Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Body Counter

The Body Counter
Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, Book 2
By: Anne Frasier
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Detective Jude Fontaine, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Unabridged Audiobook


With the first book in this series I was blown away if you haven’t read or listened to it you really must. The Body Counter is full of mystery around numbers and how the bodies add up and are displayed. Never in a million years would I have worked the meaning of it was. The author brings to life an amazing story of a serial killer who leaves few clues and no rhyme or reason for the killings as well as some wonderful characters on the hunt for a mad man before the bodies start adding up. I really loved how the author laid this out, keeping you guessing, the mystery as well as how it twisted leaving you hanging on the edge. A great plot with some great characters, from the first moment that I picked this up I couldn’t put it down and listened to it at one setting. I didn’t feel the connection that I did with Jude in the first book in this series but I still was hooked from the first page. It was very hard to work out who did it but at the same time you work out people involved, there is mystery, danger along with a lot of excitement, thrills, a few chills that had my mouth dropping, a few shocking scenes, as well as an adrenaline rush that will keep you hanging on. It is a story you don’t want to miss and one that will keep you guessing until the end.

Emily Sutton-Smith does an outstanding job of narration. She pulls you in giving you wonderful character voices with outstanding emotions never leaving you guessing what each character feels. Her tones are right on the money giving you a power listen full of feeling. Not much has changed from the first time I have listened to her, she does an outstanding job on Jude’s character giving you the flat voice you would come to expect of a woman who has been through so much. This is one narrator that knows how to give you an adrenaline hush keeping you spellbound until the end. Both her male and female voices are a delight really giving each character the tones and emotions you would expect them to have. There are no background noises, no volume changes and no repeating of words, I could not tell when a break was taken it was just one smooth, clear audio that I got lost in. She gives just the right amount of pause so the story sinks in and holds you spellbound. Just as she did with the first book in this series she held me from the first word until the last.

Jude is strong she has to be to deal with all she has, but she is weak, she doesn’t like to show emotions of any kind and those she does show are real. She is complex but yet easy to get to know. She is unique in so many ways, she knows who she is but is still finding her way. The house she was kept in still plays a very big role in her life. You feel sorry for her but at the same time she is your hero. There are so many mixed emotions going through your head as you listen to this audio, but I still feel that she is the sanest of us all. The author gives you a well-balanced story of horror, shock, delight, laughs, smiles and sorrow than turns your world upside down doing it all over again. It is well written and thought out leaving me in awe at how her mind works. The story moves around Jude touching on her past, I don’t feel you have to read the first book to know what is going on, but I am unsure why you won’t. It is the most powerful story with a mind-blowing plot just as this one is. Her partner is a sweetheart with issues of his own, there are some very troubling characters that will pull you in and a few that will shock you. I know I set with my mouth hung open more than once. There are no words to tell you just what a very talented author Ms. Frasier is and just how much this series has touched me. What an outstanding move this would make having you glued to your seats replaying it all over in your head again. It isn’t a book you will forget very easy.

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From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader.
Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide.
At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims - until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising.
But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

You're Not Alone

You're Not Alone
By: Stacy Eaton

Narrated by: Maria Marquis

Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release date: 04-03-17

Language: English

Publisher: Stacy Eaton


What a very touching story that really grabs you making you want to go into the story and pull her out. Domestic abuse is never easy but when one's husband is a cop it makes it even worse. With nowhere to turn Trinity took what she got until the day he went too far and his brothers in the department took him down when they walked in and just about found her dead with him over her. One young cop took it all in helped her until they took her way, he never forgot her and always wondered about her. Years pass she is doing a seminar, that young cop isn’t young anymore, he is watching as she does an unbelievable amazing demonstration that is mind-blowing. He is as blown away by her strength as he was years ago. This is a story about strength, overcoming your pass, moving on, starting over and helping others like you. It is such a touching romance that you feel all the way to your toes. I promise when the end comes you will feel each emotion that Trinity does along with the power of healing and love like you have never seen it. Oh things aren’t all cheery a lot goes on here in a little time that pulls you in as you become part of the book.

I have not had the pleasure of listening to anything this narrator has done before. She really pulled me in from the first page taking me away leaving me in awe at what the author had written. There is so much emotion in her voice it is hard not to feel everything that the character is feeling. Both her male and female character voices are outstanding as well as her very pleasant normal voice. I could hear the pain, sorrow, laughter and happiness as well as the uneasiness and how unsure the character was in her voice. She gives just the right about of pause and goes that extra mile that really makes you feel and believe what she is saying. I just could not put it down, I am not one to just set and listen to an audio I do things around the house, shop, listen in the car but I found myself setting in the car once I got home for a few extra minutes, even in the house I just set and listen. The author gives a powerful story and the narrator had no trouble delivering it. There are no background noise, no repeating of words, no volume changes, I could not tell when breaks were taken. It is just a wonderful audio that is clean, clear and takes you away you forget you are listening. I am very much looking forward to listening to more of this narrators work. There is no doubt she will become one of my favorite.

All I can say is wow just wow this is a powerful story. I was blown away by the seminar that was so powerful the way the author wrote it making you feel the emotions as a victim would. She is one very talented author that knows how to pull you in taking you away and making you become part of the story. This would make a great movie I really can’t tell you how much this audio touched me. It will make anyone who has never been abused understand why the victim can’t walk away how painful it is and the way some people enjoy power and take it too far. For anyone who has been a victim this is one author that is telling your story in a way that I do not think it would trigger anything. For me it was very easy to relate to and understand, I cannot tell you the emotions I felt why listening to this. Oh it isn’t all dome and gloom, there is a very touching romance that just makes you feel at peace when the end come. It is about learning, growing and not taking what one dishes out but also about what love truly is, the give and take, support that only true love brings. It is a delightful older woman younger man romance that is touching. There is a little mystery, a few twists and turns that gets the heart pumping and leaves you on the edge. The suspense was outstanding as the author had me talking to the characters which I totally loved. I loved the characters, there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this audio was hooked from the start to finish. I understood where each character was coming from and felt every emotion they felt. It was truly an amazing listen that pulls you in from start to finish. There was nothing I didn’t like and really wanted the story to go on. To the author you have out done yourself giving an amazing story that really touched me. It will be an audio that I will listen to again, my hats off to you for giving such a powerful story.

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Trinity Morris, cofounder of You're Not Alone, has a domestic violence past that still haunts her 10 years later. She is devoted to helping victims find freedom and to sharing information on how to help them through their emotional and violent trials.
While Trinity is presenting at a seminar, she comes across Gavin, a police officer who knows her past all too well. It's been 10 years since he last saw her, but the moment Gavin's eyes land on her, he's intent on getting to know the woman who has haunted his dreams all these years.
Can Gavin break through the wall that Trinity has built around herself, or will the present and the past collide and take her away from him again?

And Justice for One

And Justice for One
By: John Clarkson
Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
Length: 12 hrs
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-16-18


What a unique story that grabs your attention from the start and doesn’t let go. The question is “If someone you loved was the victim of a violent crime, how far would you go to find justice?” We think we know the answer to that question but, do we? Would we have the resources to find out who was behind it and if we did what if they were more powerful than we were, what if they were out of our reach? So many questions with so few answers until the one you love is a victim we truly cannot answer this. Jack didn’t know the answer either until the day his brother came up missing, the day they found him was the day Jack went on the biggest man hunt of his life. Unlike us he does have the resources but even with them he still gets few answers until he ups the game kicking butt and taking names. This is an action packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats as one man takes on a group of men taking them down one by one until he finds the guilty party. You can bet when that last name comes up he will do everything in his power to get justice for his brother. This is a story more or less of a one man army who is willing to give up his life to take out the man who hurt so many people not only just his brother. It is a thrilling listen that is action packed where the dark side meets the darker side, demanding justice with one hell of a punch that will make a grown man cry. Totally LOVE this audio.

Me. Ormond is a new narrator to me, but what a heck of a good one he is. He gives a thrilling exciting listen that takes you away making you hold your breath, hanging on, why he paints a picture of a thrilling, chilling plot the author wrote. He made me feel the passion, danger, excitement and even chills which ran down my back as the hunt was on and bad met good taking down one man at a time. The narrator made it very easy for the scenes to run wild in my mind as I watch the movie play through his voice. His character voices are wonderful both male and female really pull you in. He hits the correct tones with each character, you always knew what they were feeling and just who was talking. He made you feel the anger, passion, uneasiness, fear, and so much more. You could hear the chuckle, and even pain and sorrow as well as happiness and laughter right through his voice. There were no background noises, no repeating of words, no volume changes just a wonderful exciting clear, clean listen that took over your mind. He made me believe what was happening, I bought this story from start to finish. The characters became real to me as well as their pain. Before the story was over I was cheering Jack on. I was very impressed at how he portrayed the characters making them real people. I loved how he made Jack cold but exciting yet warm and loving which is not easy to do. His normal voice is very easy to listen to. I just could not put this down, I had to know what Jack would do next. I thought his performance was outstanding and can’t wait to listen to more of his work.

The author gives you an amazing story that really makes you think. It is a story that you won’t forget for a long time. Jack may be knocked down, but he won’t stay down. I really felt sorry for the man who came up against him, well just a little but not for long. The author made me buy into the story as I found myself cheering as one bad man went down and another one was on his way. I loved Jack’s sidekick that helped him get the justice his brother deserved. There are some wonderful supporting characters that came to mean a lot to me. There is no doubt that Jack wants revenge, but he also feels guilty for leaving his brother alone. He just lost his father and now it looks like he may lose his brother. It is a touching story with passion not only for his brother but for those that have been taken in and can’t get out. Jack is tough, but he has compassion, love and is truly a man who believes in honor and justice. The author throws in a touch of romance with a few twists. The characters are likable and believable, it would be hard to listen to this audio and not be taken in with the surprising spins and wonderful twists and turns. I set back with my heart in my throat a time or two. I also chuckled and laughed a few times as well as holding my breath, talking to the characters, and I am not ashamed to admit I did a little begging a time or two. I found myself saying oh this can’t be good, no I wouldn’t do that Jake, are you sure that is a good idea as well as do that again, hit him a little harder. Even had a few choice words for the bad guy. The ending was great a little surprising but wonderful what a great twist. Between the author and narrator I was totally hooked from the start loving every minute of a wonderful thrilling ride that I didn’t want to end. I see the author has book two out I do hope it will go into audio with this narrator. Bottom line it is a ride you don’t want to miss.

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If someone you loved was the victim of a violent crime, how far would you go to find justice?
Jack Devlin didn't know the answer, until his brother was left comatose after a brutal assault. To the police, it was just another New York mugging. But to Jack Devlin, it was an abomination that must be avenged - outside the law.
"Packs a savage punch." (The New York Times)
"Dark, sexy, fast and tough." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Action fans will applaud." (Publishers Weekly)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Storm Force

Storm Force
By: Susannah Sandlin
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-17-13


I really loved this audio from start to finish, the author gives wonderful characters with mystery you just can’t put your finger on. Oh the secrets are wonderful when you get them worked out. There are characters you are going to love and some you will hate so much you wish you could take them out yourself. You know you have a wonderful audio when you are talking and yelling to the characters. One man has it all, and he demands more by pulling Mori into the bomb he set off, you will be shocked to the reasoning and how her family deals with it all. One man stands between her and the justice she deserves. He walks in to her place of business that she has given her life to protect those animals who need protection. He isn’t what he seems but does seem to have her back. It is a guessing game as to who is behind this bombing but one thing for sure is Kell is sure it isn’t Mori now he has to prove it since the world is hunting her down. Two people on the run trying to get justice with one dangerous man at the head who demands to have it his way. Time is short, and he knows she is hiding something never in his wildest dreams did he think it was what it is. Now he has a mad man hunting the women he wants and the women going off half cocked taking the man on by herself. What is she thinking she is about to get herself killed. His hands are tied as he calls in his friends who have secrets of their own. What a delightful action packed listen that takes you to another level leaving you on the edge with your mouth hung open.

Mr. Cendese is a wonderful narrator who pulled me away from the first page, with his wonderful characters, emotions, tones and the way he laid this story out for me. I really loved his character voices as much as I did his normal voice. He has a voice you could never get tired of listening to. He bought the action alive making me hold my breath, guessing to the outcome as he threw in the surprises and twists and turns the author gives us. There were no background noise, no volume changes, no repeating of words just one amazing audio I got lost in. I could not tell where he took breaks it was just a very smooth audio that is very clear and clean. I had no trouble picturing the scenes in my mind along with the danger and suspense. He really bought the story and the characters to life for me. I have not listened to his narration before but is sure is one I want to listen to again and again. I honestly feel he is worth more than a five star, he truly did an outstanding job. I do plan on listening to this audio again I totally loved it. It is well worth your time you are in for one heck of a treat. I can’t wait to listen to more of his work.

There was nothing I didn’t love about this audio from the plot to the wonderful characters and their abilities. It is well-thought-out with lots of action, thrills and a few chills. There were times I laughed, chuckled as well as times my heart beat fast from the thrill of the excitement the characters were going through. There were times I was very upset and mad at a few characters and other times when my heart just broke for what some had to deal with. At times my mouth dropped at the shock of people and what they are willing to do for money and how her parents were. I loved the buildup of the romance as well as how they dealt with the issues at the end. The twists and turns are exciting as the author pulls you in with wonderful characters and humor that will make you laugh. I have not read anything by this author but wow just wow I can’t wait to read more of her work. She is very talented knowing how to pull you in, holding you on the edge, I couldn’t wait to see what she had planned next. It was an audio that I couldn’t put down and had to find things to do, so I could listen longer. I know Walmart is happy I didn’t plan on spending as much money as I did, but I was so into this story I just grabbed this and that. Oh I will use the items just didn’t need them when I bought them. It truly is well worth your time to give this narrator and author a chance. I bought the book and got the audio at a very good price. It is well worth the money plus more. You are in for a treat that will stay with you long after you put the book down. Ms. Sandlin you have me hooked I sure hope this is a series, I can't wait for more.

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When a bomb explodes inside a Houston high-rise and the governor of Texas goes missing in the ensuing melee, former army ranger Jack "Kell" Kellison and the Omega Force counterterrorism team are called into action. Their mission: infiltrate the activist group suspected of masterminding the bombing, neutralize the threat, and recover the hostage. Yet within moments of meeting his prime suspect, beautiful environmentalist Mori Chastaine, Kell knows she's innocent of the bombing - but definitely guilty of something. Mori has a secret, one she is desperate to hide from Kell and the rest of the world - a secret that binds her to a primal power hungry to assure its future, even at the cost of thousands of innocent human lives. If Mori dares to reveal her true identity, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target?