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Michael

Diamond Bar, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 916 titles in library
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  • The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Avram Davidson
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    This invaluable collection of Avram Davidson's resonant, witty short stories describes some incidents in the career of many-times-Doctor Engelbert Eszterhazy, loyal subject of the Triune Monarchy of Scythia- Pannonia-Transbalkania, located in a 19th-century Europe whose political landscape will be, after a little reflection, familiar to most fantasy listeners. Enquire with Doctor Eszterhazy into curious matters: the lurley, the old woman who lived with a bear, gingerbread men, dancing goats, and more.

    Gail says: "Brilliant Narration of the Erudite Abstruse"
    "Only the 2nd time in 40 years"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read &/or listened to more that 5000 books over the last 40 years. In all that time and with all those opportunities I have not finished only one title - until this book. For only the 2nd time in 40 years I did not finish a book that I had started. Believe me when I declare that I have had the urge to quit several other times, but managed to perservere. However, I just could not justify wasting any more time on a volume that provided no enjoyment or satisfaction. Actually, I did get some satisfaction by stopping the audio player. The producer's hype was terrific. The presenter did a very good job. The subject matter was geared to an intelligent 12 year old and left me cold. I wasted a credit and wish that there was some way to return it to Audible like an inedible meal at a restaurant.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of Saganami

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (284)

    The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

    Jean says: "The Shadow of Saganami"
    "Terrific story - very poor voices"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is an excellent example of terrific writing that merges multiple subplots within a primary theme. Actually, it is what I have come to expect from David Weber. HOWEVER, the narrator significantly detracted from my enjoyment. The straight story narration is wonderful. The narrator has a melifluous style that is very enjoyable. BUT his voices are terrible for the males and totally horrid and unacceptable for the women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (884)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Great fighting scenes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Terrific descriptions of fighting and battles. Excellent major characters. Thorougly engaging and hard to put down. Many more named and described characters than were necessary to keep the story moving. I will definitely try another book by this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Net Is Wide: A Prequel to Tales of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (289)

    Set before Tales of the Otori begins, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales.

    Maria says: "Extremely Satisfied"
    "What an enthralling beginning."
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven's Net Is Wide the most enjoyable?

    The story, the character development, the ease of association with earthly history, the eager anticipation to listen to the next step in the adventure, the absolute belief in the reality of the entire volume.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was nothing to dislike


    Have you listened to any of J. Paul Boehmer and Julia Fletcher ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    A story of love,adventure, and Bushido.


    Any additional comments?

    It truly sets the stage for the 4 volumes which follow. What a masterpiece of excitement and adventure mixed with treachery and regrets.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1679)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Good author - Poor narrator"
    Overall

    Good story (and so are the next ones in the series) - decent character development - very weak science, but when you encounter FTL travel you are forced to suspend a lot of reality - however, it is obvious that neither the author nor the director of the narration have reasonable knowledge of military ranks or the tactics of battle - oh well there are worse sins, such as the narrator who reads descriptive text well and in a generally pleasing tone, but whose characters' voices are disgraceful. Honor frequently sounds like a whining, slightly nasal, pre-pubescent little girl. Most of the other female voices are poor to fair, but the male voices are horrid. Worst of all is that there is little differentiation between characters even with regard to the sex of the speaker and a multi-character discussion is very difficult to follow.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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