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Michael A. Kelley

Vista, CA USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 9 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

    A. Millard says: "Good Book, Poor Narration and Audio Quality"
    "A new narrator please!"
    Overall

    I have heard several of the Ambrose books and liked them; however, the narrator ruined this book. I found him boring and even worse ? hard to hear and understand.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (528)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "A must listen"
    Overall

    The book is outstanding but the reading is even better. Dan John Miller's performance is the best I have ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    Early one morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street. That night, an army vet is gunned down in his doorway. The next day, John Wells gets a phone call. Come to Langley. Now.

    Joel says: "Good but Not Great"
    "Listen to the narrator before you buy"
    Overall

    I had a horrible time trying to get through the story because I had a hard time connecting with the narrator. I see by other reviews that some love his voice but I found it to be a complete distraction.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7845)
    Performance
    (4565)
    Story
    (4550)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Its a Shame"
    Overall

    Ken Follett is a great story teller. It is a shame that he doesn’t have enough confidence in his own writing to avoid sections of graphic pornography. It’s also a shame that this book may be remembered for who is not allowed to read it or who is offended by it vice the story it tells.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (98)

    Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­ - an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when he digs into the past.

    Philip says: "The Bourne Inanity"
    "Listen to one of the originals"
    Overall

    While I am sure that Mr. Van Lustbader suffers from comparison to the original author, this book was simply not a Bourne novel. The story was a bad mix of Clive Clusser and Dan Brown. If you want to read about lost gold or secret societies, I would recommend those authors because they are much better at it. What next for Bourne; a tangle with mystic aliens?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2222)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (911)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "Looking for a good book - keep looking"
    Overall

    This was a hodgepodge of stories where the author seems more interested in getting his personal point of view across than informing the reader. If you are looking for an entertaining and informative book; keep looking

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "The World Is Slanted"
    Overall

    The topic of globalization is an important one that needs to be seriously addressed; unfortunately, Mr. Friedman lets his political agenda get in the way. The result is a book based on flawed, biased research that leads to conclusions that are both short-sited and nothing more that politicized opinions. One of my favorites that corporate ethics can be fixed by applied morals that are “broadly and liberally defined”. Here I thought that it was the broadly and liberally defined morals that caused the scandals in the first place.

    Let me save you the time of listening by giving you a synopsis. The world has gone global. All barriers for the U.S. that restrict our play in the global world, and in fact, all social ills since the 70’s are the fault of the Bush Administration and the Republican led congress.

    If you want a serious book on challenges of a global world, look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Darren McGavin
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    He is a man with an unknown past and an uncertain future. A man dragged from the sea riddled with bullets, his face altered by plastic surgery - a man bearing the dubious identity of Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life, the target of professional assassins, at the center of a maddening, deadly puzzle. Who is Jason Bourne? Listen to the sample below to hear Ludlum explain how an event in his life gave him the idea for The Bourne Identity.

    Franklin says: "Then Bourne Identity"
    "Never buy an abridged book"
    Overall

    This book represents all that is wrong with not having the entire story. On top of that, the reader is horrible and music is absurd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Hank Hanegraaff, Paul Maier
    • Narrated By Hank Hanegraaff, Paul Maier
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    People are talking. The Da Vinci Code has been on The New York Times best seller list for almost a year and is raising a variety of responses from Christians and non-Christians alike. Some are outraged and upset by the claims of Dan Brown, while others are left utterly confused and don't know what to believe.

    Michael says: "Well done"
    "Who really has the closed minds?"
    Overall

    This book is not a definitive, unbiased answer to Brown?s book but then again why would anyone expect one from a theologian? It would be like expecting fact from a novel. This book will whet the appetite for those who are truly interested in the historic truth and who are ambitious enough to do their own research on the topics contained in the book. There are plenty of books out there that discuss the errors and creative rewriting of history done by Brown. For those who are truly of an open mind, I would encourage all listen to both this book and others available on the Code. Apparently, there are plenty of closed minds on both sides if this issue.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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