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Michael

Richmond, VA, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1093)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    Overall

    This book had me laughing so hard that I woke my wife up and got curious stares on the bus. While the run time of this audio book is only 3 hours it is the perfect length to get an idea of how Justin's father thinks and you also get a sense that there is absolutely no filter when he thinks something to when he speaks what's on his mind. This very funny book that does use course language because Justin's father is a little gruff! IF you are offended by such language, then stay away.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (745)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Great Narrator, Good Story"
    Overall

    This is the first Andy Carpenter book and it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Grover Gardner with a New York accent relays the story through the defense lawyers eyes. While this story does not give many surprises (you can see where it is going pretty early) it is a fun listen and many of the quips Rosenfelt writes are amusing and keeps you paying attention. Note: though I recommend this book, if you are one of those listeners that is offended by cursing, avoid this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rob Stennett
    • Narrated By S. A. Rogers, Rebecca Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Meet Ryan Fisher. He's young, energetic, and needs an edge in the real-estate market. He's found the perfect niche: Christians. His business doubles when he advertises in the Christian business directory, and he begins to think he could really cash in by planting a church. But when the church takes off, Ryan is in over his head.

    Michael says: "Not Funny, Ham Fisted, Disapointing"
    "Not Funny, Ham Fisted, Disapointing"
    Overall

    This book was quite disappointing. I was hoping for a humor filled book (and even a little smattering of Christianity would have been fine if it adds to the story)
    Instead, (though the plot could have been interesting and funny and poignant) "The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher" plot is a mere afterthought and was annoyingly ham fisted and clumsy in testifying about the bible, bible study, how everyone is happy going to church, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (758)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Great Narration, funny story"
    Overall

    Christopher Moore yet again writes an incredibly funny sequel to "You Suck: A Love Story" which is a sequel to "Bloodsucking Fiends". This story contains vapirous cats, rats, an emperor and other surprises that keep the story funny and interesting.

    Susan Bennett does a fantastic job narrating the characters in this book. From the cool Jody to the chipper (yet in perpetual despair) teen goth Abby Normal, to the lispy Jarrett, Susan's delivery adds to the funny.

    I highly recommended "Bite Me" to those who can handle a funny (yet at times crude) story that adds new dimensions to the age old vampire story. Also, any potential downloader must not be sensitive to a story containing curse words (the book doesn't overdo cursing, but it is in there and many are very sensitive to it)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2185)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (1015)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Great!"
    Overall

    Christopher Moore takes on Shakespeare in this really funny book about Pocket, King Lear's fool (NOTE: Moore mixes various part of many Shakespearean plays in this book). "Fool" has excellent pacing, really funny (and yes sometimes he uses bad words), and engaging story. One thing that was fun about this book was the exposure to various British slang (which I am unconsciously incorporating into my speech).

    What truly sets the tone of this book is the great narration by Euan Morton. It was a delight to hear his superb ability to tap into the characters (my favorite is his interpretation of Drool (Pocket's slow assistant)).

    Overall, I highly recommend this book, but if you are quick to become offended or have a sense of humor that requires exclusively clean jokes stay away...but if you have a good overall sense of humor, this book is credit worthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (594)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Long and Biased"
    Overall

    Tim Weiner's VERY LONG history of the CIA is a rather convincing indictment of the CIAs blunders through the years, and according to this book with the exception of 4 times, the CIA has been completely (or if Tim is being charitable mostly) incompetent. This is a very biased book, and should be looked at as an indictment where a prosecutor only displays the failures. If you are inclined to this view, this book is for you.

    To be fair the this book did present some interesting revelations regarding how politicians, once elected, continually expected different missions from the CIA, so they were never on steady footing.

    Audio-wise, Stephan did a passable job narrating the book, though there isn't a lot of feeling put into the narration.

    This book is VERY CHALLENGING because it jumps through history and it can be quite difficult to follow. The author is constantly going back and forth through time and it can be challenging to gain a linear time line.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (564)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Wonderful Narrator"
    Overall

    This book was my first exposure to Agatha Christie. I bought this to find out the style she used and admittedly it didn't match my taste (my problem, not the authors). With all that said, David Suchet did a wonderful job with his character voices and this audio book should be purchased to listen to his expert narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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