• Wanted

  • The Chase Ryder Series, Book 1
  • Di: Jo Ho
  • Letto da: Heather Masters
  • Durata: 9 ore e 35 min
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  • Data di pubblicazione: 14 12 2017
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Editore: Jo Ho
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To them, he was an experiment. To her, he was family.

The first time I saw him, I had no idea he was created in a lab.

I'd been living on the streets for around eight months before I lost count. It wasn't easy, but it was still preferable to what I had to deal with at home. In all that time, unable to trust anyone, I had been alone (I knew from experience that people always failed you). Then one day, while out searching for food, I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked. It wasn't a big deal to help him, but then he ended up saving my life which is when I realized there was something special about him: Muttface wasn't a normal dog - he was crazy intelligent. I'm talking Mensa levels. And he wasn't an accident either, having recently escaped from a mysterious lab.

We were just getting to know each other when things took a bloody turn.

The vet, Sully, a troubled guy who had recently lost his wife to cancer, did what he could and I guess that would've been the end of our story if we hadn't been attacked by a gang of mercenaries who destroyed Sully's clinic and seemed intent on doing the same to us.

So now here we were, the three of us. On the run across the country against a powerful enemy. Who were they and what did they want with us?

Through the danger, terror, and pain, one thing was becoming clear to me: I had finally found the family I had always wanted and I would do anything to keep them safe...

Even if it meant risking my own life.

©2016 Jo Ho (P)2017 Jo Ho

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  • Karen M.
  • 06 01 2018

Loved This!

Animal lovers of all ages will just love this wonderful story and be rooting for Bandit. I was captivated from beginning to end and completely wowed by this tale of survival, love and family. Sometimes real family is the one you create, not the one you are born into. Although I am much older than the target audience, the characters tugged at my heartstrings and I fell in love with Bandit the dog. The suspense kept me riveted to this terrific story and I enjoyed the tender moments as well. The ending was very satisfying. The narration was excellent and definitely one of the highlights. Her voice as 14 year old Chase was very believable and I loved the emotion that she brought to the characters. This was a terrific listen and I would highly recommend Wanted.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • Cindy Smith
  • 03 01 2018

Great Teen Adventure

Chase is a homeless teen who is saved by an extraordinary dog she names Bandit. Not only does he help keep her from danger but also provides food for this starving girl and a loving companionship that she craves.

The story starts off quick and continues with the same energy throughout. She takes Bandit to a vet (Sully) after being injured and soon finds out that Bandit has escaped from a medical research institution. Sully, a depressed widower, assumes responsibility and takes the trio on the run.

The story line is imaginative and a little predictable but beautiful just the same. The dialogue is on a teen or pre-teen level so just perfect for the right audience. I had to give it a four in lieu of a five rating even though I am not the intended audience.

Heather did a great job narrating. I was provided this audiobook for my honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16 12 2017

Fantastic Book, Narration Makes it Even Better

The narration by Heather Masters makes this fantastic book even better. She adds an extra dimension of life to Jo Ho's already-cinematic and emotional writing, fully embodying the character of Chase. You really feel as if you are in Chase's shoes, and feel every bit of fear, terror, and pain that she does. Absolutely brilliant and a must-listen by all young adult and thriller fans, and of course, all you dog lovers out there. If you're looking for a great story, fantastic writing with engaging voice delivery, you couldn't do much better than this. I've loved both reading the book and experiencing the story again in a new way via this audiobook. Highly, highly recommend.

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  • Charles
  • 15 01 2018

A girl and her dog and mad science and mercenaries

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

This was a wonderful story about a girl, Chase, who befriends a stray dog only to find out this is no ordinary dog. She quickly learns this dog is super intelligent (for a dog) and they are set upon by mercenaries determined to retrieve the dog.

A wonderful story with many twists and turns as Chase is constantly on the run throughout the whole book. The dialog is never stale and the story never drags. Narrator Heather Masters does a great job differentiating between characters and portrays them with vibrant emotions. This story is great for the family (under 10 may find it confusing) but even adults will enjoy it.

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  • Claire
  • 14 01 2018

Engaging

I really enjoyed this book! I was a little surprised that there are almost 150 chapters, but each is very sort, only a few minutes and this actually made the book seem to fly by.

Bandit had to be my stand out character in this book. I was amazed by the personality it was possible to put into a dog when you add super intelligence. Chase and Sully were also really likeable and it was impossible to not want them to succeed.

I enjoyed the various twists that come along and the whole book had my attention, I finished the book in one session.

The character voices were really good and the narrator did a great job conveying the emotions of the characters and the overall story.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • livetodream
  • 14 01 2018

Kept me wondering what was next. Great listen

There are so many good points to this book.

First the narrator was awesome at the right moment. I would listen to her again.

The plot and characters very well developed and understood. I love how Chase had to learn to trust to save Bandit. This is a story of people helping people to help a dog bred. It had so many twists and turns that sometimes I did find myself having to rewind to make sure I heard right. I was impressed with how it really hit on some points.

I would recommend this book especially to young adults, many life lessons and thinking.
It made me think about things as well.

Looking forward to another listen

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kim
  • 11 01 2018

Wanted

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. It would depend on whether I felt they could tolerate the teen romance aspect, because that was a little hard for me to stomach. They would also have to be very patient with Chase, because she does dumb things.

If you’ve listened to books by Jo Ho before, how does this one compare?

N/A

What three words best describe Heather Masters’s performance?

Everyone the same.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

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  • Nolan
  • 09 01 2018

A Girl, A Dog, and the Guy Who Loved Them Both!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

As someone who is privileged to travel with a guide dog, I've spent years fantasizing about the excellence of being able to unlock the communication between us and break down all those barriers.

That's exactly what happens to Chase Ryder, a 14-year-old street-wise homeless girl who befriends a dog--but not just any dog. This one is an escapee from a lab where he has been genetically engineered and enhanced such that he has far higher levels of intelligence than even the smartest dog.

Of course, it takes a while for young Chase to figure that out and to come up with a brilliant way of tapping into the dog's intelligence. But that's not her first priority. She first must evade the security forces of the guy who owns the lab in which the dog had been treated. That lab wants its dog back in the worst way, and the security detail will stop at nothing to realize its goal.

But Chase is no pushover, and when she teams up with a veterinarian still reeling from the death of his wife some time back, the threesome are invincible.

This is a fun story written with a lot of talent. I confess when Chase insists her dog is a guide dog so she can take it inside places, my blood boiled. My working dog has been the victim of difficult interactions from fake service dogs. In yet another part of the book, Chase depicts herself as someone on the Autism spectrum in order to take the dog into yet another facility. In the hands of a lesser writer, these shabby tropes would be predictable. But throughout the book, this author proves decisively that a lack of talent isn't the issue here. I'm glad I was able to read this, and my enjoyment of it was enough that a couple of threadbare sections didn't ruin the book at all. It's well worth your time and purchase.

The main reason this book truly stands out is the magnificent narration of Heather Masters. She is one of a super-tiny cadre of narrators who are so talented they make the audiobook seem like it is the only edition that matters. Her differentiated voices were beautifully done. The inflections and cadences she uses just stand out and place her light years ahead of other narrators. Indeed, it was her narration that helped me decide to request this book, and she proved every bit as enjoyable and excellent as the sample indicated she would be.

So you have a brilliant narrator, a delightful teenager character, a nice-guy veterinarian, and a dog who can use an iPad. What's not to like about this book?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09 01 2018

loved!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this book! The characters are well developed and charming. Great writing and narration!

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  • mandy
  • 08 01 2018

Great!

I really enjoyed this teen story with great narration!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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  • Mat D
  • 12 01 2018

An exciting adventure with genuine warmth

Listening to this audiobook took me back to the movies I loved as a kid, though Chase is certainly no Goonie; this is darker, more mature stuff. All the characters have experienced genuine trauma, and whilst on the run they find comfort in companionship. Who better to teach the power of friendship than a dog. This would make a great book to listen to on a road trip, hopefully there’ll be more to come in the series.

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  • DM
  • 05 01 2018

Really enjoyed listening to this

Wanted is about a girl living on the streets and a dog that finds her and the trouble that follows all because of the dog.
It’s a story about finding friendship, family and reconnecting..

Jo Ho wrote a really good book which I loved reading and I thought the Audible would be a good listen also, it did not disappoint.
Heather Masters did a really great job narrating this book, there was only a subtle difference between the voices but you could definitely tell who was who.
A definite must listen.

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  • Lolah
  • 01 01 2018

A great story, awesomely narrated!

This book really has it all - love, loss, hate, friendship, family, action, adventure, fight scenes, calm bits. It really keeps you hooked from beginning, through all the twists and turns, to the very end. And, if you listen to the audiobook like I did, you also get an awesome narrator, who really brings the story to life, even having recognisably different voices for every different characters! I absolutely loved this book, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who likes adventure stories, from young adults upwards.
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

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  • AR
  • 19 12 2017

Charming, fast-paced and fun

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A great story, charming, fast-paced, action packed and emotional plus one very special dog - what's not to like? I loved this book and the audio version has been done really well bringing these amazing characters to life.