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Michael

MIke Charette

DAYTON, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Man Plus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Roger Torraway watched in horror as the monster lurched, toppled over and died. Project Man Plus had gone suddenly and drastically wrong. The race to colonize Mars was too important, too costly, and America was already too committed, for plans to be scrapped. They would have to make a new Martian. And Roger Torraway was it, candidate for the endless surgery, operation after painful operation, that would enable him to survive on that faraway planet.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "More timely now than ever"
    "Good story, with a suprise at the end."
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    Where does Man Plus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top 85%, for quality, writing, original story, and masterful execution!


    What other book might you compare Man Plus to and why?

    Oh! of course Gateway, which the images of the mushroom shaped,space ships that will take you to places of great wonder, and possible death, still haunt my memories.


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    The main character


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

    Yes especially towards the end where it got tense!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book by a Great Author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invaders Plan: Mission Earth, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Earth does not exist. Or so they want you to believe. Who are they and what do they want? They are the Voltarians of Voltar - an empire 110 planets strong. They are already among us. And the invasion is about to begin…. Or is it? The truth is far more sinister. It's the end of the world as you know it…and the beginning of one of the most spectacular, thought-provoking, and wildly inventive works of science fiction and espionage of our time.

    Dayton says: "Rate the Book, Not the Author's Personal Beliefs"
    "Just the best!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this whole story, whenever I have a question about life, I just ask myself, What would Jettero Heller do?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invaders Plan?

    There were so many, and it is the best science fiction series I have ever read, or listened to! But to be fair, the innocence of the main hero Jettero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with Jettero, getting in a fight in the bar, while Sultan makes fun of what he calls Jettero's stupidity and bravery.


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

    Mission Earth of Coarse! Why fool with perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the whole series, and the deep meanings having to do with our so called culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (438)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Just the best!"
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    What did you love best about Have Space Suit, Will Travel?

    The full cast audio, and the story, which is one of Heinlein's best!


    What other book might you compare Have Space Suit, Will Travel to and why?

    Star man Jones, another of Heinlein's finest! Just a good full and complete story, from start to finish.


    Have you listened to any of Will McAuliffe and the Full Cast Family ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of the Heinlein ones, and I wish they would do all of his young adult series.


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

    I loved all the Mother things exchange, and the interplay between Pee wee.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the whole presentation, and the story with the full cast narration was Just Magical!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Villainy Victorious: Mission Earth, Volume 9

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In Villainy Victorious The Death Battalion from the planet Voltar is sent by Apparatus Chief Lombar Hisst, who refuses to give up his maniacal plan to take over the throne from Emperor Cling the Lofty. Caught up in a power-crazed frenzy, Hisst holds the fate of the world and the entire Voltar Confederacy in his greedy, grasping hands. Can Fleet Combat Engineer Jettero Heller, the beautiful Countess Krak, and the dying Emperor survive?

    Michael says: "Fantastic story!"
    "Fantastic story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved it, and it's one of the most honest, and thoughtful series in history!


    What other book might you compare Villainy Victorious to and why?

    None! It stand against the sands of time, and all forms of galactic prose, without equal!


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Just stupendous!


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

    Yes! And I will again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    L. Ron Hubbard's Masterpiece!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Cargo

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Insurance investigator Brent Calloway may be too hard-boiled to crack a smile, but he’ll go to any length to crack a case. As tough, terse and tireless as insurance man Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity, Calloway’s about to go to extremes to see to it that one ship makes it safely from Hawaii to the mainland. Going undercover and posing as ruthless killer Spike O’Brien, Calloway quickly discovers that on this ship nothing is what it seems, and no one can be trusted. With so much insurance money at stake, and the whole crew apparently in on the scam, this could end up being a voyage to the bottom of the sea.

    Michael says: "Cool story abord ship"
    "Cool story abord ship"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes, great adventure story, and performances.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it was great, you never knew weather they were going to live or die.


    Have you listened to any of R. F. Daley and Jim Meskimen ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fantastic, love those guys, they make these stories come alive!


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

    It was exhilarating!


    Any additional comments?

    Love a lot of these books but ones like these are my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble on His Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Jennifer Aspen, Bob Caso, Jim Meskimen, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Johnny Brice is a hotheaded, hard-working "picture-chaser" for the newsreels. He loves to fly into the mouth of danger (whether forest fire, shipwreck, or flood), get the story first, shoot it, and send the film back fast so that it can be turned into newsreels for theatres all across America. He's the best there ever was as a "top dog" reporter... up till the day he inadvertently saves the life of a golden-haired girl he pulls out of the ocean while covering a ship burning at sea.

    Michael says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Loved it! Great adventure story, loved the going around the world, and the Irish side kick!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You know I really felt the fear, and adventure, when he landed in the ocean with a parachute, and again battling the forest fire! It was just fantastic.


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

    Yes they are fantastic, just like the old Radio drama's. I almost feel spoiled because the performances is are just so good.


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

    News chasers facing death at every turn


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Door into Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (241)

    Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

    K. Lange says: "One of Heinlein's Best"
    "The Best Heinlein!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Door into Summer the most enjoyable?

    The story, and the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The cat Pete. He is so original.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the opening scene in the restaurant, and later, when he winds up at the nudist colony.


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

    When he gets revenge.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Despite Mercury's desolateness, there are still those who hope to find diamonds in the rough. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space.

    Daved Baker says: "One of Ben Bova's best"
    "The Best! Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Mercury in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting and fast paced!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the engineer who built the elevator.


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

    Stephan is just the best in the World!


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

    Mercury


    Any additional comments?

    Ben Bova is a fantastic writer, and important for our time as a cultural leader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf: The Lives of Jack London

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James L. Haley
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast—by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster pirate. From his vantage point at the margins of Gilded Age America, he witnessed such iniquity and abuses that he became a life long socialist and advocate for reform. Award-winning western historian James L. Haley paints a vivid portrait of London—adventurer, social reformer, and the most well-known American writer of his generation.

    Janice says: "Just Ok"
    "Great Book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wolf: The Lives of Jack London the most enjoyable?

    The chronology, the history, the writers story, which was such a fantastic adventure in bravery.


    What other book might you compare Wolf: The Lives of Jack London to and why?

    The history of Robert E. Howard in his Conan series books, just simply Fascinating, as this was!


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    What a Beautiful and fantastic presence he lends to this work! I just remember him being this silly comedian on that sit com years ago! But he is like a bloody Orson Wells in this narration! Loved it! Keep up the good work Bronson!


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

    The Fact that one of my literary hero's had to work, so................so hard as a child, "the worker beast" was particularly touching.


    Any additional comments?

    First rate! Will listen to it again, and again through out the years! Thank you audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Quest: Mission Earth, Volume 6

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In Death Quest, alien assassin Soltan Gris will stop at nothing to destroy Fleet Officer Jettero Heller and sabotage his mission to save Earth from drowning in its own environmental problems, while, at the same time, he's forced to play husband to two wives and keep up with a teenage nymphomaniac.

    Michael says: "Great Story!"
    "Great Story!"
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    What did you love best about Death Quest?

    The humor, the characters, the story, the actors are Great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Quest?

    All the ways Sultan tries to kill our hero's, yet does not succeed, at least not yet.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    FANTASTIC ACTORS! First rate production! Love, Love, Love every fricken minute of it!


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

    Made me laugh, I love the villain Sultan, but he is a mighty Jerk!


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The January Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized, interstellar human civilization that the artifact might save or destroy. Collectors want the Dancer, pirates take it, rulers crave it, and all will kill, if necessary, to get it. This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.

    Geoff says: "Excelent space opera"
    "Okay I don't get it."
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    Would you try another book from Michael Flynn and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Love Stefan Rudnicki, great narrator, but Michael Flynn, this is the second book I've gotten from him and it is mediocre at best. Little dialogue, weak story, mediocre science. I usually support my Irish Brothers, however, this dude just is not that good. I am a Science fiction writer, and this guy does a lot of things that are just not that entertaining.


    What could Michael Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Oh....................I don't know, put in more dialogue, used words that did not smack of amateurism. Maybe, if he had actual good science to back up the scenes in the book. I am not impressed at all, he writes like Edgar Rice Boroughs, all description and little dialogue to move the story along. Crap I'm a better writer than he is, and that is not saying much.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Rudnicki is a master, I have heard him on most of Ben Bova's work, "The Planet series, etc. I enjoy Bova's work immensely, however Bova is not quite Heinlein, and Flynn is about half as good Bova, and that is being generous! I wish I could give Mr. Flynn a better review. Read the first chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses, and you will see what a GREAT Irish writer can do!


    Was The January Dancer worth the listening time?

    No, I am deeply saddened to say I wish that it were, I will have my priest say a prayer for poor Mr. Flynn.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what the bloody problem with My. Flynn is but, I wish he were better. I had a bad time with his other works too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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