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***** Believable Thriller You Must Finish

***** Overall *****Performance ***** Story

My first exposure to Neil Turner’s stories, book 1 of the Tony Valenti Thrillers, A House on Liberty Street, was exceptional. The first chapter sets the stage for non-stop escalating action, suspense, and unexpected twists perfectly placed to grab listeners’ attention, like the click of a chambering bullet. Images of the places, characters, and events are built with precise colors and textures. Relatable characters are portrayed throughout with excellent dialogue exchanges.

Tony Valenti is a convincing character stuck picking up the pieces of his messy, convoluted life. When his professional and personal life hit rock bottom, he returned to his family home in suburban Chicago to decide on his best path. When his Italian immigrant father inexplicably shoots a police officer, Tony decides to defend his Papa, who is accused of murder. Planning the defense case, Tony uncovers enough related information on historical activities to make the rats squirm—big time. The ensuing legal showdown exposes secrets and corruption at all local government levels.

Gary Bennett turns this masterfully told story into a perfectly executed audio tale. The characters’ voices perfectly deliver the chills and thrills of A House on Liberty Street. The tonality, pace, and quality are done to prevent the listener from taking too long a break from the edge-of-the-seat wild ride.

If you are new to the stories by Neil Turner, this book will open your eyes and ears to a storyteller you should follow. Fans of well-crafted legal thrillers will seek out the additional books in this series; they are that good. Put this on your books to listen to or, at the very least, read. You won’t regret it.

About the Author

Neil Turner is the author of the gripping and highly-acclaimed Tony Valenti Thrillers series. If you like underdogs battling for survival—John Lescroart’s Dismas Hardy, Greg Iles’s Penn Cage, Michael Connelly’s Micky Haller, or John Grisham’s Jake Brigance—it’s time to start reading Tony Valenti.


About the Narrator

Gary Bennett is an award-winning SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator passionate about truly giving the listener a front-row seat to the story.  He’s narrated over 200 audiobooks (so far!) for publishers including Blackstone, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Harper Audio, Hachette Audio, Tantor, Dreamscape, Podium Audio, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and others.

​Gary has trained with top coaches for narration, accents, and dialects. He records in his professional home studio, and he loves performing multiple accents (British, Scottish, Italian, and Eastern European are his favorites) as well as multiple and complex characters (spies, wizards, trolls, ogres, vampires, and conflicted heroes and villains are always fun).

​He’s a huge fan of thrillers and urban fantasy and loves recording science fiction, mysteries, romance, and nonfiction.

(He’s also a proponent of the Oxford Comma!)

​Gary was born and raised in California and then in Bozeman, Montana, Gary now calls the greater Seattle area his home, and he’s a massive fan of the Seattle Seahawks!

​He’s an avid outdoor enthusiast and relishes taking advantage of living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When he’s not in his home studio, you might find Gary flying over the Puget Sound (he’s a Private Pilot) or finding inspiration as an aspiring musician.

​Gary also narrates under the pseudonym Liam Sanderson.

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