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Mike

New Canaan, CT, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (906)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Part 3 still great!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Solomon's Song in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, Epic, Wish it would keep going

    I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)

    Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
    He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
    Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis

    The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
    You will love
    Enjoy!


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

    All great


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

    A life well lived is a life well loved.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3378)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3056)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "A great listen that should have never been written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't resist.
    Despite knowing that this guy had broken all kinds of codes, I listened.
    It was interesting and a great glimpse into and SF life.
    It is well written.

    I was seduced by the idea that much of the proceeds would go to widows and families of fallen warriors.
    I have since discovered that they have refused it and that more is going to the author than I knew.

    If you're looking for huge secrets or major insights, there really aren't any. There are details.
    I'd say the book is 80% about coming up in the SEALS with 20% on the actual mission.
    The author has since been silenced by the SF community.
    You have to decide whether just buying it is encouraging this type of thing or not...
    It makes a statement,
    If i could do it over again, I'd pass.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

    D Alexandra says: "good story but over rated"
    "Gabriel is still Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gabriel Allon still interesting. I found there to be quite a bit of repetition in this book--a couple ideas and thoughts but still a very fun listen.
    If you haven't listened to the series, worth going back to catch up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Still good but a bit too preachy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    BC's books are great. And this narrator is one of the best, if not THE best. But BC has a tendency to slip into sanctimony at times. The story starts strong but, for me, toward the end especially, it gets too preachy about womens' rights, the environment, capitalism...
    it's fine when the characters play out their flaws and talents but the multi page lectures on what's right and wrong were too many and too obvious.
    As always, it's worth a listen, but not the best


    Would you recommend Fishing for Stars to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is a master


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (524)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Super interesting story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Hominids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the road


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hominids?

    When the time wall is breached


    What does Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotional weight


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A story out of the ordinary. You have to like Sci Fi

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (617)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Amazing Story & Narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Brother Fish again? Why?

    I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)

    Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
    He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
    Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis

    The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
    You will love
    Enjoy!


    What other book might you compare Brother Fish to and why?

    The Potato Factory
    The Power of ONe--this is a kind of parallel story


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

    Always great


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

    All the fights


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (417)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "This one's worth a credit!"
    Overall

    With 4 hours of driving a day and 2 accounts I go through a lot of books!
    This is great!
    Demille does a fantastic job of deconstructing the war through his characters--both here and in other books. He gives us a soul victory if not a military one.
    Great Story.
    Scott Brick is the absolute best!

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Inside Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Lawson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (64)

    From a bluff overlooking Georgia's untamed Chattooga River, an assassin fires three shots. The President of the United States is wounded; his best friend and a Secret Service agent are killed. Two days later, a man in Landover, Maryland, commits suicide, and in the man's home is overwhelming evidence that he was responsible for the assassination attempt.

    Jonathan Hoffman says: "Thrills & Chills"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    Lawson has some great characters in both this book and teh sequel, but the storiues are just so so.
    I think , as he keeps writing these, they will get better.
    The stories are decent, just not really new ideas.
    Scott Brick makes it as good as it can be.

    M

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

    Erik says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Great but TERRIBLE ENGINEERING!!!!"
    Overall

    So far this book is incredibly interesting and inspiring.
    But the breathing, pauses and mouth noises from the narrator are driving me nuts. Note to any author or producer--this stuff sounds sickening in headphones!!! Yuck. Give the guy some water

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (472)

    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?"
    "Hard to listen"
    Overall

    Who knows if the story is any good! This narrator is terrible!
    He drones on and on and the story dies on his lips.
    Not only that, the recording is full of mouth noises and stomach gurgles--which is just plain lazy engineering. It's gross. And so, hard to listen to.
    Seems like someone was in a hurry to get his out and not much on quality.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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