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Michael

Marana, AZ, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (382)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Lavonne says: "Delightful Entertainment"
    "An Irish Country Doctor"
    Overall

    I was very happy to learn that there are three Audiobooks by the author; expecially that John Keating would the narrator. I quickly became interested in the wonderful characters Mr. Taylor, the Author, created, and I believe whomever listens to these wonderfully happy stories will find themselve reliving their memories.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (677)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "You've lived it, Mr. Gates clearly tells you why."
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    What made the experience of listening to Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War the most enjoyable?

    Getting a first-person view of History from the inside. Mr. Gates book is written in a straight-forward manner, in language easily understood, introduces the reader to the central figures who controlled events and consequently our lives in the recent past. He introduced me to the President and it changed my jaded view. I really liked this book, and enjoyed it throughout. I give it a 5 star rating.


    What about George Newbern and Robert M. Gates ’s performance did you like?

    He became Mr. Gates to a point that I thought it was, in fact, Mr. Gates. I appreciated the epilogue because it let me hear Mr. Gates actual voice. It struck me funny that Mr. Newbern's voice and presentation became more powerful as the Sect. of Defense that the actual voice of the author. (No disrespect intended)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sorry, I don't see this a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it without qualification!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1600)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (986)

    Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation.

    Ed says: "Picks up at the conclusion"
    "Clever mystery, twisted, and exciting"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Its mystery and suspense, and the villan is really evil.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lane he is someone whom you love to hate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the villain's debt is paid.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1720)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "It could of happened."
    Overall
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    Where does Without Fail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An A+


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did because it translated to current event for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The early on shocking twist.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (2013)
    Story
    (2000)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "A great pay out await you"
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    What made the experience of listening to Persuader the most enjoyable?

    From the 1st page on, I was "persuaded" by the author through the narrator that this audible selection would be exciting and dramatic, which is just what I was looking.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot led me from one page to the next by piquing my interest by switching scenes, teasing the reader. It led me to eagerly press on to the finish.


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

    His wonderful ability to assume the identity of each speaking character by changing his voice to become the character. It's outstanding...his voice control, and he sustains it through out the read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2388)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1126)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "A Child at Play"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about 61 Hours?

    I really liked this book. The characters are really interesting. I enjoyed it all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 61 Hours?

    The interaction between Jack and Susan.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Mr. Hill is an outstanding character builder. He brought them all to life for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did with a late night sleep break.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2497)
    Performance
    (1623)
    Story
    (1626)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    S. Craig says: "The Worst Jack Reacher Ever!"
    "I told myself to not get let the novel get to me.."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm just glad I'm retired and didn't need to worry about lost sleep. I read it, I read it all without stopping. Delicious! Get it, get it now!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher is my favorite character. He is to me, a modern Micky Spillane character: "Mike Hammer." A series I loved. A character that earned 15 all-time best selling fiction titles in the U.S for the author.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    His versatility to bring to life everyone who has a role in Child's novel


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm working on getting them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (744)

    Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.

    Terri says: "Clan of the Cave Bear"
    "First of a series that does not disappoint."
    Overall
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Characters that the reader will quickly come to stand beside or hold at arms length. These novel, will have you searching for more information about the life and times of all the characters and creatures that Jean M Auel introduces you too.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The believabilityof the story, and the narriative.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Research and on-site observations


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I've reread the books twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14379)
    Performance
    (11791)
    Story
    (12419)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "This is not a children't book!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    While I enjoyed listening, the "texting" between the parties was very difficult to listen to. I probably would have brushed over those frequent encounters in the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all of the principals in the novel especially their complexity. Favorite? I'd have to choose Christian.


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't; but intent to seek more of her work.


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

    Not extreme, but began to appreciate the "TLC" interaction between the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The book compares to "Lady Chatterley's Lover".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (547)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    Lorraine says: "black hills"
    "A down hill read that disappointed this reader."
    Overall

    The book failed to deliver after what seemed to be a very promising read in the beginning. Maybe it was not meant for a male reader. Sorry!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Gautreaux
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this spellbinder by critically acclaimed author Tim Gautreaux, Sam Simoneaux returns from World War I to rebuild his life. But when a girl is snatched from the New Orleans department store where he's working, he hops aboard a Mississippi steamboat to find her - and dredges up ghosts from his painful past.

    Michael says: "The Missing"
    "The Missing"
    Overall

    I really liked this book. The author takes you on a journey that puts you in the Narrator's pocket and "doesn't let you out" until the very end. Wow, what a thrilling ride.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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