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Michael

Great Falls, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Copper Beach: A Dark Legacy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (325)

    Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes - and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.

    Valerie says: "Copper Beach- ok story (Paranormal but not arcane)"
    "Excuse for author's sexual fantasies"
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    What would have made Copper Beach better?

    Author failed to establish believable basis for the subject matter.


    Has Copper Beach turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    Fine. She can't be blamed for the thin plot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Copper Beach?

    If I cut, I'm not sure even a short story would remain.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7379)
    Performance
    (6473)
    Story
    (6488)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Gripping"
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    Story has a great pace. Won't put it down. A great reminder of the human toll of the machine of war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1471)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Puh-leez! (Disdainful southern accent)"
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    If you enjoy reading "impossible to believe" scenarios where the main character is a truly unlikeable snob, this book is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3214)
    Performance
    (2861)
    Story
    (2872)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "A good piece of Entercation"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    Very informative nomatter which side of the interview table is sitting on. Not sure it lauds getting to the truth over prosecurorial efforts to get confessions.


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

    Great choice for narrartion of this particular material. A modern Joe Friday - "Just the facts."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1307)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Required Reading for 1st Year Law Students"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Year Zero?

    Final confession of the trespassing alien at the end of book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ought to be required reading for 1st year law students. Should dispell any notions of the law being a pursuit of truth and justice.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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