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Stevon

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Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Savages: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (323)

    Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

    Theodore says: "I loved it"
    "I'm glad I don't lead this life"
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    Drugs, Southern California, a Mexican drug cartel and 3 friends are the core of this story. It was made into a movie last year directed by Oliver Stone. When I first thought about getting this book I noticed a prequel "The Kings of Cool" had come out after this one but decided to start with the other. This one completes the story. The author, Don Winslow, has a very interesting writing style and kept your interest. I have a feeling a lot of the gruesome stuff in this book happens in real life if you believe the drug cartel stores you hear about in the news. I do know I would hate to get caught up in this lifestyle, your life isn't worth a plug nickel if you do. I will say both books were entertaining.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Horses: A Jade de Jong Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jassy Mackenzie
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    At first, the case appears to be one of simple misadventure. Sonet van Rensburg, a base jumper, falls to her death while attempting to parachute off a newly built 65-story Sandton skyscraper. But Sonet’s jumping partner, Chris Theron, insists that this was no accident, and he hires private investigator Jade de Jong to uncover the truth. Glad of the distraction from her conflicted and seemingly doomed relationship with police superintendent David Patel, Jade immerses herself in the case. She discovers that Sonet worked for a charity that helped impoverished communities become self-supporting farming units.

    Stevon says: "another interesting South Afric murder mystery"
    "another interesting South Afric murder mystery"
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    This is the 3rd book in the Jade de Jong series that I've listened to. I've enjoyed them all even though I wouldn't call them the greatest crime thrillers ever written. I enjoy learning about life in SA (as South Africans refer to it), I empathize with Private Investigator Jade as she is one tough PI but lonely and needing some love and, finally, the crimes themselves and the investigations are solid. My goal in a book is to be entertained and this series and this book have done that. In this story Jade is pulled into an investigation she initially doesn't want to get involved with as she's still tired from her last one. But she gets sucked in and in her typical style she gets involved, moves forward despite dangers, and gets to the bottom of the crime. Sometimes it is hard to hear the narrator clearly, I think due to the South African English accent. I have to pay close attention in listening and still feel like I miss some but I enjoyed the story in spite of this small lapses. It was a quick listen and one that's easy to get and stay interested in. I hope there are more in the series. I do see the author has some other stories out that I will try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (513)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "W O W"
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    Up until now my three favorite Greg Iles' books were his first two WW II novels and "Mortal Fear", another early one. Word is the author wants this trilogy his tour de force. At least after this first book of the three, he is on his way to accomplishing that. This book is right there with my three other favorites. This is one of those books that takes off fast and never lets up. You know many deep, dark Old South mysteries are going to be brought up and you know much of it might be ugly. It would have been very, very difficult to live in Natchez for a couple hundred years and other places like it in the south if you were a person of conscience. I found it interesting that much of this book was based on things that happened in the 1960's when I was in junior and senior high school in the midwest. I could have never guessed then that this kind of stuff was going on and my mother was from the south. This is a great book! I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy. Thanks, Greg Iles!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Steven James
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    With this fifth pulse-pounding entry in his Christy Award-winning series, best-selling author Steven James explores the rippling effects of life’s everyday choices. While investigating a double homicide in an isolated Wisconsin town, Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high-tech conspiracy that twists through long-buried Cold War secrets and targets present-day tensions in the Middle East.

    Alex says: "Not as good as Bishop, but some high points"
    "different kind of crime/spy thriller"
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    Even though this is book #5 in the series, this is my second book in the series and second by the author. I enjoyed the first one, "The Bishop", but I wasn't overwhelmed with excitement. So, I chose the book in the series that was highest rated, this one. In the crime/spy action thriller genre the authors must try hard to differentiate their stories from all of the others. This author does it in a different way than most. At the beginning of the book it says the book is recorded by Recorded Book Inspirational so you think there must be some goody two shoes overtones in the story and I'm OK with that. But, for instance, the crimes are heinous and the violence gruesome in this series. Then I don't know that I really understand why the author involves his senior in high school step daughter in the investigation the way he does as in real life I can't believe an FBI agent would or could in any way, shape or form involve a family member the way Tessa gets involved. It almost seems hokey. But, maybe that's where the inspirational part comes into the story as the author uses the daughter and her life events to pontificate somewhat on life and right versus wrong. But this was an easy story to listen to, to stick with. I mostly want to be entertained when I listen to a book and this was definitely entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (1192)
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    (1188)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "a good story"
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    First time author for me. One thing I do with every new author I read is to research the background of the author just to get a feel for where they come from. I bought this book without knowing anything about the author, just thinking the plot sounds interesting and I like WWII stories. When I started the book and did the background check I learned the author is an American that married a Brit and settled in Scotland with her family. Further, she first made her name as an author writing books for young adults. My first thought was that this book was being written for young people and might make light of the subject due to that. Then when you figured the two main characters were young women, another double take. But I still liked the plot and kept on with it. I was pleasantly surprised that in spite of my reservations this story stands on its own, my preconceptions were without merit. The author writes a good story. I wondered at times if the British really allowed women to fly planes to France during the war and did they send in female spies and the author herself makes a little diatribe at the end saying there weren't a lot but women did do both of these tasks during the war. I will look forward to her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1588)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1451)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "entertaining"
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    First time author, born in New Zealand who lives in Australia. A witty, well-written fairly short listen about a geneticist who is nerdy, emotionally stunted who is looking for the perfect woman for a life partner. This book is really entertaining, easily keeps your interest and is engrossing enough to keep at it and finish quickly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Marsh Vincent, Mick McCarty, and Tommy Lewis were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Only Tommy wins her heart and marries Glory after graduation. Different skills set the three men on separate paths in the Navy, but they are all forever changed by the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

    Glory, now Tommy’s widow, is a tough Navy nurse still grieving her loss while trying to save lives at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital.

    Hill says: "A real hit"
    "a good story"
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    PT Deutermann is a pretty good author. My first book of his was set in Israel where current day people were trying to solve an ancient mystery and it was pretty good. I hadn't heard of this author prior to that and when i started looking at his other works only then did I realize most were World War II stories, specifically the Navy in the Pacific theater. This book is pretty far ranging starting around the time of Guadalcanal and going right up until the time right before the Philippines were liberated. The author has an extensive Navy background so you feel like the descriptions of the battles are about as realistic as one could get, pretty brutal. I'm not much of a boat expert so I didn't know many of the technical terms aboard a ship but that didn't really distract from the story. Throw in some fiction, some romance and you have the makings of a good tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look forward to my next Deutermann.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger: Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but while the victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

    Stevon says: "good listen"
    "good listen"
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    This is my second Camilla Lackberg book and I can see the improvement over the first one. Her books so far aren't overly suspenseful police procedurals but they are interesting and entertaining. The author has good insight into human nature plus I enjoy the Swedish settings and talk about life in Sweden. Throw in the interesting twists and turn the author put into her stories and it's an entertaining listen. I know I'll listen to the next one as it's about a mother with a Nazi past, the end of this book gives you a lead in plus I looked ahead at the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder as a Fine Art

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater", is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London 43 years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts". Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter, Emily, and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

    Amy says: "Historical Fact + Fiction = Gothic Mystery"
    "very well done"
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    I had reached a point with David Morrell's books where I couldn't remember if I'd read his books just by looking at the title and sometimes the summary. So I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this book which appeared to be a stab at a new genre for him. Having lived most of hs adult life in Iowa and New Mexico, it was intriguing that he would try and write a murder mystery set in London in the mid 1800's. He pulled it off quite well and if he continues with the genre I'll give him another try. The painstaking research this effort must have taken to tie a real life character, some 40 year old murders tied into crimes of the time were very well done. This wasn't a crime thriller like many where it becomes a page turner but I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend giving it a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saints of the Shadow Bible: Inspector Rebus, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.

    Stevon says: "an old friend"
    "an old friend"
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    Sometimes you get involved with a series where you know that when a new book comes out in the series that you will buy it and enjoy it. It's like seeing an old friend again, you just look forward to it. This latest book in Ian Rankin's Inspector John Rebus series fits that mold. It was a good story, going back in time when Rebus first became a detective and working on a current day case that ties into the old days. It was well done. I find with the narrator and his Scottish accent, i really have to pay attention all the time. When I pay good attention I get most of what is being said but if my attention wanes at all I start missing stuff. I guess my choice would be to keep the narrator and accent as the story is set in Edinburgh, Scotland after all. I'll look forward to the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (835)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "action packed"
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    My second book by author Ben Coes, the second book in the series. The US along with the Rand Corp and others I'm sure, are always studying different world conflict scenarios, thinking though the scenarios coming up with issues, outcomes, all that the scenarios would entail. I'm guessing the author to some extent at least knows of these scenarios and this book is one of them. Along with the US, Indian, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, and Israel all play a part in this non-stop action packed thriller with super agent Dewey Andreas at the heart of the action. There seems to be no regard for loss of life in these types of books. And, sometimes the scenarios seem a bit far fetched but not completely. I would hope these scenarios would never play out but you never know. At least this author tells a good story of fiction that keeps you entertained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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