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In the end...we all lose.  

How well do you think you know the Callahans?  

Yes, I'm asking you. Because I know you've been watching. The chaos, the violence, the love, and the madness - who could look away? Not me, for sure.  

My grandmother always told me...where you look is where you go.  

So I ask again, how well do you think you know the Callahans? Do you really think you understand Melody, Liam, or even Ethan? I have to wonder - will your mind be able to handle it?  

We haven't met yet, but ready or not, here I come. The true queen of Chicago. For now, you may call me Calliope.  

Contains mature themes.

©2019 J. J. McAvoy (P)2019 Tantor

What listeners say about Vicious Minds: Part 1

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Yes! But no

I LOVED THIS BOOK AND I LOVE THIS SERIES!! I’ve listened to the whole series 3 times and I love it! But I HATE (SPOILER ALERT) That the author decided to kill Ivy! I actually loved ivy and I hate that in the whole 3 books she was in we believed that her and Ethan were in love but turns out the whole time Ethan didn’t even care.... I dunno it just makes me sad and makes me feel the whole first book of the “children of Vice” series is a bit of a waste of time... Apart from that, loved it!

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 01-10-2019

A GLORIOUS GASP-RIDDEN GAME-CHANGER

HOLY WOW doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings on this twisted suspenseful Mafia romance.. with its bitter-sweet angst, deliciously dark drama, twisty twists and OMFG jaw dropping revelations in its riveting action-packed scenes. JJ’s well-crafted plot weaves its sticky web of truths and lies, injects humor and lures you in from chapter 1. LOVEABLE PSYCHOPATHS perhaps sums up JJ’s multi-layered, bad-ass, ruthless characters whose devious manipulative actions steal your breath.. as well as your heart. CONSUMED is how I felt as I started to hear how two not so innocent children first meet and unwittingly forged a bond that will resurface and ignite sizzling chemistry when they meet many years later.. when the boy has become the ruthless feared Mafia Dom.. and the mouse has become a cunning lioness. AWE STRUCK are the only words to describe how Joel Froomkin’s dual PoV narration made me feel as I listened to his perfect pitch and portrayal of characters young and old, male and female and with a variety of accents too. HUNGRY FOR MORE is how I feel now that the tbc gripping romance has ended.. because the plot, sub plots and players are all in place for the thrilling final mindf’k to finally end. OH BOY YES is the answer to my Worth a credit? question. There’s edge-of-your-seat action and drama, fascinating cold-bloodied likeable killer characters, a mind-blowing plot with a twisted touching romance, sex and tension-filled thrills which are all awesomely brought to life by a fantastic narrator in a full-length multi-packed story.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 30-09-2019

loved it

It's review time 🎧 Vicious Minds by J.J. McAvoy Narrator : Joel Leslie Froomkin Narrator score🎧 ; I have said a lot of great and amazing things about Joel, every time I wrote a review..... and every freaking time he is able to surprise the hack out of me in the best of ways.... he spoke full sentences in Italian (and I know and understand the language) he just did it's perfectly (his Spanish was amazing as well) and the way it kept the characters through so much books .....every character had a defined voice that was kept to each character.... it was very importance to this story the work he did on this series is just amazing. Level of steam🔥: I think this book is the hottest book of them all (in the series) even hotter then Liam and Melody in the first book.... Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: this book isn't a sad ....this book is wicked and mind blowing, but it's not a sad story. The book itself📖: I wrote a general review about the series a time ago.... thinking we will finish with Wyatt as the last character and we will conclude story of this family.....but this author just threw us back few steps in the end of Wyatt story....and I don't know how this author thought about such a story.... but I am amazed......and as someone that reads too much.... I'm a little bit jaded with Mafia stories..... but this series (the whole series as a unit) was so surreal, that it just worked. Liam is an incredible character and I love him I adore him..... and usually I love the male characters more then the female ones ......because somehow they are a more complex the female characters are ....I don't know how to explain the why of it..... but it's a fact...(with a lot of books, bit all of them) but in this story Melody and Calliope just maybe it more! the female characters are definitely the main characters of the story in the spin-off and in the main story ....I will not speak about what is happening in this book, because if you didn't read the previous books , don't even think to go to the story ....you will not understand anything... you need to fall in love with each character.... from the bigger to the smaller.... book by book..... and believe me it's worth your while ...I just adored this story and yet again I'm not easily surprised but this series just blow my mind....waiting patently to the last book of the spin-off.

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  • Killer_hobo
  • 24-10-2019

Exceptionally amazing in every way

I love this style of story telling. It jumps from character to character giving you a more than well rounded story and OMG does it hold your interest. I can't wait to see what comes up next!

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-10-2019

OMG OMG OMG

My I couldn't put it down. I was a bit disappointed with the children of vice series until this one. cant wait omg cant wait. what is wrong with jj? she is addictive. stunning me with the plot twist. she makes you love the violence. its wicked. I swear I want to better myself in some way. be more like a boss in my own life after following bloody melody and the grim ripper my own personal self improvement book (without breaking the law...maybe) the narrator is amazing. he knows how to deliver the punch after a twist. he is AAAAmazing.

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  • Patricia Villali Koett
  • 22-04-2020

OMG. My jaw is on the floor!!!

This story is basically master class in plotting, in storytelling, in an author sticking to her guns and writing what she wants to write and having whatever happens to these characters, happen. If you are not familiar with this story you must start at the beginning to get the right feel for the family and their dynamic. With this being said, if you dive in thinking that you know what will happen, let me tell you WRONG!!!!!! No one is ready! I was a slave to this audio. Completely unputdownable and with the genius of Joel Leslie Froomkin at the booth performing what would otherwise be a full cast of characters, this audio is a ride that will take you from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye. Joel Leslie deserves a damn medal!!! I can't even imagine the work he put into this narration. He lived these characters and made me feel like there were 10 people in the booth. It's an action packed, slap in the face story that will feed the inner thirst of anyone wanting to have an audio experience that will leave you speechless and aching for more. LOVED IT!!!

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  • Wesley Everman
  • 28-11-2019

Love JJ McAvoy

Exactly what I expected, and that's a good thing, plots and twists at every turn, i honestly skip through most of the "risque" parts of her books, but her writing and plots are phenomenal, i love this series and this book really brought together all the previous ones of this series so far. I'm always suprised by these books and great the writing is.

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  • V from Kansas
  • 31-10-2019

This book crossed a line, for me!

I had really enjoyed this series, before listening to this book. I admit that there were a couple of events that I didn’t like, before this book, but none that turned my opinion like some of the events in this book. ( SPOILER ALERT, Stop here if you don’t want to know) At the end of the last book, I thought it was messed up that the author decided to kill off Ivy, Ethan’s wife, however, I wasn’t disgusted by it until the alternate reality was revealed, in this book. Prior to Ivy, all the killings were committed to individuals who had wronged the family, in some way. Yes, in real life it is never moral to kill someone in the name of revenge. However, in the literary mafia world, revenge in the name of your family is expected. However, Ivy had not betrayed the family, she had been f***** over her entire life. She truly loved Ethan and was a caring person. She did not come across as weak, to me, and the way Ethan and his co-monster talked about her and took advantage of her situation, turned my stomach. I guess I need a little bit of goodness in the lead character to enjoy the book. I also was disgusted by the way Ethan felt no shame in killing innocent children. This detracted from the story, not added to it. I really have no interest in continuing with this series, although I’m kinda hoping that Karma bites Ethan and his new wife, in the ass and I hope the rest of the family turns their back them. ( yes, I know it’s a fictional book. However, it’s supposed to be romance not a true crime novel) -V from Kansas

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