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Michael

Reno, NV, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Crescent Dawn: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (757)

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out.

    Michael says: "Something new from Cussler"
    "Something new from Cussler"
    Overall

    I have been reading Clive Cussler novels for 30 years, and all of them have some unique charm. That being said, many started to sound a lot a like. Fans of Dirk Pitt will love Crescent Dawn. It shows Pitt a few new insights into Dirk and Al.

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. I will always read Cussler novels, and some are better than others, but this one has a special place near the top of the list for me.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18728)
    Performance
    (8587)
    Story
    (8618)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "This is the only book in the series I have read"
    Overall

    WIth that being said, I think the three-stars is fair. It is possible that I may have had more appreciation of the second book if I had listened to the first book as well. It was a fairly interesting with decent plot and character development. I think I would have liked more plot twists, as opposed to just building up the big "D'enouement" throughout the entire book. That kind of build up makes it very tough for the author to deliver.

    Cute story....buy it on sale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1741)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "Tough to give it three stars"
    Overall

    This was a decent book to listen to while doing chores or working out. The reason being is that the character and plot development moved very predictably for me and there was nothing terribly new or interesting. It is a clever story, with occassional moments of entertainment. To give it two stars would have been unfair, but to give it three stars may be a bit generous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4278)
    Performance
    (2584)
    Story
    (2623)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Definitely worth the listen"
    Overall

    This was a major leap of faith for me, with a new author and such a long time commitment. In my opinion, it is several genres squeezed together....sci-fi epic, noir/mystery and political thriller. I enjoyed the plot and character development very much. It may be a bit difficult for a casual listner to track all the moving parts and I had to go back a revisit chapters that I listened to commuting or doing chores, where I can be distracted at times.

    I enjoyed the book very much and think that John Lee did his usual excellent job. I have already downloaded the sequel and look forward to listening to it very soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Chabris, Daniel Simons
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (293)

    Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself - and thats a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology's most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds dont work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but were actually missing a whole lot.

    Joseph says: "Great Overview over Hygiene of Perception"
    "Nothing new, has a few interesting acecdotes"
    Overall

    I was expecting something far more "usuable" as a tool of instruction. Instead it simply speaks and excessive lenght about a few interesting academic ideas. I think the goal was to make some money for the author's and the publisher, but taking a 45 minute academic lecture and expand it to something more marketable.

    There are a few interesting discussions, but about 60% is pure repetition and pointless commentary.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (878)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Shivers is back and own this novel"
    Overall

    If you have read the previous novels, you will know all about Shivers and his past with Logan nine-fingers. Even though Shivers is really the only cross-over to the new novel, knowing about his history is helpful. I am not completely sure how to describe or rate Shivers' performance as the protaganist. If you like the previous series, I am confident you will like "Best Served Cold," just don't expect it to be share the same formula and pace of development. This novel is completely unique, with a few familiar faces.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2530)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1146)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Formulaic, re-hash of previous novels"
    Overall

    The author presents more of the same from the characters. I will say that the plot was fairly innovative and contained a few surpises. My biggest complaint is there really isn't anything new....same old moves, outcomes, etc. If you havent read any of the previous camel club novels, this would be a decent on to start with though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (522)

    It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward.

    Henry says: "A Must Listen"
    "Isaac Bell at his very best!"
    Overall

    This Bell novel is my favorite of the three I have read so far. That isnt to say I didn't enjoy the others, but this one really stood out for me as something special and enjoyable. I have been a Cussler fan since I read "Raise the Titanic" when I was ten years old. As I have grown, I have always counted on Clive Cussler to get me through long airport layovers. This book though brought a real depth to Isaac Bell, and added the real suspese that he may not actually get his man. If you haven't read any of the Bell novels, this is great one to start with!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4097)
    Performance
    (3024)
    Story
    (3038)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "I wasn't sure what to expect."
    Overall

    I am a long time fan of the epic fantasy drama. The author has given me new characters to ponder, through their journey. I have enjoyed the first installment very much. I guess my only major observation is that it is hard to guess who the real heroes and villains are. There are many twists and turns and for me it is hard to guess exactly where the story will go next. The author skillfully left the "door open" for many possibilities, which is why I look forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1334)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Gwen says: "Poeticly Written"
    "Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2"
    Overall

    The first intallment as a decent start to a trilogy, but the second installment makes it clear that few if anyone will be able to stick out reading all three books.

    The plot was lost, the character development is week....I am stopping at 2.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful

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