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Michael

MIke Charette

DAYTON, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (360)

    It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

    Kevin d. says: "Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong."
    "Great Story by a Master story teller!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have, and I love the series.


    What other book might you compare The Ringworld Engineers to and why?

    Troy rising, by John Ringo, however Larry Niven is a slightly better writer.Mr Niven can write Fantasy as well as Science fiction, he is just one of the great ones.


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

    The emotions, and the feelings of the charactors.


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

    Yes but it is just too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I give Mr. Niven a 97 out of 100 on this one, but I didn't like the incarnation of teela brown, but that is my only complaint. Other than that it was a wonderful journey I will love to take again, again.I didn't have a problem with the sex in the book, I thought it was appropriate, and important to the story. I also loved the intro by Larry Niven, "The ring world is unstable!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

    Flavius says: "Some Great Stories"
    "Just fantastic Fantasy writing!"
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    Where does The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just the Best!


    What other book might you compare The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian to and why?

    The others in the series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most of the fight scenes, and the colorful, and descriptive writing


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

    I enjoyed it temendously, however, I did not, cry, but I did occasionally laugh


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator Todd McClarion is just MONUMENTAL, and just the best! The only others I like are the Full cast audio, and Steve Rudniki.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Space Cadet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert A Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Matt Dodson arrives at Space Academy little prepared for the rigorous program he is about to enter. But that’s the point of the academy: to take young men and steep them in a demanding tradition of honor, courage, and sacrifice until they have earned the right to join the Patrol as guardians of the solar peace. Unfortunately, even the academy’s high power training can’t completely prepare Matt and his friends Tex and Oscar for the harrowing test of both survival and diplomatic skills they will face when a mission goes disastrously wrong.

    DocJim says: "Nothing better than Heinlein performed by a cast!"
    ""Just the Best""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Classic Heinlein, His second book, and you can see him growing as a truly gifted writer. His style and knowledge of what it was like being a midshipman, and later a navy man shows. You must remember the times Bobert A. Heinlein grew up in, and the trust people had in their government was much different then today. So the idea of circling atomic warheads in orbit, like satilites, the praverbale "sword of Damalces" was not so far fetched.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Space Cadet?

    That it was a complete story, not like the bull crap that Hollywood churns out today.The lazy garbage that has very little story, just a lot of conjecture. Like the last Promethus movie, in which the writers havent done any of the hard work needed to flesh out a story, and just offer us a bunch of pretty pictures, and big Ka--splosions!


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

    He has a fantastic narrators voice and is full of presence and complements the rest of the actors.


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

    When they found the old ship, the long dead Patrol men, who were imortalized in ceremony.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it great for kids, and adults alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rolling Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

    George says: "Good Fun, Good Science"
    "Simply the Best!"
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    Would you listen to The Rolling Stones again? Why?

    I have listened to a dozen times, what a Great story! And the full family cast, Just Tremendous! Love everything they do!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rolling Stones?

    The business opportunities pursued by the twins, and I loved the grand mother who was also an engineer.


    Which character – as performed by David Baker and the Full Cast Family – was your favorite?

    The father, I just love his voice, he's been in some of the others done by these guys. It pays to have professional actors! Hats off to the Tobins, they are the best! The narrator is top notch too, he's just as good as anyone working today!


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

    Towards the end, but I don't want to give anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    I love most of Heinlein's early stuff! Its just the best! And this full family cast, what a fantastic group they are! I will buy everything they do in Sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

    James says: "Cornucopia of Genre's"
    "More fantasy, than Science"
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    If you could sum up Orion in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Imaginative, Good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travel, and the descriptions of the different time periods.


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

    Mr Rudnicki is just one of the best, if not the best. He has great range and fantastic delivery.


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

    Ah, It was a god story, though no extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben Bova is really good writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    Kevin says: "Great Stuff!"
    "Great story! Bova's best!"
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    Would you listen to Jupiter again? Why?

    Yes, and I have. Though I could do without the terriable intro by Halin Ellison! I get the feeling Ben Bova is friends with Harlin, the way George Lucas is friends with Steve Spielberg; some what temparate, to say the least. And I resent the fact that the "Goyim" cant tell jokes, there are hundreds of non Jews who are very funny! Aside from that, this is a great story, and one of Bova's best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ohara, she was spunky!


    Have you listened to any of Christian Noble and David Warner ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They are both good.


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

    When the main charactor got thrown in the pool by the guards.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (4472)
    Story
    (4466)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Good story, but more fantasy than science"
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    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    Will Wheaton, great narration. Not Scalzi's best work, but pretty good, I enjoyed it, though not as much as "Old Man's War." Did not like the "he said" after every line of dialogue, though. That's amaturish, for a writer, and Scalzi is a pretty good writer. But that's one of the first things they teach you in fiction writing, just let the dialogue flow, and throw in the he said, they said, very sparingly. That said, really liked the story, was different, and I look forward to more from this interesting, and plucky author!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    When they go back to earth, Just like in the old Star Trek episodes.


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

    Yes and how, he is a very good reader, and excellent actor.


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

    When they were able to save one of the charactors from the past.I am being deliberatly vague here.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book worth the listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3212)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2235)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Just the Best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes this is the best new Science Fiction I have read, or listened to in years!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Man's War?

    Brilliant and funny, good characters, loved the D.I. he was hilarious. John Scalzi is really a good writer, However, he is not on a level with the great Robert Heinlein. The reason Heinlein's prose is so elevated is because Heinlein engages in broad societal commentary and an solid under pining of moral philosophy. This is what the major difference is. Scalzi's work is mostly entertainment, with a brief pot shot thrown at Big corporations. Now allow me to sight an example, from Heinlein's Starship Troopers. I will now quote from the holy of Starship Troopers, ah-hmmm, Mr. Dubios asks Johnnie Rico "What is the moral difference between a soldier and a civilian?" Johnnie responds "The difference lies in the field of civic virtue. A soldier accepts responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member, defending it if need be, with his life, the civilian does not." There is nothing like this Old mans war. or in any other examples in Mr. Scalzi's work. I do consider him to be an up and coming writer, equal to Larry Niven, Orson Scott card, or Robert Sawyer. So though he is good, he is not quite Bob Heinlein, at least not yet.


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

    Wonderful, Great range as an actor, and reader! Just the Best.


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

    Galactic mercenaries from Hell!


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citadel: Troy Rising, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1048)

    Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning....

    Colin says: "another great story, with new characters"
    "first half so so, second half good"
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    What did you like best about Citadel? What did you like least?

    The second half of the book I give 4 stars the first half I give 2 stars. I find some of the knee jerk conservative diatribe not even reasonable. The character of Dana, is very two dimensional, and not the strong independent woman I would expect her to be, and an ace pilot for the earth defense at that. She seemed like a timed little woman just doing her best, which exemplifies John Ringo's typical sexist right wing nonsense.You need a bad ass like Mila Jovavich to go in there and get the job done! Great battle scenes, great descriptions, of process's and advanced machinery! That's the part that I love about John Ringo.But all that is in the second half which is as good as the first book. I am sure I will get the third.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was fine and was similar to the first book, but all the crazy conclusions from the first half of the book, not realistic. Example: Earth is attacked by aliens and only the United States wants to defend the planet! Not the Russians, not the Chinese, not the Germans, no one but us here in America. Really?


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

    Excellent story teller and reader, does good voice's, I give him 5 stars


    Could you see Citadel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes! In the right hands it could be spectacular, Hey give it to Michael Bay, he did a fantastic job with the Island, and Transformers. I like that chick from the medical show House, the bomb Oliva wilde! yeah she would be a great Bad ass pilot, or Milla Jovavich.


    Any additional comments?

    John, John............I guess your strengths out weigh your weekness'es but I can only give this a 3 star over all for story and 5 stars for excellent reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "Interesting, you get to see how the wealthy live"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was interesting, but not the Master's best work, you get to see how rich people live, and view their cavalier lives, but not too much of anything else. This was a good idea, but not exploited to anywhere its true potential. Heinlein's earlier work is simply fantastic, all the stuff from the" 50's" and "60's" I would recommend whole heartedly, while I am one the biggest Heinlein fan's (He is the best Science fiction writer of the last 100 years, in my humble opinion) I think he has done better work, work that touch's people on so many levels. Its worth listing to, but don't make it your first Heinlein read or listen. Umkay!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the main charactor being a super spy, or courier as she called her self. Least interesting, let me see the Geo-politcal nonsense going on in the back ground, does it add to the story or is it dystopian, I don't know, its not quite fleshed out.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was a mediocre performance, she acted kind of bored the whole, read and extremely whiny (think of Fran Dressher in the nanny) ha ha ha! This is not what a super spy would do, check out Aeon flux, that's a kick ass chick!


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

    No I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    It was alright but like I say, not his best, and the narrator need's diction, and acting lessons!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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