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Michael

LOUISVILLE, KY, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Coyote Destiny: A Novel of Interstellar Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (148)

    The arrival of a ship from Earth after their long isolation from their home world leaves the inhabitants of Coyote both hopeful and wary. The lone passenger brings news - both good and bad.The good news is that there was a survivor of the long-ago explosion of the Robert E. Lee and he is living still on Earth, in the ruined city called Boston. The bad news is that the person responsible for that act of terrorism is also still alive - and somewhere on Coyote.

    Dennis says: "OK I'm Converted!"
    "Not worth the effort"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the first couple books in this series. But this one has gonet far afield. Hey Steele, the series is about colonizing a new planet, remember? This book should have been a couple chapters in the last book, though it wouldn't have helped that one either. It came across as another infantile rant against organized religion. But his solution is so silly that it makes the whole effort worthless. The characters have all merged into two radical camps - the enlightened and the brainwashed. It's been done to death and this treatment adds nothing.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Captain to Captain: Star Trek Legacies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Greg Cox
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (660)

    Hidden aboard the USS Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I'M A DOCTOR, I KNOW HOW TO KEEP A SECRET"
    "Star Trek for Dummies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - Written for children or adult dummies. I don't know any of those. Explains everything in detail and assumes we can't figure anything out for ourselves.


    If you’ve listened to books by Greg Cox before, how does this one compare?

    Never read his books and wont read another.


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

    He was okay.


    Was Captain to Captain worth the listening time?

    An emphatic no.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Star Trek but are all the books this poor?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sector 64: First Contact: A Sector 64 Prequel Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dean M. Cole
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    As part of the Greatest Generation, Major Anthony Spinelli, a World War II fighter pilot, flew into combat to save his family and keep them free. Two years later, he lost them in the blink of an eye, leaving Tony rudderless and without purpose. Then, on a dark, moonless night, in the skies above 1947 New Mexico, he has an encounter that will change humanity forever. However, when an accident threatens to unleash unimaginable destruction, Tony must race against time and unwinding plots to save us.

    Brian says: "Cole Does It Again with First Contact"
    "Sophmoric First-Contact Sci Fi"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dean M. Cole and/or R. C. Bray?

    I listened to Solitude and like it very much. Didn't hesitate to get this one as I love first contact stories. This was one of my least liked. The First-Contact part of the story seemed more like a rushed backdrop for the rest of the story, going I'm not sure where. Not really well thought out. Read like a few ideas he cobbled from other books on the subject and assumed the reader would overlook the lack of any depth.


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

    Well, it's a prequel, so, as expected, it just stopped. "To be continued in next weeks episode."


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Of course, he's one of the best. Always enjoy him.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. I'm a sucker.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure I will break down and get the rest of this series. Only because I liked Solitude and hope his series will get better. Like I said, I'm a sucker.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanguard: The Genesis Fleet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2111)

    Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

    Duncan R Campbell says: "Great begining of a new series"
    "OMG - Sooo Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jack Campbell and/or Christian Rummel?

    No. No. Hell no.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jack Campbell before, how does this one compare?

    I tried Lost Fleet a couple years ago. It was yuchy too. If I had realized this book was by the same author I would have stayed away.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    I didn't care for his voice. And that surprised me because he was articulate, read at a good pace, and good inflections. I didn't like his male voice. If that was him doing the female voices, those were very good. Best ever.


    Did Vanguard inspire you to do anything?

    Finally had enough. I screamed and tore off my ear buds. And part of my ear.


    Any additional comments?

    Fluff, fluff, fluff. And did I mention, so much meaningless drivel.

    I stayed with it a while because I thought there might be the kernel of an interesting story in there somewhere. But, I guess to stretch it out to multiple books the author had to insert a lot of his soapbox sermonettes.

    Dialog was so amateurish. And he gave us so much of the character's background (see "fluff" above) that didn't add to the story - boring, mind numbing.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Collapsing Empire: The Interdependency, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10069)
    Performance
    (9461)
    Story
    (9429)

    Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

    Ron P says: "Just feels small - no sense of scale, so why care?"
    "I like Wil but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or Wil Wheaton?

    Yes, but I wouldn't have high expectations for a great listen.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Scalzi before, how does this one compare?

    About the same. He really likes making his stories about the politics. I like more the sciency stuff.


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

    I thought Wil was a bad choice for this book. He is a great reader - very clear and lots of emotion. But he doesn't differentiate voices of the characters. At times I didn't know who the person was that was talking, because the voices were the same, even the women's voices sounded like men.


    Do you think The Collapsing Empire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Don't care. I probably won't go there. I've had enough politics over the last year and a half.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Ships: The Silver Ships, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By S.H. Jucha
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1249)
    Story
    (1252)

    An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

    William R. Brown says: "Smart protagonists!"
    "Fluff, fluffy, fluff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Silver Ships? What did you like least?

    Interesting story in there somewhere. The second book covers all the first book in the first 10 minutes, thus, first book not even needed. This book is an example how an author can extend a simple story into a series - spend 2 pages on how to make toast! So, if you like fluff, details that do not extend the story, plow through this one - there is a good story in here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Superman!

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom De Haven
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (713)

    Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

    G. Bledsoe says: "It's Superman!"
    "I so wanted this to be good..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    ...but it wasn't. I couldn't afford comic books as a kid, so I looked forward to going to the barber shop where I could find the latest issue and read about my favorite superhero. I selected this book looking forward to a serious treatment - instead I got an alternate reality superman. A different universe. Almost bizarro. Where was my SUPER hero? Far too much of the story was about a timid, country boob, who was so clueless he couldn't come to grips with 18 years of amazing "coincidences", and hadn't even talked to his parents about them. And because I eventually lost some interest, I didn't pay close enough attention to the constant flipping from one person's story to the next - and there were many. So I found myself asking, "who is this person he's talking about?" And don't get me going about the authors treatment of Lex Luther. Okay, I get the author wanted to give a different spin on an old story. It just wasn't an interesting spin.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1492)

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "What the hell is this???"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Actually, it took me a while to get through this book as I kept putting it down in disappointment.


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

    I have not read a "zombie story" from this perspective. That part was interesting. And if the story had revolved around that, I believe I would have liked it. But the whole superblogger, fighting for truth and justice, bit was tiresome very early in.


    Any additional comments?

    The political and religious attitude of the main character, is in my opinion, just what liberals would like to believe about themselves - sophisticated, enlightened, and non-judgmental. But it comes off as naïve and predictably negative towards Christians and conservatives (of which I am neither). It read at times like the author needed a soapbox to spew her righteous anger which got real old very fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (3270)
    Performance
    (3059)
    Story
    (3064)

    In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

    Theodore says: "Feels like Tufo was Stalling"
    "Best of the Series...so far."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Zombie Fallout 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought this one was so much more entertaining than the previous books of the series. Good action, love the cliffhanger, the twists and turns seem to never end.I so like that this is not some Rambo type story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't really say. I liked them all - well, some I liked hating! Okay, actually I don't care much for the main character's wife. Too bossy. But, I guess he needs a wife like that - you know, more like a mother.


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

    He is a great reader. I will look for his other books. He really brings the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Only thing I don't like is that so many of the characters have the same wittiness as the main character. That's a bit annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (749)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. in Dallas says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Great Stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is more a collection of "happenings" in the liffe of a safari guide. And they are great. Each are told very well - not too many details, not too long, not too fantastic to make me think he was telling a yarn. I love that he includes his stupid mistakes and was honest about his own limitations. I couldn't put it down and was sorry when I finished. I will listen to this book again soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22644)
    Performance
    (19825)
    Story
    (19831)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Michael Worth says: "It's been censored by the publisher"
    "Conflicted feelings about this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the pace and structure of this book. So many battle stories I've read are so long and drawn out that I lose the flow. This was quick stories, to the point, and clear. I also liked the reader. All the details about the weapons was lost on me but I'm sure gun lovers can really get into that. What I had trouble with was the authors personal beliefs about God and country, marriage, child rearing, and the like. Yes, I know it really was the whole point of the book, and I don't have trouble with it being included. But it requires the reader to deal with his attitude toward war, his marriage, etc. And personally I found I didn't like the guy much.

    I realize there are these type of people out there - and I'm glad they are on our side, but I would not choose him as a good friend - and I'm sure he wouldn't like me much either. I respect him as a soldier. I honor his sacrifice. But I wouldn't want his type of person making up the rules and running things. There are just other things to consider in war besides "killing the savages." I don't consider these type of people as heros. They join the military because they like to fight, they like to kill. I don't see that as heroic. His story of the soldier that jumped on the hand-grenade to save his buddies - that was the hero. Someone who goes into harms way because he likes war and likes to kill people, for whatever reason, is a soldier doing a job. Conversly, I see this guy as so humble that he would probably be the last person to call himself a hero. I wouldn't call him a savage brut. He seems to be introspective, humble, teachable, caring and even quite sensitive about many things. It is just hard for me to see both sides of these characteristics in a single person. I guess that's just my narrow thinking.

    51 of 87 people found this review helpful

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