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Publisher's Summary

Katherine Kelly's mentor says she has the makings of a good reporter, but to be great she must learn to find the emotional core of a story and not hold back in its telling. Then he suggests one last graduate-school assignment: Find someone who has influenced her family, and tell that story.

Katherine decides to pursue the only family story that has eluded her all her life: the identity of the father she never knew. Her mother, knowing her persistent daughter won't stop until she gets the truth, breaks her years of silence and makes the call she always swore she would never make. The reality of her father stands in stark contrast to the father of her dreams, and Katherine realizes she must decide for herself who her father really is: the guardian of a group of wounded souls he calls the Collectibles, the attentive father of a newly discovered daughter, the person of interest in a bank-fraud investigation, or a little of all three. Blood is deeper than principle, or so she is told. And a great journalist follows a story wherever it leads. It's Katherine's call, and only she can make it.

©2016 James J. Kaufman (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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James Kaufman is a true storyteller

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

Everything!!

Any additional comments?


The Concealers is the second book in the "Collectibles" trilogy. This book like the first is extremely memorable in the messages the author has tried (and I think succeeded) to convey.

The protagonist Preston Wilson is also from the first book. You can listen to this one without the first but I think the follow through is better if listened to in order.

This book deals with Preston getting to know the other Collectibles, the people he promised Joe Hart he would look after for life.
He also meets his 24 year old daughter that he did not know he had. And finally he finds himself once again in the cross hairs of an investigation. Being a man once driven by greed there much inner turmoil.
Along with this he is learning to deal with his year old hearing impaired son and the guilt and denial that come with having a child with a disability.
Joe Barrett as always gives an outstanding performance. His voice is perfect for this book.

This is an EXCELLENT follow up to the first book. James Kaufman is a gifted storyteller.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-17-16

The great story continues

The Concealers is Book 2 of the Collectibles Trilogy. The three audiobooks must be listened to in order. This is an absolutely must read series. The genre is legal thrillers. This series is better than the best that John Grisham ever wrote. As a bonus Joe Barrett narrates.

The best way to buy the audiobook series is to buy the Kindle version for $0.99 each and then using Whispersync for Voice but the audiobooks for $2.99 each. I understand this is a limited time offer at these prices.

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Read in Order

Narration spot on! I feel like I personally know Preston! Not as fun as Book 1, but the storytelling is just as good. I'm looking forward to starting Book 3 immediately. Excellent series!

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 07-21-16

Relapses, Regrets, and Realizations

Book two in The Collectibles Trilogy is like a bridge . . . you have to cross it to get to where you are going . . . a not-too-sturdy scaffold spanning a dark past and leading to the promise of a new and clean future . . . and a path strewn with choices . . . facing the truth . . . accepting facts . . . or clinging to the familiar . . . accepting excuses, from yourself and others. . . . learning to share . . . or holding on to selfishness . . . keeping commitments . . . or being a fraud . . . that's where Preston finds himself in The Concealers, after Joe's death, and finding out he has a grown daughter . . . all the Collectibles have been put on the back burner, and his promise to Joe a vague memory . . . great book . . . great narration . . . but its impossible to stop at book two . . . its only the crosswalk into book three . . .

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  • JP
  • 07-21-16

Looking forward to book 3

Less enjoyable than book 1, but still worth the listen. if you're not paying attention the ending will sneak right up on you.

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LOVE this series!

This series is not only compelling but you learn something from it. It makes me want to be a better person.

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cliff hanger

Have to find book 3 now! Another excellent story by James Kaufman, this is a great series

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Ending? There is no ending!

What could James J. Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Finish this book of the series! Each book should be written so that it has a completed story. I have read other series' and throughout the books, there is a common denominator, the town, a family, historical period, etc. However, each book is a completed novel. Good ones have an ending and leave you wanting more. This one left you hanging with an incomplete story.

What character would you cut from The Concealers?

I did not feel that either of the characters were well developed. I could not get involved enough to care for either of the characters. There just was not enough development. Compared to the first of the series, I felt this novel was poorly written.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the first book but this book was very disappointing. I felt that the book's sole objective was to make you buy the next in the series so you can finish the story. This does not sit well with me.I will not buy another James Kaufman novel.

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Great Story

This series was a great story, great lessons learned and a great message to be had. Read all three in the series, and at the end you'll have that, "now what do I read or do" feeling.

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  • RFRMAC
  • South Jordan, Utah, United States
  • 02-15-17

The Story Continues

Would you consider the audio edition of The Concealers to be better than the print version?

I've not read the print addition but I would have a hard time thinking that it could be as good as the audio version

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

I didn't read about this book before I started listening. I had read the first in the series and really liked the book. This book is interesting because of the mix of old and new characters. I made time to listen to the book that I would not generally make because of the interesting character development.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

Joe Barrett did a fine job with all the characters so I had no favorites. I was more interested in the story.

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

My reaction to the book was that it ended too soon. I know the answers I seek will be answered in the third and last book in the series so I'm OK with it. It was very nice to have Joe Hart return even as just a memory. I found myself really missing him just as the characters in the book missed him. I look forward to finishing the series.

Any additional comments?

Both the author and the reader have done a very good job, no great job on this series of books so far and I'm sure the next book will be as good or better.