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Michael

I drive an average of 350 miles a week. Without an audio book playing I would go bonkers.

Member Since 2011

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  • 122 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Poseidon's Arrow: A Dirk Pitt Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (738)

    It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard... burned to a crisp.

    Karen says: "Another great adventure for Dirk"
    "Mildly Disappointing"
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    Clive always begins his Pitt adventures with a flashback that ultimately becomes a key part of the larger story. I'm still trying to figure out how this one was relevant. Sometimes it seemed as if Mr. Cussler and his son weren't really communication very well when they wrote this.
    Still, it's a good 'read', just not at the top of my list of Dirk Pitt adventures. I think married life must be getting the best of our hero...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "Read this book."
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    I thought this book was amazing! It's so easy to get invested in the characters Russell writes about. This series got me into the British Navy genre so the next on my list was the first book of the Aubry/Maturin Master and Commander series. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the first book and so far in my opinion it doesn't come close to this series for excitement and readability.
    But then I was warned that the latter was a tougher read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (757)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "A solid C+"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Good or bad, I usually have a lot to say either way about something I've just 'read'. I suppose the fact that I have no opinion means that this book was utterly forgettable. I enjoyed it I suppose, but anything is better than wondering why the guy in front of me is going 5 miles under the speed limit.
    Glad I read it, but most likely won't read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (683)

    Adapted from the hardcover edition of The Enchantress, this long-anticipated audiobook brings the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series to its stunning conclusion. The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And Danu Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance - how will the legend end?

    G. House Sr. says: "A Staggering Disappointment"
    "It's over? Yay!!"
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    This series started off strong and then ran out of gas two books ago. A creative ending to an average series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1100)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "What is it about buried treasure??"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was my first Audible 'recommendation'. I will be accepting more recommendations from now on. If you've read my other reviews you'll know that I'm a big Scott Brick fan. That was the biggest reason I downloaded this book (other than the pirate flag on the cover). I was on the edge of my (car) seat for at least 1/2 of this book. Some nightsI was so enthralled that I'd pull up in my driveway after the ride home and wonder how I even got there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tombs: A Fargo Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (777)

    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plunder....a bounty that has never been found. As they follow the trail, the Fargos will find themselves pitted against a thieving group of treasure hunters.

    Compute says: "Great Entertaining Read"
    "Awesome."
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    The Fargos don't disappoint. I was always a die-hard Dirk Pitt fan, but Sam and Remy Fargo have taken his place! I love every single Fargo adventure without exception. The fact that Scott Brick reads all of them is just icing on the cake. I honestly don't know how Mr. Cussler keeps coming up with different ideas. Granted, most of his books are somewhat formulaic, but for sheer entertainment value these books just can't be beat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27193)
    Performance
    (20937)
    Story
    (21018)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "I need a drink."
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    A terrific story, amazing characters, and such a complex (massive understatement) plot! Being the first book in a long series everything was fresh. The bad guys can't win ALL the time, right? Wrong. Call me 'old fashioned' but I still enjoy rooting for the underdog, and hoping against hope that the adage 'justice will prevail' is still in Mr. Martin's lexicon but as far as I can tell... it ain't.I sat through over 40 hours investing myself in these brilliant characters to watch them get killed off. One by one. By the end of the second book I just wanted to read something a little more light-hearted like.... War and Peace.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joan D. Vinge
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. All is not lost if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space.

    Nancy says: "A magnificent performance of an old favorite"
    "Input!"
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    What an amazing universe! I can sort of understand why so many people LOVE this series, but it just isn't for me. I can't put my finger on any one thing, but if I had to I'd say it was a bit long-winded. I love to actually 'read' books the old fashioned way and I honestly don't think I would have made it through this one. It didn't entertain me enough to keep going with the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3119)
    Performance
    (2526)
    Story
    (2534)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "This 'Fleet' needs to stay 'Lost'."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Campbell’s story?

    The story it'self.


    What didn’t you like about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performance?

    Mr. Rummel makes the hero sound like a cheesy actor in an old 'private dick' movie.


    What character would you cut from Dreadnaught?

    The hero. He was so poorly written, it wouldn't have made much difference if he was there or not.


    Any additional comments?

    I love non-fictional military books as well as fictional sci-fi books. I've read many of both. This story is one of the most boring and pointless I've ever heard or read. I don't ask for much in my 'sci-fi' thrillers, but how can you make a book about a 100 year war, a hero that wakes up from cryogenic sleep, mysterious aliens, and interstellar exploration boring? Read this and you'll find out. This book is more about politics than anything else. When it does divert from political rambling, action sequences are so poorly written they comletely fail to put the reader 'into' the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (462)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "Wow."
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    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    I'd never heard of Bill Homewood before, but he is without a doubt one of the best narrators that I've ever heard. If this guy hasn't won an award, he should have or will soon.The book was everything I thought it would be.. and more! A tad difficult to keep everyone's names straight since it's written in Victorian English, everyone has about 3 different names/titles. Ugh. Good GOD is this book long. But well worth the listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Count of Monte Cristo, I mean, Lord Underwood, I mean Abbe Bertuccio.. All of the above. This dude has some major unchecked agression. I mean really, so you spent 14 years in prison. So what? You got a first-rate education out of it! Now you're free AND a billionare! Instead of just paying someone to abduct your wrongdoer's and torture them, you spend most of your money toying with them and proclaim yourself God's Hand of Vengence and Providence. Awesome.


    What about Bill Homewood’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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