PORT STARBIRD: A Storm Ketchum Adventure by Garrett Dennis – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image from www.audible.com

Cover image from http://www.audible.com

PORT STARBIRD: Storm Ketchum Adventures: Book One

Author: Garrett Dennis

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: DJ Holte

Length: 8 hours, 26 minutes

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Release Date: March 18, 2015

Publisher: TBD Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

The narrator has an amazing voice for this story. There is even a scene where Ketch sings an original song and plays guitar and the song and music sounded great. In fact, the tune is quite catchy. The narrator also does a terrific job of differing male voices and his voice of the older sea captain is exactly what I thought an ‘ol sea dog’ would sound like. Great job!

In the town of Avon on the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks region people live a small town existence. There really isn’t much for tourists to do except take in the local scenery and fish in the ocean. And that is exactly how the locals prefer it.

Storm Ketchum may not be from Avon originally, but he has adopted the town as his home and has lived there for the past three years. Ketch owns a house in an area that a local developer has big plans for. He has offered to buy Ketch’s house and land but
Ketch does not want to sell his house which he has nicknamed “Port Starbird.”

Most of the other homeowners have sold and the developer is not happy about Ketch being a holdout. He has threatened to use the law of “imminent domain” to take the house away from him if Ketch will not agree to sell.

Ketch dislikes the shady developer and has suspicions that he may have murdered both of his wives. But, suspicions are not facts.

Ketch has a plan. If he cannot save his home from being ripped out from under him, then he will make sure that he draws attention to the corruption of the law and the misuse of “Imminent Domain” by greedy politicians and developers.

Ketch’s plan seemed fairly easy in the beginning, but when he stumbles upon some illegal activity he has a decision to make.

To complicate his life even further, throw in a love interest, some illegal toxic waste dumping, blackmail attempts, murder, missing wives and a girlfriend who may have something to hide.

This book is full of colorful and lovable characters. Jack the dog comes across as the perfect pet and anyone who has ever had a loyal pet will fall in love with him.

This book is a great Spring or Summer read. You cannot help but imagine yourself sitting out on Ketch’s deck enjoying the quiet summer night with a glass of wine. I found the conclusion a bit far-fetched, but it is fiction, so anything is possible.

I was entertained and I look forward to finding out whats next for our hero; Storm Ketchum.

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars for the story and 5 out of 5 stars for the narration.


Garrett Dennis started out as a biologist and a computer scientist but has retired to dedicate himself to writing. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two dogs. To learn more about him visit https://sites.google.com/site/authorgarrettdennis/home


Narrator photo obtained from djholte.com

Narrator photo obtained from djholte.com

DJ Holte is a veteran stage actor, writer, musician, voiceover talent and one-time radio personality. Holte rhymes with Nolte. To learn more about him visit http://djholte.com


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