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Michael

TAMPA, FL, United States

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  • Heroes Proved

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Oliver North
    • Narrated By Peyton Tochterman
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    The year is 2032. The NRA has been outlawed; the U.S. military has been gutted; Conservative Christians, dubbed ANARKS, have been labeled a global conspiracy and have been largely driven underground. The Caliphate is now a superpower, residing in Israel. The White House is occupied by a repressive Progressive regime, obsessed with the upcoming presidential election.

    Michael says: "The story was pretty good, but the narrator wasn't"
    "The story was pretty good, but the narrator wasn't"
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    I've been an audiobook listener for many years. This book won't stand out in my memory for any long period of time. While the author wrote an interesting tale, it was torn to shreds in it's presentation by the narrator. The narrator of this story did such a bad job I honestly feel sorry for Mr. North. The narrator reminded me of a middle school kid struggling through a drama club play rehearsal while reading the lines right off the script. He stumbled through sentences, couldn't pronounce words, and gave the general impression that he didn't prepare. I feel if another narrator would have read the book, it would have been more interesting. I'm sorry, but there isn't much more to say than that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mountain Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Hilarious, Serious, Heartfelt Zombie Survival"
    "Stop reading this and buy the book!"
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    I'm not going to waste a bunch of your time with a review. I'm just going to cut to the chase. This book was bad ass! The novel itself was great, and the performance made it even better. If I were you, I'd grab it up now, and enjoy every minute of it.

    The author has already put out the next two books, but they aren't on Audible yet. Hurry up already!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Paris, 1938: As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Alan Furst, whom Vince Flynn has called "the most talented espionage novelist of our generation", now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Arming Franco's Opponents on the Eve of World II"
    "Overall, a let down."
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    I am a huge Alan Furst fan, so it is with great sadness that I say that I was disappointed with this novel. I've read all of the formulaic works by Furst, and honestly I love them. That's why I keep coming back and buying more. The problem though is when I compare this novel with earlier works like Dark Star, or even Spies of the Balkans, this novel simply can't hold up. It almost feels as if someone has done a poor job of impersonating Furst and published a book with his name.

    Think back about some of the Furst characters over the years, and the wonderful words Furst put to paper. Think about Khristo Stoianev, and Illya Goldman. Remember the way Furst described the German Funkmeister eating his sausage as he used trucks to hunt down the Opel network radio girl. Remember the drunken fisherman in Normandy who made it clear he was Norman, not French. This book has none of that. No memories that stick in my head and make me long for it like an old friend.

    Now to the narration. Personally, I like George Guidall doing Furst novels. I was disappointed for jump street seeing that he didn't do this one. Daniel Gerroll has done at least one other of Furst's novels that I can think of right off the top of my head, so I knew he was coming in with some experience. The problem I have is when crossover characters are portrayed by different narrates differently, even to the point of pronouncing their names differently. If you listed to the book, you'll hear about the count and know what I'm talking about. In the end though, I'm glad Guidall didn't do this book because I think it was so bad, that it may have impacted my feelings about him.

    I give the book three stars and that is generous. It probably only warrants two if I were honest with myself and not giving Furst a pass because of his numerous other five star novels. I'm just shattered that I waited two years for this to come out.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Militia: The Thousand Year Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Skip Coryell
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Six months earlier in, The God Virus, the lights went out across America, throwing our country into turmoil and chaos, unleashing the demons of a million souls upon an unsuspecting humanity. Dan Branch and his family, caught in the meat grinder of societal collapse, battled their way back home, only to find a new and greater threat waiting for them. Once again, Dan and his family must fight for survival against impossible odds. But this time they are not alone.

    Michael says: "Good story, awful narration"
    "Good story, awful narration"
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    This is basically the same review I wrote for the first book because my issues with it are identical, although Kuch does a much worse job in the sequel than he does in the original.

    The militia ideas are really good, and the ending of the book makes me want to look for another volume to find out what the big secrets are. The problem is, I will absolutely not buy another Coryell book if it is narrated by George Kuch.

    Also, I will say that the bad guys in this book are very underdeveloped and one-dimensional.

    For me, where this book completely fell apart was with George Kuch and his awful narration. When you listen to this book, Kuch sounds as if he has never read anything out loud before. He stumbles through sentences, fumbles over words, and pronounces things however he likes. He adds pauses where none are intended or appropriate, and rushes while speaking in the most awkward of times.

    The worst part about this is that had there been a director or producer involved in the production of this book, they would have said, "Wait George, we need to re-record that paragraph because you made about four mistakes." The issue here is that George just plows through and leaves the errors as-is. Either he doesn't realize how bad he is, or he doesn't care.

    Then in the end, the author of this book, Skip Coryell, holds the production copyright. That means that Coryell paid Kuch to do the narration, and accepted this awful production as-is. If I were the author, I would have rejected this out of had, and made Kuch go back and fix every one of his errors so my hard work as an author doesn't sound like it was produced by some first-time New Yorker who stumbles and fumbles and makes every single character sound like they too are from urban New York.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Skip Coryell
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Suddenly, the lights went out, not just in one town or village, but all across the world. It was an act of cyber terrorism that plunged the world into the heart of darkness, into the 1000-year night, letting loose the demons of a billion souls, pitting dark against light, causing each person everywhere to choose sides.

    Barbara says: "Started out interesting enough..."
    "Worst narration I've ever heard"
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    Let me start by saying the premise of the book was good. The story was also good but could have been better. For me, where this book completely fell apart was with George Kuch and his awful narration. When you listen to this book, Kuch sounds as if he has never read anything out loud before. He stumbles through sentences, fumbles over words, and pronounces things however he likes. He adds pauses where none are intended or appropriate, and rushes while speaking in the most awkward of times.

    The worst part about this is that had there been a director or producer involved in the production of this book, they would have said, "Wait George, we need to re-record that paragraph because you made about four mistakes." The issue here is that George just plows through and leaves the errors as-is. Either he doesn't realize how bad he is, or he doesn't care.

    Then in the end, the author of this book, Skip Coryell, holds the production copyright. That means that Coryell paid Kuch to do the narration, and accepted this awful production as-is. If I were the author, I would have rejected this out of had, and made Kuch go back and fix every one of his errors so my hard work as an author doesn't sound like it was produced by some first-time New Yorker who stumbles and fumbles and makes every single character sound like they too are from urban New York.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (607)

    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Amanda says: "Just when you thought it was safe....."
    "Well, I got my zombie fix but that's about it."
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    The narrator of this story does three voices really well. An upper-middle class white guy, a Texan, and an Italian-American from Brooklyn. The only problem is, those seem to be the ONLY voices he can do, and every character is a variation of that. It really threw me when the narrator read that two characters were speaking Vietnamese.to each other, then turned and started speaking English. The accent used sounded like a west-Texan Marlboro Man.

    As far as the story itself goes, it starts with a great idea and finishes strong. But like several other Maberry novels, there are just a few too many points thrown in that are just so, well, dumb, that it makes the novel less fun. Maberry also must have a thing with albinos, because this is the second novel of his where the bad guy has been one. Zombies become a secondary, even a tertiary plot device and really aren't that scary at all.

    This is an average zombie book at best, so if you're buying it in hopes it will help give you a zombie fix, save it for a day when you can't find much else that's any better. As for me - I'll read the sequels just to see if they get any better. If Maberry's Joe Ledger series is any indicator though, the series started out as a zombie book and none of the rest had any zombies in them. What a rip off! I quit reading them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2227)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Awesome"
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    This book was a great. One of the best zombie books I've read. The main character is a pilot, so it lets you answer the question I know I've always asked, "what about getting into an airplane to escape the zombie horde?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (189)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "You lost me in Hollywood"
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    Would you try another book from Alan Furst and/or Daniel Gerroll?

    I loved Alan Furst and bought this book only because it was new and had has name on it. I'm afraid I won't buy another book by Furst until it's been vetted by others.


    What could Alan Furst have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Furst wrote great novels about peasants and espionage. Now he likes to tell stories about snobs and espionage. I'm just not into that.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniel Gerroll?

    Yes, George Guidall. But this book was so poorly written I'm not sure his masterful narration would have made a difference.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mission to Paris?

    I can't answer that question.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, that says it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Collaborators

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Paris, 1945. Janine Simonian stands accused of supplying information to the Nazi occupying forces that led to the arrest and torture of several members of the French Resistance ¿ and the brutal murder of her own husband.

    Lesley says: "Seamless twining of threads"
    "Unfortunate"
    Overall

    The book is narrated by a British man with a heavy British accent. Unlike many other good audiobooks, the narrator doesn't bother trying to do accents that fit the nationality they are reading (French, German, etc) but just reads with different British accents. Also, the book itself is about an incredibly dense wife who is hopelessly ignorant to the ways of the world. The book is a giant cliche, and unfortunately isn't that interesting.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Finn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Author Jon Clinch makes his debut with this extraordinary novel that tackles issues of race, slavery, and paternity while delivering a fully fleshed rendering of one of the most notorious characters in the history of American literature: Huckleberry Finn's father. It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain left the notoriously violent Finn dead, surrounded by such oddities as a wooden leg and women's undergarments. As we get to know this troubled man, we meet the people who shape Finn's life.

    Michael says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
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    This is a fantastic short novel that continues in the tradition of Twain's characters, but moves well beyond what Twain may have envisioned. The book has sad moments, and moments that show the true bond of men. Additionally, it has scenes that are so horrifying they quicken the heart of a grown man. The narrator’s pace is a bit slow, but his reading and especially his interpretation of Finn's voice is phenomenal. I highly recommend this book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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