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Mike

I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.

Putnam CT | Member Since 2012

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  • 16 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 240 titles in library
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  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

    J Bailey III says: "Buy the first two not this one"
    "Stay with book 1"
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    What would have made Founders better?

    Book 1 was great, the next 2 must have been more like after thoughts


    Has Founders turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like these types of stories. Patriots was a great listen.


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

    The reason I bought this series is because of Phil Gigante work in Second World. He is a master. I look for narrator as well as story line


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Book 1 was out standing. The rest must have been a contract obligation


    Any additional comments?

    Over did the the religion aspect. He talks about praying just before double tapping targets and letting them bleed out. There is alot of raping and killing but not to many potty mouths. Stay with book 1

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sideswipe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Willeford
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant and very single partner, and a low-paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never to set foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang that includes a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree.

    Mike says: "Modern Detective should not be 20 years old"
    "Modern Detective should not be 20 years old"
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    What disappointed you about Sideswipe?

    It takes place in the 1980's, and it really is not a crime novel, there is crime but it is not a detective story. The main character is a Miami cop but most of the story is about his mental break down.


    Has Sideswipe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am going to need to start checking the copyright date from now on. If the summary indicated that it was written in the 80's and recorded in 2014, I might not have purchased it.


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

    Some voices were good and some were all the same, this covers both likes and dislikes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sideswipe?

    The beginning, where the main character, pisses all over himself and then the parts where he tries to get rid of his kids.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame on Audible for buying a story written in the 80's and recording it in 2014 and putting it in the modern detective category.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    "An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle.

    Richard Delman says: "Starts very well...and then bores."
    "Totally confusing and dull"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Zodiac Station?

    The story was hard to follow, it started out interesting enough and then dropped like stone.


    Has Zodiac Station turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I really enjoy audio books, every once in a while I run into a dud.


    What didn’t you like about Piers Wehener’s performance?

    His dull monotone voice, he did have some accents but over all the first part of the book he was putting me to sleep. And most of the time I did not know if a man or woman was speaking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed, and it was hard to understand, jumping from character to character, I understand the premise of the book, each telling the story from a different perspective, but I found myself thinking of other things instead of listening, it simply did not hold my attention. After chapter 18 I just stopped listening, I feel that after listening for 4 hours, I still had no clue what the book was about.


    Any additional comments?

    The summary sounded pretty good and the very first chapter was good, but after that I was slowly loosing interest, the narrator was boring me, his reading was more suited to maybe a romance novel, his low key performance is hard to like.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Phoenix: Monster Squad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Heath Stallcup
    • Narrated By Jack Voorhies
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go "bump" in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America 's military came together to form an elite band of rapid-response teams. Their mission: To face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from those threats and hide all evidence of their existence.

    Mike says: "Is more like the Twilight series then anything"
    "Is more like the Twilight series then anything"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was more of a romance book then a Vampire/ Werewolf battle saga. Post this in the "young romance" section rather then the thriller section.


    Has Return of the Phoenix turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I really enjoy a good werewolf story, so no, I will continue to look for them. I thought combining the undead with spec ops was a great idea for a book, what I got instead was your basic sappy romance crap like the Twilight series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a fine job, had many accents and did a satisfactory job, it was the book itself that was misleading.


    What character would you cut from Return of the Phoenix?

    Damian, Senator Franklin's son.


    Any additional comments?

    How do you have a Vampire/ Werewolf book and no one gets killed? Well, almost no-one. Chapter 1 starts out with a battle that seems to set the whole book up, and then no one dies or there isn't another battle for the next 20 chapters.
    How many times can the author use the same romantic phrases over and over in a spec ops book? Seeing the pain or sadness in their eyes, or could feel her tremble beneath him crap. if your going to post that it is a battle book between special forces and the undead, then how about having a few fights of exactly that, instead of everyone falling in love.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Providence Rag: A Liam Mulligan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians - who are pretty much one and the same. Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Tremendous Series, great narration."
    "Awesome book, a who done it until the end"
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    Where does Providence Rag rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Providence Rag rocked, it ranks right up there in my top 10. Book 3 of the Mulligan series did not disappoint, you do not need to read the first 2 to enjoy this book, it makes reference to the previous books but it is a novel all on its own.


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

    The plot kept me guess until the very end, once I thought I had the book figured out I was wrong, it kept me guessing until the very end.


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

    Jeff Woodman does and excellent job, his New England accent is right on, Mulligan and the other main characters all had their own voice, I could tell a different person was speaking each time, some just read the book, Jeff did a wicked good job.


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

    The book is based off a real life case from Rhode Island from some years ago, I was interested in this case so I did the natural thing... I Googled it, that made me aware of the case and I was not aware that this happened right here in my back yard.


    Any additional comments?

    Bruce DeSilva is from Rhode Island or he worked here because what I enjoyed was the land marks are correct, from a gas station on Post Rd. in Warwick to some of the neighborhoods, Newport and Narragansett, as Jeff is reading there have been times I will be passing the exact same spot as in the book. An excellent listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (468)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "Book 1 is great, Book 2 however..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Book 1 or part 1 is just what the summary implies, ex-seal returning to college after years with the teams, that seemed to be something that could hold my attention. It did not disappoint, I was looking forward to listening every time I had to stop.


    What could John Ringo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    John Ringo did an excellent job, accents, female voices and gruff voices, no fault there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end of book 1 when the seals come in and rescue the girls and the Chief explains that "with the exception of Ramos, we are not gay" that cracked me up.


    Did Ghost inspire you to do anything?

    Just was excited that there was going to be more, book 2 was coming up


    Any additional comments?

    Book 2 or part 2 was a total let down, it continued on from the last chapter, I think that it should have been labeled under romance. I made it to the part where Mike is having sex with underage girls and they were discussing "safe" bondage words.... pause.... delete.
    You have to keep my attention during an audio book, if I wanted a Lifetime movie with softcore porn I would purchase it. The book may have gotten better but smut is still smut, and seals should not be portrayed as rapists

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kc Wayland
    • Narrated By Blackstone Audiobooks
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

    Mike Naka says: "my weekly addiction"
    "Part 1 and it was long and drawn out"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book reminded me of 2 things, old time radio and a made for tv movie that went to dvd. It consist of a full cast, which I like, but it did not have a narrator. There are breaks with music and it prolongs the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am going to take a break from listening to the full cast type, it was entertaining in some areas but in others it was annoying.


    What aspect of Blackstone Audiobooks’s performance would you have changed?

    Each chapter ends and then there is music signaling a new chapter, plus the say the title of the book each time. Also I did not realize that this was a series made for radio, like community theater, and formed into a book.


    Could you see We’re Alive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, and it sounds like it was a radio series to begin with.


    Any additional comments?

    There was to much music and scene ending drama music for a book. I found myself thinking that they seem to be trying to fill in or add on situations that really are dulling the book, then when in the final stage of the story it just ends, so I was not too happy with that.
    I like the full cast and different voices for each character, and this book was enjoyable in parts and dull in others, exciting and challenging, but over all it was mediocre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. It will be days before help can arrive. Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. He knows there is only one thing he can do... that he must do: get home to his wife, Beth.

    MJ says: "Keep Listening"
    "A great listen. exactly what the summary promised"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walk to be better than the print version?

    I drive a truck so reading and driving tends to upset people. I found this book awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Buck steals the show with is great insults and one liners


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Luke did a great job in all characters, but Buck gets my nod. Marty of course is the main character and everyone that was introduced had a different voice, even woman and children had their own voice. A command performance.


    If you could take any character from The Walk out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mr. Buck Weaver licensed bounty hunter. Because I would be able to experience the Buck Weaver experience which is different for guys then it is for women.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about the Big One, the earthquake all Californians are concerned about, and that is exactly what the summary said it would be and the 30 mile walk there after.
    Luke Daniels gives a performance not just a narrator, from the cocky presents of Buck to the snotty TV executive Marty to any character introduced. His reading placed images of each person speaking. A+++

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Laughing Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By T. M. Wright
    • Narrated By Richard Henzel
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Jack Erthmun does not believe that the dead actually speak to him. But in their own way they tell him so much. Jack is a New York City police detective with his own very peculiar ways of solving homicides, and those ways are beginning to frighten his colleagues. He gets results, but at what cost? What's happening to Jack Erthmun? This may be Jack's last case - he's assigned to a series of unspeakable killings, gruesome murders with details that make even seasoned detectives queasy.

    Mike says: "NO NO NO, this book is crap"
    "NO NO NO, this book is crap"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader had a New York accent, but that is all that made his reading bearable


    What was most disappointing about T. M. Wright’s story?

    A premature ejaculating cop? This was not in the summary, I kept waiting to get hooked into the story, just when I thought things were getting normal, I was wrong. The main character came across as disturb from the beginning not at all what the summary advised.


    What three words best describe Richard Henzel’s performance?

    Steady, monotone, boring


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Laughing Man?

    I would at least give Jack a couple of feathers in his hat on how this type of person made detective in the NYPD. nope just started off as him being a nut job from pressing play.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply put, this book sucks, I made it to chapter 12, almost 2 hours of listening, nothing makes sense and the main character is a premature ejaculating weirdo who the author lets you know that he sleeps naked way to many times. A detective that almost communicates with his victims sounds cool but this book is pure trash..... no no no run away run away

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (229)

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "Not a bad listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to 77 Days in September the most enjoyable?

    I like these type of survival stories, after the big one or a nuke, what the country might be like after a devastating event.


    Would you recommend 77 Days in September to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was a good listen, there were times I was really enjoying it and then there were some low points but I guess that is what the author intended so I would keep listening.


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

    I have not, but he did a pretty good job, male and female voices were noticeable along with accents and children.


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

    No, it was a steady listen, I was getting ready for an emotional ending but it did not come


    Any additional comments?

    There were times when I felt there was to much details and then there were times I felt there was not enough details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Siege of Macindaw: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    John Flanagan's New York Times best-selling Ranger's Apprentice novels enthrall young readers with their epic tales of heroism and sorcery set in the medieval realm of Araluen. Ranger Will, an apprentice no longer, nobly oversees his own peaceful fief. But then Keren, a renegade knight serving the dreaded Scotti, seizes a strategic gateway castle in the north - taking Will's dear friend Alyss captive in the process. Now the fates of Alyss and all of Araluen rest on Will's valor and swift action.

    Roger says: "Huzzah! for the Skandians!"
    "I did make it to Book 6"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was really hooked after the first book, so I bought the next 5 books right away, I am glad I did not buy all of them.


    What could John Flanagan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was really enjoying the first 2 books, but after the burning bridge things seemed to go downhill, I was expecting more, and was getting less,


    Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

    Will, of course, however I also liked Halt's sense of humor and the way he made his presence felt.


    What character would you cut from The Siege of Macindaw?

    I would have cut John Buttle, his character was needed, but there were times when I thought he was not needed.


    Any additional comments?

    The series starts out awesome, I like the progression of the characters, but it was the progression of the characters that I was enjoying the most, turning Will into a junkie really made the series take a nose dive, I would not expect that type of situation, a potion or spell but not a narcotic.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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