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Cached Out Audiobook

Cached Out: A Cliff Knowles Mystery

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Newly retired from the FBI and alone after the tragic death of his wife, Cliff Knowles takes up geocaching. While looking for a cache in the mountains, he comes across a human skeleton and reports it to the sheriff's office. Then a second body is found - a fresh corpse this time - right after Cliff found another geocache nearby. When it turns out the first remains are those of a fugitive he was supposed to arrest years earlier, he becomes a suspect in a multiple homicide investigation. He has no choice but to use his sleuthing skills to identify the mysterious cache owner, known only as Enigmal, and free himself from suspicion.

Cached Out is the second book in the popular Cliff Knowles Mysteries series. The author is a retired FBI agent. Many of his books are inspired by actual FBI cases.

©2012 Russell Atkinson (P)2015 Russell Atkinson

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    Dave Self 11/06/2016
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    This was my first book in the series and my first from Audible UK. Won it from the UK Geocaching Podcast. Despite the subject matter, I probably would not have picked it up otherwise. I actually very much enjoyed it and will probably check the rest of the books at some point.

    Thanks and Happy Trails!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Miles 28/02/2017
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    ""Solving mysteries, investigating crimes ...""
    What made the experience of listening to Cached Out the most enjoyable?

    Geocaching was something entirely new to me. The reader can enter into the location searches vicariously by trying to decipher the cryptic clues given in full and so match their solutions against the skills of the protagonists.


    Any additional comments?

    Retired after 25 successful years with the FBI, Clifford Knowles is in the desert, pursuing a hidden geocach site when he finds a skull, quickly followed by an old skeleton. With no phone signal, he bikes back to the nearest Rangers office to report it to a somewhat hostile officer. Turns out, the ten years old skeleton was that of a known drugs dealer who had disappeared around the time of an FBI raid in which Knowles himself had taken part. He immediately comes under suspicion, even more so when other bodies, also at geocach sites turn up. But these are much more recent. With no other obvious suspects, Knowles needs all of his investigative powers, and the help of a few friends, to prove his innocence.

    This is a fairly long book, filled with dramatic twists and turns, adventures including the battle for life against a most unusual aggressor, and the dangers of being in hidden locations without the ability to summon assistance by phone. The characterisations of the numerous protagonists are good, and the detail of the geocaching tracking is both fascinating and full of danger. Long, yes, but never once boring, especially for puzzle solvers.

    Throughout it all, Joe Hempel does an outstanding job, really becoming the main protagonist, Knowles, as well as expertly voicing everyone else in a clear and identifiable manner. His easy to listen to narration adds to the tensions as Cliff tries to find an alternative suspect and so prove, if not his innocence, at least another person of interest. He carries the whole story effortlessly to maintain the underlying interest to the very last words.

    My profound thanks to the rights holder from whom I received the gift of Cached Out, via Audiobook Boom. As well as thoroughly enjoying the story, I have had a glimpse into a world, that of geocaching, previously unknown to me. Prior to reading this book, I had never heard of geocaching. It sounds such fun - Sadly, I am no longer in a position to take part myself but I received such vicarious pleasure in the exploits here presented I will certainly be looking into it further. A great investigative adventure with a twist that I can happily recommend wholeheartedly.

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  • mani
    20/11/15
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    I loved this book It is a crime novel with geocaching at the core.A well written and a truly enjoyable story. These are trails that I hike and cache on! I loved visualizing the action in all those familiar places. My only wish is that the caches were real (if not so hard) and that there will be a follow up with more caching adventure!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • BlueEyes
    Ontario
    24/12/15
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    "Suspense at its Finest"

    This story was incredible, it was a very long mystery with fascinating and intriguing characters. The story was easy to follow, even with having to put it down and pick it up a few fays later. I listen mostly in the car.
    I just love the narrator's voice as he did a superb job with both women and men's voices as well as Spanish accents.
    I can't say enough about how much I loved this whole audiobook and I will definitely look for more books by this talented author and narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • trish
    20/12/15
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    "Wow! First geocaching mytery novel & a great one!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cached Out the most enjoyable?

    Cached out is a story about Cliff Knowles, a young retired FBI agent who geocaches (finds "treasures" based on GPS coordinates) for fun and exercise and stumbles upon a serial killer after more than one body is found geocaching. ALong the way, we are introduced to lots of fun characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a geocacher myself, and I liked the way the book really highlighted the sport. In general, I loved a lot about this book. The characters were written well, the action and plot were contrived to the right realism level, and of course I love anything narrator Joe Hempel does!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the scene where Cliff's love interest is dangerously suspended on a cliff and barely found by other geocachers. Suspenseful, and funny with the cliff dialog.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this book in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Bough
    16/12/15
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    "A great story from someone who knows his stuff"
    Where does Cached Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very good. The author, as an ex-FBI Special Agent can obviously talk about crime and solving them and this really shows in the story. Very entertaining as a story and also very interesting. I was not familiar with geocaching prior to the book so it was interesting to hear about and it sounds fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Cliff. A very likeable character that takes his fate into his own hands when implicated or at least held in suspicion over a death. He's just the right type of character to mix FBI or ex-FBI smarts with a personal reason for investigating the crime.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    I thought that Joe did a wonderful job on the narration. Very clear and easy to listen too and he did a slightly higher pitch for female characters than with male. My favourite character is the main character from both a narration and story perspective.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The first half of the book had me interested in the geocaching elements as it goes into detail to set the plot up and explain the story. I was very intrigued by this. The second half of the book is then left open for pure plot/story development around the crimes and this is even better. So overall a great start, very interesting leading into an absolutely great book.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suzan
    27/11/15
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    "Cached Out"

    I enjoyed this book very much. Joe Hempel did a great job of narrating the story. I know very little about geo caching but am interested in trying it after reading this book. I also loved the fact that it takes place in my hometown. It's so nice to be able to picture the places mentioned. I would recommend listening to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • bec
    Australia
    04/01/16
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    "Good story if you love detail"

    My Review
    You haven't heard of geocaching? No, nor had I, but this is how it goes: it's a bit like a treasure hunt for smart people, the clues to the cache are in the form of GPRS co-ordinates. If you read this book you will find out more, much more, so very much more about this, well, how do I describe it, hobby? Pursuit? Obsession? I think you get my drift, the author is an obvious enthusiast, actually, probably an expert, and he likes to let you know, everything, far too much for me, I just lost interest.
    I broke my rule for this book by reading a few reviews prior to posting my own, seems all these (to me) endless details go down a treat with some of the readers.
    So there! Audiothing, what do I know? The author also happens to be an ex Federal Special Agent, so yes, he knows what he's talking about when it comes to crime and criminals. Now I do love a procedural, I really do, but again I felt overwhelmed by details, just too many details. When I come across these lengthy explanations in a work of fiction, it makes me feel that the author underestimates the readers' ability to understand anything, unless given a lengthy and detailed lesson.
    However, apart from these criticisms, the book does contain a cracking good story full of interesting characters, exciting moments, cliffhangers and lots of good old mystery. Now here's the rub! Review sites expect a star rating and I can only go with 3 for the story. A smart editor could knock 4 hours of the length of this listen simply by weeding out extraneous material, then it would be a 5 star for sure, but that's just my opinion.
    Narrator
    Narrated by Joe Hempel who has been blessed with a pleasant and easy to listen to voice. Character definition is good, I had no trouble in identifying the male characters of the story. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the female characters, it takes a bit more than simply raising the pitch of the voice. I reckon if he worked on that a bit, then he'd be a top notch narrator.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John D Dulaney
    24/12/15
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    "Slow but kept interest"

    I've been a geocacher for many years, so finding it referenced was interesting. I felt the flow of the story was a bit slow. Not much in the way of action, but it maintained my interest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reg
    McKinney, TX
    23/03/17
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    "Cached In..."

    Is more like it. A retired FBI agent, forced into retirement and who lost his wife to a drunk driver takes up geocashing to fill his time. While out finding a cache, Cliff stumbles across a dead body who just happens to be someone he was supposed to pick up in a drug bust years earlier but didn’t quite manage to catch. While he is being investigated for this likely murder, Cliff stumbles upon another dead body at a different cache. The bodies start piling up and Cliff becomes a more likely suspect with each one. He helps the investigators out at times and at times does his own investigating because it becomes increasingly clear with each body that the local police, state police, and FBI are not getting the investigation done to the point of clearing his name. Add to this other police officers that could be suspects and you have the makings of a fun mystery on your hands.

    This listen was just OK for me, though. I enjoyed getting to know certain characters and learning about geocaching and different investigation procedures from a real life ex-FBI agent. I didn’t feel like the author had quite decided whether Cliff is a stand up guy or if he can be a jerk. At times, he seemed brilliant, and other times he seemed a little incompetent. If you are looking for action this isn’t your listen. There are no car chases, shootouts, or even James Bondian duplicity. If you are interested in how real life investigating happens and some of the insider politics between agencies and within those agencies, there is a lot to learn from this audiobook. Another area heavily detailed is geocaching. From how to do it, what goes into solving a puzzle cache, the equipment, and the culture of the geocaching crowd, there is a lot to learn and if you were interested to know what it is and how to do it, there is a lot packed into this listen.

    Joel Hempel gives another great performance and is able to keep this rather large cast of characters distinct so you always know who is speaking. His narration is nice, too, and he rarely does anything to take you out of the listen. I usually listen on 1.5 speed and this audiobook was no exception. It seemed the perfect speed for my ears.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany
    Bellevue, NE United States
    28/02/17
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    "Interesting story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about Geo Caching


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    He does a wonderful job distinguishing the different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how everything was tied up at the end. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    28/02/17
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    "Worth your time and credit!"
    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book. It pulls you in immediately and never lets go. I listened to this book every chance I could get. Well written, interesting, very entertaining and worth every minute of the almost 15 hour book. This is one of those books that is definitely worth your time and credit. It is also one that I will be recommending on a regular basis.

    The story was constantly moving forward, building and adding to the mystery, intrigue and suspense every step of the way. It never felt like it was "just filling pages" or had a middle of the book slump. The clues given through the geocaching were original and very creative. On top of that it keeps you on your toes guessing for most of the book who the killer is.

    Cliff Knowles a retired FBI agent gets unexpectedly caught up in a game of cat and mouse with a serial killer. When evidence starts to point towards Cliff as the killer the only thing he can do is try to solve the murders himself and clear his name.

    This is the first Russell Atkinson book that I have read, but it won't be my last. I immediately looked to see if there were more of his books on Audible.
    Unfortunately this is the only one so far. There are actually 7 books in this series so far and they all sound just as interesting as this story. Hopefully more of his books will be available soon with Joe Hemple as the narrator. It's a great combination.

    Joe Hemple did a great job with the narration as usual. Nice voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Really good character voices, all of them both male and female. His accents are great as well. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. He pulls you into the story with his narration and brings it to life. Always enjoyable to listen to his narration of a book.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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