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Stevon

Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2018

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  • Restless in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case. Working undercover as - of all things - a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years.

    Charlie says: "Kate Shugak plus Liam Campbell!"
    "really like the Alaska aspect"
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    This is my second Stabenow Kate Shugak novel and I enjoyed them both. The mystery/crime side of the story was interesting. One of the highlights to the book is the Alaska setting. This book was set in January and you'd think SW Alaska would be cold and nasty and the book makes it seem that way. Plus you get the feel for Alaska in general, the people, the landscape, the lifestyle, etc. In fact, at the end of the book the author has a short interview where she states the book is about all things Alaskan, that's a good way to put it. If there was one distraction it was the narrator. I read some of the reviews before listening to the book so had an ear out for the narrator and she seemed to be talking a bit too fast. I went so far as to slow down the audio on my iPod and that didn't solve it. She must just talk fast, I can't think it was intentional on the part of the producers. But like most audiobooks, in my experience anyway, you get used to the narrator in about every book the further you get into it and this one was no different. After getting about a quarter of the way through the book I quit paying attention to the narrator and just enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robicheaux: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1269)

    During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

    Margaret says: "Modern Day Master Work"
    "a hard hitting Robicheaux"
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    This is another good one in the Dave Robicheaux series. This book has a little of everything in it, Dave foes off the wagon (always interesting), plenty of bad hombres, a good mystery, Clete Purcell at his best, fast paced from start to finish, a book you blaze right through.

    I had to look up the Robicheaux series wondering if I had missed a book since the last one. Some of the things that had happened, such as wife Molly being in a car accident before this book started. n looking things up I learned that it had been almost five years since the last book in the series. I hadn't missed any of the books so some things just happened between that last one and this.

    I also learned that James Lee Burke is 84 years old now. You wonder how long he will keep writing, a sad day for many when it happens. But I saw that there is a book in this series scheduled for 2019, 'Ball and Cain', so he's not stopping yet. Maybe he will just keep writing until he can't write anymore.

    If you are a fan of the author, the series, the narrator then this is a must listen.

    My thought? Keep on, keepin on, Mr Burke, keep on keepin on.........

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14112)
    Performance
    (12797)
    Story
    (12755)

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

    Charles Atkinson says: "The Best Thing? It Really Happened!"
    "quite the story"
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    First time author for me. I admit that I thought World War II ended in Italy when the Allies moved to the invasion of France. This story brings to life the story of one young Italian teenager who lived through the part of the war after France had been invaded and experienced it in all its horrors in Italy.

    First he helped a Catholic priest move along Jews to Switzerland and safety. Then he drove the second most powerful German general around northern Italy all while being a spy. He had quite the experience. And, through it all he fell in love. These experiences impacted the rest of his life although on the outside, after a couple years anyway, he tried not to show the scars and did a pretty good job of it.

    He lived life to the fullest during and after the war. He had quite the life, a lot of it gut wrenchingly sad.

    This is a good one, you'll enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By K. L. Slater
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (909)

    You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything.... Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life.

    T. West says: "How much do we really know about the ones we love?"
    "psychological crime thriller"
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    First time author for me, the author writes in the psychological crime thriller genre.

    The author does a good job of making you wonder if the killer in the story is someone other than the bad boyfriend. A lot of the story plays out in the head of the protagonist, having gone to hell and back in the death of her 8 year old brother while under the spell of a controlling, evil boyfriend.

    It was an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Knife: Cork O'Connor, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (423)

    When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

    FRITZ STOOP says: "BAD CHOICE AS NARRATOR"
    "WKK keeps rolling........"
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    The small town in northern Minnesota, Aurora, seems to have more than its share of bad things happening. And, in this book the author keeps all the action right in the surrounding area rather than go far afoot as he's done in some books.

    Drugs, violence, family and the mysteries of life, it's all in this book. If you are a fan of the series then, of course, you'll want to listen to this one and look forward to the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (819)

    In the midst of the hop-picking season in the village of Heronsdene, Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, undertakes an assignment from James Compton, son of her long-time supporter, Lady Rowan Compton, to look into aspects of a land purchase on his behalf. Quickly drawn into the local community, Maisie soon becomes involved in an effort to discover the source of petty crime in the area as well as a spate of fires that has blighted Heronsdene for years.

    CeeBee says: "Never Again!"
    "It's 1931 in the series"
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    I haven't found the first five books in the Maisie Dobbs series terribly exciting but there is a certain something that keeps you coming back. When I figure out what it is I'll put it in a review as I do plan to continue on.

    In this book, Maisie goes out to rural England to evaluate this village to see if something is amiss as she is hired to check it out before James Compton decides to buy it for the family business. Maisie gets there and finds secrets that need uncovering and begins to weave her way through the mystery figuring it all out. It picks up steam towards the end and all in all was an enjoyable listen.

    One of the things that makes the books interesting is the description of life in England during this time. Between the two wars, jobs scarce as a worldwide depression was ongoing, and many people struggling to just make ends meet. I'm an American of English descent and I sometimes wonder what made my ancestor way back when decide to make the move to the colonies. One thing for sure, I would have never liked the class system.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Baker's Secret: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen P. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1792)

    Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

    Re B. says: "What would you do to survive?"
    "different perspective on WWII"
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    First time author for me.

    Set in a village on the Normandy coast in France, it tells the story of one small village and how it fared in the war under the German occupation through the eyes of a young adult female. The people are desperate to be rescued by the Allies but not knowing if and/or when it might happen, sometimes even despairing that it would ever happen. Through it all they are all trying to survive in their own ways. Then they are caught right in the middle of the action on D Day.

    The author lives in Vermont. One interesting aspect of his life is that he got a Master of Fine Art from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9154)
    Performance
    (6689)
    Story
    (6706)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Steven Casper says: "Superb!"
    "good early vampire story"
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    First time author for me.

    Written in 1954, this is a fairly early book in the vampire genre. The author graduated from the Univ of Missouri School of Journalism then moved to LA and became a screenwriter. While doing that his writing evolved into writing horror stories. This book was one of his early attempts at novels but he wrote several later that become movies. He also wrote 10 episodes from The Twilight Zone back in the day.

    In this story the protagonist finds himself, as far as he knows, as the only normal human being still alive after the vampires come into existence and systematically infect everybody else. Set in LA in the 1970s, this was written 20 years into the future although that time is now 40 years into the past. The book centers around him trying to understand this new reality and him trying to determine if there is a way to reverse the process of vampirism and save the human race as we know it. All the while he grows more and more into himself without having any human contact.

    I don't consider myself a big fan of the vampire craze that has garnered a huge following. But I did decide to give this book a chance as it was fairly short. I did enjoy it. Maybe I'll check out the author's other books on audible and see if any catch my eye.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Houses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Robert Bathurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (2208)
    Story
    (2198)

    When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

    Sara says: "The Balm Of Community "
    "this series just keeps on comin.........."
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    If you are a Louise Penny and Armand Gamache fan, then this 13th book in the series is just one more and you'll keep on listening to them going forward. And, there is a discussion at the end of this audiobook between the author and narrator and one of the thing the author states is that she has no certain number of Gmache books that she's going to write, she's just going to keep on writing them.

    In this book there is one central crime, the drug trade, and some smaller crimes but the crimes seem secondary to what else is going on. Three Pines, the people, the new people that come there just for this story, and, yes, Three Pines is right there in the middle of the action.

    The author develops the story in an interesting way. The book starts with a trial then goes back and forth between the events that lead up to the trial and the trial itself.

    I am thoroughly caught up in this series and believe that Louise Penny is a great writer. In the discussion at the end of the book, she talks about how she mentally goes into Three Pines each day she writes and she writes every day. She finds Three Pines a safe place, a place where there is love and friendship and she hopes her readers find that as well.

    I know that Three Pines doesn't really exist but someday I'd like to go to Quebec and look for it anyway. Visit Montreal, Knowlton, explore southern Quebec right next to the Vermont border. I suspect that there are others that feel this way and have actually already done it.

    Can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (770)

    Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

    Constance says: "Brilliant Nazi Era Mystery"
    "good first series novel"
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    First time author for me, debut novel for the author.

    What an interesting premise for a novel, especially for me who likes World War II era novels. You might imagine that in 1936 Berlin with the Nazis tightening their grip on power that an ordinary private investigator, who had been a decorated German soldier in WWI and a former policeman, might find it tough to do his job. You had everyday crime but then you also had all the terrible things being done to the German people by all the bad elements of the Nazi government. In this environment Bernie Gunther tries to live his live and do his job. What a tightrope to walk.

    I'll look forward to the second book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (967)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    OKCycle says: "Oh my! What a book!"
    "she won me over"
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    first time author for me. I can't say I was a Janis Ian fan before I listened to this book but I am now.

    Janis was always about her music, this come clear in the book. What comes clear in the book is how the underbelly of the industry comes to the fore.

    All she ever wanted to do was produce music. She trusted those around her to her fault. Most everybody she knew let her down, big time. In the end they were all leaches.

    It's amazing she survived as well as she did.

    This is an excellent book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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