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Michael

Anderson, IN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (219)

    For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights move­ment - which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors. It took the O. J. Simpson verdict - the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers - to shut down the white guilt bank.

    Paul Luthi says: "Eyeopening and frank look at race relations"
    "The ugly truth of the DNC"
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    Where does Mugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The facts and supporting details of how the DNC have taken advantage of minorities for years.


    What about Ann Coulter’s performance did you like?

    Good job, Ann. Good emotion.


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

    It made me angry at the DNC's exploitation of minorities.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

    David says: "The Most Entertaining Book of the Year"
    "Great history of a formerly entertaining network"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is interesting and humorous,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Want My MTV?

    Just the many humorous stories. How videos were made was interesting.


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

    No. He did very well.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (424)

    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

    Sparkly says: "My favorite science read this year."
    "Interesting history of a deadly disease"
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    Would you listen to Rabid again? Why?

    No. I don't listen to books again. Too many other good books are waiting to be read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rabid?

    The historical ways others treated rabies,


    What aspect of Johnny Heller’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. He did well.


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

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1089)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "More entertaining stories from Stephen King"
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    What did you love best about Full Dark, No Stars?

    The stories were all consistently good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. They both did well.


    If you could take any character from Full Dark, No Stars out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Arlette, because she is a humorous drunk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5958)
    Performance
    (5552)
    Story
    (5551)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Interesting concept, and surprisingly heartwarming"
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    Would you listen to Redshirts again? Why?

    No. I don't usually listen to books multiple times -- too many other good books are out there!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The high concept being pulled off well, and the codas complemented the story very well.


    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    Obvious. Energetic. Adequate.


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

    Neither laughter or tears, although others may do both.


    Any additional comments?

    Star Trek fans will enjoy it, of course,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3562)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3183)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Repetitive but entertaining"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was painfully unabridged! Every number, letter, acronym, and phone number were included. It got pretty tedious!


    Would you recommend Ghost in the Wires to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would. It was still interesting to learn about social engineering.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but the way the narrator drew out the profanity was tiresome and off putting.


    Could you see Ghost in the Wires being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. Someone narcissistic should play Kevin. Narcissistic and fat, anyway.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David R. Stokes
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920's, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first "megachurch".

    Nukkles says: "Beginnings of the religious right..."
    "Decent story marred by overwrought performance"
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    Would you try another book from David R. Stokes and/or R. C. Bray?

    I might try another book from David R. Stokes, but not by R. C. Bray. Too many ridiculous voices.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have selected a different narrator, or told this narrator to turn it down a notch with his caricatures...oops, I mean characterizations of the people in the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of R. C. Bray?

    I don't know, but l not R. C. Bray.


    What character would you cut from The Shooting Salvationist?

    It is a factual story, so none of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality could have been better. The volume level would go up and down, especially when the narrator switched to one of his ridiculous and unnecessary voices. Also, the book seemed biased against Norris, and seemed surprised that the defense legal counsel would have the gall to actually defend their client. So strange.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Supervillains

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lois H. Gresh, Robert H. Weinberg
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Ever wonder why comic book villains, such as Spiderman's bionic archenemy Dr. Octopus or the X-Men's eternal rival Magneto, are so scary and so much fun? It's not just their diabolical talent for confounding our heroes, it's their unrivalled techno-proficiency at creating global mayhem that keeps comic book fans captivated. But is any of the science actually true?

    Harry says: "A Decent Follow-Up But..."
    "Outdated / Lazy Science / Attacks on Religion"
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    What would have made The Science of Supervillains better?

    It was just out of date. Science has changed so much since this book was released. It is now irrelevant. Plus, it has some strong attacks against religion that I personally found insulting.


    What was most disappointing about Lois H. Gresh and Robert H. Weinberg ’s story?

    It felt like a book that anybody could have written with a little help from Wikipedia. No new ideas were presented, and far too often the authors went off on irrelevant tangents.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    Yes. He did a passable job. Maybe a little too much emphasis and enunciation.


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

    It had a great deal of potential. Maybe uber-fans or scientists would find it enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Authors: leave politics and personal beliefs out of your books, and you will be better off in the long run. Alienating your fan base is not a recipe for success.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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