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Michael

Hollywood, FL, USA

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  • Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, Florence Fehrenbach, Jerome Fehrenbach
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When World War II erupted, Philipp von Boeselager, son of an aristocratic Catholic family, fought enthusiastically for his country as a cavalry lieutenant. But in the summer of 1942, when he witnessed the regime's criminal brutality toward Jews and Gypsies, his patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of officers intent on killing Hitler. After one aborted attempt, it was decided that a bomb would be used to assassinate HItler.

    Michael says: "More Of An Autobiography"
    "More Of An Autobiography"
    Overall

    This book read less as an overall story of Valkyrie than it did as an autobiography of Philipp von Boeselager. While the book did have some interesting information, the focus of much of the book surrounded the author and his brother, another German officer involved in the plot. If you want an interesting story of a former German soldier, this is it. If you want an in depth overall view of Valkyrie, I would not recommend this.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7698)
    Performance
    (4208)
    Story
    (4261)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Disappointing Follow Up To Ender's Game"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed Ender's Game and decided to give Speaker a chance. However, it was nothing like Ender's Game in that it lacked the suspense, likeability of characters and ultimately the continuous movement that kept me interested in Ender's Game.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Return: A Novel of Human Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Buzz Aldrin, John Barnes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    When a Shuttle accident kills a world-famous basketball player, former astronaut Scott Blackstone is out of a job. Worse, he and his "Citizen Observer" program are vilified in the media and he's being sued for a billion dollars. His ex-wife agrees to take the case and it begins to appear that the "accident" might not have been an accident at all.

    Martin says: "A fast-paced, superb adventure"
    "This Is A Great Listen"
    Overall

    I was skeptical when I purchased this book because there was only one review written, albeit a positive one. Now, having heard the book, I know why the praise (and five star rating) was there. The characters are well developed, the scientific basis upon which the book is written is both factual (as to current technology) and forseeable (as to future technology) and the story is very well written. The book takes hold quickly and doesn't let you go until the end. I hope more people find this gem and give it a chance, you won't be disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers.

    Dana Wolfe says: "Wonderful!"
    "Not Perfect, But Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    While parts of the book get lost in abstract principles, the overall experience is entertaining. The jokes are not always funny (at least not to me), but very few books with a lighter side are going to hit every time. As for the read, I can't imagine reading the book in hardcover or having somebody else read Carlin but himself. If you enjoy him and his delivery, give this book a shot.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (471)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Nothing Great"
    Overall

    I found many key points of the story to be predictable, while I found the climax to be anticlimatic. At times the story seemed to rely too much on long narative speeches which made me feel like I was back in school listening to a lecture rather than ready (listening to) a book which I anticipated would have some degree of action. Lastly, as for the reader, I'm glad to read other people's comments about stomach noises and verbal ticks ... I thought I had a problem with my I-pod.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Unpardonable Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Edgar Allan Poe is an American boy in England, a child standing on the edge of mysteries. In 1819, two Americans arrive in London. Soon afterward a bank collapses. A man is found horribly mutilated on a building site and an heiress flirts with her inferiors. All the while, Poe's young schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before he and his loved ones are destroyed. But the truth has its origins in the New World and the Old, in a bitter episode of corruption during the War of 1812.

    Anne says: "worthwhile"
    "An Enjoyable Book"
    Overall

    The book features a cast of well developed character and does a great job of establishing the period in which it is set. The reader was excellent and made listening a pleasure. Similarly, the story was easy to listen to and had a nice flow to it. I wouldn't recommend it for a first time listener because of its length, but if you're used to the audiobook format, go for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AudibleProops, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE
    • By Greg Proops
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    An AudibleOriginals® series, AudibleProops features Greg Proops and his own brand of acid-drenched, vitriolic, and epithet-laden material. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Richard A. Bretschneider says: "Honest"
    "Great !!!!"
    Overall

    It's hard to adequately describe this show, you just have to give it a listen ... but we warned, it's not for the timid or the GOP. Audible Proops is a sarcastic and witty look at what's going on in the world today. It's very enjoyable in its own caustic way.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Black Creek Crossing

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Saul
    • Narrated By Lee Meriwether
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    For most of her young life, 13-year-old Angel Sullivan has been on the outside looking in, enduring the taunts of cruel schoolmates and the angry abuse of a bitter father. Then Angel's family moves to the quaint town of Roundtree, Massachusetts, where a charming home is available, a promising job awaits Angel's unemployed father, and most of all, the chance to make a new start beckons to the shy, hopeful teenager.

    Irene says: "Twist of Fate"
    "A Very Enjoyable Experience"
    Overall

    I've alwawys enjoyed John Saul's books, but this was the first one I've heard on audio. The reader did a very good job of presenting the book and distinguishing the characters in the process. Anyone who has read John Saul will enjoy the story. Anyone who is not familiar with him should give this a shot. It is well worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Living History

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    You've probably heard clips from Senator Clinton's interview with Barbara Walters. But now you can listen to her full account of her years in the White House. Hillary Clinton vividly describes her pain over her husband's betrayal with Monica Lewinky saying that former President Bill Clinton lied to her about the relationship until the weekend before he admitted the nature of it to a grand jury.

    Timothy says: "Love It or Hate It"
    "A Very Enjoyable Look At The Clintons"
    Overall

    Although at times her reading seemed just like a recitation, the book was very enjoyable at its insight into the Clinton administration and the presidency in general.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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