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Michael

Athens, AL, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Sharpe's Prey: Denmark, 1807

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    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"
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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
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (354)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Slow and Tedious"
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    Would you try another book from Linwood Barclay and/or Ken Marks and Rick Holmes ?

    No, I would not. All the characters spoke the same way, with the same words. Their responses to different situations became very predictable.


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

    Disappointment. It became very tedious in moving along, and even with that, found it necessary to fill in so many parts of the story. I believe editing out 5 hours of the book would have made it more enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "A New Naval Hero Born"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Having read Pope and O'brien, plus the Sharpe series, and found this book along the same lines. It was well done, giving us another naval hero to follow. The narrator was a little soft-spoken for the events taking place, but still and admiral job done. I am looking forward to reading the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Summer, 1863: The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. Grant. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. But Rosecrans is careless, and while pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg.

    Michael says: "Excellent Read"
    "Excellent Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    For the most part, any Shaara book is going to be a good read. Again, he does an excellent job of making history come alive. Even though, historical fiction by its very name takes some liberty into the mind and heart of some character, this is both a teaching and entertaining book. Well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tucker

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Michael Crouch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    If a man won't fight for what is rightly his, then he ain't much account. With this challenge from his dying father, young Shell Tucker rode out after three men who had stolen the 20,000 dollars his father was carrying. Two of the men he hunted, Doc Sites and Kid Reese, were his friends. Dreaming of adventure, Tucker had wanted to join their gang. But now, with his father gone and the people back home desperately in need of the proceeds from the cattle drive, Shell was determined to uphold his father's reputation and recover their money.

    Michael says: "Vintage L'Amour"
    "Vintage L'Amour"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is another good L'Amour story, done in his normal style. Loving L'Amour like I do, it was very enjoyable. The narration was excellent at well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (53)

    Immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself. In those early days of World War II, America was ill-prepared for any sort of warfare. But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.

    William says: "Heroic Attempt"
    "Outstanding - Ranks with Unbroken"
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    What made the experience of listening to The First Heroes the most enjoyable?

    This was an outstanding book undertaking both a panoramic view of the Doolittle raid, and well as a good study of the individuals involved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really appreciated the fact that the author did not cut out the spiritual aspects of some of the characters. Even including the part of Missionary John Birch's part in the rescue of Jimmy Doolittle.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a great story, and well done. Definitely too long for one sitting.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Captain Lord Ramage's honeymoon in France is interrupted by a sudden end to the Peace of Amiens. Finding themselves on unfriendly soil just hours before hostilities commence, Ramage and his bride elude the grasp of Napoleon's secret police.

    Michael says: "Another Good Naval Yarn"
    "Another Good Naval Yarn"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Dudley Pope before, how does this one compare?

    I really thought this book did not measure up to the same quality of the other Ramage stories. It was a worthwhile listen, but there were too many spaces that were filled with (for lack of a better term) 'just filler.'


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Crossley consistently gives a good performance, and this was not exception.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Truman Smith
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (354)

    Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

    Allan says: "Action, suspense, and history"
    "Potential but Needs rewrite & Different Narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was so irritating that it got in the way of the story. This probably would be the greatest improvement.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Truman Smith again?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Killavey’s performances?

    Definitely not. The cadence, tone, lack of character fullness, made the whole book very irritating to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I love history, especially WWII. There is some potential in this book, A rewrite with smoother transitions would be helpful.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    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
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    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"
    Overall
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    Story
    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
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    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

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