Brash Books is rereleasing these long-lost books!

Just like the first one, Jim Hardman and Hump Evans get wrapped up in some violent shenanigans, this time involving a group of kids who set up a robbery of some high-rolling gamblers; of course, it goes wrong, and they are hunted by the Atlanta gang bosses, along with a hired assassin. Hardman and Hump are hired by the grandmother of one of the boys, and immediately run afowl of the assassin and an Italian mafioso.

As expected, Shawn Compton does an outstanding job narrating, and I can't wait to listen to the next one!

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  • Nobody's Angel

  • Hard Case Crime, Book 65
  • By: Jack Clark
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Chicago cabbie Eddie Miles isn’t looking for trouble. He’s just trying to get through another tough night in a dangerous city. When he stumbles on a teenage prostitute left for dead, he finds himself unable to turn away.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and narrator

  • By timj26 on 02-22-19

Dreary Streets of Nighttime Chicago

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I received this from AudioBookBoom and the narrator, Peter Lerman, in exchange for an honest review.

This was surprisingly good and not at all what I expected. A dreary, and quite depressing, look at a night-time cabbie rolling through the wide-ranging streets of Chicago. The writing was quite good, and it felt like the author knew what it meant to be a cabbie, the areas to avoid at all costs, and the inherent dangers of the job. The depressing part comes with the seemingly endless life of driving up and down the streets, seeing the decay happen right before your eyes as nice neighborhoods slide inexorably towards becoming slums for the downtrodden. 

The narration was very good, too. While the author didn't try to change voices for the many characters (which is appreciated!), his voice was the right one for this book.

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  • Atlanta Deathwatch

  • Hardman, Book 1
  • By: Ralph Dennis
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Jim Hardman was a mediocre Atlanta cop until he was wrongly accused of corruption and thrown off the force. Now he works as an unlicensed PI, trouble-shooter, and bodyguard...often partnered with his drinking buddy Hump Evans, a black ex-NFL player. Hardman is hired by The Man, a black mobster, to investigate the murder of his white girlfriend, a college student. It’s a case that plunges Hardman and Evans into the center of a violent street war that stretches from Atlanta’s seedy back alleys to the marbled corridors of power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Hard-Boiled PI

  • By Laura on 02-05-19

First in a Long Out-of-print Series

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

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I received this from AudioBookBoom and the publisher, Brash Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Along with Charles Ardai's Hard Case Crime, Max Allan Collins' Brash Books is quickly becoming my go-to publisher for hard-boiled private eye/noir-styling mysteries. It doesn't matter the time-frame, with stories set in the 30s or in the 70s, it's all been very good.

This one, the first in the long-out-of-print Hardman series by Ralph Dennis, was a lot of fun. Complete with disgraced down-on-his-luck private eye Jim Hardman, his strong-arm sidekick Hump, and his on-again/off-again girlfriend, this seemed to check all the required boxes for a plot set in 1970s Atlanta, with corrupt city officials, black mafia, "innocent" young ladies, and a plot straight out of the times.

The narrator did an outstanding job in capturing the tone and the voices, and there was no confusing over who was talking. 

While I will definitely be looking for the rest of the series on audiobooks as they are released over the coming months, I will say that some will find the inherent racism quite shocking. For those that are easily offended, this series is definitely NOT for you. If you can get past all of that, and there is quite a bit, then expect an entertaining read/listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slow Up

  • Hire a Muse, Book 2
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Limitless meets Black Mirror in this novel that pushes the limits of a couple's minds. When Galene meets a man who's only goal in life is to make his mind go faster, she ends up falling for him. But will she manage to keep the relationship going at the top of the glass tower, when in reality she's too much of a slob and is bogged down with all her unfinished goals, when their age difference becomes too much of a problem, and when his work places them in the sights of an unforgiving huntress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, but hard to describe

  • By Beth Case on 08-02-18

Ancient Greek Gods in Modern-day Greece

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I received this from AudioBookBoom and the publisher, Mythography Studios, in exchange for an honest review.

This was a lot of fun, and based on the premise that the Greek gods are alive and well in modern-day Greece, complete with all of the modern-day technologies, and doing what the Greek gods have always done: messing with "normal" people's lives, as well as the lives of the demigods.

The plot is basic: a young IT staffer named Galeni ("Gal" for short) in a massive conglomerate meets Gregorius, a demigod who exerts his mental capacity to read, listen, and watch all media at extremely high speeds. Greg teaches Gal his techniques, and in the process, fall in love. Of course, the Fates are watching -- even using social media -- and start to pull threads and twisting events to impact Gal and Greg. (Out of all of the Greek gods, I've always disliked/hated the Fates. Why mess with people's lives on a whim like that?) Along with the Fates, Artemis, Hermes, Amazons, and several others of the pantheon make appearances here.

The author really thought this concept through, and I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,704
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,360

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

American Pharoah does it!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I'm not much into horseracing, but for whatever reason, the Triple Crown fascinates me and I rarely miss any Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, or Belmont Stakes. I watched California Chrome fail in his bid in 2014 to win this hardest of championships. I also saw American Pharoah win it all the very next year in 2015, the first time a Triple Crown winner was christened since Affirmed did it in 1978.

This audiobook was given away by Audible in celebration of their horse, named Audible, running in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. I really didn't plan on listening to it, but I had a few days of unplanned audiobook time, and with the Belmont coming up this weekend and a chance for another horse, Justify, to win it all, I figured now was a great time to listen.

I wasn't prepared for a book that was narrated so well that I got goosebumps when the horse one each race in the Triple Crown, as well as the Breeder's Cup in late October. It was actually quite an emotional book, and I quite enjoyed it. Who knows, I may be listening to another audiobook about Justify in a few years.

  • Schrodinger's Gat

  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Schrodinger's Gat is a quantum physics noir thriller. Paul Bayes has begun to feel like all of his actions are dictated by forces beyond his control. But when his suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious young woman named Tali, Paul begins to wonder if the future is really as bleak as it seems. Tali possesses a strange power: the ability to predict tragedies and prevent them from happening. The possibility of breaking free from the grip of fate gives Paul hope. But when Tali disappears, Paul begins to realize that altering the future isn't as easy as it seems: you can fight the future, but the future fights back. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome to the Space-Time Continuum

  • By cosmitron on 05-05-18

Mind-bender - - my head hurts after this one!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I received this from the narrator, Curt Bonne, in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

Wow, what a mind-bending story based on quantum physics! Don't think about this one too hard, and it is enjoyable, but with all of the explanations of light particles/waves (light is AND isn't both), free will and fate (both exist - at the same time), and a cat alive and dead (at the same time), it is a challenge to read/listen to.

The narration was pretty good, but in some instances, I wasn't sure who was talking. This may have been because I was trying to grasp the concepts and losing track of the story.

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    Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    49 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • In the Graveyard Antemortem

  • By: Stephen Stromp
  • Narrated by: Alex Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father's gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow - a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city. Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father's death. With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow - before it's too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa Jacobs Mystery: Haunting at Grand Hallows

  • By Spooky Mike on 04-18-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I received this from Audiobook Boom and the author in exchange for an honest review.

Not sure how to rate or review this one. The first half of the book wasn't bad, sort of like an episode of Scooby-Doo, with the required, "Darn those meddling kids!" I wasn't too far off the mark, but then the second half started. This half felt like a mish-mash of ideas the author threw together to make the book longer.

The other thing about this book was that the characters didn't feel "real". The main character was too old and experienced for her 17 years. The other characters just felt shallow and one-dimensional. Additionally, there wasn't much feeling of horror-ness. The narrator read like she was reading a textbook.

  • True Grift

  • By: Jack Bunker
  • Narrated by: Harry Dyson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A bankrupt lawyer and a greedy insurance adjuster concoct a personal injury scam involving a runaway grocery cart and recruit a half-wit golf course greenskeeper as their fall guy. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and as it spirals into a murderous fiasco, the grifters must deal with betrayals, shakedowns, bombs, and mobsters to avoid prison...or worse, an early grave in a Southern California landfill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Listen!!!

  • By Jan M on 04-27-17

Entertaining Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom!

This was a very entertaining story of bad plans turned worse and people unable to see the error of their ways. Of course, it's dark humor, with elements of noir and double-cross, and it's actually pretty well done.

I've had my eye on the publisher, Brash Books, and this is the second book I've had the opportunity to read or listen to (Koreatown was the first, which was also very good). I'm definitely going to find more from this imprint!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful