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Michael

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Honolulu, HI | Member Since 2012

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  • Night Moves: A Doc Ford Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    The stunning new thriller - the 20th Doc Ford novel - from New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White. Both Doc Ford and his friend Tomlinson have buried secrets. Now one of those secrets is about to come alive - with a vengeance. While trying to solve one of Florida's most profound secrets, Doc Ford is the target of a murder attempt by someone who wants to make it look like an accident. Or is the target actually Tomlinson?

    Michael says: "Pretty good, but the narration was off"
    "Pretty good, but the narration was off"
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    So I've read almost all of the Doc. Ford book Series. The narrator is the same for almost all of the books. For some reason, Tomlinson's voice is a bit different in this book than all of the rest. I've gotten so used to the narrator's representation of my favorite hippie's voice, that I found the change very distracting in this book.

    With that negative out of the way, overall the book was really good. As with almost the entire series, I can't seem to put it down, and I seem to always finish the books in only a few car rides. In this case, I was visiting Seattle and Portland. I don't remember much of the car ride or trip, but I remember the book! I like Hannah enough, that I am looking forward to the next Doc. Ford book, but to quench my thirst for more, I may have to start reading the Hannah series now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Naomi Chase
    • Narrated By Diana Luke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (148)

    A journalist turned best-selling author, Naomi Chase quickly became a favorite among fans of erotic urban dramas. Deception stars Tamia and Fiona Lake, two sisters harboring a scandalous secret but looking for fresh starts. Acquitted of murder, Tamia is willing to risk everything to reclaim what she’s lost - including her ex. Meanwhile, Fiona must hide her past if she wants to keep her newfound happiness.

    ann coleman says: "Loved it!!"
    "Not as gripping as the first book, but..."
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    Mystique.....I mean Tamia is a pretty rare character. She is so well developed. So if your a fan of the first book, This one is worth your time!!! As a man, I realize I am not the target audience for this book, but the writing is spectacular and the characters are complex and riveting. The inner dialogue of Tamia is very well developed...Love it!

    This one has a lot of great plot twists and curve balls you don't see coming. One of my critiques of the first book was the power of Mrs. Chambers (Brandon's mother). She was on the edges, in the first book, but you sensed her tremendous influence over her husband and children. Her claws come out a bit in this book, I would have used her to go in a different direction than the author did, but it was still remarkable.

    The reason I didn't go perfect on this review was twofold:

    1st, The Cynthia story, while I won't ruin the plot for you, Cynthia becomes a bit more one dimensional. I don't think the author intended to vilify her, and clearly the writing shows she is one of the true victims in the book. You can't paint her as such a successful courtroom warrior, but such a weak character when it comes to Brandon. There is no black woman I know who would let her man defend his ex lover....none, nada...won't happen. I also didn't like the juxtaposition of Fiona and Cynthia having the same lover. It seems like the author had an idea of sewing that link into the story and making it some type of important piece of the story, but it is later forgotten, which begs the question why it was included in the first place?

    2nd, Dominic Archer. This figure is so central to the first book, and this book starts off great by putting Archer squarely in the limelight, but then he quickly becomes a background noise. I hope he makes a comeback in the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (588)

    The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes.

    Jean says: "three novellas"
    "Least favorite in the series"
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    This could have been so much more! This book is probable my least favorite in the series. If you like the series it's still worth your time. Below are some notes I made on the plot issues.

    High points:

    Yuki and Brady's story is really good and riveting.

    Low points:

    Yuki and Brady's story doesn't explain much about the motive/underlying issues as to why....I mean, the so-called pirates/terrorist had no exit strategy. So despite the action, and the wonderful storytelling of the minute to minute action, it is still a pretty much a very surface story.

    The burger belly bomb story doesn't end quite right and then the Mackey Morales story gets going really well only to become anti-climatic in the end. I mean did I miss something here? There is another belly bomb after the killers are caught, is this foreshadowing a future book? I hope so, I just didn't like the way this section of the story ended.

    I found that the most disappointing part of the book, the Mackey Morales story is invested so heavily by the authors, only to have an ending the just is so-so at best. There are so many hanging issues, does Mackey ever go home and see her baby? Her mom? The dynamic of her mother and her could have been explored better. I mean, Mom is watching her kid right? So there is a court ordered custody this involves time and effort. My point is, Mom is not going to welcome Mackey back into her house with open arms, not call the police etc. We are talking about an innocent kid here. The authors foreshadow this in Mackey's inner dialogue, but then don't even cover it. Then there is all of the foreshadowing about the plan by Mackey to hunt down Boxer, so much time is spent with Morales talking about it, but then the authors just ignore that part of the book, I mean why even bother doing the inner dialogue of Morales, only to ignore it when the moment finally comes?

    It seems to me the authors were looking to get a certain length, once they got close it was decided to wrap up the loose ends as quickly as possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2561)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1295)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Great in small doses"
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    Mr. Bryson's ability to research is second-to-none. This book is absolutely packed with information about so much! However with that said, this book took me nearly two months to finish. The problem is that I can only listen in 20 to 30 minute periods before my mind would start to wander....Still great stuff, just had to listen in small doses.

    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
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (68)

    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
    (229)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    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
    (1589)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1406)

    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
    (161)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (148)

    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
    (423)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (384)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    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
    (4774)
    Performance
    (4019)
    Story
    (4030)

    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.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "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

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