Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Blood Thing

A Blood Thing
By: James Hankins

Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon

Length: 11 hrs

Unabridged Audiobook

Release date: 06-05-18



What a great exciting, thrilling, heart stopping listen. Be prepared for holding on to your seat action with mouth dropping scenes that will shock you and make you stop and thinking. One of the best psychological thriller that I have listened to in a long time. It is amazing what one can do to make one look guilty when one isn’t. People will go to great extremes to get what they want as the author shows what one will do and how far they will go. Tyler has had a hard life as his story unfolds your heart goes out to so many of the family members, so many feel guilty of the part they played in it. The story is mostly around the murders, Andrew Kane and one man who wants to take him down. Andrew is a man who lives his life with truth, justice and wants what is best for his city. He has giving his heart and soul to be the best major he can be. All that changed with one murder and his brother’s arrest. How far will a family go to help a brother they aren’t sure is innocent? Between these pages you will find the answers that sometimes even when you are on the good side you make tough decisions that could bring you to your knees.

I have never listened to anything by this narrator and was very impressed. He had no problem at all pulling me in from the first few minutes. His character voices are outstanding, he gives true emotions keeping the listener spellbound and painting a picture that stays with you for a long time. His male and female character voices are great you always know who is talking and what they are feeling. You can hear the anger, excitement shock and disbelief in his voice. He made me feel like I was part of the story and I had no trouble picturing each scene as it unfolds. There are no background noises, no volume changes, it is a very clear audio that takes you away making you want to cover your eyes. This is one narrator that had me in the palm of his hand from the first I started listening. It is truly an audio that you don’t want to miss. I am really looking forward to listening to more of his work.

I was truly held spellbound as the author took me on a ride that scared the heck out of me. I really liked the characters and what they stand for as well as how they dealt with the issues. You could tell the author spent a lot of time thinking this plot out covering every area keeping you guessing to the outcome. Just when you think it may work out he throws another twist in the works as he spins a story that leaves you breathless and feeling for so many. Here you will find thrills, suspense and chills like you have never seen. The author puts the characters through hell as he gives them the ultimate test of family or career. Which will be more important? Will they lose those values they hold so dear or will they give into demands to keep their brother save and free from a life in prison. I loved this book so much I have picked it as one of my favorite reads of this year and bought a few more along with the audios. I can’t wait to start them. You really should give this story a try you won’t be disappointed.


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Summary
Never trust a blackmailer.
Vermont’s promising young governor, Andrew Kane, is at another public meet-and-greet when a stranger from the crowd slips him a cell phone and whispers, “Keep this with you...keep it secret...you’re going to need it after the arrest.”
Hours later, Andrew’s brother, Tyler, is taken into custody - framed for the brutal murder of a young woman - and Andrew discovers there is only one way to free him: answer the mysterious phone and agree to a blackmailer’s demands. All the governor has to do to make it all go away is compromise everything he stands for and grant a full pardon to a convicted felon. With no better option, he complies. Which is his first mistake...because the stranger isn’t through with him. He has another little condition. Then another. And another. And Andrew has no choice but to play along until he can find a way out of this personal and political nightmare. But he isn’t prepared for what he will face, or how far he will have to go to save his brother and keep his family together.

Della

Della
Cowboys and Debutantes: Historical, Book 2
By: Vivi Holt, Cowboys and Debutantes
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 06-01-18


Della has had a few hard times with her father losing everything and fines out she and her sisters must become mail order brides. This was not easy for her since she has been a spoil little rich girl, finding out she must learn to cook and clean is a little more than she can take. Clement is a little surprised too when he finds the woman he thought he was getting isn’t the ones he got. It is a trying time for them both as they learn not only to live together but to love each other. This is a sweet clean fast listen that holds your attention.

Ms. Kelly’s narration is outstanding she really pulls you in with her tones and voices with real emotions as she goes through the paces the author gives. She really bought this story to life making it very easy to picture the scenes, There were no repeat of words or any changes in volume, no background noises. You have no trouble knowing what each character feeling or who is taking. Her tones are right on the money giving a very in depth feeling of emotion. Her female voices are just as great as her males, giving an in-depth deep voice or a smooth as sweet sexy one. This is a very clean, clear audio that is very realistic that you almost feel like you are watching a movie. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. She really delivers a highly exciting listen that kept me spellbound holding my breath, laughing and so glad when the thrill is over.

The author gives you a wonderful story with a few twists and turns. There are even a few surprises, just as things are starting to work out there is news from her father which may break their relation. She must decide if she will tell her husband, what will she do? I really enjoyed the characters as I watched their love grow and all they deal with. The plot is believable and the author holds your attention.

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Summary
Introducing Cowboys and Debutantes! Enjoy these clean and wholesome, sweet historical Western romances. These riches-to-rags shorts prove that love can be found in the most unexpected places and that money does not always make the man. But as our debutantes know, it sure helps!
Della Stout can hardly believe it when her father tells her he's lost it all - the money, the house, the servants, their entire fortune. But things only get worse when they inform her she's to be sent west, as a mail order bride. When she meets her husband to be, she's less than impressed - by him and the dusty little town he lives in.
Clement White has spent his whole life working toward this moment. After opening a bank in Montana Territory, he feels as though his dreams have come true. All but one - he realizes there's no one to share in the fruits of his labor. A mail order bride seems like just the thing to complete his life - that is, until she arrives. Suddenly he's saddled with a woman who doesn't know a stove top from a wash tub, and, to make matters worse, she wants nothing to do with him. 
What happens next? Find out in this fun, romantic caper set in the Old West.

Backwater Cove (Kurt Hunter Mysteries)

Backwater Cove
Kurt Hunter Mysteries, Book 3
By: Steven Becker
Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
Series: Kurt Hunter Mystery, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook


The author gives another wonderful twist that keeps you on the edge from one surprise to another. If you have read any of this series you know where Kurt Hunter is bodies soon turn up. Here we are bought into sport and what people are willing to do to get the best players but something goes wrong when a woman turns up dead and another is found bloody. The mystery comes to life when the bloody woman does everything she can to make your eyebrows go up. She doesn’t act like a true victim and you are left wondering what her game is. The hunt is on for the body that has come up missing along with wild parties on boats and wild woman who will do anything to make these players happy. Are they there willing or is there more to the story.

Mr. Becker does a great job pulling you in taking you a way in a wonderful adventure that the author gives. He has a pleasant normal voice as well as character voices as his character, he gives wonderful emotion that pulls you in making you feel like you are part of the story. His character voices both male and female are great. I always knew who is talking and what they are feeling. He really bought this story life for me, giving the danger just enough power to make my heart beat faster pulling in with the excitement, danger and the unknown as well as the chase. He gives enough pauses to let it sink in and really feel what the characters are feeling. There were no background noises, no volume changes and if any breaks were taken I could not tell. The audio is very clean and clear giving you hours of enjoyment that holds your attention why keeping you guessing and on the edge. I am really looking forward to listening to more of his work.

The author gives you a highly entertaining listen that really pulls you in with excitement and danger along with a few thrills. He keeps you on the edge keeping you guessing to the outcome. I really liked how the author lays it out with the mystery pulling the listener in giving a deal tailed exciting story. I love how it all comes together. He gives you wonderful characters, a thrilling story that is believable. I have truly enjoyed everyone of this series I have listened to and can’t wait to listen to more.


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Summary
Would you commit murder to sign a top high school recruit? When National Parks Service special agent Kurt Hunter finds a woman washed up on his remote island in Biscayne National Park the case leads him to the world of high rolling boosters and the young players who will do anything to make their mark. With millions on the line in the world of college football, recruiting the top players is crucial.
Money and women are often used to lure the top high school prospects to schools. With big penalties for getting caught, boosters will do anything - even kill - to cover their tracks and keep their alma maters on top. Get the third book in the Kurt Hunter Backwater series from best-selling author Steven Becker.

Treasure in Exile

Treasure in Exile
Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 4
By: S.W. Hubbard
Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
Series: Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins



It started out slow but if you give it time it all falls together giving you an interesting twist that you don’t see coming. The author takes you back in time to War World II two young people meet fall in love, get married, one is shipped out to fly planes and the other goes back to her husbands home. Things are not easy for the woman she is way out of her element living in a big house with money she doesn’t know what to do with and a father-in-law who isn’t thrilled having her as a daughter-in-law. This couple has a plan, that is until his plane goes down and life as she knows it changes forever. Move ahead many years the woman is now old and has died but what is the mystery around her life and how is it tied into the death of another young woman who has everything she could ever want.

Ms. Tedesco did a wonderful delightful job of narration giving true emotion that you can feel to the characters. You know what each one is going through and just what they are feeling. I loved how her voices all blended together naturally giving each character their own personality that worked well with the story. I felt each complimented the other why pulling you in giving you a story you couldn’t put down. There are no background noises or any repeats of words it is a very clean, clear audio that held me spellbound. The audio volume is even throughout with no high or low places. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. I loved the emotion Ms. Tedesco puts in her voice never leaving you guessing what each person is feeling from anger to happiness she hits each one right on the mark. She knows how to deliver a great listen that holds your attention and leaves you with wanting more. Her voice is very pleasant pulling you in painting a picture you can see in your mind as each scene unfolds giving you a wonderful compelling listen. I very much look forward to listening to more of her work.

At first, I thought the author was putting too much filler in the story. I kept thinking what does that have to do with this. I have to say it all ties in nicely giving you a shocking story that will stay with you for some time to come. There are many twists, some with a darker side that will leave you thinking what oh my lord, how terrible. As you are taken back in time you feel the pain of people from long ago and how one persons evil will change the lives of so many for many years to come. The author gives you mystery, evil, deaths, and so much more as she twists her words right into your heart. Once she brings on the mystery she had me in the palm of her hand with a story I couldn’t put down. It was so wonderful, unique and intriguing that I have picked it as one of my favorite listens for this year.


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Summary
A reclusive heiress...a loyal servant...a mansion frozen in time.
After her husband's plane goes down in a WWII battle, a poor nurse becomes the wealthiest widow in town.
And she never leaves her mansion for 70 years.
When estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon enters the Tate Mansion after the widow's death, she discovers nothing's been changed since the day the house was built. Why did the heiress and her maid eat canned soup and read used paperbacks surrounded by magnificent art and antiques? Why were the house and its contents bequeathed to a small local charity?
Audrey's idle curiosity soon turns into a desperate need to know. Because someone wants to profit from the Tate Mansion's secrets. And if others have to die to make that happen, so be it.
Can Audrey outwit a wily con man? Or is she is too smart to live?
Tired of predictable mysteries that you have figured out long before the end? Rejoice! Here is a mystery with a strong female protagonist and plenty of plot twists to keep you challenged. The characters you love - amateur sleuth Audrey, Ty, Sean, and Ethel the shelter dog - are back in another adventure full of antiques, family secrets, and murder. Download now and listen all night!