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Michael

HAZEL PARK, MI, United States | Listener Since 2006

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2774)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2111)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Great Sci Fi Book"
    Overall

    A great book with a VERY interesting plot. The narrators did a great job telling a complex story. For most of the book you don't understand what two completely different stories have to do with each other. One story is set in future, the other is about a Teenager's journey in a primitive time. I found the "journey" in finding out what two stories had to do with each other very interesting. "Pathfinder: Book I" sure set up an interesting series that I look forward to "reading".

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1932)
    Story
    (1932)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Koontz with a since of humor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Odd Apocalypse?

    Love this book and this series. Didn't know Dean Koontz has such a great since of humor. The humor is kind of "Odd", but fits Odd Thomas to the "T". :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Character is just an average Joe that does extraordinary things.


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    The Narrator did a wonderful job. The Series would be severely hurt if another performer was choosen for future books.


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

    Too many to count and do not want to give anything away. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Koontz out did himself. Not the typical Koontz Novel, but will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1625)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1064)

    Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

    Kenya says: "let down"
    "Great Book and ending to a Great Series."
    Overall

    This is one of the best series I have read. I ties up A LOT of loose ends, but it sure leaves A LOT that are not. IT all seems that this triology is going to move to another series and least that is my hope.

    0 of 2 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
    (2458)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1595)

    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"
    "Good Book, but could be so MUCH BETTER!"
    Overall


    I have to say this book has much potential to be 5 Stars. It seems like the plot is very well developed. The characters are very well developed. Everything great but one thing. The "scene" transitions are sometimes AWFUL! I am not sure, if book is not good for audio version or narrator / director didn't do a good job transitioning. I think it might be a little of both. It has A LOT of characters and many different plots and subplots. In other words, it is a complicated story. However, I think if narrator / director could have done some "things" to help listener. It at times seemed like a SMOOTH transition between two different varying "scenes". (Just to be clear; that is not a good thing.) The scene changes and either I didn't catch pause or whatever OR it is all me and I was distracted. Anything is possible, but it happened in all situations I normally listened with no problems. It will not STOP me from reading rest of series, actually can not wait, but it does make it frustrating at times. I think any less of a story, would have me stop with series. I think it speaks how good a story it is that I will continue on. A lesser of a story, I would have quit a LONG time ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Dreams: The Walker Papers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    Much of the city can't wake up. And more are dozing off each day. Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu, or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to, and it keeps spreading. It has to be magical, Joanne figures.

    Shana says: "One of my favorites!"
    "Wonderful Book!"
    Overall

    I am surprised by some of the reviews. They have right to their opinion, but wonder if people started with this book. I imagine story can be understood, but you don't get SO MUCH MORE from book if you read all of series. The story was very good. The characters seemed so real and grew from book one to book three. I liked series so much, that I plan to read other stories by CE Murphy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (988)

    Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

    S. Droski says: "Pleasant Surprise!"
    "Great Start to the Series!"
    Overall

    Looking forward to rest of series. I found Kitty's grow from the start to finish very profound. The narrator did a very good job as well. I really want to say more, but I will give a lot away. I just hope rest of series is just as good or better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (837)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "WONDERFUL BOOK!"
    Overall

    I am a LOVER of history fiction novels of this time period, but of late have stop reading them because they are often cookie cutter and just "drag" you along for a ride you KNOW where it is going to end up. The only reason I gave this a change is the awards that it received. I have to admit I do not know what RITA is, but plan to look up, so that I might find other novels of this magnitude.

    This is BY FAR the best history fiction novel I have read in recent history (no pun intended). It was well written. It was well narrated. Its plot was wonderful. The characters are so well developed, I feel like I know them on a personal basis. The only thing it was lacking was ... NOTHING!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Body Movers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (108)

    Carlotta Wren's life hasn't turned out as she planned. She didn't plan for her parents to skip bail for a white-collar crime, leaving her to raise her brother. She didn't plan on her blue-blood fiance dumping her. And she didn't plan on still being single 10 years later, working at Neiman Marcus, with no idea where her fugitive parents are. Until her lovable brother is arrested, and the hunky cop decides to reopen her parents' case.

    Corie says: "Makes me want to change my job."
    "Body Movers Good Series"
    Overall

    I really enjoying this series. I think the narrator does a great job. The only complaint I have, is series seems to be drawn out. I have completed 5 of the books and have book six, mostly complete. I thought six was going to be end, but looks like at least one more book, maybe even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4099)
    Performance
    (2650)
    Story
    (2656)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "WONDERFUL BOOK!"
    Overall

    One of the better supernatural being stories written today. I am a lover of vampire / werewolf / magic beings stores and because of that I have read a lot of them. I found this one very entertaining and very enjoyable to "read". I will not call it the best, but I will definitely complete series in the VERY near future. I know others have called it a rip off of certain stories, but that can be said about a lot of stories. You probably could call almost all books published today a rip off of someone / something. A totally new idea is very rare in my opinion. I could be wrong, but if author writes about things people do not want to read, they most likely will be looking for another profession.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Secret Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lori Wilde
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Katie Winfield is pretty, privileged - and a complete disaster when it comes to the male species. Recently she accidentally-on-purpose had sex with her sister's soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Liam. In a closet. At a Ladies' League function, no less! Determined to take charge of her romantic life, Katie accepts an invitation to join M&B - and draws a very naughty dare.

    Stacey Bailey says: "Oh, Please"
    "Interesting Plot in a Steamy Romance novel."
    Overall

    I found this book very interesting. Yes it had some very steamy parts, but Liam and Katie learned a lot about themselves and how their lives were ruled by deep set feelings of abandonment. One by death of both parents and the other by father not accepting them. In the process they learned not only a lot about themselves, but how they keep others at a distance to protect themselves from more hurt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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