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Mike

Issaquah, WA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 10 reviews
  • 66 ratings
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  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

    Roger Smith says: "Very Good"
    "Google - icious"
    Overall

    I love technology... and I loved this book. I use Google daily, but didn't know about their other software products till I read the book. I was never really sure how they made money (and why so much). A great listen for the business and technology minded individual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5063)
    Performance
    (2677)
    Story
    (2714)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Humanity through the eyes of an alien"
    Overall

    The book was confusing at first, like the beginning of a college class that has many new terms to understand. Once I got past that, I couldn't put my iPod down. I listened while riding my stationary bike, while running errands with the car, every moment I had. At the very end I was walking around the house at 10 pm because I couldn't go to bed till I finished it. My wife is glad I am done with it. She now has my attention again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (517)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Loved the Movie - Liked the Book"
    Overall

    I rented the movie then I wanted to know more about "Alex" so I listened to the book. The book filled in many details that weren't in movie and I really appreciated that. I was distracted when the author interjected his mountain climbing adventure. If you liked the movie you will like the book and visa versa.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12488)
    Performance
    (4875)
    Story
    (4912)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Knights and castles meet the iPod"
    Overall

    Who would have thought that a book that took place during medieval times could keep a self proclaimed techno-geek entertained. Once I started this book, I had a hard time putting it down. I listened while: riding my bike, walking, sitting on a plane, mowing the lawn, and doing yard work. Thoughly enjoyable and highly recommended (and I rarely write reviews).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2827)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1016)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "First sips, then gulps"
    Overall

    Like a glass of bourbon on the back deck I started sipping in the story. Memory of running started slow, but had a great finish. I was finding excuses to listen and was disappointed when it ended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2419)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (898)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Sleepless in Seattle"
    Overall

    This book is guilty. Guilty of keeping me up at night. I was listening every chance I had. Great story. Great narration. My wife is glad that I finished the book. She can talk to me without waiting for me to stop the player and remove my earbuds.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Over the years, W.E.B. Griffin's stories of the military and police, told with crackling realism and rich characters, have won him millions of fans and acclaim as "the dean of the American war adventure" (Publishers Weekly). Now he vaults into the present day with a series as exciting as anything he has ever written.

    Meyer says: "Great Griffin!!"
    "Fun, but too predictable"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book but it wasn't as exciting as others. Some chapters were just boring. Others were to simple. I was disappointed in the ending, I was expecting one last twist to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sigma Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (103)

    Do you think you know what really happened after World War II? You don't. Sigma made sure of that. "Ludlum's trademark skills of intricate plotting, breakneck pacing, and high-wire drama are all on display in this gripping thriller," writes Amazon.com.

    Dan says: "Good story until the far fetched ending"
    "I couldn't put down my player!"
    Overall

    Once I got started, I found excuses to pick up my audible player and continue the drama: I was getting up at 5 am to ride my exercise bike (which I rarely do) and listen. I was ignoring the morning radio news during my commute to listen. I took a long walks on the weekend to listen. When it was over, I was happy I had my life back.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2953)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Addicting... Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    It was a good thing I downloaded the book in December, I could listen to it during my vacation and not worry about interfering with my job. My wife was making fun of me because all I did for a few days was listen to this book. I just couldn?t put it down. Every little twist and turn kept me wanting more. Despite what the other reviewers say, I enjoyed the reader?s different voices and accents for the different people.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    People around the world have found inspiration in the story of Lance Armstrong - a world-class athlete nearly struck down in his prime, who fought back to win the world's most grueling test of cycling, the Tour de France. It's Not About the Bike is the amazing story of Armstrong's journey from inauspicious beginnings, through triumph, tragedy, transformation, and transcendence.

    Brenda says: "Inspirational"
    "Captivating!"
    Overall

    I started listening while driving to/from work. I looked forward to driving. I thoughly enjoyed it and will be listening to Lance's next book: Every Second Counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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