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Publisher's Summary

It looked for all the world like a terrible, tragic accident. Susanna Morgan had gotten up in the middle of the night, tripped, fallen, and broken her neck. Yet when detective Justin Westwood inspects the victim's apartment, he can't help noticing that the details don't quite add up. The glass on the bedside table is knocked over but there are no cuts on her body. The scrape on her knee looks suspiciously fresh. And then a terrified witness comes forward, confirming his worst fear.

This is no accident. This is murder.

Justin Westwood moved to East End Harbor to escape a dark, disturbing past, and to lead a quiet life. He had retreated from reality by taking a menial post with a small-town Long Island police department, drowning his troubles in mindless traffic duty and lots of booze. Now his dormant professionalism is awakened after Susanna's brutal murder. This is just the kind of reality check that Justin needs, and he will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of this madness - to find the meaning of the mysterious "Aphrodite" - and maybe save himself in the process.

©2004 Russell Andrews (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Just Works - Wonderfully

Justin Westwood's a cop-of-mystery. Russell Andrews plots like a surgeon... And this operation's a successful procedure. The author's thought about how to make a mystery, mysterious. And he's commercial enough to add the sort of characters that movie goers expect. Hey... why over think... I liked it and Buck Shirner's read's perfect. I'll buy more from both of them.

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Really Enjoyed this......

I really enjoyed this book.....I didn't think I would, but the Narrator has a very soothing voice and the story line was wonderful. It was refreshing to listen to something different for a change. Two thumbs up for me....I plan on listening to some more of this series.

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Wonderful surprise!

Didn't expect much of this impulsive purchase, but ended up loving the book and the narrator. Sorry Mr. Schirner, but at first your voice irritated me, then by chapter 3, I fell in love with the way you intoned all the characters. I let myself be enjoyably tossed around by the author, not trying to figure out the conclusion, and I loved all the twists and turns and unexpected revelations. Fun stuff for those of us who love government conspiracy theories.

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Oh, no. He isn't going there, is he?

Liked the characters. Hated the plot. When I started to realize where the story was going, I couldn't believe it. Yep. It went there. Ruined an otherwise interesting listen.

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My first book by Russell Andrews and probably my last! 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

What started out as an exciting thriller later turns into a far-fetched and uninteresting story with over-the-top characters, including the most annoying mother Dina and her whiny little girl Kendall who made me cringe. Even one of my favorite narrators Buck Schirner couldn’t save this one. The writing was cheesy and dragged on and on. I got to the point where I didn’t even care what the ending was, but I trudged on.

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Decent story but the narrator has an especially deep voice and he reads slow. Made me sleepy. I upped the speed on my iPod and it was a little easier to listen to. That said, if you like this author, this is hardly a reason to avoid the book.

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And then it grabs your interest.

What did you love best about Aphrodite?

I just really like this book. Andrews takes you step by step into the mystery and murder.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Aphrodite?

When the killers think about their bomb

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when the child changes her name to Lucy. Believable scene.

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Great Writer, but couldn't handel the bad language

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I thought the writer was awesome and engaging. The narrator was areally good as well, but I couldn't deal with all the bad language. I guess I will have to stick with Young Adult fiction.

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Fascinating

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A really fascinating thriller from beginning to end. Had to make sure i was paying attention so I didn't miss any of the details. Scary to think about the collusion of government and "big" science.

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Intriguing read

What made the experience of listening to Aphrodite the most enjoyable?

I didn't guess most of the "aha" moments - I like that in thriller novels.

What other book might you compare Aphrodite to and why?

Possibly John Grisham books...this isn't a legal thriller, but some of the plot and characters are Grisham-esque.

Have you listened to any of Buck Schirner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first one, I certainly enjoyed it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the hero thought or spoke about his former life. I found these scenes to be pretty powerful.