• Desperate Journeys

  • Five Suspenseful, Action-Packed Crime Stories
  • By: Russ Towne
  • Narrated by: Henry Marshall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Desperate Journeys

By: Russ Towne
Narrated by: Henry Marshall
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Desperate Journeys by Russ Towne takes listeners on a thrill ride with five gripping stories of suspense where ordinary people face impossibly long odds, conquer fear, and find the strength to survive horrifying circumstances. 

"Desperate Journey": It’s everyone’s worst highway nightmare. A breakdown on the road to the “happiest place on Earth” leads to a night of terror for one teenage boy. 

"No Choice at All": A road trip for an interview with the boss turns into a night of lethal danger and desperate courage when a man stops to give roadside assistance. 

"The Blood Oath": A mother’s secret, a lost identity, and a father’s decision bring peril to a man who learns who he is and what he’s made of in trying to save a young woman. 

"The Misunderstanding": A luggage mix-up focuses a violent criminal’s attention upon a mild-mannered man and his family. 

"The Patsy": A swindler with violent tendencies discovers elderly widows can be dangerous, too.

©2010, 2018 Russ Towne (P)2019 Russ Towne

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Solid Writing

A solid collection of suspenseful stories. Short but definitely kept my interest with each story.

Narration was fitting for this collection.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Outstanding!

I can only hope this author Ross town right more books like this. I totally enjoyed them all of them. Where the good wins against the bad guy. All parts store is the great I really can’t say which one was my favorite but the one with the truckers and the teenage boy was really good, but the one with Luke having to save Jennifer that was really good too they were all really good I love them! If you love normal people saving the day you will absolutely love the stories. Not to mention the narrator was awesome he did such a great job. Sometimes I wish I could give a book more than five stars but alas I cannot so I will just give it five stars across-the-board.

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Intense stories

This was an interesting compilation of stories - all well-written, all well-narrated. I was a little uncomfortable with all of the stories having an undercurrent of direct or indirect sexual assault but that was the catalyst that drove the desperation in all of the stories.

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LOVED IT!

I loved it! The narration was great and kept me entertained. The author did a great job with the characters. I liked that you get five stories all in one book. This was not my first book by this author, I previously read Touched and enjoyed it as well. I look forward to reading more books by this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • col2910
  • 07-10-21

Time well spent - an enjoyable collection

An enjoyable audible listen with 5 different stories, each one involving people in jeopardy. Looking back a few weeks on only four of them stick in my mind, but that's not a bad overall percentage and is a decent testimony to the author's storytelling skills.

I liked them all (or at least four of them for sure).

Desperate Journey features a family on a road trip when inevitably they breakdown. Two adult females, some young kids and a teenage boy. An artic and two men stop offering assistance - ie a ride up the road to the next town. The teenage boy reluctantly goes with them. Bad move, but it's a kind of Hobson's Choice situation. A boy can do a lot of growing up in one night.

No Choice at All is similar to the opening tale, insofar as it starts on a lonely isolated road. A man in a hurry turns around when disturbed by an incident he has seen at the side or the road. Two men, two women, an altercation. An interesting way to meet your future wife.

The Blood Oath .... memory fails me.

The Misunderstanding features a luggage mix-up where a family man rubs up against a violent threatening criminal after collecting the wrong bag. It helps to have a decent support network of friends.

The Patsy features a con-man trying to hustle the wrong woman. Justice is served.

Interesting tales, well-written and each one was long enough to feel an investment in the characters and the outcome. If I was being picky, I would have liked one, possibly two to have had different outcomes. Not everything in life has a happy ever after ending. But maybe that's why it's important that fiction, with the escape into other people's worlds and away from our own problems does. I dunno.

Three and a bit hours well spent.

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Read - (listened to) June, 2021
Published - 2018
Page count - 94 ( 3 hrs 14 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-22-19

Butterfly kisses

Five short stories in which different individuals fight their own fears in desperate situations. Not bad stories, but could improve with a good editor to weed out u necessary detail to give a smoother flow to the text. There is a sense that, if gift a full reporting of any small incident, the tale will become more believable and realistic. But, sadly, it does not: possibly the reverse, in fact. The synopsis already gives as much information as might be needed to introduce these stories, so no further here given beyond saying that each tale occupies it's own chapter, from 2-6 inclusive:
2). No choice at all.
3). The misunderstanding.
4). Desperate journey
5). Blood oath.
6). The patsy.

Narrator Henry Marshall has a pleasant, if somewhat downbeat, voice, giving differing cadence to the various protagonists and reading with clarity and good pacing. But the reading feels slightly stilted, as if he were reading from a prompt rather than engaging fully with the book, which this reader found a little disconcerting. A good attempt overall, however.

My thanks to the rights holder who,at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of Desperate Journeys, via Audiobook Boom

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 07-23-19

Five Crime Stories

This book is five different stories that are intense and spine-tingling. I couldn't turn it off, and Henry Marshall blew my mind with his narration, he truly brought the stories to life and made them all the more intense. Russ did so well with his writing, and this is one set of stories I will gladly revisit time and time again.

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