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B. Rawlings

Melbourne, Australia
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Another Eskens hit! So addictive!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-2019

All of Allen Eskens' books are amazing. This one is no different. The narrration is a little dry at times, but the voice suits the main character well. Sometimes his "S"s can be a little too 'whistley' though and it gets uncomfortable to listen to, especially if you have the volume up high.

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-2019

Allen Eskens has quickly become one of my favourite authors. This is the third book of his I've listened to this fortnight! And yes, I've accidentally done them backwards, but they are still thoroughly enjoyable in any order thankfully.

Superb story spanning a whole lifetime!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2019

This book can be broken down into two or three distinct sections, almost as if it were an omnibus, as it tells the tale of the protagonist and her "guardian angel" across the span of the majority of her life. The feel of the first half of the story is completely different from the later half, yet both are thoroughly enjoyable.

The narrator's voice can be quite dry and clinical, which kind of got on my nerves. However, he acts out the voices of the characters in amazing fashion, so it sort of balances itself out.

Quite a gripping story, albeit a tad short.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-2019

R. C. Bray is the perfect narrator, as always, and fits the protagonist very well. The back and forth of the story kept the pace interesting and unraveled the plot in a nice, creative way. The casual twists and turns of the story meant it never got boring, however the lack of a major plot twist at the end left me feeling a little let down. Giving it 5 stars, but it's more like 4 1/2.

Not bad, but sadly not too amazing either.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-2019

I enjoyed this novel enough to not stop listening to it, and I admit I did want to find out the ending of the story, but not much else had me hooked. The main character is relatable at times, yet painfully thick at other times as well. Some of the reactions of characters came across unlikely or unrealistic at times as well, but my biggest peeve was probably the ending. The final twist came really quickly and with seemingly no real build up, and was somewhat anticlimactic. On top of this, the main theme of the story and the life lesson of the main character is to not judge people based on accusations, rumours and speculation, yet in the final scene, the main character condemns an innocent man, who admittedly was guilty of hurting her at least, of a life in prison for a crime someone else accused him of, based in secondhand information, and this accuser was an admitted liar and murderer themselves! It was actually rather hard to sit through and completely destroyed the story for me.

Perfectly adequate crime/thriller

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-2019

Definitely enjoyed this story, although at no point did I think it was amazing or unforgettable. But, saying that, there wasn't really anything wrong with it either. No annoying characters or irritating habits of the narrator. If you're just looking for a thriller to listen to to pass some time, look no further. This one will do!

Best murder/mystery/thriller so far for me!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-2019

This is definitely an addictive read/listen. I've only done about a dozen titles of this genre so far on Audible and this one easily had me hooked the most. The way the author throws suspicion back and forth onto almost every character keeps you guessing right up until the last chapter, with constant twists and unpredictable occurrences the whole way through. I will admit that I suspected the right person from early on, but they weren't the only character I was suspicious of, so I didn't completely guess the ending.

As for the cons, the dialogue was a little lane and cheesy in a couple of places, but not enough I was turned off of the story. And, while the narration was one of the best I've heard from both a mystery title and a female narrator, there were parts that were confusing to hear. Occasionally two sentences were joined without a break for punctuation, or two characters were talking with very similar voices and it was difficult to tell them both apart. Or, likewise, the main characters thoughts and speech were spoken the same way, and one right after the other, and it was hard to discern what was actually said aloud, though I'm not sure if this is more the fault of the narrator or the way the author wrote the book.

Unfortunately too slow, boring and annoying...

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2019

Warning: May contain spoilers.
I gave up on this book about 40% of the way through it as, besides the prologue, nothing particularly interesting had happened. The main character was soooo annoying to listen to and was very hard to like or side with. Her outdated and ignorant opinions of everything that happens really wore me down in the end. Realising the reviews were very mixed, however, I googled the twist ending and now understand that this was intentional as part of the character build up for the story's climax. Yet, still, it was too painful to suffer through to reach the end in my opinion. You need a lot of patience to finish this one for the reward!

Another great entry in the series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-2019

Yet another great title in this amazing series, and possibly one of the best to date too, voiced perfectly by R C Bray, as always. Hanging out for another already!

If you love ancient Mayan stuff, you'll enjoy this

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2019

The characters may not be the most three dimensional, but they are still passable and entertaining. However, it was the Mayan plot line that drew me to this book and I was not disappointed. I may have even learned of a few new places to research! I think I will have to check out the other titles in this series now too.