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Micah

Woods Cross, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3400)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2091)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
    "Personally, I did not care for it"
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    This book was very little story surrounded by lots of rather ill-conceived philosophy. The little story there was is very simple with every small conflict easily resolved within a few 'pages'.

    I also did not agree with several aspects of the 'follow your dreams at all costs' theme that the writer espoused. I don't want to put in any 'spoilers' but the writer put way too much emphasis on the 'personal legend'. I was sick of that phrase by the end...

    Be warned it is VERY judeo-christian based, so if that kind of thing offends you, then stay away. I am a Christian, but still found the way the author used religion to be heavy-handed.

    Perhaps if you are looking for inspiration you might enjoy it, but I left it feeling uninspired and wishing I had spent my credits elsewhere.

    PS: Jeremy Irons did a good job with the reading, no complaints there.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3495)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1987)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "It's like a car wreck, you can't look away!"
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    Mary Roach packed the book full of very interesting information. If you can handle the topic, it is well worth the time. It was all interesting, but I found some of the topics to be absolutely fascinating (enough so that I would rewind and listen to them again to make sure I caught everything). Stuff I didn't realize I was too squeamish to want to know!

    I am not sure how she kept her sense of humor with such a grotesque topic, but there were many times I was laughing at things that I would never had thought could be funny. She has a very clever sense of humor that is sometimes subtle and sometimes like a club over the head.

    Several times I had to check to see if it was Mary Roach narrating because Shelly Frasier made it seem like she was telling a story, not reading text. I am not sure how to explain it, but it flowed very naturally and her comic timing was superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11390)
    Performance
    (9089)
    Story
    (9196)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Be patient, its well worth it!"
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    When I first began listen, I was not sure I was going to enjoy it. It took a little while, but I eventually got caught up in the story and I ended up wishing the next book in the series was out (it was not at the time). I would recommend it, but with the warning that it took me a little bit to settle into it so be patient and keep listening!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3203)
    Performance
    (2753)
    Story
    (2755)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Very funny and interesting, not what I expected."
    Overall
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    This was almost not what I would call science fiction. Obviously it is because it involves aliens, but it seemed more like a character study. Very witty and some interesting insights into how we view the universe. Wil Wheaton gave a great performance. I really enjoyed it, but don't expect voyages to strange new worlds or flashy laser battles. It was more about people and how we deal with something we have never seen before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5615)
    Performance
    (2243)
    Story
    (2271)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Brilliant performance by Tom Stechschulte!"
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    It was depressing and heart-wrenching, but the story is told so wonderfully. Tom Stechschulte really brings the father-son relationship in this story to life. The author tells relates a simple fictional story, but the way he does it makes it seem like you are there, experiencing it with the characters. It really drew me in. I usually listen to books during my commute and one morning I found myself sitting in my car in the parking lot at work, sobbing, not just crying, but actually sobbing out loud. I have not cried like that for a long time. I had to sit in my car for a while and compose myself. It makes me tear up a bit as I write this. I would definitely recommend it if you think you can handle the emotions it invokes.

    On a side-note, the movie is really good too!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10032)
    Performance
    (9334)
    Story
    (9337)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "1980s pop-culture voyage. Loved it!"
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    If you grew up in the 80s and were at all a fan of pop-culture, then I would say this is a must-read. It brought back so many memories and was so much fun to listen to. I would HIGHLY recommend this book. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Partials

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (397)

    The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

    Tabitha says: "Action! Romance! Science!"
    "Watch out Hunger Games, here comes Dan Wells!"
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    A great book, I would highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next book. I am definitely not in the intended audience (a late 30s male) but I was hooked within the first hour of listening. It reminded me of Hunger Games, with a strong female protagonist and I enjoyed it just as much as Suzanne Collins work. The way the world was described convinced me that the author did his homework, it was very believable. The reader was excellent, no complaints.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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