You no longer follow Michael E. Piston

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Michael E. Piston

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Michael E. Piston

Mercer Island, WA USA | Member Since 2000

8
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 404 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Dark Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Outside of Pakistan, the world's highest concentration of al-Qaeda lurks in South-East Asia, and there Nick Stone's bosses get wind of an act of terror that will dwarf even the nightmare of 9/11. When Stone is despatched to Malaysia by the CIA to assassinate a biochemist, he expects his mission to be a straightforward part of the fight against Bin Laden. But there are complications, not least because he is working alongside an attractive woman whose motives he doesn't fully understand.

    R.A.H. says: "Disappointing"
    "Nick Stone Goes Nuts"
    Overall

    Andy McNab's sociopathic secret agent, Nick Stone, already made James Bond look like Ralph Nader before Dark Winter, but in DW he goes completely "off the reservation" to jeopardize the lives of millions of Brits to save the hypervulnerable object of his increasingly obsessive devotion, his mentally ill ward Kelly. The second-by-second description of undercover work sounds crushingly authentic as always, but Stone's weirdness strains credibility and left this reader frankly hoping that his ruthless masters would finally pull the plug on this far too rogue warrior - permanently.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Oliver August
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Due to a mix-up, journalist Oliver August stumbles onto the hunt for China's most wanted man, Lai Changxing, an illiterate tycoon on the run from corruption charges. Sensing something emblematic in this outsized tale of rise and fall, August sets out to find the self-made billionaire, in the hope that if he can understand how Lai reinvented himself, he will also better understand the tectonic forces transforming modern China.

    Jon says: "Well written, and enjoyable"
    "A Celebration of China and the Chinese People"
    Overall

    The author's research into the life of multimillionaire smuggler Lai Changxing provides the backdrop for what is really a voyage of discovery through what might be called the "Really New China", a nation being transformed by a capitalist revolution from below, led by fearless people like Mr. Lai who both work with and against officialdom in a monumental effort to transform China into a land of (economic) freedom and opportunity. The voyage is made all the more enjoyable by our effortlessly charming and instinctively poetic host, whose almost Shakesperean command of the English language is ideally suited to his epic of praise for the courageous and infintely resourceful Chinese people he so obviously loves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Teresi
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (53)

    In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

    Crai says: "more political than scientific"
    "Drones on and on"
    Overall

    I don't know if it was the narration or the book itself, but after mamking some initially interesting points the book began to simple drone on and on about things I really didn't care about. Either the story bored the narrator or it was just plain boring. Either was I stopped listening about half way through.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.