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Michael

PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Ghost Ship: Liaden Universe, Theo Waitley, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    New novel in the Liaden Universe series. Over a quarter million copies sold in this series to-date! Space ships, action, adventure – all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and family saga – make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military SF lovers alike.

    Dara says: "OK but not easy to follow"
    "I could not get through it"
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    I love these authors and the Liaden Universe. I have read all the previous books. However, I tried reading the ebook and quit after halfway through and I tried again with the audiobook and did not enjoy it. The problem is nothing happens. By the middle of the book, some of the characters have relocated. Some people are following other people, that's it. It turned out to be chore getting through the story.

    It is like a continual set-up for another book in the series. It was a chore getting through the previous two books about Theo and I see they were just a set-up for this book, however in this book there seems to be nothing but more set-up. What will the family do to survive? So many dangers are facing the family... all that causes this story to not be a story.

    The narration also had a problem that when she spoke in male voices the volume was lower, so you turn up the volume and now it is too loud when the female characters speak. Also, Miri's dialog was always delivered in a laughing tone. This became really irritating and unnatural.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (8425)
    Performance
    (7603)
    Story
    (7601)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "The best John Grisham book ever"
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    I have read practically every John Grisham book. Yes there are some I could not get through like the Brethren. My idea of a good John Grisham book is “A Painted House” or “Bleachers”. For legal thrillers my favorites are “The Testament”, “The Last Juror” and “A Time To Kill”. However, Sycamore Row is his best book, period.

    This is a nice good long book about the gripping court case to decide what to do with a fortune a white man left to his black house keeper.

    This book brings back characters from “A Time To Kill”, “The Last Juror”, and “the Summons”. The pacing is excellent, there are twists, turns and tearjerker moments.

    If you like John Grisham books you have to have this one. The audio production is also top notch. I was sad when I got to the end of this 20 hour book, I wish it could have just gone on and on…

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Wonderful book - great writing - excellent ending"
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    This is a well written book. The performance by the readers was excellent. This was a challenge because each reader had to read some dialog by the other character and come close to matching the voice so it is not jarring when the next chapter starts read by the other character. The ending was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blunder Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tanya Eby
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Chloe Knaggs is a bit of a nerd, a bit of a klutz, and all Blunder Woman, especially when it comes to love. Take the love of her life, Matt M. - or as she calls him - Mmm. He's her consummate unboyfriend, meaning, they have all the intimacy of a dating couple without any of the intimacy. Confused? So is Chloe. When Matt decides to elope with the very beautiful, svelte Amber, Chloe goes a little bit crazy and takes her hippy mom and best friend Megan right along with her.

    Michael says: "Nice orginal story"
    "Nice orginal story"
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    This is an original story that stays away from most of the cliches. The main character is socially clumsy but adorable. She is surrounded by a great set of family and friends. The main character spends a lot of time trying to make it work with this unobtainable guy but the story is really about her not the relationship. It is about her growth dealing with a relationship with an unobtainable guy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edward Whitacre, Leslie Cauley
    • Narrated By Edward Whitacre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Ed Whitacre is credited with taking over the corporate reins at General Motors (GM) when the automotive manufacturer was on the brink of bankruptcy during 2009 and turned the company around in magnificent fashion. In this business memoir, the native Texan explores his unique management style, business acumen and patriotism. It was President Obama who reached out to Ed Whitacre to come out of retirement and take over GM in 2009.

    Michael says: "Great book"
    "The best biography ever"
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    This is well written and entertaining. You learn a lot about how to properly run a business from what he coveres. He goes deep into his successes and mistakes. In the end his point is that you have to stick to proper principals of good human behavior and deal with the outcome. In the end you will be better off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (669)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Well Done"
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    This is a deep and complete book. I am a programmer and I was very inspired by what this book covers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1437)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "Well written"
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    All her books are good but this is her best series. The character development is very good. She has long segments where people are sitting around talking at a table but it is still very enjoyable because she digs so deep into what each character is thinking. Yes there is action but basically it is a 'character study' book.

    The only negative is that sometimes it is repetitive with the "the wolf wants to protect his mate" stuff. I mean we get that the first dozen times :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss New India

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bharati Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Farah Bala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (86)

    Anjali Bose is Miss New India. Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali's prospects dont look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny.

    Ember says: "Worth the credit, and your ears!"
    "Well done and very enjoyable"
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    If you want to know about a side of modern India that you do not know about, this book will open you eyes. You are imersed into the story and the setting and you feel as if you are really there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1528)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Perhaps the best writing you will read (or hear)"
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    Michael Lewis is a top notch writer. He is at the top of his game. He provides so many witty remarks that I find myself laughing my entire drive listening to this book. It is a serious subject and everyone should read (hear) this to really know what is going on, however, the presentation is top notch and entertaining. The narrator is also excellent and this is now one of my favorite audio books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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