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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Sometimes Nora Roberts hits it just right

All to often, If you've read one Nora Roberts book/trilogy, you've read them all.

Shelter in place is a different type of Roberts novel.

Yes theres love and romance in the end, as usual however more than anything it's an affirmation of life.

Topical in these days of all too common mass shootings of innocents, the story line follows several survivors of a shopping mall mass murder.

Years later, a relative of one of the children armed with guns, wants to get even with those who they feel profited from the incident, or even survived it.

The relative goes on a manhunt, a decade after, when many od the survivors have gone on with their lives.

A great mystery and one of the reasons why I keep buying and reading Nora Roberts. When she gets it right, she gets it perfect.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

A heartfelt story of two people who have nothing.

Allie and Bea a seemed much longer than it really was.

The character development was a single grandmother living alone, I have felt the fear that Bea experiences, knowing I'm one Social Security check away from homelessness. And Bea is a grouch and unfriendly-so people don't really like her.

Allie is a teen who is pissed off at her world. She is ignored and shuffled around. They make a great pair when they meet up and spend time together touring coast highway 101 with a goal that really has no meaning to them.They meet friendly people who offer comfort.

Secondary characters are also wonderfully developed.

I forget about author Hyde, yet her books are consistently excellent. She doesn't get the notice that she deserves.

Recommended if you like stories abut oddballs.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

A real twisty turny plot..loved it!

The Fourth Monkey was a great listen, and narrator Ballerini always gives a good reading.

I usually can figure out who done it early in the book, but I didn't with The Fourth Mnkey, and just when I thought I had gotten it right, I was wrong...and it was someone else. I do love to be fooled.

Entertaining, a twist with every turn, great characters and development..all in all very satisfying.

Highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

A sad but intriguing mystery

This was sadly enjoyable, and narrated beautifully.

The story deserves to be listened to without any preconceived ideas, but is well worth a credit.

I'll listen to it was that good.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Follow up to Where The Hell Is Tesla.

Dircks second offering is another mindless wander through parallel universes (universi?) searching for the Blue Stuff that threatens the entire collection of universes.

Again Tesla and now Einstein figure large in the writing while hapless Chip somehow manages to mumble and fumble his way to saving the worlds. And being president.....He couldn't do worse than the current one in any case!

But, again..a very short book.

Mr Dricks..please offer your faithful listeners a better value for their credit..much could have again been done to flesh out the characters....and they are fun and interesting characters..readers want to know more about them..what did happen to BOBO? No fair just saying "Gina lost Bobo.."

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

A fun (but short) parallel universe romp.

Rob Dircks is a talented author and great fun to listen to as he narrates his own offering in "Where The Hell Is Tesla?"

Chip, the wacky protagonist is over his head when it comes to the idea of parallel universes, but he finds Teslas notebook and goes looking...and a wild ride through many different potential earths is born.

I have no complaints except for the just over 5 hours, its an expensive use of a credit. And much more could have been written..I hope that Dircks fleshes out his secondary characters like (Bobo) a bit better and gives us better vape for our credit.

Looking forward to the second book, which I now see is also short.

Oh well..not everyone writes huge books like Stephen King.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-17

An entertaining series.

The four books (as of 2017) that encompass The World Walker series are all well written and reminded me, for some reason, of old Robert Heinlein books.

I enjoyed the concept of 'manna' as a special boost to talent and got very involved in the long wandering story line.

This is a series I'll listen to again-maybe as soon as next year, as they are so full of detail that I know I missed some important parts when I was busy doing things while listening.

Ian Sainsbury is a talented Fantasy fiction writer and Todd Boyce did a wonderful job of bringing these stories to life.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-17

I liked it-Glad it wasn't a retread of The Martian

Andy Wier is a talented author.

I always enjoy when a male author can so precisely understand a woman feelings and attitude-and Jazz Bashira does have attitude. I really liked her. She's sassy, slightly crazy and very impulsive. And boy does she screw things up. And then fix them.

I enjoyed this as much as The Martian, though the story line is completely different.

I was pleased that Wier didn't just write another version of Watney in female form, but created a completely different character with flaws and problems.

The story line moved quickly and descriptions made it easy to visualize the surroundings...I didn't realize there were pictures on Audible until I went to write this review.

If you don't set yourself up for expecting Mark Watney, and his acerbic and Fuck Mars attitude you won't be disappointed with Jazz.

She rocks..shes just a young adult trying to make her own way in the difficult surrounding she calls home.

Dawson was ideal for this narration and added so much to the concept of the recording.

I love good Audible books well narrated!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Timely look at the "Opiate Epidemic'

Reacher tackles dealers of hard drugs that are having a negative effect on the ability of the service to get sufficient pain med for injured veterans.

Timely and fascinating look at the horror of war injuries-and those who become addicted to pain pills and patches while they are dealing with honest terrible pain.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

An interesting tech-takes-over series.

Zero Day and the 2 following books form a cohesive and frightening potential future look at what could happen in tech should bad guys take over.

However, about half way through the second book it grew stale.

The third book was a yawn.

Hard to recommend the series, but I did enjoy this first book.

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