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SteveK

The Woodlands, Texas | Member Since 2006

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14607)
    Performance
    (11748)
    Story
    (11812)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "The King of Boredom"
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    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    Full disclosure: I have a couple hundred books in my Audible library but only a few are in the fantasy genre. With all the 5 star ratings, I thought The Way of Kings was a pretty safe bet. Who knew thirteen thousand people could be so wrong? This is one long, dull book!


    What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much of the book was centered on the internal ruminations of the 3 main characters, none of them particularly interesting. The chapters skipped forward and backwards in time making what little story line there was difficult to follow. Several reviews mention the books "slow start", but gave it a 5 star pass because "world building" takes time... (what a load of crap).


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nelson Touch: Ark Royal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1062)

    Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

    Anthony says: "captured"
    "Mind Numbing Rubbish"
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    What could the author have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The first 15 chapters of this book are irrelevant garbage.
    Kurt and Molly domestic drama (yawn), Kurt's still banging Rose (don't care), Prince Henry (how original) secretly enlists and endlessly ruminates on the burdens of being a prince.
    I was willing to overlook the repetition throughout book one because the story did move along, albeit very slowly. Book 2 is excruciatingly painful.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    Oh hell no.


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

    Definitely disappointed. "The Nelson Touch" gets my award for worst sequel for 2014.


    Any additional comments?

    The editors should be shoved out the nearest airlock.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (1389)
    Story
    (1401)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "I wanted to impale myself from the boredom..."
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    What disappointed you about The Historian?

    I like historical fiction and with so many high ratings, I thought this novel was a pretty safe bet; its not a cheap book.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Kostova’s story?

    Wow, this is about the dullest book I've ever endured. The excruciating scene details and slow pace made the story impossible to follow.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    OK
    mediocre
    The narrators sounded just as bored as I was.


    What character would you cut from The Historian?

    Characters...? There were people in this book? Who knew! I somehow missed them in all the detailed descriptions of the rooms-countryside-weather.....yawn.


    1 of 1 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
    (5370)
    Performance
    (4974)
    Story
    (4961)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (812)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (749)

    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.

    Mark Alspaw says: "Not what I was expecting!"
    "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.


    19 of 20 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
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1396)

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (774)

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (287)

    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.


    3 of 5 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
    (438)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (413)

    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.

    Lesley says: "Fast-moving adventure in a cool future world!"
    "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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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