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Michael R.

I'm a truck driver. Audible is a Godsend on long trips. I listen to all sorts of stories.

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2351)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "cannot say enough good things about this author"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Molly Harper has a knack for creating outrageous situations and strong, smart protagonists that you want to know more about.


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

    I have purchased and listened to all of Molly Harper's books, which were all narrated by Ms. Ronconi. She has a great talent for effecting the perfect tone with the character's voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of And One Last Thing... and why?

    The heroine, Lacey Terwilliger, is a memorable and hilarious character.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to future books by Ms. Harper. She is now added to the list of authors whose releases I await with bated breath. Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and now, Molly Harper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning: Dirty White Candy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anita Cox
    • Narrated By Jazmin Kensington
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Watch what happens when a recently divorced and sexually repressed thirty-something woman transforms from vapid novice to bombshell maven in The Beginning. Going bravely where she’s never gone before, Candy Kavana is about to take the first steps towards her new life in Book 1 of Anita Cox’s intensely passionate and entertaining series, Dirty White Candy.

    Amazon Customer says: "Titillating story with exceptional narration"
    "I want Candy"
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    I enjoy this story immensely. Most erotica doesn't bother giving the characters any story to work with other than "here we are, now let's have dirty dirty sex. Candy became a real person to me. I reveled in her triumphs and revelations. My only criticism with the story was the sex scenes themselves. This is what reader picks up a book like this for, and I felt they were underdeveloped. What was said? How did this or that feel? Many of the things described are supposed to be firsts for Candy, yet we don't always get to know how she feels. I just felt the sex coould be more elaborate.
    Now for the narrator. I realize that erotica and sex are still private matters that "polite society" doesn't discuss publicly, and narrators must feel bound by these strictures, if only subconsciously. Therefore I will forgive Ms Kinsington for her somewhat clinical reading style. That said, there are narrators who can perform this material with the passion and exuberance it deserves. Perhaps Ms Cox can seek such a reader for future releases. At any rate, I look forward to listening to the sequels and I will definitely seek out any future releases.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Catch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cindy Roland Anderson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Drake Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Ellie Garrett never planned on being a divorced, single mother - she also never planned to get married again. Ever. Her ordinary life changes when the house across the street is sold. The new owner is Nick Coulter - quarterback and MVP for the Sacramento Defenders. Oh yeah, he's also one of People magazine's top 100 most beautiful people and America's most eligible bachelor. So why would she pick him to have her first crush on since her divorce?

    Michael R. says: "I couldn't finish."
    "I couldn't finish."
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    First off, this is a romance written to appeal to Christians. I was unaware of that. Even so, I've read Christian fiction with engaging characters and storylines that hooked me from start to finish. This is not one of those books. The characters are two dimensional, the romance is founded on nothing more than looks and shared faith, and the non Christian characters are all hateful caricatures of human beings. No. Just, no.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Checkmate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Fran Jules
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (313)

    There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact.

    Jordy says: " sweet, sexy, lighthearted, just plain funny!"
    "Love amongst the sociopaths"
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    I'm going to be charitable and assume this was a first novel. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. All of her characters, most notably the men, have what could charitably be called an impulse control problem. In this particular novel, however, the main characters are criminally insane. Both commit assaults on each other and ancillary characters with nonchalance and zeal usually reserved for Batman villains. All of this is played for laughs, but the behavior is so over the top that you dislike the characters and start hoping for incarceration rather than romance. As I said, I've read other books by the author and enjoyed them immensely. This one was just off-putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baumgartner Generations: Henry: An Erotic Coming-of-Age Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Selena Kitt
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Henry's in trouble. He's gone from being a big fish in a little pond in his home town to being a very small fish in a much bigger pond at college, and he's just not keeping up. Instead of passing him through his classes because of his athletic ability like they did in high school, he discovers his professors actually mean it when they say he needs to do the work or he's going to fail his classes-and be kicked off the all-star hockey team.

    SL says: "Baumgartners Ho!"
    "ot a ood arrator"
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    This is a good, sexy story ruined by a terrible narration. The narrator kept pulling my attention from the story due to what I can only describe as a mumble. Personal pronouns, particularly she and he, were often indistinguishable, resulting in confusion over which character was speaking or acting. I will seek the kindle version of any books that utilize this narrator in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jaye Wells
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (296)

    The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch. The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Solid start to a new series..."
    "Heavy Handed Allegorical crime novel"
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    Would you try another book from Jaye Wells and/or Morgan Hallett?

    I won't be reading any more books by Jaye Wells.


    What was most disappointing about Jaye Wells’s story?

    I did not finish this book. This may have been the first time I've ever gotten beyond the halfway point in a book and turned it off without having the slightest desire to see how it ends. Good allegorical fantasy exists. The Chronicles of Narnia are among the most beloved classic fantasies in the last 60 years. If it's well done, I can even enjoy a story where I disagree with the author's views. Tolkien was pretty clear on his feelings about industrialization in The Lord Of the Rings, yet it remains an epic and exciting story. This book is a barely concealed indictment of our modern drug culture, both legal and illegal. It reads as though the author wrote a straightforward crime novel, then went back and did a word replace on every mention of drugs with 'magic' or 'potion'. Okay fine, we all know urban fantasy sells better than crime fiction, but the continuous heavy handed dialogue about how "white magic" (prescription drugs) are bringing down our society gets old quickly. I am a person who has benefited immensely from the use of prescribed antidepressants, and I don't take kindly to the suggestion that I am no better than a heroin addict.


    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Damned Busters: To Hell and Back, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Matthew Hughes
    • Narrated By Tom Lawrence
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    After accidentally summoning a demon while playing poker, the normally mild-mannered Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul…which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world – and that actually turns out to be a really bad thing. There’s only one thing for it. Satan offers Chesney the ultimate deal – sign the damned contract, and he can have his heart’s desire.

    Scott Pike says: "Funny like a fantasy Red Dwarf"
    "Decent Story, terrible narration"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The publishers chose, in their infinite wisdom to contract as the narrator a gentleman with a pronounced English accent. Had he read the story in his own accent or had he been one of those talented individuals, such as Hugh Laurie, who can mimic the American accent flawlessly this would not have been an issue. Unfortunately, neither of those things were the case. Mr Lawrence seems to feel that Americans pronounce every word that ends in an audible vowel with a hard R sound. Thus data becomes dater etc. Mr Lawrence would also lapse fairly often and allow his natural accent to bleed through. all this led to a very distracting performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (548)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Exactly what you expect."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a straightforward comic book superhero tale, told from the pov of the villain and one of the heroes. Every character is a standard comic book archetype. I kept hoping for a twist, something that would make this more than your standard Selfless Hero Versus Maniacal Villain tale. For example, why not make the villain's motives a desire to save the world by taking over, rather than the trite "soon they'll all see, I'll make them pay" reasoning we've seen in every four color rag printed since they started pulping wood. Maybe the supposed villain could turn out to be the hero. Why not explore the idea of godlike beings using their powers to enforce law and order? Where does their control end? What if they have no moral compass? What if they blindly enforce the laws of a totalitarian regime? I know these ideas have been explored before, but I expect a novel of this sort to be more than a simple good versus evil story. At least make it funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acklinta's Design Flaw

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert W. Birch
    • Narrated By Alex Paizuri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Depressed, owing to his having been rejected by a lover, Fred fails to see a strange object streak across the horizon. As he walks the Californian topless beach he does not even pay attention to the variety of breasts the view of which he would otherwise enjoy. Greatly preoccupied, he fails to notice a beautiful topless woman until she stands almost in front of him. He grows immediately attracted to her. Later, he discovers that she vents a very powerful pheromone: one hard for any man to resist.

    Michael R. says: "B for Effort?"
    "B for Effort?"
    Overall

    This book is fine for what it is, assuming it's a better than average piece of web fiction. There are a lot of funny ideas. I especially liked the bit about the planet of galactic hat makers. That being said, the sex scenes are not particularly erotic, and the dialogue occasionally sounds awkward. Oh and the O'Henry twist was an insult to my intelligence.
    Still, it was a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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