It should have been a simple job. All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple.
And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake. Not the one with boring pottery samples, but instead the one with priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts. The one that a team of international art thieves is after.
Now she's chasing - and being chased by - the thieves. And she's picked up a pair of passengers who claim they can help her outwit them, get her professor's pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she could figure out which one of them is working with the thieves and which one she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.
©2016 James J DiBenedetto (P)2016 James J DiBenedetto
I loved the characters in this book. Jane, Tom and Alex all come from different backgrounds and different countries and this comes through quite well in their dealings with one another. I loved Jane's thoughts on the English weather and I loved Tom's hilarious thoughts and musings about American girls and Irish men. He is quite a grumpy character in a funny and adorable way. I wasn't too fond of Alex but I really loved Tom's character and I hope he plays a major role in future Jane adventures.
I thought that it was an interesting twist for the story to be set in the 90's. Modern conveniences such as mobile phones, texts and email would have made this adventure a lot shorter and less entertaining.
I loved how Cait was able to express Jane's homesickness in her tone of voice as she narrated Jane's letter's home to her father. It was in complete contrast to the high spirited Jane in adventure mode as she sets off across Europe in her professor's new car.
I loved how Cait was convincingly able to perform different accents- American, English and Irish in a very convincing way. I was highly impressed by this.
I received a copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an honest review
Good Enjoyable Book
Hm, i'm not even sure.
I didn't have a favorite scene from this book, I liked everything.
Yes, it was..
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"Entertaining Adventure for the College Set"
Yes. I enjoyed it. It was like a fun ride
While it may have started slow, it turned into an amusing, fun little caper and I'll definitely be back for the second novel
The main character, Jane Barnaby, Cait Frizzell did Great Job
The Jane Barnaby Adventures
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"Exciting and Refreshing"
5★ Audiobook⎮ I chose Finders Keepers to round out my July listening schedule because it was intriguing and under six hours long. I thought, “I’ll speed through this!” and, to begin with, I did. But towards the end, I noticed myself prolonging the listening process; 15 minutes here, 30 minutes there. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because I didn’t want it to end!
This story is hard to categorize. It is pitched as a suspense/thriller tale. Although there are suspenseful and thrilling elements to it, I may not have immediately recognized the story as suspense/thriller if I hadn’t been introduced to it that way. I could see it more as a “light” suspense/thriller story. It wasn’t heart stopping-ly thrilling or suspenseful, but it was still more than enough to keep my interest.
I fell for the main character, Jane Barnaby, almost immediately. The thing I liked most about her was her maturity. Finders Keepers is not a YA novel, but the main character is still a young, college-aged woman. For the most part, I much prefer reading about college-aged protagonists than their teenaged counterparts. Writers tend to portray teenaged and college-aged characters very differently, even if there is only a couple of years difference in age.
The way DiBenedetto wrote Jane and his general writing style suited my tastes very well. The story takes place in 1990 and the multitude of pop culture references scattered throughout provided constant amusement. At one point, I stopped listening just to call my dad and tell him about all of the references to one of his favorite childhood movies, Smokey and the Bandit.
All the ingredients for a love triangle were present in this novel, but (thankfully) there was barely any hint of a serious romance. I absolutely loathe rushed or unnecessary romances. Repeat after me: Every protagonist does not need a love interest!
With that said, I’ll be totally fine if Jane has a love interest in forthcoming installments. Why? Because DiBenedetto has already proven that he can weave a wonderful story without using romance as a crutch. I would trust him to create an organically developing romance for Jane.
Knowing that this is only the first installment in The Jane Barnaby Adventures series, I’m really glad DiBenedetto played things out the way he did. It was obvious in this installment that he has a clear plan for where he wants the story to go and he’s pacing the series accordingly. This fast-paced adventure novel had plenty of action. Yet, I feel like there is so much more to come. The ending was absolutely tantalizing and left me primed for the next installment!
Narration review: Cait Frizzell’s voice was quite appropriate for Finders Keepers. It had a quality of indiscernible age, which allowed me to buy into Jane as a young, but also mature character. Frizzell’s accent ability initially bothered me a little. I’m not sure if it got better as the story went along, or if I just got used to it. Either way, it wasn’t a huge deal to me and it provided very effective characterization.
What was a huge deal, however, were the sound effects. There were sound effects! They were few and far between, but they were in there. Even if it was something as simple as adding an echo to the other end of a phone conversation, it still enhanced my listening experience. Aside from an good narrator, sound effects are the surest way for an audiobook to win my approval! ♣︎
➜ This audiobook was graciously gifted to me by its author, James J. DiBenedetto, in exchange for a review containing my honest thoughts and opinions. Thanks, James!
"Slow Build, Fun Finish"
It's hard to describe the scene without spoiling the moment, but let's just say the moment I decided to finish the book was the moment I found out that Jane has a pretty good right hook.
Not intentionally. Her voice is okay and once she settled in the few things that I found to be annoying were more subtle, but she sounds entirely too much like she's reading from a page versus telling a story. I've liked several narrators enough to follow their voice to new series, but unfortunately Cait Frizzell won't be one of them.
Not initially. It starts off very slow with a lot of unnecessary details. I won't say that they'll be unimportant as the series continues, but it felt as though the story started in the wrong place. I didn't really need to be the fly on the wall for some of the conversations and letters. This is especially tedious when listening to a book versus actually reading it, as listening takes longer and stretches all of those less than gripping passages for minutes and sometimes hours. Once everything picked up speed, though, it was a fun read even if there were still a few moments that threatened to pull me from the story.
While it may have started slow, it turned into an amusing, fun little caper and I'll definitely be back for the second novel.
"Roller Coaster Ride"
This was a good adventure book with a lot of fast paced action every min. The narrataters voice was believable for the character she portrayed . This book kept me interested and entertained and I didn't focus on the believability of her getting out of all her situations unscathed , just a fun book.
I look forward to the next installment in the series.
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"Great new read!"
Imagine being the prey in a car chase and having to drive on what you perceive as the "wrong" side of the road, in a totally unfamiliar car, and the directions are wanting. That's all the spoiler you get, so I don't insult the author. The publisher's blurb is fair at hinting the plot, but doesn't tell you what a great imagination wrote this, or how totally interesting he makes it. The writing draws you in and holds your attention (good thing it is not awfully long, or there would be no sleeping), the characters are all too realistic. I am looking forward to more!
Cait Frizzell is excellent as the audio performer for this book, and she seems to enjoy doing it--and it shows!
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"Entertaining Adventure for the College Set!"
Finders Keepers by J. J. DiBenedetto is a very entertaining adventure story for the college set. The story primarily revolves around Jane Barnaby who is a graduate student studying archeology in England. Over Christmas break Jane is asked by her advisor to drive his new Land Rover and a box of pottery fragments to him in Spain (no explanation is given why the professor couldn't drive the new SUV himself). Along the way, Jane meets Alex on the ferry from England to the mainland, who is too handsome for his own good and too interested in her delivery. She also meets Tom who is purportedly an employee of the Bodleian Library who explains there was a mix-up with her package: she picked up a box of ancient Egyptian antiquities instead of her professor's pottery shards.
I really enjoyed the action sequences in the story and there were several laugh out loud moments. It goes without saying that the box of antiquities is inevitably stolen. Instead of reporting the crime to the police, Jane, Tom and Alex follow the thieves and steal it back, as well as the box of pottery the thieves originally stole out of the Boolean Library. In short, the story had a feel to it that reminded me of the opening scene to the original Indiana Jones movie. Just good clean fun!
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Cait Frizzle who did an acceptable job. The book was written in the first person with two points of view - that of Jane and that of Tom (I'm secretly hoping we see more of Tom in the next book in the series). I wish the narrator was more animated and provided more variance in the voices. I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an unbiased review.
Finders Keepers by J.J. DiBenedetto was listed as a “thriller” in the Audiobook Blast email I received. I am not sure I would classify it as a thriller, but I am also not sure how I would classify it. Maybe mystery/thriller... Jane Barnaby was tasked with delivering a box of porcelain shards and a brand new Land Rover to her professor at his dig site in Spain. Along the way, confident Jane gets into a lot of different situations that she seems to handle extremely well. I love how she isn't afraid of anything. She is a very smart and strong woman. I hope I to read more J.J. DiBenedetto in the future.
This story just sped along for me and left me in suspense many times. I listen to audiobooks as often as I can, and this one had me wanting to keep reaching for my phone so I could listen more! Narrator, Cait Frizzell does a great job with both the male and female voices.
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Yes. I enjoyed it. It was like a fun ride.
No extreme reaction, I did laugh throughout the book!
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"Wild Chase Across Europe For Stolen Artifacts"
It is a good thriller, suspense, and action filled book. Jane made some crazy choices and went through quite a few wild car chases. Dealing with thieves can be a tricky business.figuring out who is a friend or foe is not always easy either.
The book was written in dual POV. Although, it unfortunately has no romance in it. I believe it would have been even better with a touch of it. There is some humor in it as well. I found myself laughing at some of the crazy things that were said/done.
The narrator did an ok job bringing the story to life. It was a fun listen/story.
This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.
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