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Michael

Simi Valley, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Reeves
    • Narrated By Michael Cumpsty
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt a traitor down. But he is too late. Sidious' secret plan has already been passed to information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him at the top of Darth Maul's hit list. Now the future of the Republic depends on Lorn and Darsha, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her knighthood. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?

    Katheryn says: "Maul story good, sound effects horrible."
    "It was ok!"
    Overall

    This title was just "ok" as compared to other Star Wars titles. It starts out slowly but picks up after the first quarter of the story. If you're a huge Star Wars fan, you'll enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (208)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "Very insightful"
    Overall

    This book was particularly interesting to me because I'm a software developer. David Kirkpatrick tells a captivating story about the inception and growth of Facebook. I've always considered Facebook to be head and shoulders above all its competitors and this book explained how that was the intent from the very beginning. For those not interested in Facebook, this book will change your mind. For those who are enthusiastic or even dependent on the service, this book will solidify it. I was so impressed with the story of Mark Zuckerberg as well. His intelligence, foresight and patience are inspiring no matter how old or experienced you are. I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal that Brought Him Down

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Young
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Like a nonfiction version of All the King's Men, The Politician offers a truly disturbing, even shocking, perspective on the risks taken and tactics employed by a man determined to rule the most powerful nation on earth.

    MICHELLE says: "A real eye opener!"
    "A must read for the curious"
    Overall

    It's definitely an easy and more comfortable position to take for those who feel that Young wrote this book to make easy money on a hyped scandal or to get revenge. The truth is it's an interesting history on the rise of Edwards' political career and the transformations he went through that caused his downfall. Andrew Young comes off as a naive and gullible follower despite the story being told by him, but he doesn't swear his innocence. In fact, I found the epilogue to be a satisfactory statement on lessons learned. If you've followed the scandalous story of John Edwards and his issues in the press, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book and hear it from all sides. Edwards clearly has some soul searching to do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (755)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audio books I've ever purchased. The insight into the campaigns was fascinating, and while there was definitely more shared on the Democratic side of the contest, I think it was a balanced account. I strongly recommend anyone who was really moved by this most recently Presidential election to pick this book up. Furthermore, the narrator was about the best I've ever heard. I couldn't be more impressed with this book, and it's likely one that I'll play back in the future. Highly recommended!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Mark Bowden
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    The Iran hostage crisis was a watershed moment in American history. It was America's first showdown with Islamic fundamentalism, a confrontation at the forefront of American policy to this day. It was also a powerful dramatic story that captivated the American people, launched yellow-ribbon campaigns, made celebrities of the hostage's families, and crippled the reelection campaign of President Jimmy Carter.

    Myke says: "Fine as an abridged version!"
    "Very revealing!"
    Overall

    I was very pleased with this book. I was too young to remember the headlines when this happened but had always wanted to learn more, and Bowden's thorough account is very well done. There's so much to this story. It conveys the fear of the hostages, the inexperience of most of the hostage takers, the desperation of the American government to resolve it, and the amusing antics of the hostages as time wore on. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in a thorough account of the Iran hostage crisis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Networks

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bill Carter
    • Narrated By Dean Olsher
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In a time of sweeping media change, the four major networks struggle for the attention of American viewers increasingly distracted by cable, video games, and the Internet. Behind boardroom doors, tempers flare in the search for hit shows, which often get on the air purely by accident. The fierce competition creates a pressure-cooker environment where anything can happen.

    G Barth says: "How Sausage is Made"
    "An Informative Look"
    Overall

    This was an interesting look into the workings of the big networks and how they build their programming. Considering the recent Jay/Conan debacle, it's fascinating to read especially considering the short portion of a chapter that covers the switch-over from Leno to O'Brien. It's interesting to see how truly lucky these network executives are, despite the fact that they believe they are very skilled. Regarding other reviews indicating the fast pace is hard to follow, I didn't find that to be the case. It might be challenging if you're writing a research paper on the topic, but as a casual read you'll have no difficulty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    When the President, most of the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs and the majority of Congress are killed, Jack Ryan finds himself the new President, with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    Louis says: "One more great listen from Clancy."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book despite it being abridged. The narrator was excellent. It did feel at times as though there were holes in the story, which is probably to be expected with an abridged version, but I didn't find that it took so much away that it made it difficult to follow. Good book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5515)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3147)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Outstanding and unique"
    Overall

    I had never read this book before despite playing the text based game on the Atari home computer years ago. I was delighted at how enjoyable the book was. I have never seen any of the TV shows or films based on this book, but they would be hard pressed to live up to the high standards set by this book. The narrator really adds to the enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Rogue: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    • Narrated By Sarah Palin
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics - from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.

    Mike & Jan Geihsler says: "Needed unabridged"
    "Worth the time"
    Overall

    I'm glad I listened to this book, and I don't think it would have been the same had it not been read by Palin herself. However, I found it discouraging that she accepts zero responsibility for the McCain campaign. It sounds like McCain's campaign handlers weren't the sweetest people in the world, and despite Katie Couric's agenda, Palin's answers to the questions spoke for themself. Nothing too earth shattering is revealed in this book. It was ok.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Noted author, war correspondent, and award-winning writer for the Atlantic Monthly, William Langewiesche furnishes a riveting firsthand account of the excavation of the World Trade Center ruins following its destruction on September 11, 2001. American Ground is an inspiring look at the often contentious mixture of personalities, politics, and emotions that fueled this massive effort. It is also a testament to American ingenuity in the aftermath of a great tragedy.

    Michael says: "What a story!"
    "What a story!"
    Overall

    This book was controversial upon its initial release. However, the audio version does it great justice. The narrator wonderfully captures the very objective nature of the author's focus. Read it. There are more heroes to the 9/11 WTC tragedy than most are aware of, and this book describes some of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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