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Michael

Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders traveled to Tehran....

    Debra Garfinkle says: "Better Than the Movie"
    "Loved the book and narration"
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    What did you love best about Argo?

    It was a compelling story that I was very very curious to check out after seeing the movie. I quite enjoyed the movie but as a Canadian felt that the Canadian aspect wasn't given enough credit. I left with a new respect for the actual story which I assume to be the true account. I left with a less jaded view than just watching the movie and more realistic view of the Canadian part in the whole story.With all that said as a stand alone going in cold it'd still be a great listen. I'll qualify that by saying as a younger man I plowed through a lot of spy novels (fiction). This stuff intrigues me and learning a true account was pretty cool for me.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I really got into recounting the era when it happened. I remember the whole hostage affair but didn't really follow the nuts and bolts of what was going on. I'm a bit of a history buff so this referesher with a lot of insight into what happened and why was very interesting to me.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    I really grew to respect Tony Mendez, as this is really his story. I'd love to hear a few more capers like this if he got involved and the info was declassified. Whether read or listened to it's a great story


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

    The Greatest "real life" Escape


    Any additional comments?

    great narration and compelling story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1050)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "incredible story, perfect performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    truth is more incredible than fiction with this story. This should be part of every history class.


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

    I listened to the bulk of this while sitting 6 hours in an emergency waiting room with a sliver in my eye. As painful as my experience was, this story was spellbinding and made me feel I should never complain about anything ever again and should be able to pull the sliver myself with a spoon made of rock.


    Any additional comments?

    This is top of my enjoyment list along with Argo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (373)

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    "I admired the man, liked the book"
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    Where does Fighter Pilot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not the absolute best listen I've had but I would recommend to anyone who is interested in fighter pilots, US airforce, non fiction etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fighter Pilot?

    I found myself most interested in the Vietnam portion of the book. All in all though this man had an amazing life and the whole story is interesting. My least favorite part was his West Point early days. If you find this point less than enthralling, stick with it the book ramps up.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Robin Olds obviously as this is his bio


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

    Nothing extreme, just interest in the man after seeing some of his exploits on "Dogfights" on history channels and some interviews I came across on youtube.


    Any additional comments?

    If this stuff interests you I'd say this is a worthwhile listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    No espionage missions have been kept more secret than those involving American submarines. Blind Man's Bluff reveals for the first time how the Navy sent subs wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables, as well as other secrets as deep as the sea.

    David says: "Wow This is an amazing listen"
    "My first dissapointment with Audible"
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    What disappointed you about Blind Man's Bluff?

    The book seemed too topical. I'm familiar with the topic and this really seemed like it was research background for a book but really lacked depth and lustre. I've been following non fiction lately and was really pleased with War by Junger, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, and also House to House stood up fairly well. Before joining audible I had read Iron Coffins and the story of U505 as well as Tom Clancey's Red October as well as a few other titles I can't recall. Anyway to me there was nothing new here, and it seemed sort of like I was being read a synosis compiled from Wikipedia. I was hoping for a lot more.


    What was most disappointing about Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew ’s story?

    Really no pop, nothing enthralling. I think a well researched fiction could be more educational. I'm not a huge Clancy fan but I'll give him this at least, his research and level of detail are top shelf. The background bits in Red October are better than this account.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I must say the narration was also flat. I didn't realize how much good narration could add to a story but it does, but not in this case. The narration also seemed flat. I'd say adequate would be true, but also, no pop.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was a New York Times, or New Yorker stories worth of interesting stuff in there but not a books worth. Looks elsewhere for the exploits of the Halibut and the Parchee and you'll have the most interesting parts of the book. That info can be found by some googling.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry to say I can't recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1050)

    Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

    Elaine says: "Story Alive!!"
    "I want to like it more but...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I guess the book is good for the genre. I wanted to like it more but really the story was bordering on predictable. I started at the beginning of the series with Killing Floor and liked but didn't love the book. This was sort of the same but not as fresh. If you are a fan this is on par with the first two in the seires I suppose. For me I was hoping to be hooked but can't really say I am.


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

    I think if you wanted to explore Jack Reacher this would be as good a place to start as Killing Floor.


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

    I will say the narration was good. I'm new to audible and have listened to maybe 5 or 6 books with varying degrees of success with the narration. In this instance the narrator did a really good job.


    Was Tripwire worth the listening time?

    For simple brain candy I'd give a guarded yes on "worth listening to".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2639)
    Performance
    (2393)
    Story
    (2386)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "great example of this genre, perfect tone, great c"
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    What did you love best about American Sniper?

    I liked the laid back matter of fact directness of the author. Its an interesting story but not overly embellished. I recently listened to "House to House" which is a similar type book. I like H2H but liked this book very much more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the author, and obvious answer for a bio


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

    the accent/drawl really adds to the story. Much more than I would have imagined, the narration really was a significant plus to an already good listen.


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

    For me there was a pretty steady matter of fact tone that was present throughout. I felt that as the book progressed the author was freer with his opinions. It seemed like I was getting to know him and he was more trustful of sharing. Discussions about family were also obviously moving and it was nice to have portions directly from his wife and comrades.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't hesitate to recomend. I got into this genre after reading Sebastion Junger's "War" which was super excellent. I read that one the old fashioned way prior to trying audible. It gave me a curiosity for more of similar stuff and this was a satisfying addition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freaky Deaky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best.

    richard says: "Wowee! What a ride!"
    "I'm a Elmor Leonard fan but this wasn't his best"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Seemed more formulatic Elmore rather than some of his other work. He's written a ton so there's bound to be a few less good. With that said it'd be a decent listen for a plane ride.


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

    First listen to a Leonard


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narration was fair but I didn't find it engaging


    Did Freaky Deaky inspire you to do anything?

    I'll try a few other similar fiction audibles. So far non fiction seems to suit this medium for me. I just downloaded Killing Floor which is supposed to be a good read, so I'll give it a listen and see if this genre is for me on audible.


    Any additional comments?

    Not Elmore's best but if your a fan it might be worth a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10533)
    Performance
    (9085)
    Story
    (9047)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "intriguing look inside Jobs and Apple"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    This was my first audio book, specifically to listen too after eye surgery. I found the narration to be quite good. The story of Steve Jobs was inspiring and eye opening. Gave me a much deeper respect for his design sense as well as all the other things that made Steve Steve.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve obviously


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

    Dylan did a fantastic job narrating


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

    Much too long a book for one sitting, but it did keep me engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm thinking that non fiction is my favorite for audible, fiction for old fashioned eyeballs

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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