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SteveK

The Woodlands, Texas | Member Since 2006

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  • 14 reviews
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  • The Stolen Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Shawna Reppert
    • Narrated By Charles Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Lord James Dupree must recover his family's stolen Luck, the elven talisman that has protected the Dupree lands for generations. Despite his abhorrence of slavery, James wins an elven slave in a game of cards. The slave, Loren, provides the only chance to enter the Lands Between and recover the stolen Luck. As the two work together through hardship and danger, James finds himself falling in love with Loren. And when a hidden enemy moves against them, he must choose between his responsibility to his family and his own soul.

    SteveK says: "Felt more like "Stolen Credits""
    "Felt more like "Stolen Credits""
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    What disappointed you about The Stolen Luck?

    This is Victorian romance novel in disguise (minus the romance). James goes on and on about his conflicted emotions and guilt for lusting after the slave elf...
    Logan's character is so effeminate I had to constantly remind myself the character was male.


    What was most disappointing about Shawna Reppert’s story?

    The basic premise of this story is challenging. It's difficult to build a romance/fantasy story around slave prostitution.


    What about Charles Carr’s performance did you like?

    Great job with a crap story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Stolen Luck?

    The last 10 minutes. Seriously.... I was hoping for a little hot m/m elf sex at the end to save this mess. The dialog was neither romantic or erotic.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1228)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Never Better"
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    What did you love best about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    The story just keeps getting better. Book 8 ties up all the unfinished business of the last book with new revelations and plot twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Continuity across all the books, mix of history with time-travel, witty dialog, and a reasonable amount of romantic mush. The characters are genuine and, after 8 books, seem almost like family.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davina Porter is the absolute best.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed listening to each book in the series many times, never gets old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By David deVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

    Paul says: "What Happened?"
    "Unworthy of Series"
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    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or David deVries?

    This book as a totally different vibe than the previous books in the series. Up until now, the characters seemed genuine and very real. Each book had some new and way cool technology weaved into the story line. This 4th book is just a rehash with way to much bravado and totally unbelievable dialog between characters and an annoying amount of repeated information. I get the concept that the old ship and the new ship are different, give it a rest!


    Would you recommend Out of the Black to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'm on the fence here. The 1st three books where excellent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Never, ever change narrators.I'm might have been less critical if not totally annoyed by all the gravely barking voices and really awful Jersey-Texan accents.


    Was Out of the Black worth the listening time?

    No.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (707)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Sometimes Less is More"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm going to use the "A" word....Abridged. I found it difficult to stay focused on the book, slow paced with many chapters of irrelevant, detailed information...


    Has Horns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like the author and his other books are great. I really enjoy the irony and twisted humor weaved into his stories. In Horns, these gems are buried in verbage.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Great performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    As is, it would have to be a mini series...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (681)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Absolutely Horrible"
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    What could Ilsa J. Bick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have Ellie die a slow painful death at the beginning! Delete all the boyfriend drama and make Alex a strong character capable of learning from her mistakes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    Worst narration I've ever heard. I should have paid more attention to the reviews.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Relief I paid only the "on sale" price.
    Frustration at the missed opportunity this story could have been.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost of a Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jade Falconer
    • Narrated By John Solo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When Ryan found out he'd inherited a title and a castle from a long-lost relative, he traveled to Scotland to learn about his heritage. But along with his birthright came a few complications: the castle is haunted by his ancestors, and they're not happy about it. Ryan's out and proud, but when he meets straight boy James, he falls for him. Is their relationship doomed, or do they have a Ghost of a Chance?

    SteveK says: "Amature- Dont bother"
    "Amature- Dont bother"
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    What disappointed you about Ghost of a Chance?

    The characters are superficial and not especially likable. This is a boring and predictable "romance" story.


    What could Jade Falconer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Produced a story with some depth and suspense, it is a ghost story..right?. I couldn't relate to these guys at all and slang expressions like "that would be so rad" drive me crazy.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Solo?

    This is suppose to be set in Scotland... Scottish accents...none.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (218)

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "Can't belive this book made it to Audible!"
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    What disappointed you about 77 Days in September?

    I'm not sure where to even begin. I really like the overall premise, but the execution and delivery of this story was amateur at best. The dialog was lame and predictable, not much in the way of character development. The central characters are incredibly stupid and naive; after a few close calls you'd think they'd wise up.
    There's a preach moralistic sub-theme running thought the story. I really didn't care to know about the families dark secret of STD's, or that Kyle and his wife waited until marriage to have sex. The plot line on Kyle's struggle with an "adulterous" relationship (oh no!) was ludicrous. And yes, I think he should have left grandma by the road.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Morton?

    I'm not a fan of the narrator. He seemed as bored with this story as I was.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Posey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fantastic - Fast Moving - Totally Engaged"
    "Not Quite a ....Three"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this story frustrating in that is was so close to being really good. I kept hoping the author would fill in the details and background information to give the story context. The characters are interesting and the plot fast paced, but without any point of reference to make sense. What happened to the world? Why is humanity dieing? What exactly are the Weir? Whats the story with the kid?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Drop the back woods drawl. This story is supposed to be set in the distant future (I think).


    What character would you cut from Three?

    None really.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joe McKinney
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    It starts in a laboratory. A man-made strain of flesh-eating virus. Created by a power-hungry cartel. Capable of turning victims into brain-dead carnivores. Smuggled aboard a cruise ship that's about to set sail . . .One by one, the passengers are exposed. A U.S. senator. A young couple. An undercover agent. A beautiful assassin. Some will be infected. Others will survive. But no one will be spared if the outbreak isn't contained and the dead outnumber the living.

    D. L. says: "takes a bit of time to get going"
    "Really slow build-up to a mediocre story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Die hard fans of the genre.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe McKinney again?

    Only after allot of reviews.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The premise of this story is it's biggest weakness. Who really cares about a US Senator being chased by Zombies?
    Allot of the dialog between characters is in Spanish. OK, I get it. The characters are bilingual., but I'm not. (Some day I'll get off my ass and learn a second language.) I found this really annoying after a while.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Mann
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One is a war-weary scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious commanding officer. The other is a Herculean Yankee captured by the rag-tag Confederate band. When these two find themselves admiring more than each other's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain?

    Ryan says: "intresting tale, wierd at times, thick accents"
    "Historic Gay Fiction- Must Read!"
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    Would you listen to Purgatory again? Why?

    I'd waited until the last minute to select a few books for a long trip and would probably have passed this by if I'd had more time (not really into pain). The book is so much more than just a story about two guys into BDSM.The story is hauntingly beautiful, intense, provocative, often disturbing, and impossible to put down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical setting & insight we're given into the thoughts and actions of the characters. The unexpected plot twists showing our capacity for hope & kindness even in the face of adversity.


    What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is incredible! One of my initial concerns after beginning the story was if the deep south, Virginian accent would get annoying after a while. No worries. Mr. Naramore has quite a range of voices for the characters. I'll just come clean and say he has one of the hottest voices I've ever heard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is all about extremes but ends with love and hope.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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