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Michael

Arvada, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
    "Good story"
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    What did you like best about The Land of Stories? What did you like least?

    I really liked how Chris wove many favorite story tales into the main story. Good Job


    What didn’t you like about Chris Colfer’s performance?

    I don't think authors should preform their own work. I love Chris Colfer as an actor, but his reading of the story had no character differentiation, no change in voice or inflection.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Redding would have been a great choice for narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4220)
    Performance
    (3856)
    Story
    (3856)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Great Read Slow Start"
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    It took me a little while to get into this book, in fact I was almost ready to move on then all at once it started to get really interesting. I found my self having a "driveway moment" where I would just sit in the driveway listening to the story. My ten year old granddaughter finally rapped on the window and asked if I was coming into the house. Its a good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5831)
    Performance
    (5276)
    Story
    (5271)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "This is one of John Grisham's best books"
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    Michael Beck does a great job of bringing the characters to life. The best thing about this story is you never really know what's going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1210)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "Excellent Story; Great Storyteller: Pricing Sucks"
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    What disappointed you about Nine Princes in Amber?

    This story is only 5 hours and 31 minutes long, it cost 1 credit. I purchased the Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which is an outstanding story and is 45 hours and 37 minutes long, and frankly these 2 stories not in the same league with one another, and the cost was 1 credit.


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

    Mr. Juliani did an excellent job with story. He was good at creating different voices for each character and could switch characters seamlessly


    Any additional comments?

    I really did enjoy hearing this story. I am just struggling with the price and buying the remaining 9 book for 1 credit each is more than I want to pay for what I'll be getting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (786)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "This book is Chewy! The Best YET!!"
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    What did you love best about How the Light Gets In?

    Ralph Cosham takes an amazing story and brings it to life. Mr. Cosham has become Inspector Gamche. This book has everything, suspense, intrigue, a great lead into the next book. I gave up sleep for this story!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1140)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Terrific story"
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    What did you love best about A Case of Redemption?

    All the twists and turns of the storyline. Something is always happening.


    What other book might you compare A Case of Redemption to and why?

    Anything by Mark Greane. Both of these authors write in a way that makes you anxious to get to the next page. It's like you can't read fast enough to learn whats going to happen next. They deal with totally different subject matters, but the style is intense and electrifying and if you were reading the book instead of listening to he story, you would call in sick the next only to finish the story!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away any of the story, but for me the last seen with Nina is my favorite only because it's the final "out of left field" twist to the story. In a way it's the cool-down for a hard run.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1034)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Outstanding Listen"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have 2 favorites, Joel and Professor Fitch. Joel's inquisitive mind, logical mind and Professor Fitch gentle guidance make for an excellent student teacher relationship.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think this book is one of Brandon Sanderson's best. Hopefully there will be some sequels. A Brandon Sanderson book read by anybody but Michael Kramer would not sound correct. His reading becomes the neutral soul of the story. I admit to being a great Brandon Sanderson fan, but something about this story appeals to me on a bunch of levels and I just really like it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1799)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1504)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Priscilla says: "Disappointing"
    "I want my book credit back!"
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    What did you like best about The Black Box? What did you like least?

    The best part about this book was, that it finally ended.


    What didn’t you like about Michael McConnohie’s performance?

    There was absolutely nothing to like about Michael McConnohie's performance. It was simply awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll not purchase another Michael Connelly book unless Len Cariou or Dick Hall are the performing artist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (1773)
    Story
    (1762)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Terrific"
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    Any additional comments?

    I re-read the first 16 books before I listened to the knew one and I think its the best yet, although I find it VERY difficult to judge them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (265)

    When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled - and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart. Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The Druid order is threatened.

    Paul says: "Call It A Comeback!"
    "Not one of the best listens"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Having a female narrator distracted from the story in my opinion.


    What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    ok, mechanical, oh-hum


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick, Dick Hill and Phill Gigante made this series of books come alive, especially Scot Brick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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