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Eddie Mittelstedt

Baltimore, Md
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  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this one.

  • By NanaReads on 08-30-17

TERRIBLE interstitial music ruins performance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Story is King. You either love it or hate it. There is only a little of King's fall into into full SJW in the writing at this point, so it's not too bad. The narrator did an amazing job. Unfortunately, loud music is blared into your ears between scenes and to highlight important parts of the story. The music drowns out the narrator at the worst of times, and is annoying at the best of times. Take whomever decided on this out back and shoot them. Seriously. It's that bad.

  • Waypoint

  • A Game of Drones
  • By: C. F. WALLER
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Stacy’s life is in free fall. She finds herself clutching a handgun, searching for a sign that tomorrow will be any better than today. Her cell phone rings, bringing an offer that may postpone her soul searching. The discovery of an airplane graveyard containing a dozen commercial airliners is shocking. When the salvage camera reveals them to be virtually undamaged under in the Indian Ocean, theories abound. Who put them there? How are they still in one piece? What reason could there be? Stacy is about to learn the answers to those questions, as well things she’d prefer to forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A book of action, adventure, mystery, and Tech...

  • By Quella on 05-02-18

Decent techo-thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

About an unlikely heroine caught up in an international plot to destroy the world. What's not ever truly explained is how she got into "the business" to begin with. I never thought she was actually qualified to do any of the things she was doing in the book. But there she was, successfully pulling off feat after feat. I'm wondering if there might be prequel somewhere out there where this is explained. Working bits of Civilization-style games into the plot was genius. Nice touch. The ending was pretty satisfying.

J. Scott Bennett is one of the first narrators that I glommed on to. He never disappoints me. If you find an audio book with his voice behind it, you are in for a hell of an experience.

  • Federal Underground

  • Penn Mitchell's Ancient Alien Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Bennington
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Penn Mitchell vanishes from the NYU campus and shows up three months later on his mother's doorstep with a book screaming to get out of his head. When the FBI discovers the novel discloses top-secret information, they bring Penn in for questioning. The interrogation goes sideways and Penn escapes into a subterranean world he thought was a figment of his imagination, a world where the US government is hiding, and at war with, an ancient race that has existed since the dawn of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • X-Files on Steroids

  • By cosmitron on 04-21-18

A modern day look at UFO mythology

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

This is a book that fills a nice niche - it's a modern day look at what possibly could explain the current UFO mythology. I love how the author has integrated thousands of years of lore from various religions, along with news more current, to reinforce the story line and the modern state of UFO knowledge.

Overall, it was an entertaining listen. Andrew Tell was spectacular, as usual. This is the second book of his I’ve listened to. His female voices are believable, and he has a wide range of character voices.

This book was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review.


  • Anatomy of a Ponzi

  • Scams Past and Present
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Is your money safe? Charles Ponzi lent the Ponzi scheme its name, but he is not the first or the last to dupe investors with this age-old con. Bernard Madoff, Tom Petters, and others amassed billions before their arrests, but it is not all about the money. Find out what makes fraudsters tick, and how they swindle their victims. The biggest Ponzi scheme of all time is operating under the radar right now, unknown and undetected by regulators and unsuspecting investors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book on the history of Ponzi schemes

  • By Eddie Mittelstedt on 03-19-18

Great book on the history of Ponzi schemes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Before I listened to this book I had a vague notion of what Ponzi schemes were. After listening to example after example in this book, I now know exactly what they are, and how to spot one. The book goes to great lengths to make you understand the nature of a Ponzi scheme, as well as going into detail of the 10 worst schemes in history. You will be surprised how many there were, how they were implemented, and how their perpetrators got away, or didn’t get away, with them.

I had no complaints with the narrator. He was clear and concise and his voice is perfect for non-fiction work.

This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy Who Set Fire to the Bible

  • By: Carl Daoust
  • Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Theon E. Rex is no ordinary boy. Discovered as an infant in a symbol-riddled well near Manor Clos Lucé, Leonardo Da Vinci’s former residence, he soon manifests extraordinary powers ranging from the stunning to the devastating, attracting the attention of the Vatican and other powerful organizations bent on exploiting or destroying him. Even Satan has designs on Theon. A frantic race ensues across hell and into heaven in hopes of finding a cure to Theon’s explosive curse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The boy who set fire to the bible

  • By Deedra on 03-15-18

Turns the bible on its head

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I was grew up Catholic and received all the sacraments, but lately due to personal tragedy, I’ve drifted from God. Because of this I thought I would be open-minded when it came to religion. And hence, it would be perfectly OK to listen to this book.

Boy was I was wrong. At first, I was ok with it. But as time went on I started squirming in my seat as I listened. This book turns the entire concept of God and Jesus on it’s head. If you are religious, this book is definitely not for you. It’s going to laugh in the face of everything you have been taught, believe, and have faith in.

If you aren’t religious, then you will have no problem with the subject of this book. Getting past THAT, there is a LOT in this book. It’s dense. It’s creative. And it’s campy. The author takes a LOT of leaps to connect dots that have heretofore never been connected before.

I have no complaints with the narrator. His comedic timing was spot on and his female voices were realistic. His unique voice, while older, seemed to suit the story just fine.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Unmasked

  • By: EM Kaplan
  • Narrated by: TJ Richards
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Mel can sense the blood beating through her companions' veins. She can count the moments between heartbeats to tell who is sincere and who is lying. She can make herself stronger for short periods of time, heal small wounds on her body, and manipulate light to change her appearance subtly. These abilities are useful skills for a Mask - a preternaturally sensitive, cloaked and imposing, impartial arbitrator, both revered and feared by everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masks aren't supposed to feel!

  • By Eddie Mittelstedt on 02-06-18

Masks aren't supposed to feel!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Mel is a Mask - someone who wears a mask that completely hides their face so their expressions can’t be betrayed. Masks are unbiased arbiters whose opinion is the law of the land. Their judgment in matters of arbitration is final and respected.

in the opening scene Mel is kidnapped by a vicious troll… and then is subsequently rescued by a masculine stranger. Nothing wrong with that, you might say. In fact, sounds a bit like a romance should! But as a Mask, Mel is not supposed to have feelings as this is part and parcel to being a Mask. The first thing that Mel notices about her rescuer hero is that he smells… well, wonderful - to the point where it lights a fire between her loins. Literally. No, not literally, but to the point where she immediately attacks her rescuer with kisses. Hot steamy kisses.

The seed is planted there between them and they can’t forget each other, no matter what happens to them in the book. Disasters, trolls, kidnapping, murder, heartbreak, and intrusive parents. Mix in a little inter-species breeding and you have a very interesting story.

It’s a good book. At its heart this is a book about a girl wanting her life to go in a different direction than her parents planned. Layered over top is an epic adventure. I liked the concept of the Masks, how they are the judicial system in Ms. Kaplan’s world she created. I think a lot more could be done with their backstory in future books.

TJ Richie’s performance was very good. She did a great job with the male voices, and was fantastic with the dialog.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Toxicity

  • By: Aiden James, Fiona Fraser
  • Narrated by: Timothy McKean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

In the tradition of The Stand, The Man in the High Castle, and The Road comes an epic story of struggle against tyranny in a future America.... The year is 2141. Islam controls most of the civilized world, including all that exists of the former United States. In this hostile environment, Joaquin Martinez and six others risk certain death as fugitives crossing state lines to reclaim loved ones stolen from Hernando, Mississippi, and sold into slavery in Detroit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening but slow.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-29-17

A very possible future

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Someone finally did it. Someone wrote about a taboo topic in this current political climate: muslims taking over America. What? Blasphemy! And this happens on the heels of a RACE WAR that seriously diminished any defense the US could possibly muster against the muslim invasion! Let me repeat that. A RACE war. The size of the cajones on this author must be immense!

So after I calmed down about this topic of this book I started listening to it. It starts slowly, switching between three groups of people: the Khalif and his family, and two groups of rebels. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two groups of rebels at first. They are presented similarly. It’s only after about an hour of listening do you really start to understand the personalities of each individual character, and the mission of each rebel group.

The tension slowly ramps up throughout the course of the book, culminating in a satisfying ending. What I found interesting is how the author does not hold back on how muslim rulers would treat us as conquerors. The brutality, rape, torture, and crucifixion of Americans is non-stop, and very chilling to listen to. It’s a definite eye-opener to someone who thinks muslims are actually peaceful and want to co-exist.

This book is long, clocking in at almost fifteen hours. This is typically much long than my normal books. But the story moved quickly once it started to pick up steam.

I first found out about Timothy McKean by listening to one of his previous books called Revelation. I found his narration style very appealing with THAT book. In fact, I highly recommend it. But his performance style didn’t translate well into THIS book. He delivers the entire performance pretty flat. For instance, when the Khalif is supposedly angry and roaring at someone,Timothy reads it in the same tone and inflection as the entire book - definitely not roaring. Adding some emotion into the dialog would have really made this book pop. Also, there were a lot of characters, and all were performed in pretty much the same voice. It was hard to tell them apart at times.

Sad to say, this book would have stood out if perhaps another storyteller with more acting chops would have taken the helm. Not to say that Mr. McKean is a bad narrator - far from it. But he just didn’t mesh well with this book.

If you are even remotely interested to listen to this book, do it before CAIR gets it taken down it. They typically censor things that put muslims in a bad light. I don't see this book lasting in the Audible store for long.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Her Alien Doctors

  • Captive Brides, Book 2
  • By: Sara Fields
  • Narrated by: Logan McAllister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

After 19-year-old Jenny Monroe is caught stealing from the home of a powerful politician, she is sent to a special prison in deep space to be trained for her future role as an alien's bride. Despite the public bare-bottom spanking she receives upon her arrival at the detention center, Jenny remains defiant, and, before long, she earns herself a trip to the notorious medical wing of the facility. Once there, Jenny quickly discovers that a sore bottom will now be the least of her worries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delivers exactly as promised

  • By Bill on 09-08-17

Ohhh myyyy....how repetitive

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

As a fellow narrator I’ve done a couple of erotica books, and I’ve never listened to anything by the esteemed Logan McAllister, so I had to pick this up for “research.”

George Takei is known for saying his famous phase: “Ohhh myyyy”, and it applies to this book. This book is INTENSE and for the first hour I did find it… entertaining.

But after about an hour it started to get silly. I don’t want to disparage those who really enjoy this genre, but it’s just not for me. When one of the doctors commanded Jenny to call him “Daddy” right before he started to spank her, I almost busted out laughing and said to myself, “Ok, I’m done.” It felt like I was listening to a porno, and we all know that pornos aren’t known for their plot and dialog. The same goes for this book. If you want to listen to this book, you are listening for the sex scenes. The rest is just filler in between the sex scenes. I can listen to a romance with steamy scenes without issue. This is just sex for sex’s sake - like an aural porno, and it gets repetitive very quickly.

I apologize to the author and narrator for not giving this a fair shake. I just can’t listen to 6 hours of it. It started to become tedious and silly.

I am glad though I did get a chance to listen to Logan, and observe his narration style. At first, his pacing threw me off for a loop - his sentences seemed a bit stilted and robotic, but I warmed up to his style, and I had no issue after the first few minutes. Logan does A LOT of romance and erotica, so he must be doing something right.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.



  • The Tesla Gate

  • By: John D. Mimms
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. When a cosmic storm enters Earth's atmosphere, scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm's side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tesla Gate

  • By trixie on 12-12-17

Ghosts ARE real

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-17

What would happen if all the ghosts became visible? That’s the amazing idea for this book. It is told from the first-person perspective of a father and husband; someone who would die for their family. The father, Thomas, also has some misaligned priorities: he puts work before family, but he does it so he can provide nice things for his family. A lot of men are this way - missing a soccer game or recital because of work. It’s the working-father's curse, and it weighs heavily on Thomas’ conscience.

Then, the nightmare of every father and husband happens. And this book takes off like a dragster.

It’s a well-written book, with emotion flowing from the pages at every turn. It kept me interested and enthralled with every scene. I loved this. I could relate to Thomas. I could see myself doing exactly what he does, make the same choices he makes.

Jake Urry presents an interesting audio journey as the narrator. When the book first starts Jake speaks in his natural voice, which has a heavy English accent. And the way he talks is low, slow and, spooky. It made me think I was listening to a Halloween story narrated by Bela Lugosi.

But that changed quickly. Once the first chapter started, a deep southern accent emanated from Mr. Urry, and it sounded pretty authentic to my non-discriminating ears. How can a narrator go from a proper English-gentleman’s accent to some Mississippi drawl in one second? Talent. Training. This guy is good. And there were no major slip-ups of the accent throughout the book. Sure, the way blokes across the pond pronounce certain words shows up here and there, but it’s not jarring at all and didn't take me out of the story. Also, the tone Mr. Urry presents during narration was full of dread and anxiety, perfectly matching the tone of the book. Great performance!

This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin

  • By: Alex Harrison
  • Narrated by: Brian Moore
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Bitcoin may seem complicated at first, but is actually very simple to use. As long as the user is careful in securing their digital wallet and uses the system correctly, Bitcoin can be a very simple way to send and receive funds. While the first idea of cryptocurrency such as this was described by Wei Dai in 1998, the first real prototype, Bitcoin, was created by Satoshi Nakamoto, a name used by someone whose real identity is still unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative 🤔

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 12-09-17

Nice intro to bitcoin

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Recently I've become really interested in crypto currency as a concept rather than as an investment. I picked up this book as a complete beginner to bitcoin. I came in understanding the concept of blockchains and how they work, but not how bitcoin implemented the concept.

While short, the book was concise in it's explanation of bitcoin and its practical applications. If you are curious what bitcoin is and how it works, this book will certainly help and answer most if not all of your questions.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.