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Michael

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  • Darkness on the Edge of Town

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Eric Medler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    One morning the residents of Walden, Virginia, woke up to find the rest of the world gone. Just...gone.

    Surrounding their town was a wall of inky darkness, plummeting Walden into permanent night. Nothing could get in - not light, not people, not even electricity, radio, TV, Internet, food, or water. And nothing could get out. No one who dared to penetrate the mysterious barrier has ever been seen again. Only their screams were heard. But for some, the darkness is not the worst of their fears. Driven mad by thirst, hunger, and perpetual night, the residents of Walden are ready to explode.

    Mary says: "One of the very BEST stories!"
    "It was OK"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time well spent? Yes and no. It kept my interest enough to finish it. It was OK


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

    Bad ending in my opinion. Didn't tie up things.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Medler?

    Yeah, the narrator was fine.


    Could you see Darkness on the Edge of Town being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Lubbeck
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    This is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout World War II, rising from conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern Front. >William Lubbeck, age 19, was drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry Division, he received his baptism of fire during the 1940 invasion of France. The following spring his division served on the left flank of Army Group North in Operation Barbarossa.

    Erik says: "Another Great German Soldier's Memoir"
    "Kind of interesting"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they were interested in hearing about the German view of a typical soldier in WWII.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Lubbeck? Why or why not?

    Probably not. He doesn't provide enough details for me.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cowley – was your favorite?

    There was only one character--the guy who wrote the book.


    Was At Leningrad's Gates worth the listening time?

    Sort of. I listened till the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Not enough details. Too many "high level" observations. Like just saying "We fought Russia" instead of telling why and how.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Tack and Coffee

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John D. Billings
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    First published more than 100 years ago, Hard Tack and Coffee is John Billings' absorbing account of the everyday life of a U.S. Army soldier during the Civil War. It is written by a person who would know the material best, a genuine Civil War soldier.

    Scherrie says: "Hard Tack & Coffee"
    "Better than I thought!"
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    If you could sum up Hard Tack and Coffee in three words, what would they be?

    Really damn interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story told of many details about day to day life in the Union Army that I didn't know. Interesting stuff.


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

    A decent tone of voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's not really a good book for a film, unless it was a documentary.


    Any additional comments?

    Super interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (162)

    Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling 14th-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.

    Crystal says: "Leaves Dan Brown's "INFERNO" in the Dust"
    "It just never got started for me."
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    What disappointed you about The Tenth Chamber?

    The story was predictable and plodded along.


    Has The Tenth Chamber turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Sort of. I'm not in the mood for a story that just goes on and on and on without a payout.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tenth Chamber?

    Most of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe someone will like it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Co. Aytch: The Classic Memoir of the Civil War by a Confederate Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sam R. Watkins
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Early in May 1861, 21-year-old Sam R. Watkins of Columbia, Tennessee, joined the First Tennessee Regiment. He fought in all of its major battles, from Shiloh to Nashville. Twenty years later, with a "house full of young 'rebels' clustering around my knees and bumping about my elbows," he wrote the remarkable account of "Co. Aytch," its common foot soldiers, its commanders, its Yankee enemies, its victories and defeats, and its ultimate surrender on April 26, 1865.

    Tucker says: "Must Have"
    "The Civil War According to a Regular Guy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's like listening to a guy you know tell a story. He talks about everyday stuff that you won't hear about in the history books. Like the time they had to destroy a big cache of food, and each took a slab of bacon and stuck it on their bayonet to carry with theme.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Co. Aytch?

    Noting stood out, all good.


    What three words best describe Pat Bottino’s performance?

    Regular Nothing Special


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

    No, just found it interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope. Listen to it - pretty interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5928)
    Performance
    (5515)
    Story
    (5514)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "It was OK, mostly like the others/"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time "OK" spent. The story line is no longer as fresh or novel as it used to be.


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

    Most interesting was a certain concept about an island in Lake Michigan. Least interesting? Lots and lots of dialoge about the winter and summer "ladies".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite.


    Could you see Cold Days being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    God no. It would be boring as hell.


    Any additional comments?

    The earlier books in the series were way better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (648)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "If you don't figure it out, it'll get you!"
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    What did you love best about Phantoms?

    It took a long time to figure out what the monster was, and how to try and defeat it. Koontz gave clues, but not obvious ones. Made the story more interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace at which it developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the were talking to the monster via computer terminals.


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

    I'd take the English guy who wrote the book (book title "The Ancient Enemy")


    Any additional comments?

    Good, solid Koontz book. You can't go wrong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TORMENT: A Novel of Dark Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeremy Bishop
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Jeremy Bishop's first pulse-pounding novel is a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante's Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who reads it--anger, excitement, and most of all: FEAR. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: Are you ready? Enter the mind of Jeremy Bishop if you dare. Share his nightmares. Experience the fear that shaped his life. You may never be the same.

    Mike Naka says: "a touch of lost and the twilight zone with zombies"
    "Good start, couldn't keep going"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been better for me if the story line was stronger. Off to a great start, then I lost interest.


    What could Jeremy Bishop have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Keep the story line at a more active level. It doesn't work for me when it opens with a "bang" then peters out to mundane details.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by R. C. Bray?

    Yeah, his voice was OK.


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

    Sorry I bought it. I was expecting more.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3054)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2708)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Twelve: A Novel better?

    More action. Less character building.


    Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I still like end of the world stuff.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the characters were all different, but that was most of the story. I couldn't finish it.


    What character would you cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    Way to slow moving for me. Gave up about 1/3 of the way through.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (2339)
    Story
    (2343)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Better than Expected"
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    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Real surprise endiing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    You didn't even have a clue what was going on until pretty far in the story. It was fun to discover clues along with the main character.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Easir to listen than to read sometimes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What's really going on?


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Run: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (378)

    Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....

    Paula says: "A Very Good Thriller!"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time well spent. The story was different enough, and I liked the performance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Blake Crouch? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would try another one from him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It all blends together, but it kept up a good pace.


    Could you see Run being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    You'll like it. It's entertaining.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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