A CIA agent’s two-year-old child was stolen in the night as a brutal act of vengeance....
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has a rare - and bittersweet - gift. Her unique ability to reconstruct the identity of the long dead...
When an enemy from her past threatens to return, Margaret Douglas must go on the run. But danger is in hot pursuit....
A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight....
For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has tried to silence the voices in her head - voices that bring her to the edge of madness and terror....
When Jude Marrok arrives at the makeshift hospital with his wounded black lab, veterinarian Devon Brady has no idea what whirlwind of terror, destruction, and unstoppable passion he will bring....
She had the perfect life. She had the perfect cover. She was the perfect witness. Until they found her....
If you close your eyes, he'll get you....
Rachel Kirby is a computer genius whose personal life is hell. While she continues to climb the corporate ranks, her beloved twin sister is plagued by a chronic illness that will eventually kill her....
Hannah Bryson is a marine architect who's been given a fascinating assignment. But soon she discovers that she's being used as bait....
Some would kill to know what Caitlin Vasaro knows. For the secrets she's kept hidden all her life are the kind the rich and powerful will do anything to possess.....
Nell Calder is the docile, plain wife of a powerful financier. She is content to live in the shadows of his elegant international life. Suddenly one night, at a lavish party, a hit man targets her husband....
Emily Hudson is an artifacts expert for the U.N. who travels to war torn countries attempting to save their priceless treasures from destruction....
The best selling author of Body of Lies, Iris Johansen, raises the stakes and the heart rate with this relentless new thriller...
Iris Johansen invents another plucky heroine, Melis Nemid, in this high-stakes hunt for the legendary sunken island of Marinth...
For Kerry Murphy, the inferno is never far away....
The picture was a warning: they'd found her....
It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it. They believe that Jane must die – when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price. But for now they target those close to her, killing without mercy or conscience.
Jane’s journey takes her from Paris to Scotland to a cave in the Holy Land, as she fights with all she has to save her life. Even with Eve’s help, can she possibly escape before the clock stops ticking?
Eight Days to Live begins with an ancient conspiracy and a shocking betrayal, but will it end with the death of Eve Duncan and the sacrifice of Jane MacGuire? With Eight Days to Live, number-one New York Times best-selling author Iris Johansen delivers a thriller that will chill you to the core.
This was not as good as some of her other novels. Also with the narrator being female and there being so many male characters the reading of it seemed a little off. I may have enjoyed reading it more than listening to it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have long disliked the females of this series and have zero idea why the men adore them. What keeps me coming back is the men; sexy, dark, interesting, dangerous. My new fave is Seth...unfortunately Jane who asked him to help her keeps telling him to get lost. I wanted to smack her and tell her, "Lady, never heard of gratitude?"
Jane is rude and takes completely after her adopted mother Eve, who continues to put the people she says means "everything" to her, in danger!
Iris--woman CAN be strong and not be bad mannered. They can also possess common sense. Really.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What would have made Eight Days to Live better?
If the text reads, "the ancillary character replied, 'blah, blah, blah', flatly, it should sound flat. Every line of text was spoken as if the climax of the story was NOW.
Would you be willing to try another book from Iris Johansen? Why or why not?
No. The writing was trite, predictable. I found myself distracted by my gut response of, "really, that is what you would say at this moment?!?" or thinking the protagonist was a not bright, rude, shallow character. And the front of the book says "a forensic thriller" but there was ZERO forensics in the book. Did I mention that I don't like the protagonist. <br/><br/>I was expecting more of a realistic crime story instead of a chase involving a vampire and a protagonist with psychic abilities.<br/><br/>
How did the narrator detract from the book?
So overacted as to be almost a parody of itself.
What character would you cut from Eight Days to Live?
The main character. Oh and the Bad Guys were so extreme as to be laughable, or maybe that was the ridiculous voice of narration
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book was absolutely terrible, in fact, one of the worst books I have ever consumed, well, partially because it was so bad I just couldn't finish it. Oh, and what the heck is "his(her) lips twisted" What is that and why does the author feel the need to use it almost every other sentence! Absolutely awful writing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Possibly the dumbest book I've ever read!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Possibly the worst book I have ever read/listened to... the accents of the characters were strange and the plot was just dumb.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Why does Jennifer Van Dyck HAVE to use accents??? It is so distracting that I have to rewind and rewind in order to try to keep track of the storyline. It's bad enough she tried a southern accent and failed miserably in "Stalemate." I was so glad to find it absent in "Quicksand." Yet I considered it demeaning when I heard the awful Spanish accent she used for one character in both books. This time, in "Eight Days To Live" I wanted to scream when she attempted a French accent. The Scots accent began to wear on my nerves before the end of the first half.
I bought all these narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck because in the audio samples her voice seemed least objectionable to me. Then all the books in my wish list were on sale, so I bought all of them. I greatly regret that decision. GREATLY. REGRET.
Maybe others won't and don't have the same experience as I am having. If you don't, good for you!! If you do, I feel sorry for both of us!!
By the way, I do not understand why she makes Eve and Jane sound so incredibly mean and hateful. I understand they get upset, but when I read some of this series in paperback I never felt the venom Jennifer Van Dyck puts into her voice come through in Iris Johansen's writings. If I was able to still read books which I can hold in my hands, I would never have attempted to try the audio version of various books I truly enjoyed.
What made the experience of listening to Eight Days to Live the most enjoyable?
Wondering about Jane and Caleb
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Hate to wonder. It was better than some
Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favorite?
Caleb I think. I like the fire between them
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No I do not remember being moved. Maybe the dog.
Any additional comments?
Where does Eight Days to Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is a very thought provoking thriller with a comprehensive series of twists.
What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?
Very good reading both for emphasis and clarity.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me think frequently.
Any additional comments?
Another excellent read from Audible and its excellent readers.
I wasn't sure if this was a comedy at first. It made me laugh out loud at some parts. The fiesty red haired, emerald eyed heroine, the dark and brooding anti-hero's (all secretly in love with the heroine and all Scottish), the bizzare back story, mixed with a few supernatural powers and a bit of religious theme thrown in for good luck. Clich?s galore.
The narration was fine apart from the Scottish accents. It seems all Scots have an upward inflection at the end of everything they say which turns everything into a question. This got very irritating. The lady did a very passable English accent until she said 'tomAto' rather than 'tomato', which is a basic error.
I only got as far as the first download, by which time the comedic value had worn off and, quite frankly, I didn't care if they all got caught and the whole lot of them came to a grizzly end. It would have been a kindness.
Maybe if you were reading this the story wouldn't have seemed so silly and the characters so annoying, but listening to it was not a pleasure, more of a chore.