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Stevon

I love books!

Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1453)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "great, spooky crime thriller"
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    This was a great story, spooky, the kind that gives you chills when listening at night all alone. I'd never heard of Jo Nesbo and was surprised that Jo is a guy, a Norwegian. It was a riveting thriller, a page turner, the kind you can't put down. I'll look forward to my next Nesbo!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sentinels of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. By mid-May, the Allied fleet is losing a major ship a day to murderous swarms of kamikazes streaming out of Formosa and southern Japan.

    Stevon says: "WWII Pacific war stories don't get any better"
    "WWII Pacific war stories don't get any better"
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    For fiction, PT Deutermann's depictions have to be among the best written in actually describing what the Navy war against the Japanese in the Pacific theater must have been like. This book describes the battle of Okinawa from a Navy perspective. The Japanese considered Okinawa part of their homeland, much like we think of Hawaii. The Japanese sensed the end of the war was coming and they were going to lose but their warrior mentality said, seemingly, that they were going to fight to their last breath. If you were in the American fleet in the Okinawa campaign you life was on the line every single day. I've come to really enjoy this author's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (646)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "another good one"
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    I've stated before that starting a James Lee Burke novel is like meeting up with a good friend again where you just know you are going to have a good time. This book didn't disappoint. This book filled in the early days of the Hackberry Holland character, a series set mostly in west Texas although this one wasn't. Many of Burke's books have bad things happen to good people. When this one started off with Lt Weldon Holland rescuing Rosita Lowenstien from a German death camp at the end of World War II, marrying her and bringing her back to west Texas, as the story unfolded I got a sense of foreboding of bad things to happen. Burke sets the core of this story just after the war ends in south Texas and Louisiana when the oil boom is just getting going. I never really thought much about that time and place but Burke brings it to life. It stands to reason that there were lots of cutthroat people who would do anything to get at the riches of the black gold. There were plenty of bad hombres. Burke does his usual fine writing, flowery and intellectual, while Will Patton does his usual good job of bringing the story to life as the narrator. Burke could take the Holland character in so many directions after this book, it's hard to anticipate what he will do with this series. I'll look forward to it no matter where it goes, I just hope it keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In the chill of the Cold War, two Norwegians are shot dead after straying into Soviet wilderness, killings that will bind together three people in a web of treachery and passion: Halvard Starheim, veteran explorer, torn by the deaths of his friends and his love for a beautiful woman; Ragna Johansen, the attractive widow of one of the dead men, on a desperate search for love and fulfilment; Rolf Berg, brilliant Norwegian journalist, whose secret other life holds the key to a deadly conspiracy.

    Needles says: "A good story, well told"
    "a great book, my favorite Francis"
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    This is a great book, period. I've listened to more than five of the author's books now over a long period of time it seems. This was her third book, written way back in 1987. It must not have been put into audio format until recently as it only not too long ago showed up on audible. How an English author came up with the idea for this book and researched it, set in the Lapland region of Norway and Finland is beyond me. But she weaves a really interesting, engrossing spy thriller that even at over 21 hours of listening kept my attention from start to finish, was a page turner, and I was sorry to see end. Side note, while listening to this book I went into audible to see what other Clare Francis books I might be interested in and couldn't find her books anymore. I chatted audible and they told me that the author evidently has changed publishers and they currently don't have a contract with the new publisher, at least for this author. While not widely popular, as far as I know, I've always enjoyed her books and would hate to see them no longer available here on audible. The chatter said audible has a mechanism to pass along my input.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4128)
    Performance
    (3808)
    Story
    (3808)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "great second book in the series"
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    Why would an author that has had great success take on a new genre? It can't be about the money. It must be that the author just enjoys writing, maybe it's the challenge of showing others or maybe just yourself that you can do it. But this author, by any name, gets it. This book is the second in the series and the author does a great job of building on the first while weaving an interesting crime thriller. I wouldn't say there is great suspense in this book but the characters are really well developed and interesting. It's a thinking person's book and the setting with a bunch of authors, editors, and publishers is good. You get into the mystery after a bit and the book just flows. I'll look forward to the next book in the series, the author can really take the series in many different directions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jade Island: Donovan Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Wild and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his family's high-powered gem-trading empire to rove the world as a treasure hunter. Now the president of Donovan International has given Kyle an assignment with explosive ramifications. When one of China's legendary cultural treasures is stolen, Lianne Blakely, a mysterious and beautiful jade expert, is accused of the theft. It's Kyle's job to get to the bottom of what could be a potential disaster for the Donovans.

    Stevon says: "entertaining"
    "entertaining"
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    Interesting premise in this one, my second Lowell book. Two families involved in precious gems task a family member to get to know the other to get an inside track to the other family. The two not only get to know each other but sparks fly immediately. I don't know that Elizabeth Lowell is known as a romance writer but this one had plenty of romance in it. It was an entertaining listen, though, as the author wove the story line of the mystery, the gem in this story being jade. You learn a lot about jade in this book. I enjoyed the characters, the setting in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, and the plot was OK. Sometimes it seemed the book didn't flow as well as it should but it didn't detract from the book too much. I will listen to book 3 in this 4 book series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1827)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "an interesting time"
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    I didn't really know much about the life and times of President James A Garfield when it was recommended to me. But I like history and it sounded interesting so I went for it. It's actually a fairly short listen and due to the interesting times was easy to stick with. The biggest fact I learned was that Garfield was a good man, made of presidential timber although he didn't even want the job and the mark he would have made could have been significant if he hadn't been shot just four months into his presidency. The book tells of his life from a young age until the end. When you read history you always find the key issues of the times and inventions that were being made that still affect us greatly today. Garfield was alive when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, they even knew each other, and both witnessed the beginning of that great revolution. What would both of them think of what a telephone can do now? This era was just 16 years after the end of the Civil War and here a second assassination of the nation's leader took place. You can imagine what this did to the psyche of the USA. Good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Fox Deceiv'd

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    It is a chill and foggy 12th Night, wild with North Sea wind, when a bizarre murder disturbs the outward peace of Rackmoor, a tiny Yorkshire fishing village with a past that proves a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders. Inspector Jury finds no easy answers in his investigation - not even the identity of the victim, a beautiful young woman. Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor? Or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat and to a share of his fortune? And who was her murderer?

    tennreader says: "Second reading through narration a real pleasure"
    "what genre is this?"
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    I came across this series and started with book #1 and this is my second in the series, book #2. I'm still not quite sure what genre to put this in? it's clearly a murder mystery but it's not really a thriller, not a page turner. It's more in the line of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a thinking person's mystery. And, yet, there is also the aspect of an American author writing the story set in England and sort of making fun, a spoof almost, of the British way of life, the language, the aristocracy and the class system, which we Americans find interesting, I suppose, if not a bit strange. Still, with all this said, my goal in any book is to be entertained and that I was.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (634)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "stands on its own"
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    If you are like me and started listening and enjoying Jo Nesbo due to his Harry Hole series, that is probably what drew you to this book. When I first read the summary and reviews, I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle this book. In the end, it was my enjoyment of Nesbo and Harry that had me listen to this. I'm glad I did. There is no Harry Hole in this novel but the trademark dark, brooding characters are there. Nesbo really came up with a creative, imaginative story in this book, a young man who goes to prison to try and find out the truth as to what really happened to his father. Nesbo explores a lot of different angles of human nature, makes you think about your own life and those in it. As the story weaves its way through, you get caught up in it, think about it and it really flows to the end. I was almost dreading finding out what dark, dastardly things might happen. I really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Wolf: Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    On a hot June day the body of a 16-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives - barely - and is able to supply certain hints to the police having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.

    Melinda says: "A Grim Tale"
    "German crime thrillers coming on"
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    This is my second Neuhaus and I enjoyed them both. In this one, the author was slow in the beginning, seemingly laying the groundwork for the eventual crime. I read in researching her that in her first book she edited out 400 pages so this must be a trend. I've also noticed that several of the northern European authors I've listened to seem to plod along setting the stage for the crime. Maybe it's a cultural thing? But when the author did get to the crime the story did get going and became a page turner. This book, like other European crime stories I've listened to, has a real dark side. I would expect that as Neuhaus gains experience she will become more succinct in her storytelling. The translation from German to English was pretty good as well and I liked the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "entertaining"
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    This was my second book by Joseph Find and it had been several years since the first. I was at a bookstore to hear author Greg Iles speak about his latest book and he mentioned that Finder is one of his favorite authors. This book had recently come out and was showing on audible so I decided it was fate and time for this second book. In reading some of the reviews, several were negative almost to the point of stopping me listening to it. But I persevered and am glad I did. Was it the greatest thriller ever written? No. Was it entertaining? Yes, it was. If you've ever thought to yourself, what if my life came into contact with a crime syndicate and they wanted my cooperation, it would change my life to the bad, no question. That's what happened in this book. I thought the author created an imaginative tale that kept me interested and wanting to know how it would all play out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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