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Michael

Athens, AL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Joel says: "Good story, but better narrator available."
    "Dropping in Drama"
    Overall

    Where Master and Commander was riveting at times, Post Captain slides to more of a soap opera ramble that often becomes very tedious. Had the first book in the Aubrey/Martin series been like this one, I wouldn't have bought the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Warrior: Clan Campbell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (288)

    The ruthless enforcer of Scotland's most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is a game as easily played as subterfuge, but when Jamie poses as a suitor to a rival clan's daughter in order to expose treason, the line between duty and pleasure is suddenly blurred.

    CAROLYN says: "Great start to a great series."
    "Only 50% Story"
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    What would have made Highland Warrior better?

    Most of the story simply describes in detail the sexual relationship of the two main characters, followed by their misunderstandings of each other. The book is dull and slow moving.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Monica McCarty again?

    Since this was my first time to listen to one of her books, (and I did so because it was on sale) I doubt I would listen to another.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It would be hard to detract from such a tedious book. The narrator's challenge would have been to have a greater variety in showing some kind of enthusiasm, in making the characters live to the listener.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (261)

    Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make history come to life for the children of his listeners. In this book, he travels back in time with fearless history teacher Rush Revere. With the help of his faithful talking horse, Liberty, Rush experiences American history as it happens, having adventure after adventure with exceptional Americans such as Paul Revere and George Washington.

    Rose says: "Great way of telling the history of Thanksgiving"
    "Excellent Teaching Book"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims the most enjoyable?

    This is a great book for teaching American History and capitalism's principles. It is made even more enjoyable because it includes Rush, a man we know, and is read by him. Obviously, this would be the one man who would read it according to the way the author was thinking when he wrote it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In a couple of sections, there were certain questions asked of one of the characters about what he had learned, and with each one, the answer was clear in my mind before the response.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ferguson Rifle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    It began with gold that had once belonged to Montezuma. Stolen and cached in a church in Mexico, it was recovered by two army officers who fled north for the French settlements. Along the way one stabbed the other to death. The remaining officer was eventually killed by Plains Indians, but he buried the treasure just before he died.

    Michael says: "Classic L'Amour"
    "Classic L'Amour"
    Overall
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    Where does The Ferguson Rifle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I believe this book would rank in the top 25 of the audiobooks I have listened to. It is classic L'amour with a few twists.


    What about Brian D'Arcy James’s performance did you like?

    D'arcy did a very commendable job at making the characters come to life. He did a good job with the entire presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a fan of L'Amour, and having listened most of his books, I am a little prejudiced. This is another good book of his. The common trait in all of his books is that his hero, is uncommonly good at fighting, and are rugged with a sense of right and wrong. He carries the hero here to such an extraordinary height experiences, knowledge, and famous acquaintances, you wonder how any man could have attained all of that at such a young age. But the story is still good.

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  • Sharpe's Escape: Book X of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    It is 1810, and in Napoleon's determination to conquer Portugal, and push the British back to the sea, he sends his largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. But between the Portuguese border and Napoleon's seemingly certain victory are two obstacles; a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

    Bradley says: "Three cheers for Patrick Tull!"
    "Too Much Vulgarity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It seems like Cornwell's works get progressively more vulgar and blasphemous. The Religious slurs and filthy language may be part of most soldiers' lives, but all of it does not have to be expressed. I found it very distracting from the story. The story would be improved greatly by just toning it down.


    Was Sharpe's Escape worth the listening time?

    Debatable. There were some new challenges for Sharpe that were unique (like finding the draining by the cellar of a building to escape. But the abundance of the vulgarity, almost had me turning it off for good, and saying good-bye to Mr. Sharpe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

    Joe says: "Historical Fiction at it's best."
    "Not Quite to Par"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I could not recommend this book to a friend, in light of the increased cursing and blasphemies of Christ in the book. It seems each book in the series thus far has a goal of getting worse in language than the previous one. This was totally unnecessary. The story line itself was good, and the narration was excellent, but the enjoyment was totally abated by the worse language.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Riders of High Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Hopalong rode into cattle country just east of the California line looking for his old friend Red Connors. He found Red holed up in a mountain cave with a bullet in his side and a story to tell. The ranchers around Tascotal had been losing their stock, and when Red caught the rustlers in the act, they hunted him down, shot him, and left him for dead. Jack Bolt, a savage, ruthless killer, has brought in a tough band of hardcases to run his operation.

    Michael says: "Hopalong Plus L'Amour Gold"
    "Hopalong Plus L'Amour Gold"
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    If you could sum up The Riders of High Rock in three words, what would they be?

    Great Western Adventure


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

    Petkoff did a masterful job with his performance. He nailed each of the characters, and kept the book flowing and the characters easy to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all four of L'Amour's "Hopalong" books, and enjoyed them greatly. I know L'Amour was not real proud of them, even denying writing them up to his death. But these are good classic western books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe’s Prey: Denmark, 1807

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    Critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell takes listeners back to 1807 for an exciting tale of the Napoleonic Wars. Cornwell’s beloved hero, Richard Sharpe, is sent from England to Denmark on a secret mission. But as England and France fight over the powerful Danish fleet, Sharpe finds himself trapped in the war-torn city of Copenhagen.

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Prey: Denmark 1807"
    "One of Tull's better Narrations"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Sharpe’s Prey in three words, what would they be?

    Creative - Action - Good


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

    In doing the Master and Commander series, I thought Tull was very tedious, dull, and boring. I thought Simon Vance was far better. Needless to say I was disappointed that I couldn't find this book narrated by someone else. However, Tull did a very commendable job with this one. Apart from the few times when he was difficult to understand, this was a good narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Comstock Lode

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (113)

    It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures - they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. There was Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past, and Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need.

    Max says: "Charming...but"
    "More Entertaining L'Amour."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Comstock Lode the most enjoyable?

    L'Amour actually threw in some real twists in this book. Even a key 'bad guy' was drilled by someone other than the star.


    What about Erik Singer’s performance did you like?

    Singer did a good job in maintaining the different Characters with clear differences in his voice and presentation. He made the book more enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    As with some earlier L'Amour books (like The Walking Drum) he would get bogged down in too much details about things that the average reader would know nothing about, and really doesn't care about. There are times when it seems like he is just trying to let you know that he knew a lot. But even with that, this is a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trail to Seven Pines: A Hopalong Cassidy Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Hopalong rides into a firestorm of violence and betrayal. On the rain-drenched trail to the lawless town of Seven Pines, Hopalong discovers two men - one dead, the other badly wounded. Returning with medical help, Hopalong finds the wounded man has been shot through the temple. Who would commit such a murder? To find out, Hopalong hires on at Bob Ronson’s Rocking R Ranch and fights to save the Rocking R, only to find himself the target of a ruthless gunman in a life-and-death struggle for frontier justice.

    Michael says: "Style different, Still L'amour"
    "Style different, Still L'amour"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For any friends who love westerns, this is another quality job by L'amour. His style is still somewhat different, since it is a continuation of another's 'Hopalong' series, but still a great read.


    What other book might you compare The Trail to Seven Pines to and why?

    I would compare this favorably with any of the 4 Hopalong books he wrote.


    Any additional comments?

    As is normally the case with LAmour, this is a very entertaining book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Callista Gingrich, Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army. The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington crossing the Delaware.

    George says: "Bloody Feet and All"
    "Confusing, Repetitious and Boring"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen and/or the narrators?

    I have read several of the books by Gingrich. His trilogy on the Civil War was excellent in its first two books, then became so PC in the third that it hurt the series.


    What was most disappointing about Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen ’s story?

    It is common in war books to jump from one character's vantage point to another, but in this book, they not only do that but change the time frame by several weeks many times. Plus the wording became so repetitious that it became laughable. I was very disappointed with this whole effort. Also, the tremendous amount of cursing in this book seemed totally out of order for the time period.


    Any additional comments?

    If this were my first read of Gingrich/Forstchen, it would be my last. However, their other books were much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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