Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Escape – David Baldacci

Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy narrate this third book involving David Baldacci’s character John Puller. They do a great job expressing all of the character voices throughout this audiobook.

John Puller’s Brother Robert is in a military jail for spying. John as well as his Army General Father believe Robert is guilty. When Robert escapes and leaves dead guards behind the Army goes against all protocol and brings John in to search for his brother.

The more John looks into his brothers escape the more questions arise. Questions about the facts of Roberts original conviction and who was behind his escape.

This thriller/mystery keeps the listener asking questions until the very end.  This is a great series and I can’t wait for the next one. 

I purchased this audiobook from Audible for my own pleasure.

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Think of a Number – John Verdon

This is the first book in the Dave Gurney Series. This audiobook is narrated by Scott Brick. Scott also did the second book in this series Shut Your Eyes Tight. 

John Verdon is a once in a lifetime author. He has no law enforcement background but writes like a retired cop, much like his main character Dave Gurney. Dave is A retired NYPD Detective and is asked to look at a case.

This is the first time we meet Dave and his wife and son. His (what I call) Anti-Partner Jack Hargrove and his need to solve puzzles. Dave puts his whole heart into this case and even risks his own life to answer questions and close the case tight.

This is a book of substance but keeps you listening through the very end. This book does not have slow areas as each chapter you learn along with Dave what is happening. This is a great book and series. I am sold and a big fan.

I bought this book for my own pleasure and review purposes.

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Five Came Back – Mark Harris

Five Came Back – A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War written by Mark Harris and narrated by Andrew Garman is available at Amazon and Audible.com. 

This Audiobook is 20 hours of great insight and history of film during WWII. It chronicles the lives of five directors who left Hollywood at the height of their careers to join the military. They documented the war on film as well as made training videos and propaganda films.

The insight that these men had as well as the studios who hedged their bets against both sides of the war is an incredible look at business during wartime as well as sacrifice made.

You know the films, now look behind them to see the psychological impact war had on their creators and how it affected their filmmaking. If you like film of war history this book will grab your interest. Also many of the war films they speak of in this book are available to view on YouTube.  This is a great audiobook that grabs the listeners attention and takes them behind the camera during WWII.

I purchased this book for my own pleasure.

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The Black Banners – Ali Soufan

Narrated by Neil Shah this book is a true account of FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan. Soufan started investigating the USS Cole bombing and was still doing so on 9/11/2001. He was soon involved in the search for Bin Laden. Ali’s story tells of the conflict between the FBI and the CIA. According to this book the CIA kept information from the FBI that could have captured Bin Laden years earlier than he was. 

Soufan was an investigator and after several successful interrogations he became the FBI’s most successful agent at outsmarting those alQaeda operatives who were captured. Then the CIA moved in with their Advanced Interrogation Techniques. Although they never worked, the CIA continued to use techniques that were close to torture.
And when Ali got information from high level terrorist the CIA took credit and claimed success due to their techniques. 

This is a long audiobook but it goes into great detail on the FBI’s fight to stop terrorist attacks in the US. It has blank and redacted sections that the CIA didn’t want released. This book tells the history and reasoning behind AlQaeda’s actions. Be prepared for a version of events that you haven’t heard from the news or government.

This is a must listen for anyone who wants the truth about the US’s investigation of AlQaeda. You may be surprised at how dysfunctional it really was or is.

I bought this book for my own pleasure.
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Let the Devil Sleep – John Verdon

John Verdone has written four of the best police detective novels ever. Called the Gurney Detective novels this is the third of four books written so far. All books are available on Audible.com. 

This audiobook as well as the fourth  book “Peter Pan Must Die” are narrated by Robert Fass. Robert is now one of my favorite narrators. His ability to create unique characters is far above others in his field. As a listener you are drawn into the world the author has created. Each character comes alive and in the case of Retired Detective Dave Gurney, with a soul.

When a young women’s mother asks Dave to consult on a TV idea for her daughter he is confronted with a 10 year old cold case. Six people were killed by the Good Shepard and he was never caught. The more Gurney learns the more questions he asks.

This fast passed thriller take the listener into the mind of a killer, the media, and maybe a little of us all. The race to solve this cold case is a fast one. Dave Gurney makes himself the target and dares the killer to come get him. The final showdown will keep you riveted and wanting more.

I rate this a 5 star book and a #1 Crime Thriller. The Audio Narration is second to none and Robert Fass shows again why he is one of the best.

The publisher Dreamscape Media provide me a copy of this Audiobook for an honest review 

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Deadly Heat – Richard Castle

Yes that Richard Castle of ABC’s Castle. So far there have been five novels written by character Richard Castle and these books have been published with great success. This audiobook is narrated by Robert Petcoff and he brings the flair and tone fans of the Castle TV show have grown to love.

This is another adventure with our heroin Nicky Heat, who is still trying to piece together clues of her mothers murder as well as stop a bio-terrorism attack on New York. Her squad once again pull out all of the stops to get their perp.

These are well written and narrated stories that show that Castle flair for the dramatic. There is drama a thrill, and danger as Nicky Heat tracks down another ruthless criminal. For enjoyment listening I recommend all of the Heat titles, all available on audible.com.

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Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

IMG_0034-0.JPGNarrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, this book has won several awards:
New York Times Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2012; Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year;
People Magazine Best books of the year; Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel; Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best of the Year; Macavity Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel; Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel; The Women’s Prize nominee for Fiction; Strand Critics Award nominee. 

And is now a Movie and of course this audiobook I will admit I am late to the table with my reading of this book but it was well worth the 19 hours.

Nick and Amy are celebrating their five year anniversary. Amy always plans a treasure hunt with riddles that have to do with important events that she remembers from the previous year. Nick, never does well at these hunts because men and women are different and what is monumentally important to one doesn’t even register to the other.

This year Amy disappears. A struggle at their home and she is gone. Nick looks for her as the police look at him. This Mystery worries Nick. Where could Amy be? The twists and turns in this book are Hitchcockesque. And the narrators voice Nick and Amy brilliantly. Listen to this audiobook and hear what everyone else is talking about.

This book was purchased by me for my listening pleasure.

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