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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.



The Accident – Chris Pavone

Chris Pavone’s Second Audiobook “The Accident” narrated by Mozhan Marrno Published by Crown and Random House Audio is a thriller that takes place in the cut throat publishing world.

Isabel Reed is a literary agent who is reading through a manuscript titled “The Accident” that shows up via a messenger service written by Anonymous. Isabel knows by reading the first page if the book is worth spending any more time with. Most books never make it past page one.

This book keeps Isabel’s attention as she flips page after page until she reaches the end. This book is a masterpiece. A book that will take her to the top of her profession. If only she can stay alive long enough to have it published.

Anonymous may or may not have written this manuscript alone, but it’s main character is a real person who will stop at nothing to keep “The Accident” from ever being published.

With only one paper copy of this manuscript it should be easy to track down and recover. Little do they know the the literary world is full of copy machines and theives. As the number of copies grows exponentially the thrill of this story begins. This story travels from coast to coast as the race to publish competes with the will of this autobiographical manuscript’s lead who will do what ever it takes, even kill, to recover “The Accident” and keep it out of the eye of the public and law enforcement.

The Accident is a thriller like no other, within a world few book lovers will ever see. The audio production and expression of Mozhan Marrno takes you inside the mind and world of the publishing world and all of her characters. A must listen on Audible.com

This book was purchased by me for review from Audible.com


The Wrong Man – Audiobook Review

“The Wrong Man” is by Matthew Lewis Narrated by Robert Neil DeVoe published by Out of the Gutter and is available at Audible.com

This is a modern throw back to books like Lawrence Blocks “Borderline”. It is a gripping tale of how one bad decision can take you down a road of destruction. 

Sam Schuler is trying to start a new life, one that is wholly respectable. He is in Junior College and working at a liquor store. When his oldest friend asks him to drive him to a party. It’s his oldest friend he has to say yes. As they drive away from the party his friend pulls out a brick of marjuina that he stole from the party house. This one act by his friend drags him back into the gutter.

Sam has the local gang leader on his back for the stolen drugs because his low life friend once again has no money and no prospects. One situation after another happen to Sam, things out of his control. When the gang starts going after his family Sam has to confront the demons haunting him.

This is a quick audiobook that is narrated well by Robert Neil DeVoe. It pulls you in and keeps your attention to the very end.

This audiobook was gifted to me for an honest review.

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First to Kill – Audiobook Review

Andrew Peterson’s 1st book in the Kill series featuring former Marine Sniper, Nathan McBride narrated by Master of the spoken word Dick Hill, is a great book. 

I would compare McBride to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in a lot of ways except he didn’t walk away. Nathan became a covert CIA operative. When he did retire and walked away he was certain his life would slow down and he could rest.

When a deep undercover FBI Agent disappears along with 1 ton of Semtex explosive the Government reaches out to Nathan McBride. He has a set of skills that are unique and necessary to find the missing explosives. But when he is caught between the crazy ideas of the Semtex thief and the FBI Agents who will stop at nothing to find their missing Agent, McBride must walk a narrow line to find the explosives before something unspeakable happens. 

You will love this book and there are 3 more available at Audible.com.


Final Passage: The OceanMust a Give Up Its Secrets – Audiobook Review

Final Passage: The Ocean Must Give Up Its Secret – By Timothy Frost 
Narrated By – Dennis Kleinman Available at Audible.com

As a fan of Joseph Finder and his intellectual thrillers I put Timothy Frost’s “Final Passage” in the same league with Finder. The main character Martin Lancaster was raised to sail. His father a expert yachtsmen and was the creator of safety devises for his yacht long before they became mainstream.

When at 18 Martin hears that his fathers boat was found empty and his fathers body found floating in the sea he wants answers. How could his safety conscious father fall out of his boat? When no Log Book is produced Martin becomes very suspicious. His Mother and brother tell him to leave things alone and so he does, but always in the back of his mind he wonders.

25 years later when moving his mother from their longtime family home Martin finds old logbooks his mother had hidden in the attic. This once again peaks Martin’s interest. 

As Martin searches for the truth, his business begins to suffer and his enemies see blood in the water. In a rush to solve his fathers death, save his business, and his life; Martin sets sail on one final voyage. One that may cost him everything for answers to his families past and why they are so desperate to cover up his fathers death.

The narration is top notch and the longer you listen the more intrigued and invested you become. “Final Passage” is another surprising find and worth every minute of your listening time.

A Walk Among the Tombstones – Audiobook Review

Lawrence Block’s 10th Matt Scudder novel is being released as a movie staring Liem Neeson on September 19th. I wanted to review the book prior to the movie being released. I have not read any of Block’s books and was interested to find out he started this series in 1976. 

This is a story about an ex-New York City Detective who happens to be an alcoholic. Although this story has nothing to do with alcoholism many scenes take place at Alcoholic’s Anonymous  meetings. This story is truly told through the eyes of as alcoholic who takes his sobriety one day at a time. 

The book begins with the kidnapping and murder of a drug traffickers wife even after the ransom is paid. Matt Scudder is hired to find out who committed the murder without involving the police. When Matt finds a series of murders the seem connected he works with police, without reveling his clients situation, to find the serial killers.

The story weaves Scudder’s personsonal life with his professional one and had many rememorable characters. 

Mark Hammer does an excellent job as a narrator and having been released on audiobook in 1992 the story takes place at the beginning of the computer age when people were just starting to use pagers and still used pay phones. I am sure the story will be updated for the upcoming movie.

This story grabbed my attention right away. It is written without the vulgarity in many of the modern crime novels and the characters are well developed and well thought out.

I recommend this book and look forward to going back into the Audible Archieves and listening to the complete series of Matt Scudder novels.

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Dream Doctor Dream Series#2 – Audiobook Review

Dream Doctor by J.J. DiBenedetto and Narrated by Heather Jane Hogan is the 2nd book in the Dream Series.

Once again Sara Barnes is back, having graduated from college and starting a new adventure: medical school. Her dreams have been her own for some time now; after her last adventure in “Dream Student”.  Now as Sara is living in close quarters with people again the dreams return. Some telling, some reveling, and some murderous.

As Sara trys to keep others dreams a secret, she finds a parallel to keeping secrets as a future doctor. How many secrets can Sara keep this time. Will her life be threatened once again because of what she dreams. 

New characters are introduced into Sara’s life and the stress of medical school as well as her dreams start to affect every aspect of her life. 

Medical School is a full endeavor all by itself, add Sara’s dreams, her friends troubled lives, and the possibility of murder; Sara must balance her Life, Love, and insatiable curiosity all while passing medical school and staying alive.

Dream Doctor is another great Listen, and the good news there are more. Look for my upcpming review of Dream Child and Dream Family.

I enjoy Heather Jane Hogans continued narration of this series. “Dream Doctor” as well as the entire Dream Series is an Excelent read or in my case listen.

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