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Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure Audiobook

Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure

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A trip to the mall gives Shelby the shock of her life when she finds an extra five million dollars in the bank account Uncle Joey set up for her. She thought he was out of her life for good, but with this fast money, she's not so sure. Now she must decide if she will tell her husband the truth that she can still read people's minds. Including his. How will he feel when he finds out she lied to him?

When the Mexican Police tell her that Uncle Joey's been kidnapped and look to her for the ransom, she knows she's in big trouble. As if that isn't enough the police detective she worked with needs her help to solve a case, and she unwittingly becomes a witness to murder. In her fight to stay alive, she finds that everyone wants a piece of the money, and just how far they will go to get it can be a matter of life and death. She just hopes it's not hers.

©2011 Colleen Helme (P)2013 Colleen Helme

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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 07-25-16
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 07-25-16

    Fantasy & UF reader/blogger/writer. Content Editor. Photographer. I prefer to live in my own version of the world,no matter how weird it is.

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    "Trouble finds Shelby, and she finds trouble. Fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure the most enjoyable?

    Wendy voices Shelby again. And I'm thankful! She has embodied Shelby and become her vocally. Wendy brings a whole new dimension to Colleen's written words. We feel as we get Shelby, in the flesh, talking to use through Wendy. Shelby's feelings are truly evident in Wendy's voice, giving Shelby a full range to her personality.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I love how situations happen around Shelby and where she's at, especially when she's in a courthouse full of dangerous people who are hiding all sorts of things. All those things that she finds herself involved in. I love it! And with her husbands job as a lawyer, oh the things she hears and stops at the courthouse. Wow! Uncle Joey isn't quite out of her life yet, as she thought. <br/><br/>Shelby struggles with whether she should tell her husband her ability to read minds is back. But wanting to be part of his world and he in hers, she decides no more lying. She tells Chris the truth. Chris is a great guy. He struggles with Shelby's ability but he is there for her and loves her. He's even found the mind reading can come in handy. They really do have a wonderful relationship and it shines in this book. Where I was nervous about him, even though I liked him, in the first book, he's starting to come to terms and past the comfortableness with Shelby's mind reading.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    We don't get as much with the sexy muscle, Ramos, in the beginning. He's someone I look forward to arriving on the page, waiting anxiously. And when he arrives, you know things are getting bad. Shelby's in serious trouble for Ramos to come, and come he does!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to this story in one sitting. I listen while at work, and the work day just wasn't long enough. Seriously! Who says that?!? Lol. I just had to get through all the events to find out how it would all end. I had to know! Oh, how these events all string together and work out. I loved every minute of it! I was curious as to who was behind what and how. I got those answers and it slowly uncovered more and more of the underlining cause and how it's all tied together.


    Any additional comments?

    Shelby is a caring person. She also picks up things that feel off, which is good. She's smart! Which would be why Uncle Joey trusts her. And the same with Dimples, erm, Detective Harris of the police department that she's helping as a consultant. She can feel out a situation and puts the pieces together. Yet Shelby is a little ... I hate to say ditsy because she's not, even flaky. She not either but has a lightness to her that is fun and enjoyable to listen to her as she works through all the crazy happenings around her. She takes it all in stride, even when stressed or worried about it and her life. I really love her reactions and actions.<br/><br/>Some great crafting by Colleen in this cozy little mystery story! If I wasn't hooked before, this story would have sealed the deal!<br/><br/>I really am a fan of Shelby and her adventures.<br/>

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    Farrell 05-17-16
    Farrell 05-17-16

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "I'm liking the series so far"

    Good, fun, mind reading story. Probably need to read in order since a lot of references to people introduced in book 1. So far the series is worth the price.

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    Amazon Customer 07-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "If you like Stéphanie Plum series..."

    If you love the Stephanie Plum series, You'll love this one! Can't wait to get started on the next book!

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    Verycurious Eagan,MN USA 04-14-17
    Verycurious Eagan,MN USA 04-14-17
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    "Entertaining Read"

    Moves along and keeps the story fun listening. I will listen to more from this author.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 05-19-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 05-19-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Hit!"

    Well, it is official, I like this series. In this installment Shelby is more in control of ability. Instead of looking like a bumbling blond and falling into circumstances, she uses her abilities on her terms. She works with an alphabet of governmental agencies, local, national and international and receives a few job offerings. She leaves them scratching their heads in how she does what she does.

    There is action. The action of Shelby running from trouble or into trouble. You don’t have the running and shooting a gun while rolling over a car, but there are some gun shots. She should have whip lash from turning her head side to side trying to hear a thought or recognize a face.

    Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum character has more than 22 book about her escapades and she still cannot handle a gun. Shelby decided to change her circumstances and was lighting people up with a taser, buying a gun and her gun has bullets.

    She has a stable loving relationship. She gives Chris headaches but they stay together. In many books, when a women circumstances changes, she can no longer have a happy family life. Kuddos to Colleen Helme for not falling into that trap. Also, kudos for making the words, “how long before the kids get home” the most sexist words. Everything does not have to have the sexual explicitness of 50 Shades of Gray.

    I still have a problem with her inability to blabbering / answering people before they ask a question. Like how hard can that be Shelby? Look at their mouth and if words do not come out, close your mouth.

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    Dawn 03-23-16
    Dawn 03-23-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Very original"

    Colleen Helme has created a very original story line. The characters are very believable. She has done a great job bringing all the elements together to make a humorous cozy mystery. I look forward to the next book in the series. This book could be a standalone story, but I believe listening to the series in order is better. I highly recommend this story and the whole series to fans of cozy mysteries.

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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-28-15
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2016

    We are now proud parents of a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law! He is also a child of The U. S. Navy, bonded over military time:)!

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    "Nice to hear parents who are I love with each other."

    These are fun, light and breezy stories. Shelby could be a bit less naïve but hopefully Chris can help her grow and to listen to his advise, occasionally. They adore each other and make a very nice team. Looking forward to the whole series.

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    Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy Missouri, USA 06-23-15
    Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy Missouri, USA 06-23-15

    Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)

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    "I love this author!"
    Would you listen to Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure again? Why?

    Yes, it's a great listen and really fast.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I am always entertained by these books.


    What about Wendy Tremont King’s performance did you like?

    She is starting to grow on me as a narrator and she really does a good job with Shelby.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    5 million dollars equals one large mind reading headache.


    Any additional comments?

    This second book in the Shelby Nichols Adventures was a lot of fun. Chris starts to loosen up a bit about her mind reading ability as it's not like she wanted it to begin with and so he played around with it a bit and that was fun. Shelby is just great and can't seem to stay out of trouble. If your looking for a quick fun read/listen then I highly recommend this series.

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    Linda Jensen 06-10-15
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    I truly enjoyed the book, however the narrator needs help with accents. The. accent sounded more like Russian than Hispanic

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    Gaele Atlanta, GA 05-04-14
    Gaele Atlanta, GA 05-04-14

    We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis

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    "a wonderful example of an audio recording."

    Another fun adventure with the slightly goofy yet indefatigable Shelby! Picking up closely where Carrots (Book 1) left off, Shelby is far more forthcoming with Chris about her skills and the unusual appearance of $5 million in the bank account Uncle Joey set up. Again, Shelby’s ability to hear what people are thinking is a great aid, and often a hindrance to her own reactions and relationships with others: even though she did inform Chris early on that her skill had returned.

    Still speaking before she speaks, and her reaction to what she ‘hears’ versus what is actually spoken lead her into several fast-thinking moments that are all blunder and bravado, with very little grace. What makes this series is Shelby’s own naiveté and inherent goofiness: she is someone who always spoke first, often to her detriment, and that hasn’t changed: only the information has improved.

    This book has a fairly simple, yet incredibly involved and twisted mystery at the core: even the characters seem to have some moments of losing the thread in the twists, making it even more fun to hear and follow along. Narration in this is also by Wendy Tremont King, and her ability to give voice to Shelby that feels real and completely evocative of her emotions at the moment add significantly to the plot and flow. She’s made narrative choices in pitch and tone that present the ‘eavesdropping voices’ that Shelby hears slightly different from the verbal conversations, leaving it clear to the listener that she has heard thoughts that the owners would prefer remain unknown. Each character has a voice that is distinct and unique to them, in tone, pacing, accent and even idiomatic expressions: every element serves to enhance the plot and written words and makes this a wonderful example of an audio recording.

    I enjoyed this one even more than the first, and while I want everyone to jump in and listen, you really will do yourself a disservice if you haven’t read or heard the first in the series. Key elements carry forward from the first book, and those elements are necessary for understanding what is going on, and seeing the normal from the aberrant.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author via AudioBook Jukebox. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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