Sunday, April 30, 2017

True Crime Stories


True Crime Stories, Volume 5: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases

Written by: Jack Rosewood
Narrated by: David L. White
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:03-03-17


I am a true crime junky the human mind as always had a hold on me from the way people think they can get away with things to how they plan it out and not see the flaws of the plan. I already knew some of what is in this audio and learned a lot I had not.

Mr. White did a wonderful job on the narration. He did a few character voices which were really good but most of the book is about facts and there is no need for them. He has a very pleasant voice that really adds to the detail of this audio. He gave the facts as they are but with interest like he really enjoyed learning the facts as much as I did. There are no repeats of words, nor any background noise, there are no volume changes. The music fits the story when it is used it isn’t over powering and blends very well. I thought his performance was great and he added a lot to the story with his tones and emotions. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

The author has put a lot of time doing his research from what I can tell he has it all down. He made the stories very interesting pulling the reader in. There were crimes I had never heard of which I really enjoyed. The cold cases were great with interesting facts on how they were solved many times years later. Laci Peterson broke my heart all over again for her and her unborn child. Most of the facts I knew but the author gave me some I didn’t. Robert Blake who I always loved as an actor and watched all his shows. His story was eye opening, somehow I thought he went to jail but after listening to his I remembered he got away with it. I truly believe he did the crime.

Jack Kevorkian really surprised me I had no idea it was due to him that laws were changed. I remember him well and his cockiness. I do agree with him when if I was in the same place as some of his patients I would want the right to die. I know some do not feel this way but for us that do we have to somehow look up to the doctor for doing what he felt was right helping those in pain find a end in peace. Out of all the stories I found this one the most interesting. Mr. Rosewood did an outstanding job giving the information to really pull the reader in giving me a story I totally enjoyed.

I will never understand the two brothers who killed their parents for money and how they lived after they were killed. It is mind blowing but then all killers blows one mind to their way of thinking and the reason behind it.

I found this to be a very good read with wonderful interesting fact. I had forgotten some so it was nice to review them. Others were new and very interesting. I am looking forward to listening/reading more of his work.

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Summary
Listen to this true crime anthology and learn about 12 of the most shocking true crime cases in modern history. You will be glued to your device as you hear about high profile true crime murder cases, such as the murder of Laci Peterson, and the murder trial of actor Robert Blake, while learning about some lesser-known yet equally notorious murder trials. You will follow criminal investigations into cold murder cases that were once thought to be unsolvable, but through a combination of scientific advances, good police work, and some luck, homicide detectives were able to give the victims' families closure.
Although most of the cases profiled in this book are clearly true crime stories, one case, the story of the famous doctor Jack Kevorkian, concerns changing legal interpretations of what constitutes murder in the United States of America. Other cases profiled involve privileged individuals who had plenty of money, but resorted to murder out of greed and selfishness. You will also hear about one privileged woman, actress Dominque Dunne, who had her whole life in front of her, only to have it ended by a jealous lover who could not handle her success and privilege.
Listen to this book, if you dare, and learn about some of the most intriguing high profile crimes and true murder to happen in the last 100 years. You may want to share this book with a friend, though, because as intriguing as the cases are, they are also shocking and disturbing.

Agent G: Infiltrator 

Written by: C. T. Phipps
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:03-29-17
Publisher: Amber Cove Publishing


I really liked this audio when I think ahead to the future I can see this being it. The story goes into the aliens and the issues they had and have with them. When I think about the time they come to earth I really hope I am not here to see it. I do not see any good coming out of it. The author goes into issues that could be touchy from the dead to being a live, the world is not as we know it today. States may or may not be there. The things they do with items we hold precious will blow your mind. Really the whole story is wonderful planned down to the last detail the whole book is mind blowing. I have no trouble picturing this as our future.

Mr. Kafer does a great job in his narration he has an agent voice that really pulls you in as he becomes part of his characters. His voice at first I didn’t care for because it sounded so agent like but I came to understand that is how it needed to be and grew to love it. It is a very strong voice that pulls you in making you forget you are listening as it becomes more of a movie. There are no background noise, no volume changes, and no repeats of working. His character voices are wonderful from his males to his females. His computer voice is so real just like you would picture it. He really brings the danger alive, as well as the excitement from each new obstacle that is overcome. Mr. Kafer puts a lot of emotion into his audio’s giving the reader a wonderful listen. His voice and tones never leaving you guessing you know just what each character is feeling from their excitement to their anger. His performance is outstanding giving you a clear, clean crisp audio you get lost in.

My heart went out to Agent G what it must feel like not to know who you are. Having to overcome so much and learn everything all over again. Than as he felt he was part of the military at one time I really felt for him and what he had become. There is a love interest as well as confusion on his part and on the computer chip in his mind. The world this author built seemed so real as well as the characters. This was an audio I couldn’t put down from the many different things the future holds and the new things it brings as well as the danger, excitement of all the twist and turns that are just so thrilling and at times chilling.  You will never see California or Tennessee along with a few other states the same again. As I listened to this it remind me of the movie V where the aliens wanted and took what they wanted. This is how I see the future if they ever make it here.

I was a little confused at first of what a walk about was but it wasn’t long before the author brought to life just what it entitled and the danger it brings. This is a story of starting over, meeting your past and future head on, reality as well as the danger it brings. It is a story of hope and death, making a difference and just what the military means. What if there was no military who would save us? People become to set in their ways over looking issues but one man sees the future and knows the day will come when we must fight with all we have to keep everyone alive. There are those that feel this fight will never come as they wear their rose color glasses they are in for a rude awaking.  

I was drawn from the first page as G is born, how he felt, his confusion and his fight to stay alive and bring justice to a world he doesn’t know. There are things one should never forget, one is how to fight keeping your love ones safe. One man gives his all and may die to save us all. It is setup for the next book in the series at least I hope there is another one. It really hit home for me how easy one gets use to the life we live and forget what we need to remember. I totally was invested and loved this plot, the characters that seem so real. I can hardly wait for the next book I wonder who it will be. There are others on the walk about will they be as interesting as G? I can’t wait to find out what this author has in store for us.

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Summary
“Black Technology has made murder a billion dollar industry.”

The International Refugee Society has twenty-six cybernetically enhanced “Letters,” and for the right price, they’ll eliminate anyone. They’ve given up their families and their memories for ten years of service with the promise of a life of luxury awaiting them.

Agent G is one of these “Letters,” but clues to his past are starting to emerge while he’s on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the Society’s most dangerous competitor. In the midst of all the violence, subterfuge, and deceit, he’ll need to keep his wits about him and trust sparingly.

After all if an organization will kill for money, what would they do to keep the truth hidden?

End of Days: ARKANE


End of Days: ARKANE, Book 9

Written by: J. F. Penn
Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Series: An ARKANE Thriller, Book 9
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:04-07-17
Publisher: The Creative Penn Ltd
Audio Formats: 4 Enhanced Audio About Audio Formats



Serpents are just not one of my favorite things in life, to be honest I hate them the only good one is a dead one. To be honest they are the one thing that I fear the most. When I started this audio I thought oh lord will I be able to finish it. What I found was a wonderful delightful story that had me sucked in snakes or no snakes. It was told in a way that I could deal with my fears and really forgot all about the snakes for the most part. The detail given from the bible to the seeking of the seals to bring one demon to life really pulls you in from the danger of the unknown to the people who seek it and the ones willing to kill to get them really keeps you invested in this story. What is truly minded blowing is the ending, it all becomes very real for the reader. Lives will be lost but more will live as they try to bring the unnatural to life.   

The narrator does and outstanding job pulling the reader in for me she made this story so real with her tones, the way she pulled in the danger and those that really seemed cold (which is how they should seem to us) to those trying to bring the serpent to life and those trying to keep it dead. There were no background noises or any places where the volume changes. No repeat of words or uneven tones or sounds. Her voice is very pleasant from her males who are bold to her sweet older men, he females from the elderly to the very young. I had no trouble understanding or knowing what each character was feeling or who was talking. Ms. Giguere has put a lot of time and thought into this audio you can tell from her powerful character voice, their tones and emotions. I have really enjoyed this and can’t wait to listen to more of her work.

Ms. Penn has taken time to do her research penning a wonderful tale of the end of time. Her books are so real you get lost in them. Her characters become family you want to pull them in to protect them from the evil. You can feel the danger coming off the pages as it wraps you in its arms feeling like you are there. Even the good are normal they have done things they are not proud of you have no trouble relating to them. I am not sure what happen to the lady who was taking the venom. I am not sure if I was so caught up in what was going on at the time that I missed it or if we were not told. I had no other issues. It really was a powerful story and very believable of ancient tales of the end of days. The author had me from the first page until the last not knowing if the end was near or if it could be turned around. At times my beat over time I could feel the serpent and could almost feel his power. There are a lot of twists and turns that really add to the story as well as old characters we have come to love and new one. There are secret, dishonesty, death, evil as people race to bring down people who are trying to bring this serpent back to life in hopes of bring evil and power to their selves. They just might be surprised at the outcome as the hunter becomes the hunted. If you enjoy books of this nature you do not want to miss this one.

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Summary

“When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison.” Revelation 20:7
The thousand years are ended.
** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn **
A marble tablet found in the ruins of Babylon warns of the resurrection of a banished serpent in the final days. A sarcophagus is discovered in the deepest ocean, locked by seven seals scattered throughout the ancient world.
As the Brotherhood of the Serpent race to find the seals before a rare lunar eclipse over the heart of Jerusalem, ARKANE agents Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber battle to find them first.
But this time, evil threatens to destroy all that Morgan loves and she must wrestle an apocalyptic foe as well as fighting to conquer her own fears.
In a fast-paced adventure from the ruins of Iraq to the snake-handling churches of the Appalachian Mountains, from archaeological digs in Israel to the tombs of Egypt, Morgan and Jake must find the seven seals and stop the resurrection of an evil as old as mankind. An evil that will usher in the End of Days.
End of Days is Book 9 in the ARKANE action adventure thriller series, but can be read as a stand-alone story.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Into the Crossfire


Into the Crossfire

Written by: Kathleen Hope
Narrated by: Theresa Stephens
Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:03-17-17
Publisher: Kathleen Hope 



This is the second one I have listen to from this author and narrator I must say I enjoyed this one much more than the last. What is filled between the pages you are a little bit of everything from secrets, drama, hot steamy passion, revenge, lies, action, excitement, humor, control, cute and so much more. What really made this book for me is the narrations which was great and the plot that kept moving leaving you guessing and twisting around to some surprises.

Ms. Stephens narration was outstanding from her wonderful character voices to her powerful emotions. I just adore the little girl she was just so darling with the narrator pulling off a delightful character. Her tones are right on the money from pain, fear, excitement, sorrow and lost as well as delight and passion. There was no background noise or any volume change. If breaks were taken I could not tell. She has strong male voices as well as a mixture of women tones from strong right down to doubt, weak and standing her ground. Vy was a mixture of so many emotions the narrator pulled this off well. This is the second audio I have listened to of this narrator so much better than the last. She puts herself into this with fire, passion along with a wonderful mixture of the pull and tug each character must go through. Her males are tough, hateful at times, jealous and sometimes a pain in the behind. She really makes you feel each emotion the character goes through. At times making you chuckle and laugh. I can’t wait to listen to more of her work.

The author really pulled off a winner with some very powerful emotions, touchy issues and one cute darling little girl with so much wit. I loved how she turned the table on the adults, hiding what she needed to but coming forth if need be. She is one smart cookie that is grown beyond her age. I loved how she pulled off these characters really making them feel real. Just when you think oh my this is bad she pulls them through spinning a tale that really holds you captivated. Vy is strong, weak, lively, sad, broken, but when she needs to be she stands her ground. The author pulled off one amazing character with Vy.

 Caleb comes off as a tough military man but inside he is so giving and gives so much more than most men would. He knows he is a live because of Vy and repays her for her kindness. When he should have walked away he stayed making sure they were safe. There are times you wonder if any of them will be safe. When will the good guys come in and take out the bad ones. He really needs no help he is a one man army all to his self.

I loved how the plot plays out, the buildup of the romance and how the author shows indifference throughout the story. There were times I held my breath, others when I just hung my head as well as time I laughed so hard. I had trouble putting down this audio I just needed to see the next scene and then the next. I was so invested I started yelling at the characters. A few times my hands went into fits and other times my eye grew very cold and hard. The only thing that would have made this better was to have seen how her family took the news about how her life had turned out. Beside that I could find no fault with this author at all. She really wrote a story that holds your interest, keeps you invested with exciting thrilling action, passion, as well as the unexpected that really throw you. I am so looking forward to more of her work.

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The whir of the helicopter drowned out every other noise around Caleb, even his own thoughts. It was a welcome respite. An intricate web of tactical planning had filled the recesses of his mind for the past 24 hours, but it was time. No more planning. It was another routine operation; go in, grab the bad guys and get out. He knew each move he was about to make, and every single step the seven men sitting next to him would take. He was sure of it; it was his job. He was responsible for the safety and well-being of every man in his squad, and simultaneously, for the success of the mission at hand.
"Five minutes, Lieutenant," the man seated in the pilot seat hollered back to him, breaking up the monotonous whir.
Every man around him straightened his spine and their muscles grew taught. It wasn't fear that had them at the ready, it was anticipation; the same anticipation that surged through his veins. In four minutes and 39 seconds, they'd be on the ground. In 15 minutes and nine seconds, they'd be in position, a mile and a half away from the landing zone. Within 30 minutes, their task would be complete: suspects apprehended, intel gathered and building secured. The 2,000 kilograms of cocaine housed in the building wasn't his problem, only the men selling it and their list of buyers. "Just get those bastards, Caleb," his S.O. had told him. "We'll clean up their mess later." In other words, another team would be deployed to round up the drugs once the area was secured.