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Kevin Stokes

Fairport, NY USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 20 reviews
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  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (243)

    The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?"
    "Good story, engaging characters, exc narration"
    Overall

    This book is great fun. The authors have created a very unique world populated with interesting characters and plot that moves along nicely and makes it hard to put down. Although it is a tough world, the book does not take itself too seriously, and it had me laughing out loud quite a few times. The narrator is really good with fitting voices for the various characters. In particular, it is hard to not smile whenever the Jeagermonsters (sp?) say anything. I heartily recommend this book for all ages, as it has a rating of about PG I think. I hope it isn't too long before the next book comes out and that Ms. Dawe will narrate it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Born of Fury: A League Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: An organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren. Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute.

    Chris Etchells says: "expeciting something much different"
    "Quit listening 3/4 of the way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I became steadily less interested as I listened until I finally would rather listen to nothing than the next chapter. The people just don't feel real to me. There is also a lot of repetition. The supposed love between the main characters seemed completely random, as it was not based on any shared experience or actions, only that the guy was so 'hot'.
    When I read Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, I actually teared up a few times because the characters were so real to me. However, in this book I couldn't care less what happened to any of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf's Cub: The Hope of a Thousand Years

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mackay Wood
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The realm of Athgar is the frail relict of a once-great civilization that was torn apart by hatred between mage-born sorcerers and men. For nearly a thousand years, Athgar has held to the fading remnants of glory, keeping the Covenant of Mages at bay. Under the rule of the Wolf King, Alric, Athgar has begun once more to flourish. That is until marauding barbarian tribes called Halga invade from the sea. Now the barbarian war threatens the fragile stability King Alric brought to his land.

    Adnan says: "Surprisingly good fantasy with great depth"
    "Characters you can identify with and cheer for!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed this book very much. It was refreshing to read a fantasy title that doesn't try to
    be the darkest, grittiest book yet. The main character is a good guy trying to do what he thinks is best, and I like that. His challenges are formidable. This book shows that being a prince who is heir to the throne is not necessarily desirable. Many of the characters had personalities that shone through - like the King's adviser or the squire. The climax was well done, and I really wasn't sure of the outcome. There is political intrigue, some magic, and some battle, and even a sweet love story. On the negative side, I thought there was too much explanation at the beginning - better to just jump into the story. In conclusion, I am very happy with the purchase. It provided many hours of listening pleasure I am definitely going to be looking for other books by this author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Founders: Sage Seed Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Holly Barbo
    • Narrated By Maxine Lennon
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Recruited by an ancient race, a group of people from Earth colonize the lovely planet Ose in a far corner of the galaxy. Thirty-two years after the Founders settle the unanticipated happens. A small asteroid hits on the edge of the continent instantly throwing them into a "nuclear winter" weather pattern. Struggling to survive, the young culture slips ever nearer to a survival-of-the-fittest world. In this climate of hardship, Marisily comes of age. She flees for her life after watching her mother die. Unexpectedly, she discovers the cave in which she seeks refuge was a hidden Ancient's shelter and the secrets within it reveal that she is a sage.

    Kevin Stokes says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like books with vivid characters that I can identify with. The main character seemed very bland, and the others are thin as well. So when the desperate young woman finds the little hideout with geothermal heat and everything she could want it felt rather contrived. Then she surprisingly finds out she has the ability to make psychic contact with birds - and the bird turns out to be a really nice bird who understands her vocabulary and everything. This bird even goes out and kills another bird to bring home for dinner. I guess that other bird wasn't as cool.
    I'm giving up on this book - it seems like it is going to mostly about eco-this and eco-that and gender equality. I'm all for these things but I don't want to continue listening because it seems silly and I'm bored. I gave the story three stars because the writing is not terrible, and some may enjoy it, just not me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6193)
    Performance
    (5890)
    Story
    (5900)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "After 2 hours of chemistry calculations I bailed"
    Overall
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    There is definitely a place for hard SF. In my opinion this book is not in it. I'm not exactly sure what this book is, but it certainly does not seem like a fiction novel. It is more like chemical engineer who knows alot about current spacefaring technology did many calculations to see how long you could survive if abandoned on the surface with some basic equipment. Then he published it, with a teeny little bit of background story sprinkled in from here to there.

    The author chose to write the book like a log book, with days events described in past tense. Thus, there not much emotion, or any anchors for us to start feeling anything. To get that suspension of disbelief, the author should be drawing you into the story until you feel like you are there. Instead, all I pictured was somebody but fiddling about with table of scientific junk trying to think up clever ways to make stuff.

    I'm really not kidding. The author will go on for entire paragraphs describing calculations with ACTUAL NUMERICAL values. Really. I don't know how old the main character is, why he wanted to go to Mars. I don't know if he is married or cares about any other person on the planet. I don't know if he likes mars.

    After two hours all I've heard are these ridiculous calculations and how clever he is about repurposing equipment to do chemistry to make whatever molecule he has decided he needs.

    Yes, things do happen. His chemical reactions sometimes don't work according to his theory which he had just explained to you. So then we hear the new theory of why it didn't work, and what his plans are to remedy it. And more calculations.

    There are some books you kind of like a little bit, but aren't that great. You may or may not keep reading them. This is not one of those. I didn't like this book even a little bit, to the point where I wondered how anybody could actually like this enough to finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goose Girl: Book One of the Books of Bayern

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Princess Anidori-Kiladra of Kildenree was born with a word on her tongue, and a secret magic. Though she is raised in luxury, she is never quite comfortable with who she is, or what she is to become. Then she is sent on a journey to marry an unknown prince. The trip is difficult, and before it is finished all her expectations are overturned. Alone, friendless, stripped of her crown and her title, Ani must learn to make her own path in the world. Along the way, she just might learn to be a princess.

    S. Glanzer says: "good fun"
    "Very enjoyable light reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I frequently listen to books while I am working on construction projects or other tasks, so I was looking for a book that didn't have a thousand characters or an intricate plot. The Goose Girl was a good choice. It had kind of a slow start, but within a few chapters it grabs hold of you.
    I liked the main character, which is so important for a book to be enjoyable. The other characters added to the tale.
    The target audience category for this book is 11 - 13 year olds, so take the following criticism with a grain of salt. My reason for giving it four stars instead of five was that some of the events near the ending seemed a little far-fetched, so much so that it tended to jar me out of the story.

    In summary, I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14642)
    Performance
    (12026)
    Story
    (12657)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "One of the most ridiculous books I have read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was not enjoyable for me because the main character seemed to be sometimes an intelligent young woman, but when it came to dealing with Mr Grey she behaved like a mentally challenged person. In the first 1/3 of the book she had already learned about what Mr Grey was like, but seemed completely surprised by his behavior again and again and again. It was ridiculous.
    Making Mr. Grey the greatest guy in the world - a billionaire trying to feed the poor - rescuing her from the drunken guy, and the best looking male on the planet was kind of far-fetched to me, like a novel for pre-teens.
    Maybe the sex scenes weren't written for guys, but I found them to be dull, and often my mind wandered until they finished and got back to the plot. Was there a plot? I don't remember much happening. I finished this book, but just barely. I don't recommend this book for anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1216)

    This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

    Pi says: "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."
    "Pretty good - will hold your interest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book doesn't get interesting right away, as it jumps right into a large conflict with many characters you are unfamiliar with. However, R. A. Salvatore has constructed an interesting society in the underdark.
    I didn't really get into the story too much until the author starts following Drizzt.
    Drizzt's life is certainly an interesting one. My enjoyment of the book was reduced because I just couldn't see how Drizzt continued to have the expectations of moral behavior despite growing up in an environment with no examples of anything but treachery and cruelty.
    The only relationship of any note that Drizzt forms is with the weapons master, and this relationship is important but only occupies a small portion of the story. Mostly, Drizzt is off doing unpleasant things he doesn't want to do while surrounded by unpleasant shallow characters.
    So to sum up, I would say it is a good story and it held my interest, but doesn't get as high a rating as other books because it didn't make any sense to me that Drizzt felt the way he did, and I felt the book concentrated mostly on negative interactions which made it less pleasant to experience. Conflict and dark times are ok, but it is the good feelings and hope for improvement that make me want to put my headphones on and listen to the the next chapter. I felt that this book was worth listening to, but not half as good as some of my favorites.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3259)
    Performance
    (2893)
    Story
    (2889)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "One of the best books I've listened too"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I highly recommend Orphan Train to anybody who likes emotional stories about women. The main characters are easy to like, and the story was engaging and believable. The performance was well done and well suited to the book. If you only like stories with car chases, murders, and explosions, then maybe you should look elsewhere. But if you enjoy any engaging and well performed story no matter the subject, then this one is a terrific choice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Shannon says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Couldn't stop listening after my commute!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen to Audible books in the car on my commute. This is one of the books I couldn't stop listening too. The story starts out a little vague and confusing but comes into focus over the first few hours.
    Seraphina's character came to life so vividly that I felt the strong emotions as if they were the result of something happening in my own life. The story is excellent, and the narrator is one of the best I've listened too.
    I will definitely be looking for more Rachel Hartman books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3945)
    Performance
    (3446)
    Story
    (3413)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Story is veeeerrryyy long and draaaawwwwwn out"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Not from this author


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    It was ok but the story could have been told in about one quarter the size of this book without leaving anything out. I fell asleep while listening a few times but didn't bother to rewind because hard anything happens. I didn't miss anything. It is almost like the author is purposely going on an on about irrelevant details just to make the novel bigger. For example, at one point he lists all the contents of the woman's refrigerator.
    In addition, there is alot of pointless sexual scenes which weren't interesting or necessary. A couple of the characters engage in intercourse with prepubescent minors. I imagine there are quite a lot of people who would find this too disturbing to read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked when he talked about Checkov and the Cat Town story. I liked the parts where they follow Bobblehead.


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

    never


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators did a great job. There were parts to this book that were good, but there are much more enjoyable books you could listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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