The Unsung Hero

Troubleshooters, Book 1
Series: Troubleshooters, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
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Suzanne Brockmann's wildly popular Troubleshooters series showcases this master storyteller's rare gift for blending intense adventure with sensuous romance. And it all begins with The Unsung Hero, a heart-pounding tale of love that reveals hidden truths and brings two solitary people together against all odds.

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the sighting as injury-induced imaginings. In a last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorism team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton. As the town's infamous bad boy, Tom was always in love with Kelly, a sweet "girl next door" who has grown into a remarkable woman. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day.

©2000 Suzanne Brockmann (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Excellent story-tragic narration

If you could sum up The Unsung Hero in three words, what would they be?

Incredibly good book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Impossible to choose just one.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I truly enjoyed Patrick Lawlor...but not enough to listen to Melanie Ewbank for another second! I couldn't finish listening to this book; it was just that painful. (I've got the book, and I'll just have to re-read the rest.) Have you ever listened to the pronunciation sample of an online dictionary? THAT is how Ewbank reads!! Every single sound of every single word is deliberately enunciated.

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

I was really engrossed in the book, but when I realized that I was cringing and dreading the POV changing to the heroine's, I turned it off.

Any additional comments?

This is a very well written book. It's the one that hooked me on SEALs. The WWII backstory is woven in seamlessly. I'm sorely disappointed that I couldn't bear to listen to all of it. Ewbank is better suited to reading how-to manuals.

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New narration breathes life into this for me

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

I enjoyed this newly recorded audiobook better than the e-book.;

What other book might you compare The Unsung Hero to and why?

Other S. Bockmann books in The Troubleshooters series.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mr. Lawlor and Ms. Ewbank have become the voices of the Troubleshooters. (Shout out to Rene Raudman on her narration on some titles as well). To have a good portion of this series re-recorded with their narration was a gift from the author and the narrators!

Any additional comments?

Ms. Brockmann's books and audios aren't for everyone. She has multiple points of view and many in this series include flashbacks to WW-II as well as the contemporary storyline. In the audios, Mr. Lawlor reads all characters when the POV is male and Ms. Ewbanks when the POV is female.

I always thought this first book in the series was very good but after struggling to finish the audiobook by the first narrator, I have never done a re-listen of this story. I have really enjoyed this re-listen and may have to continue with the rest of the series now!

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Recommended

What a ride. This book really contains several stories. A life long friendship between 2 WWII vets, a budding romance between a couple new adults and a second chance for our main characters, Tom & Kelly.

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Male reader is much better.

The female narrator takes odd pauses and doesn't seem to add much to the story. I truly enjoyed listening to the male narrator, even when he was reading female parts of the story.

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One of my fave series

Suspense-Action-Romance
I Admire Brockmann’s knowledge of WWII, and how she weaves two stories into one; past (Charles Ashton, Joe Paoletti, Cybele) and present (Tom Paoletti, Kelly Ashton, the Merchant).
The Publisher’s Summary in Audible has enough info to decide if you’re interested in the basic storyline.
Lt Tom Paoletti, goes home to New England to recover from a severe head injury, and believes he’s seen The Merchant, an international terrorist, at the airport. Is it real, or has he become paranoid due to his injury? Add in his teenage crush Dr Kelly Ashton, who has moved home to keep an eye on her father, Charles Ashton, who is dying from cancer. Tom’s Great Uncle Joe Paoletti is Charles’ best friend since WWII.

The secondary story has Charles lost behind enemy lines, and being rescued by the French Resistance, among whom Joe has been operating for 2 years, since he was shot down. Both are drawn in by their love for a tormented young woman on a mission of retribution.

Lawlor and Ewbanks do a decent job of narration. I didn’t have issues with Ewbanks reading slowly, as my default is 1.25 speed; 1.50 or 1.75 for a book like this, that I previously read in paperback.
Recommend.

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nice story but...

Horrible female narrator. Spoke too slowly and made odd word enunciation choices. Hope for a change in the next series book.

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Many excellent stories in one

This isn't my favorite of Brockmann's novels but it is still fantastic. I constantly find myself wavering between giving this 4 or 5 stars. Because it's not my favorite - I do wish it had more action to it (on a scale with her other Troubleshooters books, this one leans more heavily to romance than suspense), because there are a few troublesome bits in it.

On a "Brockmann scale" - it's a 4 in terms of weighing it against her other work. Ultimately though, I give it a 5. I own this in ebook & audiobook format. I've read/listened so many times I don't even bother trying to track it on Goodreads each time. Pretty much, that defines a 5 star read donchathink?

Unsung Hero is a LONG book. It's like getting (and enjoying) several stories that individually are compelling, interesting, engaging and weaved together to culminate in one awesome experience. We are introduced into the Troubleshooters world, meet characters we'll get to know and love for years to come (some take 5 books to get their HEA - I'm talking to you Sam & Alyssa), new love, old love, heartbreak, laughs, and tracking down a terrorist.

Note: I originally read this. Awesome. Then I found our library had the original audiobooks of the first 6 books (single narrators, various). Pretty good. THEN! Then the series was rerecorded in Dual Narration style with Patrick Lawlor & Melanie Ewbank. Fantastic! Amazing! I'm in LOVE with these narrations. I own them all. And if it were possible to wear out digital copies of something, I'd have done it by now.

I cannot say enough fabulous things about Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank. They are both stellar narrators - voices, accents, emotions, and giving each character their own unique sound. My only complaint is in regards to pacing/speed. Lawlor speaks at a much quicker pace than Ewbank (I think they recognized this at some point because I don't find it to be as big a disparity in later books). I found myself having to adjust narration speed between narrators for it to be more cohesive.

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Excellent!

So fun to read a thrilling story with romance! I love hearing what each of the characters are thinking —that is what appeals to me so much more for books over movies. I love hearing Suzanne Brockmann’s detailing their inner feelings and worries and fears and desires. I loved how it had three romances interwoven into the story, beautifully written, I’ve already listened to it twice and I’ve only had it a week!

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Interesting Story- but

The plot of the stories is really good- very interesting how the stories all come together, however the author's grasp of Military History is shockingly lacking. The United States Air Force did NOT exist during World War II. It wasn't formed until after the end of the war. Until then it was part of the US Army. It should have been referred to as the Army Air Force. That irritated me through the entire story. Also, her description of the Navy SEALs were also woefully inaccurate. Not sure when this book was published but this information is easily available through quick google searches.

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Rockin' narrator's!

I love listening to these narrator's and this series!, wish I had them all! I love finding a good voice to read my books, I wish these guys read them all! Great Job! !