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Stevon

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  • The Nearest Exit

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    Faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”. Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence.

    Joanne says: "Elegantly written spy story"
    "his best so far"
    Overall

    I've listened to all of the author's books on Audible and this is his best so far. It's tighter than the others, is well written and flows well. There were lots of twists and turns in an internatinal setting that made the book interesting and kept my attention. The character of Milo Weaver is a good one. I wonder at times how much of the European life descibed is the life lived to an extent by Steinhauer. If there is another in this series I'll look forward to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seasons of Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cindy Woodsmall
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming. More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Though it has been almost a year since one brother left, Rhoda is happy to be working alongside the other brother as they tend and nurture the settlement' s orchard.

    Stevon says: "the story ends"
    "the story ends"
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    I thought this series was a trilogy but, if so, it took the author, Cindy Woodsmall, four books to get the story told. The saga of an apple orchard in Pennsylvania, two brothers loving the same woman and she loving them both, a tornado in PA destroying the orchard and then them all moving to Maine to start a new one, and all of the accompanying trials and tribulations finally come to an end in this story. As usual, Cindy Woodsmall's greatest strength is her insight into human nature and being able to communicate that. Once again, you realize the Amish are people just like the rest of us but these stories could have any setting and be good. If anything, I wondered if Rhoda didn't choose the wrong brother, the other brother being my favoritet character in the series. I enjoyed the series and will look forward to her next books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
    "a good filler"
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    The author, Diana Gabaldon, evidently wrote this short story as a filler between book #7 and book #8. The two main characters are faimly to Jaime and Clare and you get to know them both much more than in previous stories. You suspect Michael and Joan play a more prominent role goin forward but you can only only guess what that might be. The book is 4 hours long and it was perfect for a 5 hour road trip. Davina Porter is great as the narrator as usual. The book really gets you ready for book 8.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    FanB14 says: "Michael C. Hall in Your Ear + Capote = Bliss"
    "interesting short story"
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    I would have never guessed that the Truman Capote book that was turned into a hit movie, now a classic, was based on a short story. The book being made into a movie must have given Capote's career a real jump start. That the book was narrated by Michael C Hall was an added bonus as I'm a fan of his as well. Based on the character of free-spirited Holiday Golightly, the author describes her life through the eyes of a would be writer. You might think he experienced this himself when he first moved to New York City although it's possible the character of Holly could have been based on several people he met. It's hard to think of Holly as anyone else than Audrey Hepburn. But it was a good short story and Hall's narration was great, I especially like the way he did Holly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (641)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "a good stroy"
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    First time author, Kaui Hart Hemmings. This book was made into a movie several years ago starring George Clooney. I remembered enjoying the movie and decided to give the book a try. Set in Hawaii it turned out the movie had followed the book pretty closely. At a higher level there was a subplot of an inheritance between family members of an old Hawaiian family. But at its core the story was about a wife/mother that was injured in a boating accident and was in a coma, brain dead and not coming around. The husband/father had to come to terms with it and have his two daughters understand and accept whatt's happening. In the process he bonds with his daughters in a way he never had before. It was the human side of the tale that made this a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Site: A Delta Force Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (467)

    Meet Kolt Raynor. A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, he is still trying to make sense of his life - and duty - after a secret mission gone bad. Three years ago, in the mountains of Pakistan, Raynor made a split-second decision to disobey orders - one that got some of his teammates killed and the rest captured. Now he’s been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men, and himself. But Raynor’s shot at redemption comes at a price.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Loved the novel"
    "intense"
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    First time author, Dalton Fury. You might think that a book written by an ex-special ops soldier would have it down in regards to how special ops teams work. You would think right. It felt like there was a lot of firsthand knowledge of processes, weapons, lingo, environment, etc. It was clearly a fictional setting but you had the feeling that it wasn't too far from how it would actually happen. There was a lot of shooting, blowing up, dead on both sides, intense action just like you'd expect. Theere is nothing other than special ops action in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    His secret could win the war for the Allies, unless the Nazis get to him first... In the brutal chaos of the Second World War, three people find their lives inextricably interwoven in a web of courage, betrayal and love: Julie Lescaux, the young Englishwoman caught up in one of the most dangerous operations of the French Resistance; Paul Vasson, vicious Paris pimp turned Nazi collaborator; David Freymann, German scientist caught up in unimaginable horror, destined to lose everything except his faith in his own discovery.

    Anna says: "Excitement & history stretched a tiny bit too far"
    "the author's best work"
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    I've been reading/listening to Clare Francis' books for a long time. She's an English author and one aspect of her life that has always stood out to me is that in her younger days she once sailed solo across the Atlantic, London to New York. Not being a sailor myself I can still appreciate what an amazing feat that was. In this book, she uses that sailing knowledge quite a bit. This book is a classic Worl War II novel. The author weaves a tale with three main characters; a German scientist that is Jewis and works on secret radar projects, a low life Frenchman that becomes a Nazi colablorator/informant and a young English single mom that moves to France in the late 1930's and becomes part of the French resistance. The author starts the story by giving you the background on the three main characters then slowly weaves the tale bringing them all together. By the time I was halfwy through the book I was totally engrossed and it was a page turner. I do believe this book is the author's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amber Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade -- and is therefore a target for the murderous greed of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males -- until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber.

    Jaime says: "Love this whole series"
    "entertaining first time author"
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    First time author, Elizabeth Lowell, who writes under three different names. This one audible suggested saying based on other books you'ver read, you'll like this one so I decided to give the author a try this being the first book in a series, written in the 1980's. It comes under the "romance suspense" genre. It had some romance and it had some suspense so it fit. Bottom line for me it was an enjoyable listen that was easy to go back to and see what's happening in the story, a good sign for me. The author is originally from Southenr California but she and her family settled in the Pacific Northwest. This book was set entirely in the San Juan Islands, off the coast of Washington. The story was set in the gem trade, specifically amber, and dealt with a robbery in the Baltics and Russia that made its way to the US. I liked it enough I'll give the second book in the series a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (207)

    At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

    C. Telfair says: "Favorite Revisited"
    "first book in a crime series"
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    First time author, Martha Grimes, who among other things once taught at the University of Iowa. The author early on was involved with poetry then at age 50 decided to embark on a crime series. This book is the first in the series and so far there over 20. The title of each book is named after a pub in England. This book and series is a bit different in that Grimes is an American author that writes crime thrillers set in England. She pokes fun of things British; the language and pronunciations, customs, royalty, the people, etc. The book had a bit of Sherlock Holmes and Watson in it using deductive reasoning. Her website describes her writing style as “literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre”. I agree with the description although I admit I had to look discursive up in the dictionary. If you like this desciption of the author's books, you might want to give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1028)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "I enjoyed my first German crime writer"
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    First time author, Nele Neuhaus, a German crime writer. I read somewhere that Stieg Larsson with his "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series started the Scandnavian rush of crime writers that are becming so popular in the US. That might be the case as I'm reading authors from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and now Germany and I've enjoyed them all. I would include Britain in this group except that, in my opinion, the British invasion of all aspects of our American lives started over 200 years ago so they don't count. But, it seems American publishers are rushing to Europe to discover the best authors, finding good translators for them, and in the case of we that listen to them finding good narrators as well. I didn't really know what to expect with this author. The book was set around Frankfurt so somewhat familiar. In the beginning when the story began to unfold seemed pretty obvious what had happened and who had done it and that's was the case. But then the author begins peeling back the layers of the crime, time after time, where in the end she wrote a really engrossing story that kept my interest, kept me thinking about it when I wasn't reading wondering what was going to happen. The title was pretty catchy as well. I enjoyed it and will look forward to the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (959)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "LP has really hit her stride"
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    Louise Penny started really hitting her stride in her writing of the Chief Inspector Gamache series several books ago. "The Beautiful Mystery" just continues the trend. In this one, Gamache goes inside a cloistered Catholic monastery in the wilds of Quebec, Canada to solve this latest mystery. I'd never heard of Gergorian chants before this book, although I suppose I'd heard them and just didn't know what they were, and now I have a Gregorian chant Pandora radio station! The chants are central to the story and, in fact, the life in a monastery is deeply delved into and you feel like you are learning about the inner workings of one, at least this fictional one. As always Penny weaves several stories into the overall plot and you find yourself just rolling along with the story, which in real time only took a couple of days. The stage is set for unraveling some continuing stories and as the book ended I started thinking about the next book in the series, "How the Light Gets In".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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