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Michael

MIke Charette

DAYTON, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 34 reviews
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  • Man Plus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    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
  • 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
    (54)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    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.

    Danny says: "A life of bright flames to ashes..."
    "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
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    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
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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
  • Red Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert A` Heinlein
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (175)

    Jim Marlowe's Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur.

    But Jim's devotion to the little creature will soon lead him and his pal Frank into a death-defying trek across Mars.

    Robert says: "Another good story by one of the great SF authors"
    "William Dufris and Full cast Audio Rule's!"
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    If you could sum up Red Planet in three words, what would they be?

    Just Magical.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Planet?

    Meeting the Martians


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ice skating on Mars.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I just love the full cast audio, and Robert A. Heinlien are the Best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greed

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, David Paladino, James King, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Is Greed good? The future of Earth and all of mankind may hang on that one question. And George Marquis Lorrilard—a space age ace-pilot, adventurer and fortune-hunter to rival Hans Solo of Star Wars—is just the man to answer it. The world is divided between Asia and the United Continents—two great super powers locked in eternal warfare. But the balance of power is about to shift in Asia’s favor. They have developed a top-secret weapon—the cohesion projector–that could lead to annihilation on an unprecedented scale.

    Michael says: "Fairly good stories"
    "Fairly good stories"
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    Would you listen to Greed again? Why?

    Sure, I already have, 3 times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting stories from the pulp era, some racism towards Asians, blacks, and in the last story towards Irish men in the movie business, who everyone knows is populated by people of the Jewish persuasion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The horse winning and the movie business, from the Auto-magic horse.


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

    Stories from the far edges of the universe to the your own backyard.


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Bruce Boxleitner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    That is Fanner Marston’s mantra—his reason for being—and while he knows a little about the first and a lot about the second, he may well be on the verge of learning everything there is to know about the third. Power. He may, in fact, be about to uncover the key to gaining absolute control over the entire universe. The only problem is, Fanner is certifiably insane—a crazed Peter Lorre on a power trip.

    Michael says: "Great stories!"
    "Great stories!"
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    Where does The Great Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of 100 is is in the top ten.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Secret?

    Cree lauren and his dealing with the Slavers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    that would give away the ending


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

    I liked It, L. Ron Hubbard is a great writer, and the Pulp stuff is fantastic! Nothing but Good Clean fun!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cargo of Coffins

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    If Lars Marlin had three wishes, two have already been granted: he has escaped from Devil’s Island . . . and he has come face to face with the man who put him there - Paco Corvino. But the third wish - putting a bullet in Corvino - will have to wait. They’re off to sea, and not since Fletcher Christian and Captain Bligh set sail on the Bounty have two more heated enemies been in the same boat.

    Michael says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Where does Cargo of Coffins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top ten percent, fantastic cast, and good rendition! Just as good as the full family cast used to be on the Heinlein books before they were discontinued.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lars


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the streets of Casa blanca


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

    Devils Avenger!


    Any additional comments?

    Just fantastic stories of adventure by Mr. Hubbard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "Just the best!"
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    If you could sum up Logan's Run in three words, what would they be?

    Great Adventure story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure elements, its just like I remember it, when I read it as a kid.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Logan


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Cathy Schenkelberg, Jim Meskimen, R.F. Daley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    To the Stars is set in an uncertain, strife-torn future when the first starships of man are traveling across the galaxy, but not without extracting a terrible price from their crews.

    Michael says: "The best I've listened to this year!"
    "The best I've listened to this year!"
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    What did you love best about To the Stars?

    The adventure, the story, and the ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Stars?

    Traveling through space and not aging, the esprit de corp of the navigation officers.


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

    Great voices, and characters, wonderful cast!


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

    The first time he came back to earth, Gand the changes in civilization.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, I can see where Robert Heinlien learned his craft, since Hubbard was his mentor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Sci-Fi Fantasy Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Bruce Boxleitner, R. F. Daley, Corey Burton, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Experience the adventures in this new audio collection by L. Ron Hubbard. Included are: The Great Secret , A Matter of Matter, If I Were You, Danger in the Dark and The Crossroads.

    Michael says: "Fantastic!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    What did you love best about Super Sci-Fi Fantasy Collection?

    I loved the stories, I can see where Robert A. Heinlien, learned how to write this stuff!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great Science fiction, from a guy who was beyond mastery, I don't know very much about Scientolgy, but this work is first rate, as good as Robert E. Howard, in language and scope of wonderful ideas! No way is it dated! Just Great!


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

    Fantastic narration, from true proffessionals and powerful actors.


    If you could take any character from Super Sci-Fi Fantasy Collection out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I like them all!


    Any additional comments?

    A wonder for the sence's, a factor of 100,000!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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