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Steven

Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!

South Hadley, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 14 reviews
  • 118 ratings
  • 488 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • The Winds of Khalakovo: The Lays of Anuskaya, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bradley P. Beaulieu
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo's eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade.

    Paul Genesse says: "SONG OF ICE AND FIRE MEETS EARTHSEA"
    "Not For Me"
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    I don't know, maybe it's me, but I think it was a combination of the story and the narrator, I just couldn't connect. The story may ultimately come about, but the sing song narration just pushes me away. I've given it 6 hours of my life and it was a disappointment. I gave up and am moving on to bigger and better things. Sorry!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1239)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "Better and Better!"
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    I enjoyed book 2 even more than book1. It is a real page turner that I found difficult to put down. I got through this one in record time! Again, very crude language, and a lot of sexual content, may not be the right choice for all, but for me, I can't wait to start book 3!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1698)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "I Liked It!"
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    Wasn't sure about this when I started, it hopped around and didn't break very well, but as I got into it, it seemed to get better. It does have some very crude language and sexual situations, so if this bothers you, best to move on to a tame title. Try it, you may just be surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3683)
    Performance
    (3411)
    Story
    (3422)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Fine Finish To A Fun Series"
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    Never thought it would appeal to me, but I enjoyed the series a lot. Live and learn, expand your horizons, try it you'll like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1282)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Not For Me"
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    I tried, I really did, I'm 4 hours in and have absolutely no clue, I don't know, maybe it's my listening style but I continually reset and listened again. Perhaps it is the narration or my habit of listening in short bursts, I'm totally lost, after 7 days of trying, many resets and no idea of the plot or ability to follow the characters, I finally gave up.

    Of course, "your mileage may vary"

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4981)
    Performance
    (4437)
    Story
    (4455)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "2nd Great Listen In The Series"
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    I've enjoyed this second in the series as much as the first. Flows smoothly, fast paced and fun. Great narration, easy listen, and a break from my normal inclination towards epic fantasy. I'm looking forward to books 3 and 4!

    I still can't get over the fact that this series hooked me like it did, I took a chance and was rewarded, you can too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7160)
    Performance
    (6327)
    Story
    (6323)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Surprised - And A Lot Of Fun!!"
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    OK, so not my usual genre, was looking for something a little different than the epic fantasy's I've been following. Hesitated, but glad I plunged in. Fast pace, interesting characters, light and easy to follow, and Ohh did I mention monsters - a lot of them!

    I'm glad I took the chance, enjoyed it a lot, in fact I just purchased the rest of the series and look forward to listening to those. Try it you will like it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2992)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2223)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Great finish - Great series"
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    Enjoyed this final book in the series very much. The ending was different than what I expected but did not detract from the story at all. Loved the narration, made for a very easy listen. Some have complained about the strong language throughout, for me it made it more lifelike. Spend your credits and listen, you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2400)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Jumps right in where book 1 left off..."
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    Great narration, decent flow and great plot line. Takes over right from where book 1 left off, enjoyable listen, well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4052)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (2998)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Fine listen - Recommend"
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    Loved this one from start to finish! Not a slow starter like most. Great development and plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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