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Michael

Athens, AL, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a 15 year estrangement, things don't go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated, and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life 15 years earlier.

    D. W. Wilson says: "I didn't see that coming!!!!"
    "Super Evil needs Super Heroes"
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    What did you like best about The God Complex: A Thriller? What did you like least?

    The best part of this book was the ending. It did offer an unusual twist at the end, that made me up its rating to a 3 overall. The part I liked the least involved the petty conversations between the main characters in the midst of the time of greatest import and struggle.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Reading the book was tedious enough. Don't think I would give another two hours to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage's Diamond

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The youngest captain in His Majesty's Navy, with a reputation for landing impossible assignments, Lord Ramage is dispatched to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Diamond Rock. The mission seems humdrum: barricade the French within Fort Royal. But sent to sea in the Juno with a crew grown restless and undisciplined under the prior commmand of a drunk, Ramage realizes his vessel may not be up to battle with the French.

    Dennis says: "Best one yet, alot of action"
    "Another Winning Strategy"
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    Any additional comments?

    It is interesting how Pope can use so many different strategies to bring the desired victories for his hero. To me that is one of the most intriguing parts of Pope's Ramage series. Ramage is able to gain these victories with very little loss of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage's Signal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    With Napoleon Bonaparte at the height of his powers, the Mediterranean can be safely considered exclusive French territory. So when Captain Ramage and his crew are sent alone into Mediterranean waters, they can expect to be outnumbered. But it is the French who discover they have an enemy they had not bargained for.

    Michael says: "A New Twist on Naval Success"
    "A New Twist on Naval Success"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book as another interesting adventure by Pope, with a new twist, in capturing a signal station to get a naval advantage.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike Obrien's Master and Commander series, Pope does not like to kill off his characters. There is a lot of action and strategy in Pope without all the gory blood letting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage's Mutiny: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The vicious mutineers aboard the British ship Jocasta had surrendered their vessel to Spain. Sailing aboard the frigate Calypso, Captain Lord Ramage receives Admiralty orders to recover her by any means.

    Michael says: "Turning Mutiny to Respect"
    "Turning Mutiny to Respect"
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    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Crossley again does a wonderful narration. He keeps his characters separate and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this entire series. I believe it is every bit as good as Obrien's Aubrey/Maturin series without all the vulgarities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ramage Touch: The Lord Ramage Novels, No. 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Post Captain Ramage is prowling the Tuscan coast and far from English aid when he encounters a daunting French invasion fleet. As the enemy gathers strength, Ramage must decide how to thwart its actions with only the frigate Calypso and a pair of bomb ketches.

    Michael says: "Forget Nelson, This Man has it All."
    "Forget Nelson, This Man has it All."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ramage Touch the most enjoyable?

    The series is so enjoyable, even if somewhat predictable have several books. Even Ramage's mistakes come out good.


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

    Crossley makes this series very enjoyable. He does a great job with the different characters, and his reading style makes the story live.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed this series more than the Aubrey/Martin series, in that the times of boredom from the humdrum of sailing the oceans, takes up less of the book, and moves from plots and subplots easier and quicker. IMHO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1095)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Great Story of Grit and Heroism"
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    What did you love best about Lost in Shangri-La?

    Even though I have read many books on WWII, this story was brand new to me. It was a great story to read, and the Epilog was a great final part giving us the 'Rest of the Story.'


    Did Mitchell Zuckoff do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Zuchoff was competent in his reading, but became tedious with his soft, breathy narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This story seemed well documented, and really needed no embellishment. Probably th sonly irritating thing about the book was the several reminders of McCollum losing his twin brother. The author seemed to go out of his way to remind us of that over and over again.
    But a great story, and would recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage and the Rebels: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A sinking British ship, her crew and passengers—men and women alike—ruthlessly murdered at the hands of a French privateer. This is the nightmare Ramage and the crew of the Calypso stumble upon while engaged in a sweep for freebooters in the waters off Jamaica. Supported by his men in a thirst for righteous vengeance, Ramage sets sail to bring the murderers to justice.

    Michael says: "Pope Continues the Story"
    "Pope Continues the Story"
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    If you could sum up Ramage and the Rebels in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining new twist.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Steven Crossley is the right man for these novels. He does a good job with the characters, and makes the story come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though it is an entertaining book, the plot twists are somewhat anticipated. I love this series, but the father you get into it, you have continue to endure the old 'get you up to speed' routine for each of the main characters. That does become a little tedious at times. Still, I love the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1011)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Interesting?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a book for those who deal with the psychology of people who have problems which are far form ordinary. Some of his conclusions will be argued about by psychologist for a long time.


    What was most disappointing about Oliver Sacks’s story?

    For the most part, the book was boring and tedious. It just did not appeal to my interest.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1131)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "A Good "Who-done-it?""
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    What did you love best about A Rule against Murder?

    Basically, the book had a good plot, with a number of subplots to give a greater understanding of the characters.


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

    This was the first time that I listened to Ralph Cosham, and thought his performance to be good.


    Any additional comments?

    I am one who believes a story can be good without foul language. This is one of those, that would have been so much better without it. It was a few chapters into the book before one of the characters (I believe it was one of the police) who first used the foulest of language, and it seemed so out of place and unnecessary, especially since the plot was moving along so well without it.

    It almost seemed that the author added the bad language, to impress a certain clientele, rather than to add to the story. Unfortunate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21578)
    Performance
    (16155)
    Story
    (16220)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Impossible but True"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    No one would think this story would be possible in real life, if it was in the fiction section. Unimaginable, that anyone could survive the kind of horrors experienced by these prisoners of war. A great book on courage, patriotism, and patriotism.


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

    Edward Herrmann, my favorite narrator, again does a masterful job on this book. He is the best I have heard on reading non-fiction books.


    Any additional comments?

    Hillandbrand chose a great subject of American heroism, and did a thorough job with it. She made the story come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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