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Playing with Matches Audiobook

Playing with Matches: A Riley Drake Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Tough and tenacious, Riley Drake is a first-class private eye who runs background checks for a dating service on the side. She has zero interest in helping billionaire John Stratton clear his name so the man can resume dating again. The handsome widower would be quite the catch - if it weren't for the fact that he probably murdered his wife.

Stratton's woes are only part of Riley's problems. Other clients - a TV celebrity with sexual-perception issues, a Trump-like entrepreneur with an embarrassing fetish, and a worshipful drug-addict trying to go straight - keep her running through the streets of Chicago, ready to take down anyone who gets in her way.

Riley is determined to uncover all their secrets, even though she knows that playing with matches means you sometimes get burned.

©2011 Julie Hyzy (P)2016 David N. WIlson

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    Cheri 05-09-16
    Cheri 05-09-16 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to audiobooks!

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    "Great Start on the Riley Drake Series!"

    Wow, this is the first story I've listened by Julie Hyzy and was very impressed!

    The plot and characters were great! I really liked Riley, she was tough and determine to find who killed John Stratton's wife, even if it was him. Along the way she did uncover a few secretes, and after listening to the entire story, the name of the book fits the story perfectly.

    As far as the narrations goes, I thought Angel did a great job overall. I've listened to other stories narrator by her, so I guess I am used to her voice and how she portrays characters.

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast dot com."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DONALD JOHNSON colorado 05-31-16
    DONALD JOHNSON colorado 05-31-16 Member Since 2009

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    "Justa bad narration"

    Just a bad narration I just couldn't take it only made it through 20 minutes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan 06-10-16
    Suzan 06-10-16

    I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.

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    "On the shelf with this book"
    Would you try another book from Julie Hyzy and/or Angel Clark?

    I am a big fan of Julie Hyzy. I have read and loved all her White House Chef series and I will read more in this series too. As for Angel Clark I didn't enjoy her reading of this book in fact it took away from the story for me. So if Angel is the narrator for future books in this series I will read them and not listen.


    What other book might you compare Playing with Matches to and why?

    I can't really say I could think of another book to compare it to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Angel has a nice voice and she reads fine but I just couldn't get into her. The only reason I finished the book was because the story kept me going.


    Was Playing with Matches worth the listening time?

    No I wish I had read it and not listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book as a gift with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Harris USA 05-31-16
    Lisa Harris USA 05-31-16

    I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.

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    "A good start to this series"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love female sleuth stories. This one did not disappoint. It did not contain unreal scenarios that Riley could not get out of. It was real and entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening elevator scene and an unlikely friendship that forged.


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

    I wasn't too happy about what happened to the painter to say anything more would be a spoiler alert.


    Any additional comments?

    Take time to listen to this book you will love it. I look forward to following this series. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 05-10-16
    Michelle 05-10-16
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    "EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that I didn't know who done it from the start! I kept guessing up until close to the end. I figured it out chapter by chapter with the main (kick A$$, girl power) character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too Many to list!


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

    Once I got absorbed into it, yes! I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't listening to it, which made me listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 04-26-16
    Marianne 04-26-16
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    "Why This Narrator"

    I enjoy Julie Hyzy's writing quite a bit and when I saw she had a new book out I bought it without checking who the narrator was, unfortunately. I don't know why or how this narrator gets as much work as she does. Her voices (the secondary female characters are all performed in a super high-pitched nasally voice) and every dang sentence is overperformed to the point where it's exhausting to listen to. It's like nails on a chalkboard. I feel the same way about Coleen Marlo too, but, evidently, I'm in the minority since they keep getting paid to ruin the books I'm interested in buying. Just want to warn anyone who might be considering buying this audiobook: this narrator isn't for everyone. Julie Hyzy is an awesome writer though, so if you haven't read her White House Chef series, then I recommend you read that instead!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron9 06-26-17
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    "Modern day Superhero?"

    Riley is like Batman for dating sites. I can't believe this unique take on contemporary dating, and how the angle of a private investigator's life fits so well into that world we live in. Angel Clark's narration is by far my favorite part, as I am always eager to listen to the way that the book comes alive because of her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beverly 05-16-17
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    "awful narrator"

    The narrator completely ruined the book! I've listened to all of the writers other books and enjoyed them. Fingernails on chalkboard doesn't even do it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reg McKinney, TX 02-06-17
    Reg McKinney, TX 02-06-17 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!

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    "No Nonsense Private Eye"

    Riley Drake is going through a bit of a rough time. She doesn’t need some drug addict coming onto her in an elevator. Still, here she is stuck with this goon who won’t shut up. Riley quickly breaks his wrist and disarms him but that is just the beginning to this terrible day. When she actually gets to work she learns she has to clear backgrounds for not one but 2 billionaires. One who probably killed his wife and another with a strange secret that he is unwilling to have in the open. Add to this an admirer that won’t take no for an answer and an ex-husband who suddenly wants to get back together and, oh, remember that drug addict? He won’t stop following her around and trying to help her now.

    This was entertaining and, at the same time, thoughtful and engaging. Riley is believable in the role of PI. She is somewhat antisocial and unyielding in her quest for what is right and to uncover any dirt on prospective clients that she can, yet vulnerable and not unfeeling in her investigation tactics. I will be on the lookout for other Riley Drake stories.

    Angel Clark’s narration was great, especially for females. A lot of the men sounded quite a bit alike, except those with accents but it didn’t detract from the listen for me. I enjoyed her work and would listen to her again.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! In exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a lot to admire about this book. Lots of plot twists, interesting characters, intelligent mystery and a lead character that guesses wrong sometimes


    Which character – as performed by Angel Clark – was your favorite?

    I love the main character. a corky, strong, no nonsense female lead trying to make a name for herself. I liked her wit


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

    I wasn't too happy about what happened to the painter


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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