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Kaye E Steeno

New Braunfels, TX, US | Member Since 2004

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  • 52 reviews
  • 497 ratings
  • 736 titles in library
  • 71 purchased in 2014
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  • Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (311)

    New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking. When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst.

    Paula says: "If you're reading them in order skip this one..."
    "I'm done"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I used to love these books. I couldn't wait until the next one came out. But the last couple of books lacked any substance. The story wasn't compelling. Also the writing which is mostly question and answer style, got too repetitive and boring.
    Spoiler Warning: In this particular story the fact that ALL of the various story lines came together was just too far fetched for me. I had figured out what was the problem with "Candy" early in the book and just waiting for Tempe to get it.
    I love the Ryan character and the fact that he made a cameo in this book also irritated me.
    Anyway, I'm done with the Tempe books. I'll use my time with something that is entertaining.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Royal Blood


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane: Cedar Cove, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (345)

    Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas.

    Anne Roberts says: "Confusing"
    "Way too syrupy"
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    What would have made 1225 Christmas Tree Lane better?

    I sometimes like Debbie Macomber's books, but in this one everything is soooo nice, and sooooo sweet. I finally put it on double speed to finish it. A little controversy would have been nice.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    CJ Box Free Fire


    What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

    Once again, I thought the entire book and its performance were too sweet.


    What character would you cut from 1225 Christmas Tree Lane?

    All of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finisher

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (165)

    Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

    John Hopkins says: "An original great from Baldacci!"
    "I'm not sure"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is very long for a YA book. I found that it dragged on and on. Also, the ending leaves you up in the air so you have to wait for the sequel.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    I LOVE David Baldacci's books and will be listening to The Target soon.


    What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s voice?

    Accented, enchanting, beautiful


    Any additional comments?

    I always buy Baldacci's books without reading the reviews. I wish I had known that (SPOILER ALERT) this was a YA dystopia novel. I still probably would have bought it, but at least I would have known. I pretty much stopped reading YA books when I retired from teaching Middle School reading and I've never been a fan of dystopian novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (561)

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

    Karin says: "Good book, unsympathetic heroine"
    "Not so good"
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    Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Bianca Amato?

    I probably would, I liked The White Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl. This book features a main character who is difficult to like or root for.


    What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

    The main character, Margaret, whines, complains, connives, and conspires to get her son on the throne. She just isn't very likeable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was okay.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I like historical fiction and liked the first book in the series. This one left me cold. I couldn't wait for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent X: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Noah Boyd
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stay hot on the trail of a band of Russian spies in this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times best-selling debut The Bricklayer.

    David-Personal says: "Story had potential, but I could not finish it."
    "I Wish There Were More"
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    Would you listen to Agent X again? Why?

    No, I have plenty of other books to listen to, but I did enjoy this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish the author had lived long enough to write more books in this series. I think it would have made for an excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2218)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "I really wanted to believe"
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    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to believe this book. I really did. If the child were not the child of a minister I might have found it more believable. It is a nice story, but for me it came off as just that, a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1081)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Not for me"
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    Any additional comments?

    For me to enjoy a book I have to care about the characters and what happens to them. I never felt connected to the characters or the story line. I bought the book because it was the first in a series and I am always looking for a series to enjoy. This isn't one for me. One caution for anyone is that the copyright for this book was 1964 and you may find the technology and attitudes to be a little archaic.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10655)
    Performance
    (9635)
    Story
    (9721)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "More Twists and Turns than a Tornedo"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    This is a long book. It is interesting, but not interesting enough to spend another 17+ hours with.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This plot has many twists and red herrings. I really enjoyed the misdirection, only to be misdirected again and again.


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

    Paul Michael did an excellent job with the book. Each character was well defined and the accents were spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't like being lectured, and unfortunately, Brown has a tendency to do just that. When he lectures about art and symbolism, I find it less offensive, because they are subjects I know little about. When the lecture moves to world problems such as over population, I just want to tune it out. I get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Five

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (384)

    America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

    Demji says: "Content dampened by quality of reading."
    "Yuck"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If you've listened to Lorelei King read a Stephanie Plum book, avoid this one at all costs. The reader changes pronunciation of names, runs sentences together, doesn't change her voice for each character, and is generally not very good. Because it is an abridged version it lacks the laughs that the other books have. I wish I hadn't bought this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Too Many Stereotypes"
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    I enjoyed this book at the beginning. The story kept my attention for more than half. Then it falls apart. My real problem with the book is that too many characters are just too stereotypical. First we have the orphan. Then there is the kind, (large) Mama--reminds me of Mammy (complete with RED head scarf) and her husband George. Marshall is the alcoholic, too mean, son. The overseer is evil, the tutor is evil, etc. etc. etc. I found the book getting tedious and couldn't wait for the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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