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Michael

WASHINGTON, DC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 227 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (496)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "Excellent production of a very good story"
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    The author does a great job with bringing the listener to a New York I was pretty unfamiliar with, mixing terms of the time into the story without seeming to force it. Mr. Boyer is a very credible Timothy Wilde, with just enough grit, exhaustion and tenderness to breath life into the main character. Overall a great listening experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3214)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2846)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "If you liked The Stand, you'll like this."
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    Entertaining story, overall enjoyable. If I had to pick between The Stand and this, I'd pick The Stand, but still worth the money...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil All the Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Donald Ray Pollock
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.”

    Kathy says: "WOW What a FIND!"
    "New favorite book!"
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    What an excellent story! The book is so well written, and the story so greatly performed, that the listener is thrust right into the depressing world the author created. The characters are so well fleshed out that I found myself rooting for most of them despite how awful they are. It was really hard to put the headphones down, and I'm sure to give this book another listen rather sooner than later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11585)
    Performance
    (10802)
    Story
    (10810)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Feed the inner nerd!"
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    If you at any point in your life found yourself sucked into role playing games, video games or fantasy stories, this book will bring you right back into why you liked them so much. A who-is-who of 80s and 90s nerd culture all spun together into a futuristic story that's sure to grip you from the get-go. Very enjoyable listen!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4484)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2636)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Exhilarating, eyeopening, heartbreaking"
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    Mr. Marlantes managed to drop the reader/listener into the story almost immediately, bringing the Vietnam War back to life in an instant. He manages to draw characters so convincingly that everyone seems like they could be the hero/villain of the story all by themselves, and there are many of them. I think what I like most about the book is that it's not just one man's story, but the story of an entire company, and it feels like it.

    Matterhorn will rope you in with well-placed humor, stories of social conflict and graphic descriptions of war, and just when you think you completely fell in love with the book and the story told, he will break your heart. And again, and again.

    Mr. Pinchot does an excellent job as a reader, making it seem like he speaks from the jungle himself, convincingly conveying the nuances of the story. His intonation is so well done that one can recognize the dozen or so individual characters through his inflection alone, without stereo-typically over-doing it.

    One of my favorite purchases of all time. I couldn't put my earphones down, going as far as picking up extra chores around the house so that I could listen to it just a little bit longer (I guess my wife endorses the book, as well). It's a must-buy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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