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Michael

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Flying Blind: Nathan Heller, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In 1935, Nate Heller is hired to escort Amelia Earhart on a speaking tour because of numerous cut-and-paste death threats against her life. Heller suspects the threats are a stunt by Earhart's publicity-hungry husband, and the detective’s growing closeness to the bisexual aviatrix leads to a steamy affair. Two years later, when Earhart embarks on her flight around the world - and mysteriously disappears over the South Pacific - Uncle Sam enlists Heller in a clandestine search of Japanese waters for the popular Earhart....

    Linda Lou says: "NOT MY MOST FAVORITE IN THE SERIES"
    "One of the better ones in the series"
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    The book starts off a little slow, but soon the reader is drawn into a captivating story of the life of Amelia Earhart, the circumstances of her last flight and attempted rescue. All of this seen through the eyes of the cynical detective, Nate Heller. There's something to the story, a cohesiveness and forlorn quality that hasn't been seen in the Heller Series since the first few books. Perhaps it's the increased volume of myths and rumors about Amelia's disappearance with which Collins can base his story, but there's an added depth to this story, and even to Heller himself. On the surface there's the same sardonic wit and wry humor the detective is known for, but in the second half of the book there's also a level of maturity the reader hasn't seen from Heller before. Overall this has to be one of my favorites in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4784)
    Performance
    (4353)
    Story
    (4400)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "An Imperfect Solution in an Impossible Situation"
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    More than twenty years in the making, Wheel of Time readers finally receive a long awaited resolution to the series. What we are given is well-written, fast paced blow-by-blow account of the Last Battle, strung out across nations as the fabric of reality itself trembles. Heroes and nations fall, and new and sometimes unexpected champions rise to take their place.
    This book is very different than many in the series. There is a tangible ebb and flow to the story, at times with an almost frantic and desperate pace mirroring the events taking place in the book. So much needed to happen that there is not the same level of character interaction and exposition as we see in other books, with many things taking place behind the scenes or inferred. There were moments where I was left wondering, how did this character get here from where we last saw them, and why are they there now. Other moments stand out with a feel that the characters are almost addressing the audience directly to answer speculation on previous books.
    Of the difference between the authors, the character that suffers the most is Mat. There are chapters where it feels like some other creature has taken control of him and is speaking with his voice, but it's not really him. Once he enters the fighting though, that feeling disappears.
    By and large, these moments that don't quite fit are the minority, and overshadowed by the very visceral and emotional action. The bad guys are very bad, bringing a whole new level of deviousness and ferocity. The good guys falter and sometimes fall, but find new wells of determination to keep on fighting.
    The very end felt abrupt and not all questions were answered. You're left wondering about what's next for many, or whether they will ever be brought together again. Sanderson was given an incredibly complex world and numerous unfinished storylines, with large gaps to fill to get to Jordan's ending. What he gives us back is imperfect, but still very good and likely the best we could have hoped for.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9947)
    Performance
    (9255)
    Story
    (9255)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "One of The Best Audiobooks I've Ever Heard!!!"
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    Imagine every Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book, Movie, Game or Song you ever loved all rolled up into a great big ball, then have that expanded into a breathtaking universe and throw in your plucky ragtag group of protagonists racing against an evil corporate empire and each other. The Ultimate Prize, the controlling interest and future of the virtual universe itself.

    This book was wonderful in so many different ways I don't know how I could put them all into a single review. I'll just say I started listening and just couldn't stop. It had me laughing out loud and pumping my fist in the air one moment or nearly crying the next. The narration was superb, and there were many times when I could close my eyes and almost see the entire story playing out before me.

    Simply Fantastic in Every Facet it Could Possibly Be!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prague Fatale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Philip Kerr’s thrilling mystery series starring private detective Bernie Gunther has been hailed as “one of the great historical crime series” by Bookmarks Magazine. Set in 1941, Prague Fatale follows Gunther as he investigates a murder at the country estate of his old boss, SD member Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was throwing a dinner party for senior German officers when the victim was discovered - the body mysteriously locked in a room from the inside.

    Michael says: "Another Great Bernie Gunther Mystery!"
    "Another Great Bernie Gunther Mystery!"
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    All the books I've read in The Bernie Gunther series have compelling storylines and envelope you in the world and era in which they take place, and this book is no exception. I finished it within two days and was wishing for more by the end.

    Unlike some of the recent books in the series, this one takes place entirely within the same period of time and setting, Berlin and Prague during WWII. Without giving too much away, it's another multifaceted mystery that begins in Berlin with Gunther working as an SD investigator after being recalled from the Russian Front. Eventually, he's called to Prague and with the blanket authority of Heidrich, ends up investigating a mass-murdering list of SD and SS officers, all of which are suspects in the murder of a fellow officer. There are some poignant moments and the irony of investigating each of these men for a single murder when they're responsible for so many other deaths already, is well-imprinted on the story.

    As narrator, Paul Hecht, is adequate, but after listening to the fantastic work of John Lee in the first books in this series, it's difficult to equate him with Bernie Gunther. He doesn't provide the same kind of intonation or accents to the story. While he doesn't really add to the depth of book, he's at least an adequate narrator that does not distract from the story or make the book difficult to listen to, (which compared to some narrators, is a valuable quality in and of itself).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • If the Dead Rise Not: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (94)

    The best-selling author of 20 novels, Philip Kerr has won a devoted following - and there are none more ardent than those who devour his Bernie Gunther series. In 1934, Bernie found himself in Berlin, where he was caught up in intrigue surrounding Hitler, America, and the upcoming Olympiad. Two decades later, Bernie surfaces in Havana. But an old associate has appeared there as well - and might spell trouble of a decidedly deadly nature.

    Michael says: "Not the same w/o John Lee narrating, but ok story"
    "Not the same w/o John Lee narrating, but ok story"
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    This book is after "A Quiet Flame" in the Bernie Gunther series, which is not on audible. I tired of waiting for audible add that book, so I found a print ed. and read it before listening to this one.

    It's very disappointing listening to a Bernie Gunther story with the coarse, monotone voice of Paul Hecht instead of the smooth and melodious John Lee. There's a very striking difference and while Hecht is competent with the various pronunciations, he doesn't give it that same kind of intonation or German accent that Lee provides with flare.

    Eventually, the story (begun in the time preceding the Berlin Olympics) grows into a compelling one and the narrator is not as much of an issue. The first part of the book takes place in this pre-Olympics era of Berlin and is centered on interconnected events surrounding the preparations for these Olympics.

    As those events near resolution though, the story jumps ahead to 1950's Cuba. Here Gunther is living under an assumed identity gained at the end of "The One from the Other", and follows events in Argentina that took place in "A Quiet Flame". Some of this is referred to in passing as the story moves along, but it isn't imperative that you have read "A Quiet Flame" to follow this story. (I do think "A Quiet Flame" is well worth a read however, and is in fact one of the more poignant additions to the series).

    In Cuba, Bernie is reunited with some characters he met in 1930's Berlin, and a new case develops. The mystery in this part jumps around and isn't as compelling as the earlier one. I found it rather transparent about what really happens, and was unsurprised by any revelations at the end.

    Still it's a solid addition the Gunther Series, and as it looks like future books are narrated by Paul Hecht as well, if you want to listen the rest of the series I would try getting used to the narrator now. He's not great, but after you've adjusted to him, he doesn't really distract from the story, it just won't have that same flare.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1556)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "Reads like 14yr old boy fan fiction"
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    I'd been hesitant to get this book because of the conflicting reviews, but it kept showing up in different places as a book I might like based on other books so I finally gave it a shot when it was on sale. I feel the need to conunterbalance all the ridiculous good reviews. Not even worth the $5. The Review by "Gregory" below is pretty spot on. There is just so much ridiculously awful about this book it's hard to summarize, but yes the names are bad and the plot is random and patchworked. The author tries to develop characters, but has a poor grasp of good prose and no real idea of how people actually behave, and as a result the dialogue is incredibly contrived. It really feels like the whole books was written by a 14 year boy that has no idea of how interactions between people actually occur. There are a few redeemable plot elements and the overall storyline could be vaguely interesting, but any hope of that is so lost in it's poor execution that it's not worth the time or money.

    If you're looking for good fantasy go check out the books by Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, or Jim Butcher. Only get this book if you are a horny teenage boy. This is also not the first book I've come across by Orbit Publishing with the similarly-styled cover that is grossly overrated, and I think they actually have very poor standards for editing and plot development in all their books.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Raymond Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces the now-immortal Philip Marlowe, archetypal hard boiled detective and weary knight of the seamy side of the City of Angels in the 1930s. Already with cynicism, Marlowe takes on an assignment from the Sternwood family: the child-woman Carmen, the sultry Frances, and the ancient General too far past his prime to cope with his daughter's brand of trouble.

    Mark says: "Gould is Marlowe"
    "Not so great"
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    Maybe it was just the very bland narration, but I really could not get into this book at all. The storyline jumped around all over the place and really had no cohesiveness and the narration had no intonation or enunciation to it. I know it's a classic, but really I just found it lacking in nearly every way imaginable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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