Regular price: $6.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

I'm not a gambling man. I mean, life's one big gamble, ain't it? The odds are stacked against you; you just can't win. You know there are some people who will do anything to make sure that they win, even if it means eliminating anyone or anything that stands in their way. They only bet on a sure thing...a Dead Certainty.

©March 2015 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Mystery Express

What made the experience of listening to A Dead Certainty the most enjoyable?

It was quick and easy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The one and only Jack Daniels.

What does Miguel Rodriguez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His easy going not giving a s..... attitude fits the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No it was a mystery running on the express lane,,,,,, quick,easy and fun.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dee
  • LA
  • 03-19-18

Meh

This was a short listen but I'm not sure it was time well-spent. I like the Jack Daniels character but not in this incarnation. The mystery was a bit of a yawn.

The narrator was okay. I mean, I didn't hate him. I prefer the narrator in book one though.

This listen was just 'meh.'

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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

Can't Beat Death

This is the second book by John Holt that I have listened to, and this one is very enjoyable. I thought the narration was fitting, and the performance easy to listen to. I loved how the author was able to incorporate some very classic quotes into the book as well. The setting with a stable for the background of this book was original as well. I loved how Jack Daniels was making his bets, as who killed the horse and caused the other incidents. Then again, Jack is not a betting man. Only thing you are certain on is death and taxes. The chapter titles were spot on with the story. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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

Mystery dinner in book form.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. The character was wrotten well enough nlbut the narration was off to me. Blended lones together made it hard to follow sometimes and took me out of the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Slowing down some of lines so it was easier to follow the narration. His voice was fine just needs a bit more practice to know when to breath and give that space.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above.

Was A Dead Certainty worth the listening time?

It was okay. See above for my issues.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for an voluntary unbiased review.

I hope lessons were taken from this amd maybe go back a bit and try to listen to what I heard.

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

Great quick read

A Dead Certainty by John Holt was a great quick read. This is the second novella in The Jack Daniels P.I. Series. This is another great novella that follows Jack Daniels solving tough to crack cases.

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

2-stars says it all; it was just "OK"

Unless perhaps you are a horse racing enthusiast I'm not sure this would be a listen getting excited about. The story, albeit a mystery, just struck me as a yawner. There just wasn't much excitement or intrigue. Even the narration, though not bad, was just okay.

This is one of the few books that I have listened to in which I really couldn't recommend spending a credit on. I did a search on the author, John Holt, and found some other titles with the main character being 'Jack Daniels' as part of a series, but this title wasn't linked to it in any way that I could find. If this is not a standalone book, then Audible is not doing the author any favors with how this title is being listed. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

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

nice short Crime Story

the book was nice and sweet I liked it quite much the narrator did a good job as well a very enjoyable short story
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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

short sweet with a crime in the mix

loved it. must say that this crime series is just what i need after a long day at work. the private eye Mr Daniels is one smoothe detecitve. he takes the case with why the hell not attetude even do he gives a vibe he really doesnt think there is anything to investigate. the story is to the point including discussion with the reader which i personally love. once again a great crime story for after work hours to get your mind off and just enough mistery to get you involved and thinking who is the bad guy/woman.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 03-20-18

Book 2

There are 3 books in this novella series. I listened to book 3 first, then book 1 and finally book 2. I found them to be really stand alone books and the order made no difference. All 3 books were audio books for me. It was not the norm but all 3 had different narrators. One narrator I loved Peter Borys did a great job in my opinion. Joe Voegler I didn't care for and had a hard time finishing the book. Then this book was narrated by Michael Rodriguez and he was somewhere in the middle for me. The author John Holt has a writing style that is very long in the tooth so to speak. Not my taste but not bad either. If you want a short story this is a good one. I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 03-19-18

A good but not great mystery

'A Dead Certainty' tells of PI Jack Daniels is called in to investigate a dead race horse. The police don't believe it is suspicious, but the owner doesn't believe that. Daniels knows little about horses, or racing, but soon finds himself deep in the muck of a horse stable with a serious of unexplained and dangerous events. Could it be sabotage?

The mystery itself is enjoyable, although not very gripping. The reveal and explanation of who did it and why was a little flat, without great surprise or tension. However the mystery itself, and the way the events at the stables build over time, was well told and enjoyable. Daniel's narration is good, even if his notations about 'the odds' make no actual sense in terms of how odds are put together. It's not a simple number of people for vs number of people against. But then he doesn't know horse racing, as he admits... some of his assumptions as to why people aren't suspect seem silly too.

The narration by Miguel Rodriguez is good a suits the book well. He portrays the character well. The narration is clear and well paced. He does accents and voices for the characters, making it easy to tell them apart. Generally good work, and I would be more than happy to listen to more work by him.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.