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Stevon

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Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5713)
    Performance
    (3626)
    Story
    (3628)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    This was my second Michael Connelly and it was enjoyable. It was entertaining which is what you want out of a book. Harry Bosch is fun and Connelly does a good job of keeping the story moving, throwing in some romance, a snappy LA style, and good insight into human nature. I know I'm a bit late discovering this author but 'll methodically work through his stores.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cindy Woodsmall
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone. A young woman who sacrificed her dreams. How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way? At 19 years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next 10 years, Jolene throws herself into family life - and then she meets Andy Fisher.

    Stevon says: "Woodsmall does it again"
    "Woodsmall does it again"
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    Cindy Woodsmall is my favorite author of books with an Amish setting. She can really pull on the heart strings and this book is no different. I truly believe she could move away from Amish settings and be just as, if not more, successful than she is now. Her insight into human nature and ability to communicate it is tremendous. I really enjoy the way she can tell stories about good people that happen to be Amish and the good and bad in their lives. I like learning about the Amish way of life. I also enjoy how she brings a Christian way of life into her stories. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (472)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Louise Story says: "Just not that good."
    "could this really happen?"
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    First time author. I'm not a survivalist and I hope I never regret it. This book paints a scenario where the government becomes so powerful that it starts believing that it has the right to make decisions for the greater good as it sees fit. The protagonist in the story is a person that believes he sees what is happening and starts to take steps for what he believes is coming, something not good for many Americans. Although I do agree there are many things in our lives that could be better, I'm not of the belief that we need to arm and prepare ourselves in all aspects of our life to get ready. But it was very interesting to listen to the perspective the author puts forward as a reasonable scenario where we might all wish we were better prepared for bad things that might be coming down the pike. I truly hope not. With all the crazy things going on in the world right now, you do have to pause and contemplate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Baker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah McCoy
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.

    Stevon says: "great story"
    "great story"
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    First time author for me. My wife and I listened to this together and both thought it was great. It was well crafted in how the author went back and forth from Garmisch, Germany during the war to present day El Paso, TX and sometimes in between, telling the story of the different characters at the different times. There were parallels during the different times but an overriding there was forgiveness and forgiving oneself. It was a very touching story and I recommend it highly. I read one review as I started the book where the reviewer commented that World War II themes were getting worn out and I disagree with that statement. There were so many different aspects to that war, the different stories that can come out of that dreadful event will likely never stop. Enjoy

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (449)

    Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.

    Jen says: "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"
    "what would you do?"
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    In this book, your worst nightmare meets Murphy's Law. This was an interesting, entertaining story but for much of it, I didn't know if I really wanted to keep listening, so many bad things were happening to father and son. I suppose we all, in our wildest dreams, hope that something like this will never happen to us. But, you think, if it did, how would I handle it? It was easy to think they were terribly wrong in how they handled the situation but, in reality, what would you do? I think you don't really know unless you are put in a really bad situation. Towards the end of the book, the pall lifted and it was more like a normal story. The author did come up with a creative, imaginative story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tasha Alexander
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead?

    Moriah says: "Another Winner!"
    "interesting"
    Overall
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    First time author, that fits into the historical thriller genre. Tasha Alexander is one of several American authors I've come across in the last year that write mysteries set around the turn of the 19th century in London and Paris. I'm not sure what causes them to choose this time frame and geography, maybe an excuse to spend time there researching their stories. This book was set in both London and Paris and had some interesting twists. While not deeply suspenseful it was an interesting listen that was easy to stick with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    Jim says: "The wonder of retrospect"
    "a different kind of book"
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    I originally listened to this book when it came out 10 years ago, mainly because the author was a professor at the University of Iowa, which I attended, and she is still part of the Iowa Writer's Workshop there even today in her 70's.In the ensuing 10 years she published two more books, "Home" and "Lila" also set in the fictional SW Iowa town, Gilead, with the same characters. After listening to the other two I was intrigued enough to research the author more in depth, trying to better understand what the meaning of her books is. I don't often listen to a book a second time but, in this case, I decided I wanted to. The author is a member of the Congregationalist Church of Christ in Iowa City and sometimes even preaches sermons. She is a thinker, an intellectual, and a deeply religious person. Her books are not typical books where there is an exciting ending, rather she is putting her beliefs on paper in the form of fiction. Her books are, in her way, a sermon on life. In this book, the protagonist, a preacher, marries a much younger woman at age 69 and fathers a child. At age 76 and with the end of his life in sight, his wife suggests he write down his life story, his history and beliefs, so that his son can one day better understand what kind of man his father was. This whole book, "Gilead", is that letter to his son. I suspect other books set in Gilead will be forthcoming some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3401)
    Performance
    (3010)
    Story
    (3015)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "end of the trilogy"
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    This marks the end of the Centuries Trilogy. It starts in 1961 with the building of the Berlin wall and the Cuban missile crisis. It ends in the late 80's with the fall of the wall. If you've made it this far, you've enjoyed the trilogy. It was an interesting ride, following Russian, German, English and American families through three generations and all of the major events that were big during that time. This book was especially interesting to me as I was 10 years old when the book started and I lived through all the events of the book, it made it seem all the more real.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lila: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood.

    Jen says: "Beautifully Written To A Fault"
    "Life is what it is...."
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    This isn't a book for everyone, it's a book for thinkers, those who think about God, life, and what iife is all about. Life is what it is is the mantra I took away from the story. A sequel to the author's Pulitzer Prize winning "Gilead", it's also set in Gilead, Iowa with mostly the same characters. This book, however, focuses on Lila, one of the minor characters in the book Gilead. The author has worked at the University of Iowa and its Writers Workshop for the last 25 years. She's a thinker, an intellectual and this, and her other books, are a reflection of the believes she has developed over her lifetime. The author is a member of the United Church of Christ and a follower of the teachings of John Calvin. The more I learned about her in researching her life, it came to me that this is her way to put what she thinks about life and religion into a book as a parable set in a fictional small Iowa town. If you enjoy her books and what they are saying it makes you want to know more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (596)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "ya gotta love Dept Q"
    Overall
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    This was a bit of a different kind of Dept Q story. There is the normal enjoyable banter among the Dept Q members as they work the crime but the chase for Marco dominates the story and to a certain extent Dept Q didn't solve the crime, it almost solved itself. Marco had good guys chasing after him and all kinds of bad guys and the chase was intense. This story had some really bad guys but it didn't seem as dark as some of the other stories by the author. It was still an enjoyable listen along with the other Dept Q books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2763)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "great story, excellent narrator"
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    What can you say about this book that hasn't already been said, it's a great book. I'd seen the movie 10-20 times over the years but had never read the book. When I came across this audio version narrated by Sissy Spacek I decided it was time to dive into the book. It was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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