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Michael

A lover of thrillers and enthralling stories told by dramatic and well read narrators.

Chicago, IL

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  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (375)

    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "The overzealous professor"
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    I went into this one really hoping to learn more about great pieces of music -- and I did, but the professor's energy and voice gets to be grating after hour 6 or so. I don't know how anyone can sit through 30 more... I certainly couldn't.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Living

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Matt de la Pena
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Shy takes the summer job to make some money. A few months on a luxury cruise liner - how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two...there’s always going to be a fresh crop of passengers, after all. He’ll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom with the bills. But then an earthquake more massive than any ever recorded hits California, and Shy’s life is changed forever. The earthquake is only the beginning. Twenty-four hours and a catastrophic chain of events later, Shy is lost at sea, fighting to survive - and stuck with her....

    FanB14 says: "YA Dystopia Cruise Line"
    "A HUGE dissappointment!"
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    I picked up this novel because it hit a lot of genres I like, including disaster, drama, and thriller, but boy, the moniker of a YA novel really pulls this piece down.

    The characters are stock -- they're somewhat likable, but they have very clunky story lines that are told in huge plot dumps. Being that most of the characters are of color (of Latino origin-I think), they must all talk in "street-slang" (read: use a lot of profanity, talk about females as sexual objects, while the girls are pretty spacey, and listen to latin beats to make themselves seem more "cultured") -- and they absolutely MUST have no other role but to serve the rich (READ: All white, privileged, and racist--because they just ARE).

    The narrator in the story also provides a very teen-ish sounding voice to everyone, but the delivery is jubilant to the point of being annoying. I found myself on many occasions going "can we just get to the disaster so the story can get going?". When the wave finally hits the ship, the narration took away from the drama of the disaster, and at that point, I couldn't listen any more.

    Granted, I'm not the intended audience for this book, being an adult -- but COME ON!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10328)
    Performance
    (9827)
    Story
    (9846)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Simply Incredible"
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    I haven't gone through a book so quickly and spent so much extra time listening in a long while before I picked up this title. The only thing I would warn readers like myself who are into thrillers, that this one is super-WONKY at the beginning, and almost lost me in all of the techno-babble. However, the story quickly picks up balancing humor, horror, and the thrills incredibly. Highly Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4641)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1924)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "Not great, but certainly entertaining"
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    I was a fan of Mayday, an airline disaster novel that I had listened to years ago, and will probably at some point buy here on Audible so that I have a copy of my own to re-listen to. When I saw Mr. Demille's name on the featured list, I decided to finally delve into another of his books. The reader certainly made this one for me. I thought it had some interesting moments, but at times, some things happened a bit too fast, and the story had a few inconsistencies of tone. Overall however, it was an entertaining read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life in France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (276)

    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Sara says: "What a pleasure!"
    "A joy to spend a few hours with Julia..."
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    I'm a huge fan of Julia Child--her cooking, her television shows, her unique voice. It all comes through in this memoir, which I had the pleasure of finally listening to after taking a trip to France. The stories that are retold by Ms. Child are light and fun to listen to. Some have criticized the reader here--but I couldn't really see why. It could have only been better if Ms. Child had read the book herself.

    Take a journey with Mr. & Mrs. Child. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life - His Own

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Carr
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on 60 videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past.

    Herbert says: "Night of the Gun"
    "You'd think this would be a lot more interesting.."
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    I'm a fan of Mr. Carr's writings in the New York Times, and was fascinated to hear about his book. However, what I got was an overwrought, unfocused mess. You'd think that a story of addiction would be totally engrossing, as the reader takes you through Carr's early days of drinking, and drugging, but I found it incredibly dull, which was a suprize!! Take a listen before you buy.

    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
    (2457)
    Performance
    (2101)
    Story
    (2094)

    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"
    "Another winner from Child & Hill"
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    If you're already a fan of the Jack Reacher series, a lot of the same elements are here-- a stranger wandering along the road comes into a nefarious situation that he works with a colleague (usually a female), to try and find out who's behind the situation. This one uses the formula well, and Mr. Hill does another great job as narrator of the series. He's one of my favorites. I recommend whole heartedly!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (394)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "A sappy mess..."
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    When I first saw this book come up in a search, I thought that it would be a well paced, survival story of two people hoping to be rescued from a remote island. What I got was a sappy, inappropriate love story between a 30 year old woman and a 17 year old. The first quarter of the story has the two stranded on the island for an insane amount of time before getting the story going.

    The use of one narrator for a book that tries to tell the story from both character's points of view was annoying, as the poor production quality (too many fast, and unnatural cuts) made it hard to follow who I was hearing from until I heard a line about the boy's sex drive brought me back to earth.

    I was going to try and finish it--but I can't bring myself to do it. I for one can appreciate a good story, no matter who it's for, but this one was sorely missing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4311)
    Performance
    (3722)
    Story
    (3701)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Didn't much enjoy this one..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. I understand that the book is about introverts, but did they have to give me someone that would put me to sleep to read it?!?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Cain again?

    Maybe...


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wish the narrator could have put some more inflection into her voice. I felt it too breathy for a non-fiction title.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Neil Simon Collection

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Nathan Lane, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Ten essential plays by Neil Simon, one of the world’s most celebrated, translated, and widely performed playwrights, including Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and more.

    Michael says: "What a wonderful way to spend some time..."
    "What a wonderful way to spend some time..."
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    If you could sum up The Neil Simon Collection (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

    A wonderful set of performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time period in which each was set and the wonderful performances


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Each was genuine, and made the time fly by


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

    In Brighton Beach, Brooklyn NY...


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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