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Stevon

I love books!

Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • American Dervish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayad Akhtar
    • Narrated By Ayad Akhtar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
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    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

    David says: "a complex, rewarding book"
    "quite the tale"
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    A different kind of story for me, about any kind of religion let alone the Mulim faith. A coming of age story that was educatioinal and informational for a non-Muslim like me. Still at its core it was a story about human nautre that could've had any setting for a background. They say, whomver they is, that it takes 3 generations for a family of immigrants to fully assimilate into the American culture. I wonder if that's really true?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (507)

    Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.

    Ed says: "Burke is an outstanding novelist"
    "a good early one by Burke in the Robicheaux series"
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    I started somewhere in the middle with the Dave Robicheaux series and have listened to them all going forward from there. I got this one on a 2 for 1 audible sale and didn't notice that Mark Hammer not Will Patton was the narrator. To me, Will Patton is Dave Robicheaux and Hackberry Holland, he is James Lee Burke's characters. I didn't think I'd listened to any by Hammer but when I looked through my audible history I had. I would never turn down a good Burke book, especially since I'd already bought it. But like most novels, after initially thinking about Patton not being the narrator I got into the story and quit thinking about who the narrator was, the story just flowed. I still prefer Patton but Hammer is OK.

    In the end it was still all about the characters that Burke created, his insight into human nature, his flowery writing style, and the stories themselves. This one was no different. There are some south Louisiana nasties he's in contact with, he's just beginning to work with Clete Purcell, and there are some women. Dave has lived and lives quite the life. I will eventually get to all of the books in the series. It will be a sad day when Burke writes no more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (7715)
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    (7737)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "very good story"
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    First time author, this book was very well written. A French girl goes completely blind when she is 6 years in 1934 Paris. A young German boy is swept up into World War II before his time. The story weaves its way up to and through the war eventually bringing the two together. Not really a thriller but with some suspense it is mostly about the two characters coming of age in a terrible time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Corners: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Wally Rudolph
    • Narrated By Wally Rudolph
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    For the better part of thirty-seven years, Frank Bruce has hobbled through his life, dragging his hunger for amphetamines, alcohol, and crime behind him like a heap of tarnished weight. Now, emboldened by the love of his child-fiancé Maddie Nicole, Frank turns his back on all his addictions and runs away from New Mexico hoping for a second chance. Trapped by his crooked past, but determined to protect everything he loves, Frank looks for help from his onetime mentor, drug kingpin and murderer Jon Santer.

    Stevon says: "intense"
    "intense"
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    First time author, bleak, intense story of people caught up in drugs for a long time, mostly meth, and a story that takes them from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Denver, to Utah, then to Phoenix, then finally back to Santa Fe. There is no silver lining to this story.If you've been involved in this lifestyle, known somebody else who has or been affected by it all all then you'll understand this novel. You might not appreciate it but you'll understand it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Cove: Donovan Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    Her husband died suddenly and mysteriously, potential enemies surround her, bankruptcy looms, and the fabulous Black Trinity necklace that was to be her financial security has vanished. Now desperate and alone, Hannah McGarry has no choice but to turn to Archer Donovan, one-time silent partner in her late husband's Pearl Cove pearl-farming venture.Archer would like to forget he'd ever heard of Pearl Cove and the dark memories it conjures up.

    barbara says: "Not a mystery story"
    "a good end to the trilogy"
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    At least I think It's just a trilogy, there would be room for more stories in this series if the author so chose. This book focuses on a third member of the Donovan family and a different gem, this one being pearls. I learned more about the gem trade in these three books than I ever would have otherwise and I didn't even know I wanted to. These books are romance thrillers and they could stand alone just on the thriller part. But, what I've learned about books in the romance genre is that there is usually some pretty hot sex and I guess I'm not complaining as this book didn't disappoint in that regard. This trilogy was my first experience with author Elizabeth Lowell, I'll have to check Audible to see if there are any other good ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Robert Janes
    • Narrated By Jack Reynolds
    Overall
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    (1)

    Mary Ellen Fraser speeds down the lonely country road, aware that no matter how fast she drives, she cannot outrun the secret in her heart. In the POW camps of Northern Ireland, this doctor’s wife found a lover - a handsome German officer who begged her to smuggle a letter to his cousin. But the cousin is a lie, and the note is really an encoded message for Admiral Dnitz, high commander of the Nazi fleet. Not only has Mary betrayed her husband, she has betrayed Britain, as well.

    Stevon says: "good WWII spy novel"
    "good WWII spy novel"
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    First time author, Canadian, and I find Audible Studios has narrated all of this author's books in just the last couple years. A Canadian gal finds herself in Northern Ireland in November 1941. She is caught between Nazi POW's, the British army, and the Irish Republican Army where they are all playing her off the others, a true no win situation. It was an enjoyable listen. Was it the greatest WWII novel I listened to? No. Was it entertaining? Yes, for sure. I'll have to check out the rest of Jane's books and see what's out there.

    0 of 0 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
    (21)
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    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    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
    (535)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (499)

    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.

    Jan says: "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."
    "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 1 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
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (489)

    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
    (56)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    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"
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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

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