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Michael

MADISON, WI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (96)

    One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their sixyearold daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know....

    Jennifer says: "Delightfully Creepy"
    "Didn't meet Expectations. Bummer:=("
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    After listening to the incredible book "Let the Right One in" I had high hopes for "Harbor." Unfortunately the book was very slow and brooding; like a book on benzodiazepines under water (maybe that was the idea). Even the suspenseful moments were flat. The idea behind the story is a good one, but this one of the few times I felt a book could have used some pruning (usually I feel just the opposite). Toward the end of the story I found myself waiting for it to be over. Never the less I will still read or listen to more books written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7006)
    Performance
    (3372)
    Story
    (3376)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Apocalyptic Vampire Tale of a Different Color"
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    This book is like a fine Churchill cigar. Long, rich, complex, and satisfying. I've listened to this book twice and would go back in for a third visit.

    Cronin takes the world we know and slowly shows us the consequences of government and science pushing their discoveries and its greedy uses to a catastrophic, nightmare end. Their results being vampiric monsters where we humans are the prey. These are not your garden variety vampires, so fans of Anne Rice or the Twilight Saga beware.

    Cronin's well crafted characters of the present and the future are well developed and complex. His prose are superbly written. These attributes are sometimes difficult to find in the Horror Genre. Here you are treated to someone who know what he's doing.

    I you are a fan of The Stand, Swan's Song, or The Strain trilogy I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1450)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Post Apocalypse Heaven"
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    I'm a huge fan of post apocalypse fiction. (Could be the long winters here in Wisconsin.) Hugh Howey's Wool is a superbly written story of life in an underground survival silo after a global catastrophe. But life is a preprogammed, elaborate lie. Howey's expertly crafted characters discover the lies and chaos shakes the silo's society as the truth is slowly unveiled.
    This is a book I had a hard time putting down. I'll be tuning in on the rest on the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6961)
    Performance
    (6148)
    Story
    (6143)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "WOW! This Book Hits all my Nerd Spots!"
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    Excellent, well written story with well great characters and character development. Vampires, werewolves, Lovecraft-ian Cthuhlu mythos and more spun into a superb novel. This book took me by surpise. I can't wait to start the next book. Highly recommened!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (2653)
    Story
    (2659)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Original, Twisted Tale of Horror. Hill's a Keeper!"
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    I remember reading the on the internet the question "where are all the great new horror writers." Thankfully Joe Hill is here the fill a much needed void. He hasn't disappointed me yet.

    "NOS4A2" is an original take on the fantastical murder horror tale. It's twisted and quirky as a Mr. Bungle album. Its got a dark and sick scene of humor that can make you laugh and cringe at the same time. There are also literary homages that will bring a smile to your face.
    Joe Hill's books are not only great, but they make me want for more new stories from this great writer.

    Something else very noteworthy is Kate Mulgew's narration. She brings out the emotion and twisted sense of style needed for this audio book.
    4.5 is my star rating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3181)
    Performance
    (2484)
    Story
    (2503)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Refreshingly Original Murder Mystery"
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    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As an audio book it ranks in the upper ten percent of it's catagory of murder mystery and all around just great story-telling. And I have listen to countness audio books over the last twelve (or so) years.


    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    Gillain Flynn's story telling style makes me think of an American version of Kate Atkinson. It's always difficult two compare one book with another when you're good authors, so Case Histories by Kate Atkinson isn't a bad comparison.


    What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

    Like any good narrater, she puts the listener in the souls of the charaters she's acting out.


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

    There are moments in this book that made me feel anxious for the main character when she put herself in situations of danger.


    Any additional comments?

    As with any really good audio book, I'll be revisiting this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10908)
    Performance
    (9900)
    Story
    (9920)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Sometimes you go out on limb; and it breaks"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More character development is needed to enrich the story. Less cheap one-liners and Scooby Doo references. Dialog needs help. The idea behind this book is pretty good (an extention of the Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos) but the excecution is aweful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    No. I doubt he is capable of making that jump from a barely competent writer to a good writer.


    Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good enough for the what he had to work with.


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

    Again, I really like the idea behind this book, it's just to bad it couldn't have been in more capable hands.


    Any additional comments?

    I will still continue to go out on a limb to try out new writers (new to me at least). I'm still batting 500. Not bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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