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Michael

Tomball, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Facets of Ayn Rand

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Sures, Charles Sures
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Facets of Ayn Rand is based on 48 hours of interviews with Mary Ann and Charles Sures, longtime personal friends of Ayn Rand. Their recollections make vividly real the Ayn Rand they knew so well.

    Michael says: "Good view of Ayn Rand the person"
    "Good view of Ayn Rand the person"
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    Would you listen to Facets of Ayn Rand again? Why?

    Yes. Interesting details of the life of a genius; shows how positive and life-affirming she was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    Laura Hillenbrand beautifully renders this breathtaking saga of one horse's journey from also-ran to national luminary. Seabiscuit: An American Legend is an inspiring tale of unlikely heroes, a classic story of three embattled individuals overcoming the odds in the Great Depression.

    Andrew says: "Abridged = Awful"
    "What an Audio Book Should Be"
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    Any additional comments?

    The drama and intensity was sustained, and kept building thoughout. It was much better than the movie, which was periodically broken by leftist documentaries. The book stayed focused on Seabiscuit, the men who trained and loved him, and their trials, tribulations, and fight to succeed. This focus, this not straying from the story, made it more powerful than the movie.

    I am amazed at what the riders and trainer went through. They were dedicated, hard working, courageous, ambitious, rational and objective (at least in regard to horses), tenacious, and passionate. In horse racing, they were hot in their love and cold in their objectivity.

    But, you might have to be interested in horses to like it, or maybe interested in reading about men who recognize and cultivate greatness vs. those who do not.

    I love horses so I had an interest in listening to the book -- after I got started. I bought it accidentally. I did not want it yet; I did not think it would be that good. Boy was I surprised. Shortly after it started, I was hooked. If not for the need to sleep and work, I would have listened to it straight through.

    Hillenbrand did a great job. And Campbell Scott stayed right there with her. Just what the book deserved.

    Another thing that made the book great was that the horseman followed natural horsemanship, or something close to it. None of that irrational beating and mistreating of a horse that some call

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordeal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Ian Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Life in the Corbett family turned upside down when the first German bombs struck their well-ordered street. But life goes on through fire and destruction, life and love rising from the rubble of London and “the Blitz.”

    Michael says: "Time Well Spent: Novel of How Men Prevail"
    "Time Well Spent: Novel of How Men Prevail"
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    What did you love best about Ordeal?

    With bombs falling around your house at night, and water getting shut off, what would you do? A good story in the Shute tradition: men and women doing some amazing things to protect those they love and follow the journey of their chosen values. Not the first Shute I've read, but if it was, I'd read more. It's enjoyable reading about common people solving problems and facing moral issues, and good people helping each other.

    More in the Rattingan tradition (Separate Tables; the Browning Version) than the Rostand tradition (Cyrano de Bergerac) -- but both are good: benevolent and rational.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (466)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Amazing Story Everyone Should Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this!! Great book that should be widely read. It reminded me of Frederick Douglass' Autobiography. Damn, what Mr. Douglass and Ms. Ali went through when they were young. And I'm in awe of what they did with themselves out of their anti-life, anti-man, anti-reason backgrounds, backgrounds into which they were forced.

    The beginning of the book is ugly and hard to listen to -- I'm shocked, disgusted, outraged, and filled with contempt and hatred at how some people treat others, treat men, treat women, and treat precious life. But the last half of the book is a better read -- until we get to the part where Ms. Ali is threatened and has to go into hiding. Rooting for her all the way -- but scared for her, too.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, the Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    At the height of the roaring 20s, Swedish émigré Ivar Kreuger made a fortune raising money in America and loaning it to Europe in exchange for matchstick monopolies. His enterprise was a rare success story throughout the Great Depression. Yet after Kreuger's suicide in 1932, the true nature of his empire emerged.

    Donovan G. Rinker says: "excellent Depression era history-biography"
    "Intriguing Story About a Financial Genius"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it. The author seems pretty objective in assessing the good and bad of Kreuger, and providing us with evidence. A big plus. It's interesting hearing the story of IK and how he made his fortune. Amazing how he crashed through barriers, created businesses and wealth, and invented new financial instruments.

    But, while IK was a genius, he also had some really bad premises that destroyed him: he accepted government involvement in the economy, he agreed with the idea of government monopolies, he engaged in some fraud, deciet and dishonesty. Would have been interesting, if he had better premises, seeing how he turned out and what would have happened.

    I'd have liked, though, to have had more identification of what, psychologically and morally, made him wealthy and what conflicts he had to work through to achieve the successes he did. In other words, I'd have liked some rational philosophic analysis.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting that, like Steve Jobs, IK had a practiced, intense stare. But, unlike Jobs, he did not focus only on making great, economical products. In both cases, the scale on which they work brings out their premises -- premises other people have, too, but which are not seen much since most people don't live large and develop the consequence of their ideas so fullly and broadly; lots of people just sit around and mope through life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (440)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "A Lame Story: Ends With "Anything Could Happen""
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Heinlein again?

    Probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The female voices could have been done better. Most men cannot do good female voices, just as most women cannot talk like a man. It's cartoonish in either case.


    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of the story are good, but how Heinlein regards sex is perverse. Seems like everybody has sex with everybody else, and 13-year-olds have sex with 60 or 70-year-olds. Seems like he has a subjectivist view of sex: it has no meaning; it's just like eating dinner or playing some sport: you can do it with anyone. What the hell?

    And if there are

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • X Minus One: The Last Martian (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Guy walks into a bar, and tells a reporter he's the last surviving Martian. Based on a story by Frederic Brown, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on August 7, 1956.

    Michael says: "Entertaining Brown short"
    "Entertaining Brown short"
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    Any additional comments?

    Nice that it was dramatized; made it better than if one reader had done it. Nice, short, kind of

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension X: Knock (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door...." Based on a story by Frederic Brown, this episode of Dimension X originally aired May 6, 1950.

    Michael says: "Short Radio Drama Worth the $1 or So"
    "Short Radio Drama Worth the $1 or So"
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    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining short story, short radio program, with some Brownian motion: some twists and turns as Martians and Men mentally fence. The knock on the door changes meaning, from beginning of story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Frame

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Charles Todd is an English artist who is well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art - the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked, and a prime suspect.

    Mary A. says: "Art and Horses Combined Makes this one Intriguing"
    "Another good Dick Francis novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend it. Frame has plot twists and turns and it has horses: major pluses. But it shows, as Franics so often does, competent, intelligent, good men and women having to take responsibility in their own hands, and go solve a crime or murder. I love the independence, bravery, competence, and moral goodness they show.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of America's Most Renowned Horsemen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Buck Brannaman, William Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (104)

    In The Faraway Horses, Buck Brannaman shares his renowned methods for horse training and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer, for which he was the technical adviser.

    Amanda says: "Great Uplifter"
    "Fascinating story about Buck's life & horsemanship"
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    Any additional comments?

    Interesting, intriguing story about a natural horseman. Seems to be a good balance of time on Buck and time on horses; we get to see how the two were intertwined and how lessons from one were applied to the other -- and back again. I'd recommend the book. It has some good points about life and horsemanship. And I'm amazed at how Buck had such a hard life but turned out so well. Probably more than I could handle. Kudos for Buck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Believe: A Horseman's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Buck Brannaman, William Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Pruden, Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    From Buck Brannaman, best-selling author of The Faraway Horses, Believe: A Horseman's Journey continues to chronicle Buck's efforts as a catalyst and mentor through the stories of thirteen people with whom he has worked.

    Marla Stark says: "I'm a BELIEVEr"
    "OK stories about how horses change people's lives"
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    Any additional comments?

    Nice to hear how horses affect people's lives and how we learn lessons in one area but are able to apply them in another, but I wanted more, a lot more, horse training tips and discussion of the nature of horses, how they are in the wild. If it was not about horses, I'd have given it 2 stars.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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