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Steve

Eagan, MN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1652)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Very Very Good!"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this book. It was very well written and the author did a superb job of keeping the timelines straight as the plot wove round and around itself. The tag-team narration was a stroke of genius and the readers were believable. I wasn't sure I was going to like it but immediately fell into the charactors pace and enjoyed the ride. High marks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wasteland II: Last Train to Diavalo

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Keith Crews
    • Narrated By John Bell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Hitman, Angelo Marchetti returns in book two of the Wasteland series, “Last Train to Diavalo.” Trapped aboard a Demon Train of the damned, the Hitman must fight to escape if He is to reach the ancient cemetery of the Avalon so that He might live again. However, The Master of the Train, Mr. Stiles has other plans for karma’s prodigal son. In this latest chronicle, the Hitman traverses the spiritual boundary that separates realities in order to secure ammunition for Thunder’s empty magazine.

    Steve says: "Too Many Words for a Disappointing Story"
    "Too Many Words for a Disappointing Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Wasteland II: Last Train to Diavalo?

    I loved the first book, great story, great character build, great stuff. This sequel must have been written by someone else. So many extra words to say something simple, too many adverbs and adjectives. It's as if the author was required to write x-amount of words but only had a small story to work with. And, it was a dumb plot. I hate the fact I read the second story because I have no desire to see how it ends, I don't care enough about the characters to read anymore. So many fluff words for a small reward. What a disappointment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    11/22/63 by Stephen King


    What three words best describe John Bell’s voice?

    easy to forget


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

    Major Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I've said enough, to say anymore isn't worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (582)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Ryan says: "Everyman villain tries to make good. Fun stuff!"
    "Worth every penny/credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Confessions of a D-List Supervillain again? Why?

    I thought the character was fun to listen to. The reader did an awesome job of relating the high and lows of Cal through voice inflection and attitude. The story was very well written and I would listen to this story again as well as any sequels if/when written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of a D-List Supervillain?

    Any time Stacey and Cal interacted.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer and Talmadge Ragan – was your favorite?

    The anti-hero hero - Mechani-Cal.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To write that would give away parts of the story that deserves to be read on its own.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jesse Bullington
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The year is 1364. Hungry creatures stalk the dark woods of medieval Europe, and both sea and sky teem with unspeakable horrors. There is no foulness, however, no witch nor demon, to rival the grave-robbing twins Hegel and Manfried Grossbart. This is their tale, sad but true.

    Ambrose says: "Best Listen Since Eco's Baudolino"
    "Very well written."
    Overall

    This book was a departure from my normal likes, but it was worth the time I spent listening. The author took two really despicable people, and made them fun to follow along with. They have little or no redeeming qualities, but this story kept me interested to see what they would do next. I liked the ending, and felt it was the only true way to end it. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars out of 5 was the length and the plot dragged in a few spots, but don't let that stop you from dropping a credit for this book.

    2 of 2 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
    (1118)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (717)

    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"
    "Great story, but..."
    Overall

    Joe, you are a great writer, and this book is much better than your last one, but the ending really needed to be better written. It's like, you lay out this great story, give it plot twists and charactor developements that carry me along, then it seems you needed to wrap it up and rushed the ending with a quick fix-it-all. I still enjoyed it though. It's worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me In

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

    neil says: "Not for everyone"
    "A very good read!"
    Overall

    I was drawn in early to the story, and it kept me interested until the very end. My only complaint is that the book puts a charactor twist on the young vampire, that the movies or other reviews fail to recognize or acknowledge. I happen to think this twist made the story line less enjoyable, but at least be true to the book when using it elsewhere. I think Lindqvist was trying to make some kind of social statement, but it didn't need to be made here. Worth the credit though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 'Hello', Lied the Agent: And Other Bullshit You Hear as a Hollywood TV Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ian Gurvitz
    • Narrated By Ian Gurvitz
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Most of us have no concept of what goes into creating a show, getting it on the air, and keeping it on. Perhaps we assume that the people in charge simply decide what amuses them at the moment, make those shows, stick them on, and wait to see if the public responds. Or maybe they just throw darts at a board? The truth, as with most things, is more complicated. In 'Hello', Lied the Agent, Ian Gurvitz has produced a corrosively funny insider's look at what being a television writer is really all about.

    Debbie Richards says: "Interesting"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I have listened to this book several times now, and enjoyed it each time. What really made it fun to listen to was the author reading his book with unashamed passion. His opinions and approach to the television industry made me laugh several times outloud, and anyone who ever thought it was easy to enter and work in the TV industry needs to listen to Ian's book. Well worth the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (226)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    anmaree says: "Well written story that captures the imagination."
    "Painful"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of horror stories about haunted houses and ghosts and other paranormal topics. Having said that, this was very painful to listen to. I don't know if it's just dated, or if the narrator lacked the emotion behind Ms. Jackson's story, but it was hard to listen throughout and to the end. The plot was sluggish, the twists were predictable, and the climax was just plain dumb. I do not recommend this and felt my credit could have been used better elsewhere.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Country

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into 70 years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.

    M. Clipper says: "Disappointing follow-up to The Breach"
    "Confusing Ending"
    Overall

    I really liked this book, up until the ending. The story was written well, the narrator was very good, and listening to this book was enjoyable. The ending however, felt rushed and confusing. There were story items that were not explained and I even went back and re-listened hoping to find I missed something. I'll let other readers decide on their own if it was lacking a few plot items.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6864)
    Performance
    (3233)
    Story
    (3238)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Waiting for the sequel!"
    Overall

    Sometimes a bit confusing, but stick with it. The author ties up loose ends nicely. The only reason this did not get 5 stars is at times the author provides a list of details that tends to drag on, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (596)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Wonderfully Entertaining!"
    Overall

    This book was very enjoyable to listen to. It could only be done right with Carol herself reading it, and she does not disappoint. Funny insights, stories, and reflections. A very classy lady with a plethera of Hollywood history just waiting to be shared. Well worth the credits.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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