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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

It has been several years since I listened to...

It has been several years since I listened to a novel in this cop series. As usual the real star of audiobooks in the John Ceepak series is narrator Jeff Woodman. For those not familiar with this series it is set in a coastal beach resort town in New Jersey. The books are written in the first person of young police officer Danny Boyle who grew up in the town. John Ceepak is a more senior officer from Ohio who was a military hero. Ceepak is literally incapable of lying or doing anything dishonest or illegal. The novels tend to be humorous although thin one is not. Chris Grabenstein is a very talented author with a flair for the unlikely and the outrageous. He makes the listening fun especially when paired with narrator Jeff Woodman. It is an offbeat and usually light and humorous police series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

4th novel in a great crime series!

In listening to the 17 novels and 2 novellas by Kendra Elliot as well as some by Melinda Leigh it seems that mostly rural central Oregon must be the murder capital of the world. MERCIFUL SILENCE is the 4th novel in Kendra Elliot's FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick series with at least two more to come. This novel is unusual in that the first person portion is of the antagonist. All of the novels earn 5 stars both for the stories and Teri Schnaubelt's narration. Kendra Elliot's police procedurals are consistently outstanding.

RECOMMENDED. Purchase Kendra Elliot's novels at Amazon rather than Audible where the Kindle and Audible versions combined are less than the Audible versions alone. Kindle unlimited members can borrow both versions at no cost.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

A different legal thriller!

In GOOD INTENTIONS protagonist Jim Thompson is a 33 year old very inexperienced family court judge who must make decisions on whether parents can keep their parental rights in cases where their children have been abused or not cared for. Thompson's mentor, a long term family court judge, is murdered, so the complex plot is mostly about how Thompson with the aid of his physician wife handles both the murder case, his family court cases, and his career issues. Will Damron's narration is superb.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Good very short story!

SHOOTING GALLERY packs a lot of action into 75 minutes. I suspect the story is intended to introduce the new US VP for Coes' Bloody Sunday which will be released the last day of July.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Excellent espionage thriller!

THE LAST MAN IN TEHRAN is Book 4 in Mark Henshaw's Red Cell espionage series (Audible need to correct the fact it is part of the series). It is one of few such series that has a woman CIA agent, Kyra Stryker, as primary protagonist. My issue with this novel is, does it deserve a 5 star rating? It is a close call. The first three novels in the Red Cell series did not have great narration, but this novel does. George Newbern does an excellent job.

The publisher's summary sets up this novel well. The author packs a lot of action, intrigue, and suspense into this 9.5 hour novel. The novel ends with an important ethical question.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

A Marine lieutenant who fought in Vietnam...

A Marine lieutenant who fought in Vietnam writes the best novel about the war. I'm a fan of James (Jim) Webb and I read this 1978 masterpiece years ago. Webb grew up in a military family, went to the Naval Academy, and fought in Vietnam. He later graduated from law school and he served in the Reagan administration. He went on have a career as a journalist and author. In 2006 he changed to the Democrat Party and ran for the US Senate beating the incumbent by a very small margin before serving Virginia for 6 years as US Senator. While a senator, Webb was the only member of the body to carry a loaded pistol with him inside the Capitol building. Late in 2015 he announced his candidacy for US president as a Democrat but soon dropped out when it seemed obvious that neither major party would elect a centrist who would challenge the rule of the elites of both parties. He will not say who he voted for in the 2016 general election, but does say he did not vote for Hillary.

I recommend this novel. The narration is superb.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

The great opening scene lured me in!

Allen Eskens has written some wonderful 5 star novels such as The Life We Bury and The Heavens May Fall. THE GUISE OF ANOTHER is not in the same class as his best works. That no one completes his or her life alive is a truism, but no significant character in this novel is alive when the novel finishes. Summary: marvelous opening scene, excellent plot, weak finish, excellent narration.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Lots of blood and gore; raw

Minneapolis Detective Jude Fontaine was locked naked in a basement cell for three years during which she was exposed to every pain and indignity one can imagine. When she escaped she killed her tormentor. The daughter of a Minnesota governor she also killed her brother and her parents with just cause. These actions occurred in the first novel in the series titled The Body Reader. She is now doing her best to overcome her past as she is back as a police detective in THE BODY COUNTER. The plot is raw and at times difficult to listen to as she and her partner attempt to take down what amounts to a Manson-like murder club which leaves many dead in its wake.

This is my 5th novel by Anne Frasier. All are dark in the extreme; they are certainly not for everyone. Emily Sutton-Smith does a great job of narration.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!!

THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS is the 10th novel by Joy Ellis I have listened to and reviewed at Audible. Joy Ellis is lauded as "Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018". I hope Audible is correct and this wonderful author now gets the attention the quality of her work deserves. For those familiar with her DI Nikki Galena eight novel series this novel is set in the Fens, an area on the east coast of England about 50 miles northeast of London that was reclaimed from the sea and marshes several centuries ago, like Ellis' other modern detective novels. The plot is an excellent one with two new protagonists (Jackman and Evans) introduced. Narration by Richard Armitage is excellent but not quite as good in my opinion as that of Henrietta Meire who narrated the Nikki Galena series. The next two audio books in the Jackman and Evans series will be released by Audible October.

Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Even if you don't like Paul Levine's novels,...

Even if you don't like Paul Levine's novels, listen to this one! Paul Levine's legal novels are highly variable in quality. When you start one you may find a real treasure or you may be wasting your time, but more often than not its just okay. BUM DEAL is a real treasure. Although this novel is part of the Jake Lassiter series, it also includes the main characters from Levine's Solomon and Lord series in major roles. The plot is clever and fun as Jake Lassiter becomes a prosecutor rather than a defense attorney for the murder case. The audio book is free to borrow with Kindle Unlimited. Without Kindle Unlimited it is still less expensive than one Audible credit if you purchase the Kindle version first. Narrator Luke Daniels is the perfect voice of Jake Lassiter.

I highly recommend BUM DEAL.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful