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From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out.

Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes. Whoever ordered the strike thinks Dani has vital information and they put a hit man named Booker on her trail.

Armed with only her wits and a bag of random investigation materials, Dani must figure out who the enemy really is while playing a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the cunning hit man who has an agenda of his own.

©2013 S.G. Redling (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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An unexpected pleasure

I was not sure what to expect from this novel. I often grow impatient with "getting to the story." The beginning held a lot of good exposition that was helpful later.

This is not high art. However, it was fun. I really liked that, [SPOILER ALERT?] "man wrongly accused" is threatened early on in the book that the author does not take us down that well-worn path of laziness.

I found that the book had a good pace, decent character development, and the ending did not leave me unhappy in the least. It was a conclusion, a reasonable one with regard to the "inherent truth" of the story.

I recommend it.

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The 1st of (so far) 2 Dani novels

I love the protagonist! She has emotional and physical issues. She's still a real person even though she's the POTUS. Lot of character changes of 'what the He**? is going on make for a very riveting "The President Dies" type novels..and it really sucked mien!

Similar to "6 days of the Condor" in many ways, Dani just wants to know what is going on while she went out of the office for a few minutes to get lunch..but she can't seem to discover what the H**L is happening????? then saddling rehiring characters a few months later..never know what is going to happen here!
narrated by narrated by Tanya Eby-who is an excellent choice for this series.

Use your credit and ENJOY this Post app novel that might well be the "TRUTH" I had a difficult time deleting the S"P:OILERS in this novel so please, give me a break!!!

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  • philip
  • HARAHAN, LA, United States
  • 01-23-14

Chick version of 6 days of the condor

What did you like best about The Widow File? What did you like least?

I liked the story plot. It was very reminiscent of the Condor but with a girl lead.

Would you recommend The Widow File to your friends? Why or why not?

probably not

What three words best describe Tanya Eby’s performance?

The narrator was very good, though I thought her male voices were a little off. She made them sound dumb.

Could you see The Widow File being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could easily see it as a tv movie. With some serious story rework, maybe a feature film.

Any additional comments?

I gave the book 3 stars, because it was ok. It wasn't horrible and it wasn't great. The idea was derivative but what isn't. I actually liked the idea of the girl being the lead character, though the story was quite predictable. It was ok for light entertainment. Don't look for more than that.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-12-16

OK, barely.

This is book 1 of the Dani Britton series. It should be listened to prior to Redemption Key - i listened to them in the wrong order. This author gives the reader/listener an absolute minimum of information about the story and the characters. It seems that the CIA believes that Dani has some information she should not have so they hire assassin Tom Booker to kill her and her coworkers.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 04-17-18

A lot of unnecessary internal thought dialogue.

So this story could have been so much better had the stupid internal thought dialogue not over powered the story. So annoying. Seriously, you office is being invaded by killers shooting everyone, you need to hide and your thinking of all sorts of random things like the afghan your grandmother crocheted. You see your dead best friend and think how her nails were broken and she would hate that. These are just a couple of examples of the way too many thoughts going on during a dire time.

So then there is Sebastian who is always called "Choo Choo", why on earth would someone with such a nice name be called Choo Choo? There was never an explanation for that awful nick name.

The story line and plot had potential but was overshadowed with unnecessary thoughts.

There was no freaking out or crying or sadness for the loss of all Dani and Choo Choo's friends and co-workers. As a matter of fact, they are hiding from the killer but talking with him the phone and at one point they are having a beer and laughing about nonsense.

Not sure what this author was thinking. But this book was all over the place and I do not think I could read this author again.

As for the narration, it was good. I like Tanya Eby, she does a good job on the male voices. And everyone gets their own distinct voice.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 04-14-18

Very entertaining. Both the book and the narration



The first 40% of this book was spent on Dani escaping the killing of her co-workers and hiding, hiding, hiding while she constantly had hundreds of inner thoughts or talked out loud to herself. Then there was the escape onto the rooftop and finding one of her co-workers that made it out then escaping the rest of the way with Choo-Choo (a stupid name for a grown man.)

This reminded me of the old movie with Robert Redford “Sneakers.” He goes out and when he gets back everyone is dead and he goes on the run. She goes home to pick up something and when she returns everyone is dead or being killed AND has to hide then goes on the run.

Overall, it turned out to be a good story, I can tell because I never skimmed a single page. The killer after them took a liking to Dani and ended up helping her BUT she still had to die. He seemed like a nice guy one minute and talked to her like an evil killer the next. Booker was a little crazy. And there were some things a little unbelievable but it’s a book so I don’t have as much trouble with that like a lot of readers do. And there were a couple of unanswered questions but it didn’t subtract from the story all that much.

There was absolutely no romance and the F-bomb was used 14 times.

As to the narration: I’m a big Tanya Eby fan so I can say she did a great job on the voices BUT there should have been a whole lot of whispering going on, especially in all the public places they went to, and there wasn’t. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

This was a free read and free listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Interesting

This novel started out kinda slow and then kept my attention. The lead character is smart, witty, and very appealing. I would definitely recommend this book. Wish there were follow up books with her.

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EXCELLENT!!!

This is the second book by this writer I've read and I haven't been disappointed yet. Amazing!!!!

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Such a refreshing story!

I am so tired of reading crappie mysteries that assume that the reader is an idiot. That is why I felt this book was like a breath of fresh air! the performance was lively and the characters were enjoyable. I didn't have any idea how it would end- A+

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Attention 3 Days of The Condor Fans

If you could sum up The Widow File in three words, what would they be?

Fast, Clever, and Tender! Starts out like Robert Redfords' 3 days of the Condor so if you like that premise, this will not disappoint. If you are a die hard mystery fan this may not be enough for you. However, it was entertaining and kept you tuned into the story.

What other book might you compare The Widow File to and why?

Our hit man had a tender side i.e. Julie Garwoods Romance Sizzle. This is a cross between a mystery and romance or Angie Jolie's Salt character.

What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms Eby has gotten so much richer in her male voices and she does not disappoint in this 2 book series. Catch her as A.K.A. Tatiana Sokolov

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

yes, I did listen in one sitting as the pace was so fast. This was pure entertainment and a quick course on always planning ahead. Had some good ideas

Any additional comments?

This is not worth a full credit, but catch it on sale and you will have a good fast listen. There is a book #2 so I don't know how much the author plans on taking this character. Let's hope #2 is as entertaining as this was. Hint: if you saw "Salt", then you are prepared for this listen.

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  • Mrs L.
  • 06-01-18

Good story well read.

Excellent reading of one of my favourite books. Downloaded the Redemption Key ready to enjoy next. Thanks.