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Michael

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4360)
    Performance
    (3918)
    Story
    (3997)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "A PURE Classic!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fellowship of the Ring to be better than the print version?

    This is the best! Rob Ingles is excellent. His performance is as if JRR Tolkien was reading it himself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyed the entire story and narration.


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

    I have listened to The Hobbitt - also highly recommend,


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    "Very Interesting Perspective"
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    What did you love best about The Skeptic's Guide to American History?

    I really liked the presentation of the material and backstories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting presentation of a lot of material cove rig a broad base and admitting that its much easier to look at things from a historical perspective when most or all of the information is available.


    What about Professor Mark A. Stoler’s performance did you like?

    It was a college lecture and as long as you understand that -- its very easy to follow along.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17330)
    Performance
    (15396)
    Story
    (15348)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Bravo Mr. King!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    The premise of this book is fantastic. One that many have considered, but only Stephen King could sit down and bring to life. And that is what I think is so amazing about this book. Mr. King brings this world back to life for me. This took place a few years before I was born, but many of the memories came back to me from those days gone by. It was a simpler time, but it wasn't all candy & soda pop either.

    Loved the characters. Loved the way he introduced them. Loved the attention to detail he put into the time travel. That you have as many unknowns and things that you may or may not change. Amazing read! Worth every credit or dollar invested!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3995)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1681)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Most emotional & endearing story I've ever read"
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    What did you love best about The Shack?

    As a parent, as a human being that suffers from doubt in my faith from time-to-time - this story touches me in so many ways. Unfathomable pain and anguish from a brutal act that leaves a man helpless and lost. But this vision/quest that he experiences speaks to me in a real and totally "human" way, that I like to believe the Trinity would present themselves in this overly simplistic manner - so that we mere mortals could understand and believe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I won't give the story away, but I absolutely love the vision of God the Father presented as a black woman - and I see her as the cheeky, smiling all the time, hardy soul, bright outlook, most loving and generous lady you've ever met.


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

    I have not.


    Any additional comments?

    This story touched me. And I found spiritual renewal in this presentation of the Gospel message. Many have criticized it's theology. I think it sad that some Christians think that they can control the message of God's love for us. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and "The Shack" is one of the best mysterious ways that I have encountered. Thank you Mr. Young!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3922)
    Performance
    (3343)
    Story
    (3340)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Wasn't Sure Where This One Was Going?"
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    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting story, took a while to understand the format, but worth the listen.


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

    Narrator did a great job of portraying the characters and bringing our their stories.


    If you could take any character from Defending Jacob out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The mom. When you hear the book, you'll understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death: Pendergast, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (518)

    Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.

    Nancy says: "Excellent story!"
    "Preston & Child do it again"
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    Would you listen to Dance of Death again? Why?

    YES! Every book in this series just keeps getting better. The Pendergast character is so complex and ever changing. Look forward to the next weird situation he will get involved with next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast is one of my all-time favorite characters. These books would make a fantastic movie along the lines of Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes movies. Pendergast and his tailored suits with all the tools and gadgets he pulls out of various pockets and hidden places. He is so strange and peculiar and yet very loyal and caring.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Brick does them all so well. I thought he would have a hard time separating Pendergast from his brother, Diogenes, in this book - but I thought he handled it well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of the Union

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (726)

    The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world.

    Tomas says: "Thrilling!"
    "Good Story - worth a credit"
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    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or George Guidall?

    Yes. George Guidall is a terrific narrator for espionage novels. You can always tell who the "hard ace" is because he quickens his pace whenever that person is speaking. I love it. This was my first Brad Thor novel and it is very similar to other authors I follow in this genre.


    Would you recommend State of the Union to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think it's a good story, and well executed. But I walked away from this a little flat. Obviously this is a series - and the story of the characters has not ended.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer. However, Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. Across the oceans of the world, the pirate hunter, Kidd, pursued the pirate, Culliford. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure. The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a page-turner.

    Karen says: "Aaaargh Matey, Listen to this tale!"
    "Very Interesting Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoy historical books, this is a great and indepth look at the life at sea of a pirate in the 1690's - with lots of back stories and insights into life during this era. Contrary to what you see on TV about pirates, this book goes into great detail about life on the high seas.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pirate Hunter?

    The betrayal of Capt. Kidd by his financial backers - and the presentation of charges against him for piracy.


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

    His voice is soothing and calm throughout. I enjoyed his narration of this historical book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No - it was not that type of story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1569)
    Story
    (1581)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "ANOTHER HIT OUT OF THE PARK!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fever Dream to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the printed book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Pendergast. The books are showing more and more of the benevolent side of this very complex character, and that he will pull out all stops to get to the bottom of solving this case.


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

    He is incredible. He really brings Pendergast to life for me. Great job!!!


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

    Once you get into the story - you want to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the entire Pendergast series. Preston & Child are incredibly gifted writers, and Rene Auberjonois knows the character and brings that sophisticated aire to his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1021)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Good story ruined by Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Better off reading it. The Narrator tried to do a Minnesota inflection or something, but he really ruined this audioook for me. I enjoyed the story - but Narrator was not up to the writing.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Sandford before, how does this one compare?

    My first experience. I enjoyed the story and the plot line - but Narrator detracted from it for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Conger’s performances?

    Not if I can help it.


    Was Bad Blood worth the listening time?

    If you can look past the performance and concentrate on the story - well worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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