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Kaye E Steeno

New Braunfels, TX, US | Member Since 2004

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  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2185)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (830)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Transition book?"
    Overall

    It seems to me that this is a transition book to enable Connelly to continue his story line now that Harry is getting older. The addition of his daughter to the plot line, and the comments by Mickey Haller lead me to believe a new series of books are on the way. This is not Connelly's best, but it is still better than most. I love the China aspect. The ending is a bit abrupt.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agent X: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Noah Boyd
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stay hot on the trail of a band of Russian spies in this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times best-selling debut The Bricklayer.

    David-Personal says: "Story had potential, but I could not finish it."
    "I Wish There Were More"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Agent X again? Why?

    No, I have plenty of other books to listen to, but I did enjoy this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish the author had lived long enough to write more books in this series. I think it would have made for an excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1594)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "I really wanted to believe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to believe this book. I really did. If the child were not the child of a minister I might have found it more believable. It is a nice story, but for me it came off as just that, a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (938)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    For me to enjoy a book I have to care about the characters and what happens to them. I never felt connected to the characters or the story line. I bought the book because it was the first in a series and I am always looking for a series to enjoy. This isn't one for me. One caution for anyone is that the copyright for this book was 1964 and you may find the technology and attitudes to be a little archaic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (236)

    New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking. When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst.

    Paula says: "If you're reading them in order skip this one..."
    "I'm done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I used to love these books. I couldn't wait until the next one came out. But the last couple of books lacked any substance. The story wasn't compelling. Also the writing which is mostly question and answer style, got too repetitive and boring.
    Spoiler Warning: In this particular story the fact that ALL of the various story lines came together was just too far fetched for me. I had figured out what was the problem with "Candy" early in the book and just waiting for Tempe to get it.
    I love the Ryan character and the fact that he made a cameo in this book also irritated me.
    Anyway, I'm done with the Tempe books. I'll use my time with something that is entertaining.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Royal Blood


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8495)
    Performance
    (7724)
    Story
    (7784)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "More Twists and Turns than a Tornedo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    This is a long book. It is interesting, but not interesting enough to spend another 17+ hours with.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This plot has many twists and red herrings. I really enjoyed the misdirection, only to be misdirected again and again.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Paul Michael did an excellent job with the book. Each character was well defined and the accents were spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't like being lectured, and unfortunately, Brown has a tendency to do just that. When he lectures about art and symbolism, I find it less offensive, because they are subjects I know little about. When the lecture moves to world problems such as over population, I just want to tune it out. I get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Five

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (322)

    America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

    Diane says: "Content dampened by quality of reading."
    "Yuck"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If you've listened to Lorelei King read a Stephanie Plum book, avoid this one at all costs. The reader changes pronunciation of names, runs sentences together, doesn't change her voice for each character, and is generally not very good. Because it is an abridged version it lacks the laughs that the other books have. I wish I hadn't bought this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6423)
    Performance
    (4433)
    Story
    (4421)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Too Many Stereotypes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book at the beginning. The story kept my attention for more than half. Then it falls apart. My real problem with the book is that too many characters are just too stereotypical. First we have the orphan. Then there is the kind, (large) Mama--reminds me of Mammy (complete with RED head scarf) and her husband George. Marshall is the alcoholic, too mean, son. The overseer is evil, the tutor is evil, etc. etc. etc. I found the book getting tedious and couldn't wait for the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (711)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Well researched"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this history of the English language. It is well narrated. If you have an interest in this subject, this book does an excellent job in telling it from the beginning to today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (348)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Mike says: "Great for casual linguists"
    "Probably better in print"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I find the history of the English language to be fascinating, so when I saw this book I thought it was perfect for me. It wasn't. It is more a history of English grammar than of words and I found it difficult to follow the grammar by just listening. Many of the points made were very interesting, but if I could have seen the words rather than just hearing them I probably would have understood it better. You have to be an English teacher (I was) or someone really interested in how languages differ (a linguist) to understand and enjoy this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (737)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "A Little Obvious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this book on the "try the first in a series" sale. I was not disappointed. It was an interesting listen from beginning to end. I liked the characters, but was really interested in the look back at forensic science in the 80s.
    I was impressed with the red herrings the author used to try to deflect suspicion from one character to the next, but it still turned out to be the one I thought from the beginning. And yet, there were many twists that kept me interested.
    I would like to say more, especially about all the characters, but if I do I'll give away the ending. I liked it well enough to get the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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