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Michael

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Honolulu, HI, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Knoedelseder
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce—a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success. This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It's a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.

    Jeremy McGough says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "Pass the Beer and Ammunition"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bitter Brew to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of Bitter Brew but there is a great PDF attached to the download for pics and charts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Forth is my favorite as he is leaving an incredible path of death and destruction in his wake.


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

    No, but I do plan to listen to his other books in the future.


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

    It was broken into 3 parts, and I finished it in less than a week as I found it very interesting. I think they should make it into a TV mini series.


    Any additional comments?

    I live in St. Louis so the book is a must read for people living in the Lou, but people from other places will enjoy the book if they have ever drank a beer or wondered what rich people do when they have no morals or common sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, David Fisher
    • Narrated By Tom Wopat
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.

    H. Pat Artis says: "Made a long dive easy"
    "Interesting at first but repetitive"
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    Good book but after several chapters all of the characters blend into one. Could have been shorter. I liked the performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4444)
    Performance
    (3928)
    Story
    (3947)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Excellent Book & Performance"
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    I have listened to all of the "Killing" franchise and it's hard to turn them off. The stories are well written and the narration is excellent. Keep writing more Bill!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martin Blumenson
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    This detailed and persuasive study by the author of The Patton Papers was described by Patton's daughter Ruth as "an extraordinary book". It is widely considered the best biography ever written of the General, an American hero as compelling as he was complex.

    Ann says: "Patton the man"
    "Good but Killing Patton is Better"
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    Enjoyed this book but having listened to Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly I was a bit disappointed. If you have listened to Killing Patton, you won't learn anything new here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1680)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1407)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Thanks for ths great Christmas present!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The stories are told by real people to their loved ones and are quite moving.


    What other book might you compare Listening Is an Act of Love to and why?

    None that I know of since these are actual stories as told by the people involved.


    Which character – as performed by Dave Isay – was your favorite?

    Dave was the narrator and introduced each story and in some cases gave an update l. That person's current situation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The woman suffering from Alzheimer's talking to her husband was very emotional as my mother is suffering from the same disease.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackdaws

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Colin Stinton
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    D-Day is approaching. They don't know where or when, but the Germans know it'll be soon, and for Felicity "Flick" Clariet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become one of Britain's most effective operatives in Northern France.

    vxdvxn says: "Disappointing"
    "Great Action and Adventure set in WW II"
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    Would you listen to Jackdaws again? Why?

    I would listen again as the book is fast paced and there are some details I missed in my first listen. I listened almost start to finish in a day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jackdaws?

    The 2nd attack on the communication station was very good. You felt like you were there in the action.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat and Colin Stinton ’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the two narrators switched off so that it had a more realistic feel like a movie.


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

    Several situations where there was torture definitely were upsetting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4229)
    Performance
    (3760)
    Story
    (3789)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Extremely Interesting book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    I have not purchased a print book in 2 years as I purchase only Audible versions of books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The account of the attack on Osama Bin Laden's hiding place was riveting. I can't begin to imagine how it would feel to be a part of that event.


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

    Holter Graham's performance was very good as he embodied the enthusiasm and adrenaline that the author experienced on his many missions to the middle east.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The biggest win in the war on terror.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (616)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
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    Would you listen to The Amateur again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again as there are some back stories surrounding Obama's closest aids that I found very interesting.


    What other book might you compare The Amateur to and why?

    Dick Cheney's memoir has similar stories. This book is about someone on the far opposite to Cheney though.


    What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

    I felt the narration was very good. His voice was clear and easily understandable.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Valerie Jarrett seems to be a puppet master and works closely with Michelle Obama in making key decisions.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • If You're Not First, You're Last: Sales Strategies to Dominate Your Market and Beat Your Competition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Grant Cardone
    • Narrated By Grant Cardone
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (204)

    During economic contractions, it becomes much more difficult to sell your products, maintain your customer base, and gain market share. Mistakes become more costly, and failure becomes a real possibility for all those who are not able to make the transition. But imagine being able to sell your products when others cannot, being able to take market share from your competitors, and knowing the precise formulas that would allow you to expand your sales while others make excuses.

    Kyle A. Battis says: "Great mindset training for those who want success"
    "Grant Does it Again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to If You're Not First, You're Last the most enjoyable?

    Grant Cardone is one of the best motivational speakers I have heard. His books are like pep rallies which fire you up and make you think of new things which can help you reach your goals. I like this book as much as 10X Rule.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that anyone can succeed if they put their heart and soul into what they do.


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

    Yes - Grant has a great delivery and humorous side notes which make the listening experience special.


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

    Yes, however there are assignments which need to be completed so you will need a few days to complete the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for more Grant Cardone audible books!

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Narrated By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

    Curatina says: "Somewhat interesting, but dreadful narration"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    Would you listen to The End of Normal again? Why?

    I would listen again as the story Stephanie tells is very fascinating. Unfortunately, her children will pay the price for their father's business choices and his suicide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Normal?

    The description of Mark Madoff's suicide was chilling.


    What about Stephanie Madoff Mack’s performance did you like?

    She seems very honest and her emotions really come through in her story telling.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Stephanie Madoff well as she raises her children on her own and tries to put this awful tragedy in her past.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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