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Michael

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Honolulu, HI | Member Since 2012

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  • Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (319)

    When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves.

    Michele says: "Compelling story for the kid in each of us!"
    "Almost start to finish in one sitting"
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    Love this story! Some of his better work. I couldn't help being transported back to high school with this superb writing. Love the character spoon. Highly recommend this for any fan of this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Deep: A Doc Ford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    When a Crow Indian acquaintance of Tomlinson’s asks him to help recover a relic stolen from his tribe, Doc Ford is happy to tag along - but neither Doc nor Tomlinson realize what they’ve let themselves in for. Their search takes them to the part of Central Florida known as Bone Valley, famous primarily for two things: A ruthless subculture of black-marketers who trade in illegal artifacts and fossils, and a multibillion-dollar phosphate industry whose strip mines compromise the very ground they walk on.

    Michael says: "Bone deep was just average"
    "Bone deep was just average"
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    I was happy to see Mr. Guidall remember how Tomlinson sounds again, but this book was pretty unremarkable. There was nothing riveting and it moved in a predictable path. The lunatic guy in the book was very unbelievable as a character, I found his character one-dimensional.

    The last several books I have read by RWW, I've rallied against Doc dating Hannah Smith. But now that they sort of broke it off, I miss her. Doc is still my favorite character, but Ms. Smith is pretty remarkable too.

    Tomlinson has become a third tier character now, I miss having his more cavalier moments in the books. While his demeanor remained the same, and several passages where classic Tomlinson, he became a bit of the side show in this one. I would love to see him and Doc go on a "vacation" together, or would love to see Doc get more involved with one of his kids and get the heck out of Florida for a change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Business 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Treasure Hernandez
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Diane Luke, Lisa Smith, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    Momma drama takes over the Duncan clan, as there is still uncertainty about who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando only has one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's many rivals. It's his mother, because she's making the family take sides. Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?

    Ronald says: "Good read but....."
    "Classic Carl Weber"
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    I read the first book in the series when I was working in American Samoa, so it was quite fitting that I picked up this book during my next visit to American Samoa about a month ago.

    This book does not disappoint, it rockets through the fast paced plotline, and I found myself sitting in the car for an extra ten minutes to finish a chapter, only to want "just a bit more" of the next chapter.

    Best character:

    Paris, going to pick up "to Paris with love" to explore this character some more. She is one character that is just right.

    Missed in this book:

    Orlando's women, spent to much time having baby momma drama with the Haitian woman.

    London was very undervalued in this book, not much going on with her at all, other than annoying Paris.

    Worst part of the Book:

    LC taking a significant lessor role in the organization, but still "pulling the strings" from time to time. If we want LC to go away, then make him go away, but don't do this "semi-retired" thing, it's annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1228)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Not his best work, but still pretty darn good!"
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    I listened to this book while I was working in Guam. While it wasn't his best work, it was still pretty entertaining. I like a strong female lead in books, but what I found a bit odd was some of the plot items of this book, the Captain of the main protagonist seems like he acted outside of his professional control several times and I found that part to be a bit unbelievable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Naomi Chase
    • Narrated By Diana Luke
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (146)

    Author Naomi Chase leaves readers breathless with hearty helpings of naughty gossip and juicy scandal in her novels. Anticipating a coveted promotion, Tamia Luke will finally have the glamorous life she’s always wanted. But the sexy Dominic Archer recognizes Tamia from her days as an adult film mistress. Now Tamia will have to satisfy Dominic’s every desire in order to keep him quiet—and she’ll have to figure out how to stop her rage from becoming lust.

    Kell says: "WOW"
    "Good Gawd!"
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    Loved this book! I am typically pretty good at discovering where a story is going and predicating the ending, but this one blew me away! Can't wait to read the next on in the series. Lil' sister is quite......well I won't ruin it for you.

    Only thing I would change is the role of the Bourgeoisie Mother, I thought she could have played a bigger role in pulling some of the strings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (359)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Not his best work....Is sigma getting drawn out?"
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    Poor performance and mediocre story at best. I am a die hard fan of the series and I had trouble getting through this one. As other reviews stated, the narrator is not good, but the story is not a whole lot better.

    This story does have the same race against the clock urgency to it, and I like the intelligence of the dark energy discussions. I even like the new character, the African American female scientist. But this book is missing an arch nemesis, a "specter like" organization that is trying to manipulate the world as sigma races to overcome the best laid plans.

    I will read the next book in the series, but I hope the publisher finds a better narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deceived: A Hannah Smith Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    A 20-year-old unsolved murder from Florida's pot-hauling days gets Hannah Smith's attention, but so does a more immediate problem. A private museum devoted solely to the state's earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah's friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions.

    Snoodely says: "Fear not, Doc Ford Fans"
    "Hanna Smith needs to move to the a new area"
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    I really like RWW's writing style and books. What I really don't like about the Hanna Smith novels is that they don't stand apart from his other books. Hanna shouldn't interact with Doc Ford in my opinion, let alone be his girlfriend. Randy....Hanna needs her own life!

    Hanna's sidekick is a large body builder who happens to be gay, this character really bothers me, and seems to be based on a cliché.

    The story in this book is just good enough to keep me interested.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4609)
    Performance
    (3871)
    Story
    (3880)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Not as good as the first book"
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    This storyline takes a while to get going, I think I was 1/4 done with the book before it really grabbed my attention. There are parts of the book that were some intriguing that I wish the author never strayed to one of the other characters.

    My favorite was when Lev Peshkov met the English character's parents when Daisy was marrying Boyd. The sharp tongue of Lev really made that part of the book great. I think I actually clapped!

    Another part of the book I loved was Greg and Jackie Jakes, this impossible relationship was very interesting to me.

    I wish the war in the pacific would have gotten more attention than it did. It would have been nice to see a Japanese perspective in the book, perhaps a new family split between Japan and America.

    I look forward to the next book in the series coming out on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (558)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "John Corey, the perfect genre"
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    Loved this short story. When I was a kid, I read a lot of my grandfather's detective dime novels. These books were a noir genre of the classic cop books of his day.

    Nelson Demille's has crafted John Corey. I loved John Corey since the first novel the character appeared. John Corey is the closest thing to the classic detectives of my youth. He is the perfect cop, he is a smart, funny, cunning, flawed, emotional and deliberate. I love how this plot slowly unravels. Not to complicated to be unbelievable, but complex enough to keep you guessing. A classic who-dun-it detective novel.

    Keep the coming Mr. Demille.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Randy Wayne White has long been known for suspenseful plots, complex characters, and an extraordinary sense of place. His new series has them all - and then some. Hannah Smith: a tall, strong, formidable Florida woman, the descendant of generations of strong Florida women. She makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors, and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice and they have taken to coming to her with their problems.

    Michael says: "Plot of the Story was good, but not great"
    "Plot of the Story was good, but not great"
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    I've been reading R.W.W. for several years now, after I picked up an audiobook from the library about five years ago. I really like the majority of his work. The book was pretty good. I like Hana Smith, she's definitely the type of woman that I would find attractive. I like her down the business nature and no nonsense demeanor.

    What I don't like so far is that the book is essentially set in the same location as the Doc Ford novels. I love Doc Ford, he reminds me of my Grandfather. The guy who is underestimated, but is surprisingly strong willed and strong minded.

    What I really dislike most about the direction of this book is an alluded to romance between Doc Ford and Hana.....(YAWN!) This is so over done in novels, movies etc etc. Doc and Hana will play cat and mouse, they would be perfect together...but wait, they had that moment and if only "that thing/event/phone call/doorbell" didn't interrupt them......Randy, Move Hana somewhere else! James Patterson has both Alex Cross and Lindsey Boxer, but they work in much different parts of the United States.

    Hana has the makings of a strong character, move her butt out of Florida and into Savannah, Tybee Island, Honolulu, Astoria (OR), Charleston, St. Pete or some other place where she doesn't touch Doc Ford again. This Character needs to be independent of Ford!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7928)
    Performance
    (7148)
    Story
    (7145)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Really let down"
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    I picked up this one prior to a week long trip to Saipan. I would spend many long hours in a car and I was so looking forward to this book. But, unfortunately, the book was not very good. Character development was decent, but the plot was a bit thin. There is nothing worse in a book than it being predictable. The narration was awesome, the story was so easy to unravel, there was no gripping tale, intrigue or just one more chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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