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Michael

Wolfforth, TX, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1988)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (965)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Refreshing"
    Overall

    This book presented a fresh look at fantasy fiction interweaving the real world with the fantasy world. buying in to a 12 year old genius is easy to do, however, buying into the same 12 year old with the street smarts of a veteran mob member is a little bit of a stretch. It was easier imagining the elves existed. Overall a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a shorter fantasy book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (371)

    In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

    Shirley says: "straight forward"
    "Loved hearing Bush tell the story himself!"
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    This is a revealing book read by President George Bush himself about the incredibly difficult decisions he was required to make during his terms. Most of the decisions were not always black and white and you can tell the sincerety in his voice when he discusses some of the tougher decisions that may not have been the best option available. The weight of the tasks he is asked to manage on a daily basis is immense with the whole world watching his every move. I do not envy President bush and I have a new found respect for him as a person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27081)
    Performance
    (13703)
    Story
    (13747)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Excellent Book!!"
    Overall
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    This is an excellent book that is performed well. What more can I say that the other 25,000 reviewers have not already said.

    Download it.

    Listen to it.

    Learn what it was really like in the South during that period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (555)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "The roots of gaming today as we know it!"
    Overall
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    This book is a great recollection of the founders of Doom, how it all got started, and how they ended up where they are today. I was interested in this book having grown up during the 80's and actually having a Pong as well as an Atari. It was cool to hear about games that I played on my computer and how they were developed. The book is about how player vs player gaming was developed over the years (along with other single player games) and shows how these guys defined how we play many of the games that are out on the market today. I found the book interesting and it definitely kept my attention to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (425)

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    "Highly recommended if you like Memoirs!"
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    Don't let the title fool you, this is not just a book about a fighter pilot! Robin Olds truly was a larger than life personality. The memoirs detail how he attained his Ace Fighter Pilot status and where that career took him. From leadership positions within the Air Force to Washington DC, Robin was an influential pilot and leader. His life outside of the cockpit was just as interesting having married a movie star.

    He talks about his opinions and recounts on the different wars that he was involved in, particularly Vietnam, that show a historical viewpoint from a fighter pilot. I definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallout

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    TOPGUN instructor Luke Henry quits the Navy to start a private aerial combat school in Nevada. A lucrative contract with the U.S. government brings him 20 Russian MiG-29 fighter planes with the condition that he train a group of Pakistani Air Force Pilots hand-picked by the Department of Defense. Luke is hesitant to train fighters from another country in the skills he learned at TOPGUN, but he cannot open the school without agreeing.

    Lori says: "Definitely worth the listen"
    "Definitely Worth Reading!"
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    I found this book very interesting and often did not want to get out of my car but rather sat in the driveway listening to see what would happen next before shutting off the engine. The military story line is thought out and develops well through the book. There were a few loose ends that remained unfinished, but overall a good book.

    The deeper story line here is showing yet another example of how American's feel safe in a world that is not so safe. Even though the story is fiction, it leads one to think about what other opportunities are out there for terrorists to attack within US borders that we do not realize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9868)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4391)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Amazing book! A life changer!"
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    With 165 downloads and a small library of paperbacks I think it is fair to say I have read my share of books. And with having said that, I can say that this is one book that I will read over again multiple times. It is one of the most interesting books I have ever listened to.

    What makes this book so amazing are the multiple studies of personalities through recent history that have fallen outside of the norm and defined what an Outlier actually is. The concept of Outliers is very interesting and it is eye-opening to hear how some of the highly successful people in the book were not just "phenoms" who happened to get lucky in life. From The Beatles to Steve Jobs to Professional Hockey players, the studies are interesting and presented in a format that is easy to listen to and understand.

    I would recommend this book for everyone high school age or older. If you have not listened to this book you should. As a parent I have discussed some of the concepts with my children who are a little young to read it now and will make sure they read it as they embark on their careers.

    This book can be a life changer if you let it. It shows how successful people become successful. And it is not a load of BS like you see on late night infomercials. It is the real deal - find what interests you - work hard - stick with it - and if you are not as successful as you had hoped, you have at least passed these values on to your children who will have a much better chance at success in whatever they decide to do.

    Once again, everyone should listen to this book. Period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Levitin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrman
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Levitin draws on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen.

    Paul Mullen says: "Neuroscience for the right brain"
    "Overall a good read, but slow at times."
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    Overall this was an interesting book about the human obsession with music and how it effects us. Different aspects of the influence of music on the brain are presented in an almost scientific format, which made the book slow moving at times. I found myself speeding up the audio to double time to get through parts of the book. However, I did find it compelling enough to complete the book. If you are a musician, are interested in how music effects people, or are interested in what makes the brain fond of music this is a great book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna - the World's Deadliest Peak

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Roberts, Ed Viesturs
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    The best-selling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made - or attempted - the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges.

    Michael says: "Another great book with Ed Viesturs"
    "Another great book with Ed Viesturs"
    Overall
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    If you follow mountaineering and enjoy books written from the diaries of world class climbers then this audio book will not disappoint. Viesturs and Roberts put together a great book that reads more like a memoir than a novel and recounts the career long goal of climbing Annapurna. The deeper meaning behind the story is that we all have our own challenges in life, our own Annapurna, and with enough persistence and a little luck those challenges can be overcome. I have listened to approximately 25 books on mountaineering and enjoyed this one as much as any of the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leslie Kean
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (119)

    With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

    Joseph Hayek says: "Most Reasonable Book on UFO's"
    "Very Interesting!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version so I have no idea if it is better than the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author presented convincing cases of evidence that there is something flying around in our atmosphere that we have yet to identify. There is also substantial evidence to show that the US government is one of the least responsive governments in the world when it comes to UFO's. The majority of the book came off as an unbiased presentation of information. However, the last few chapters heavily leaned towards the belief that there are UFO's out there that are not of this planet, which there is no evidence of as presented in this book. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. The author clearly has done decades of research before writing the book and it is well worth listening to.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was hard to follow at times during some of the interviews because there was no change in tone, pitch or tamber for the different persons quoted in the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian "Head" Welch
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    In February 2005, more than 10,000 people in Bakersfield, California, watched as Brian “Head” Welch—the former lead guitarist of the controversial rock band Korn—was saved by Jesus Christ. The event set off a media frenzy as observers from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star out of the darkness and into the light.

    Matt says: "Awesome memoir! Honest, gripping, challenging!"
    "Tell-All book by former Korn guitarist"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is truly a tell-all book, just not about Korn. Brian Welch tells all about what it was like living as an addicted rock star. I found it was quite interesting. This dude was a long long time drug user with a major adiction and kicked it without the help of rehab, but rather with a lot of prayer. He brings out all of his skeletons and fesses up to more than just the drug addiction. I thought it was pretty cool to see a guy so famous become so transparant. He also talks through how it took him years to really grow as a christian and understand God's love, and to be able to forgive people he hated, and ask forgiveness from those he wronged. Parts of the book are almost a confessional and I can see how it was probably therapuetic writing for Welch. There is a point in the book where he writes about being an new christian that was on fire big time, with tons of money to back it up. But as the book continues you can see how he grew as a christian over the past years since quitting Korn.

    It may be something very different than what you would normally listen to, but I would definitely recommend it. It is not that long and I did not find any parts of it boring, nor did I find myself yelling at my iphone "get on with the story already!" like I often do with the 30 hour fiction books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brian Welch


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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