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R. Pontiflet

Fairfield, CA USA
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

He Let The Tears Come.....

This is another well written, interest-holding Jack Swyteck story. The Publisher's Summary is a very good synopsis. I won't reiterate here but only to emphasize that it is a very timely, incendiary story of race, politics, injustice, and murder.

The story has many twists and turns with just a few flashbacks which add to the ease of following the storyline as the plot thickens. The great court room drama stirs the pot and adds more seasoning to the thickening plot. So far I've listen to six of the Swyteck series and this may be Gippando's best yet. I listened at every opportunity and couldn't wait to get back to the story and I didn't have to rewind once because of unclear words or to recall the story from where I shut it down at my last listen.

Jonathan Davis is one of my favorite narrators. He voice range provides very good individualized voices for most everybody in the novel. So far, I have not been disappointed by Gippando or Davis.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Planning Ahead, Could Save Your Life

In this story, a 60 year old man, a retiree, takes you on an adventure as he continue to run for his life after two decades of being on the run. From time to time I found myself holding my breathe. Of course he's an innocent man running from the US Military or is he running from the military?. He hides in plain sight using pre-planned aliases.and his two dogs: Dave and Carol. Peter Berkrot provides very good narration. I enjoyed this listen. It was a nice change of pace for me. Recommend.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

A Twisty and Complicated Thriller

The Jack Swyteck legal series are really interesting stories. So far, I have listened to six of James Grippando's novels. This story is about murder as payback for rape. But the story is complicated and nothing is as it seems.

The truth is not fully understood until the twist in the last paragraph of the novel. Most Dangers Place is a great addition to the Jack Swyteck legal series. The novel has a superb beginning and an even better ending, but in the middle the story slows a bit costing it a 5 star rating. Narration by Jonathan Davis is outstanding.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Vengeance Is Not Justice

Another great Allen Eskens novel... If you enjoy narrator R.C. Bray, you already know he's an excellent narrator using just the right amount of drama and tension in his voice and using different tones to separate the characters... he really elevated this listening experience for me... But this is a strong, interesting story on its own just as much as “The Life We Bury” and “The Heavens May Fall” .. all are interesting stand alone stories. The Publisher's Summary and other reviewers provide a good synopsis so I won’t repeat too much here.

Vengeance is mines’ says Max Rupert… and he goes after his wife’s murderers without real second thoughts. He is a decent man so when he hears in his head the voice of the dead woman who had raised him, he listens but his need for retribution keep driving him towards his goal. “Vengeance is not justice,” he says to himself, “but those two ideals are not strangers to one another. They are born of the same mother, one sired by virtue, the other is the bastard son of vice…” Wow! I enjoyed this story.

I recommend.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Did The Missing Girl Call Her Mother? Or A Hoax...

This is an interesting story where one girl disappears, and later in the story, another girl is seemingly kidnapped. Both girls are the daughters of divorced and feuding parents. Both parents are suspects. This is a real twister. Throughout the story, I thought Mom was crazy and thought Dad was the true suspect. What is the truth? Of course we know from the beginning that a man is about to be put to death for seemingly murdering of one of the girls.

I enjoyed this story but found it needed more background information on the family as a whole so that as the story unfolds, the listener could buy into the buildup to finale. The ending was a bit lackluster, in my opinion, and was hard for me to reconcile with the rest of the story as it was told.

Jonathan Davis is a top notch performer. He elevates stories he narrates.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Run Nathan Run!!

This story is highly entertaining and it held my interest throughout. As the publisher's summary provides, Nathan is on the run for his life. Nathan is the underdog (wrongly accused, etc) and I root for children and underdogs, and against scum-bags and greedy relatives. This story is told in a way that's entertaining and suspenseful. As described by one reviewer, Nathan will steal your heart. His grief over the death of his parents and his struggles to survive abuse by the adults in his life, have taught and "schooled" Nathan to the point that he's become "street smart." However, when Nathan's dilemma comes to the attention of "the bitch", a radio host, he stole her heart and all of her listeners' heart as well.... the tide begins to slowly turn in Nathan favor.

George Guidall's outstanding performance brought the story and characters to life. A great read. Highly Recommend.....

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20 of 20 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave...

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave... When We First Practice to Deceive...

This story explores the intricate web of cause and effect of unexpected "found" money. As moral and ethical questions of who and why are explored, this story takes many unexpected twists and turns as desperate answers are sought. As the story develops, several surprising yet supporting back stories are exposed and detailed.

As the publisher's summary synopsis states, $200,000 in cold, hard cash lands in Amy's lap unexpectedly at a time when she desperately needs it. But Amy is concerned about ethical issues related to the money... Is it some kind of setup? Should she keep the money? Ryan is in a similar boat because he and his sister inherited millions of dollars from their deceased-middle-class father. Where did it come from? ... extortion, robbery, or some other terrible crime he had committed? Ryan's remembrance of his father becomes tangled. Did his father have a dark past which nobody in the family knew anything about? Did he deceive his entire family?

Narrator George Guidall is a masterful narrator.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Blurred Lines Between Dual Storylines...

This novel is well-written and the plot is unique and very interesting with dual story lines about two murders with a twist ... very suspenseful and dramatic. However, the setup was a bit slow but once it got going, I was hooked.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. After the setup, it really held my interest. As a matter of fact, I still remember this story very well 3 months later as I write this review. The two stories are so intertwined that it is difficult to give a better description than the publisher's summary.

Liza Cole wants a baby and she is writing a novel about Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her. People end up dead in the imaginative writings of Liza as well as in her real life.

The narration was okay. Highly Recommend

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14 of 16 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-17

A Good Detective Mystery

I enjoyed this novel... over the past several months, I've struggled to find an engaging novel. I was starting to think that I had burned myself out listening to novels, and, perhaps I needed to go back to virtually reading rather than listening. I was encountering awful narrators. A poor narrator can destroy a good story. This story is engaging with a good storyline and narrator. It doesn't have a lot of useless descriptive fluff.

The publisher's summary is a good description to get you started because this fast-paced story get going right out of the gate and the narrator's performance helps to pull you in immediately. As the publisher's summary says, this story keeps you guessing but the ending will shock your socks off.

Of the four Brooks' families, three of the families are slaughtered one after the other, but 10 year old Ben escapes and the killer is after him. Detective Buddy Lock is on the case and soon realizes why these families are being slaughtered and the killer will stop at nothing to kill Ben too. An engaging story....

Thanks to audible listeners Shelley of Raleigh, NC and Wayne of Matthews, NC, I found this interesting novel. I enjoy their recommendations in the mystery/thriller genre. Christopher Lane is one of my most favorite narrators and he does a superb job with this novel.

Recommend

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13 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Sleeping With The Enemy... Murder She Wrote !!

This novel had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out which characters are real life and which are from Charlotte's imagination. You see, Charlotte had sold her first novel which she gave a copy to her sister Ella to read. Very shortly thereafter Charlotte went missing. After Charlotte had been missing a couple of days, Ella decided to read the book. The book contained details that caused Ella to suspect that it was reflective of Charlotte's real-life love affairs which Ella knew nothing about. Ella was hiding her own double life from Charlotte. Which one of Charlotte's lovers could be involved in her disappearance?

The characters are developed well enough and the three different perspectives provides some insight into what others are thinking which adds to the mystery. Suspend disbelief and enjoy because this is definitely one of Adam Mitzner's best.

Erin Bennett’s performance is great. Her voice is well suited for this novel and she performs the different characters very well.

Recommend...

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54 of 56 people found this review helpful