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The outrageously inventive, exhilarating, sexually-charged thriller from Emmy Award-winning writer Phoef Sutton.

Carl moved into his childhood home after his parents died. It’s a house filled with fond memories...like when he was a teenager and his girlfriend, Jesse, would throw pebbles at his window at night to lure him outside for frantic sex. So he thinks he’s dreaming when late one night, he hears those pebbles hitting his window again...and there she is outside, aching for his touch. It’s only as they are ravaging each other again that he realizes it’s too good to be a dream.

It’s her. She’s back as if nothing has changed. But it has. For one thing, it’s been 20 years since high school. And she died three weeks ago.

Is she an impostor? A ghost? Or is the answer even more chilling? It’s just the beginning of a dangerous, unpredictable, and bizarre odyssey for them both...where nothing is what it seems...and every minute counts.

©2015 Phoef Sutton (P)2017 Brash Books

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keeps you on your toes!!

15 Minutes To Live is well-written with strong, likable characters. the predicament of one of the main characters - memory loss that has her living her entire life in 15-minute increments. it's very different and interesting and has you wondering through most of the book if this could really happen..

I enjoyed this story, and highly recommend it ...To me, any book that keeps you thinking after you've finished it is the mark of a very good book.

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Fresh and interesting storyline

This book will keep you guessing! Although it grabbed my attention at the beginning, it did slow down a bit around the two hour mark; not to worry, though, by the third hour it had picked up again and I couldn’t put it down to go to bed. I enjoyed the storyline; it was unlike any other book I’ve read or listened to in this genre. The narration was great! I normally shy away from books narrated by the author because they tend to be dull and monotone.....though, there are a few exceptions to that rule, this is one of them. I was pleasantly surprised by Sutton’s performance. He did an amazing job giving each character a unique voice and kept it consistent throughout the book. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Fifteen Minutes

This is a twisty,turny story.Pay attention so you can keep it all straight!It was really good.Narration by the author was also good.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Inventive and filled with surprises

With more twists than a pretzel this book kept me guessing from beginning to end.

The basis for this book it heartbreaking, it's hard to imagine what it must be like to have no sort-term memory, to effectively live in 15 minute blocks, and the effect on the people around you are also devastating.

This concept is used very skillfully to create a book that had me gripped and desperate to know what would come next. Add in a cast of other characters who use Jesse's memory problems to their advantage and you get more complications that you can poke a stick at.

It a very interesting look into human nature and how people might act if the person they do something to isn't going to remember it in 15 minutes and can't tell anyone.

The narration is well done, the character voices are good and the delivery helped to convey the emotions and tensions in the story.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Great and original thriller

I give this book high marks for originality because even though some people might compare the concept to 50 First Dates (only way more serious) or Memento, take a look at the copyright date of this book -- it was written years and years before either one of those movies came out.

The premise is that a woman develops a brain/memory disorder in which she forgets her present life and regresses to when she was 18 years old and still a senior in high school. Even though she's over 30, she still thinks she is sneaking off the meet her boyfriend and her parents (long dead, in reality) will bust her if she is caught.

Furthermore, her disorder prevents her from making/holding on to any new memories for any longer than a few minutes at a time, so it's more than a little difficult for the few men in her life who seem to care about her to help her through her ordeals.

This book brings up the interesting philosophical point of whether someone is really damaged if they don't have any recall of being beaten, verbally abused, raped, etc. If they don't remember it, did it really "happen", at least in terms of there being a victim?

This book kept me guessing and had a terrific and satisfying ending, an ending which, in fact, lasted quite a while as all the loose ends were tied up. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a good character-based thriller with a satisfying end.

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Wild story.

I would have given this book a 3.5 in each of the categories, but since half stars aren't allowed I am rounding up. Fifteen Minutes to Live is quite the tale. Written and performed by Phoef Sutton, the story tells the wild story of a woman who suffers from a disease has effected her memory to the point she thinks she is still a teenager and can no longer make new memories. The 15 minutes to live refers to the fact that after 15 minutes the woman's memory seems to reset. It's quite the story, with plenty of twists and turns, and I was thoroughly entertained throughout the entire book. Some readers/listeners may find parts of the story disturbing/unsettling as some of the characters in the book are quite detestable.

As I mentioned the book is narrated by the author himself. Not a lot of authors do this, often times with good reason. Writing a story and being able to deliver a quality narration are two vastly different talents. Being a narrator is truly a unique skill, and I have to give Phoef credit as he does a fairly admirable job, and I wouldn't be at all upset to listen to him again.


I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Fifteen Minutes to Live

Fifteen Minutes To Live
: Phoef Sutton

This is an interesting listen. The characters make you love or hate them. There is plenty of suspense to keep the listener / reader held captive. I will look for more from this author.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Phoef Sutton narrarated his own work, which can be a bit dicey but in this case well done.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Different

I did enjoy listening to this book even though I had too re-listen to a couple of sections as I was a little confused especially near the end with Carl, Jesse and Frank. I enjoyed the uniqueness of Carl returning to his hometown home and Jesse his first love comes to him. Not sure if Jesse was unhappy with her marriage or does have something mentally going on. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you