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Michelle Love

CLEARFIELD, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (821)
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    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Sadly, my first Asimov."
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    I honestly don't know why I never before picked up an Asimov book. Sci-Fi is far and away my favorite genre, but there's so much to read and so little time.

    I chose this one because other reviewers claimed that while less popular, this is Asimov's best work. I'm looking forward to some of his other books, but am not in a big hurry i.e., his "best work" didn't capture me the way Heinlein's worst books do.

    Eventually the philosophy emerged, but for more than the first half of the book I was disappointed by the paucity of insight regarding the consequences of cultural interference via time travel and the exponential incalculable effects of such.

    The premise of the book is the Eternals' nanny state, "we know what's best for mankind's evolutionary path" and their manipulation of causation in order to calibrate the maximum desired outcome with the least amount of interference. This is about as deep, philosophically speaking, the book gets until the last 1/3 to 1/4, but I enjoyed in immensely.

    A basic love story where the protagonist is bound by duty, but captured by love... more sensuality. Asimov's description of the girl, in her translucent outfit draped over perfect curves and her amorous personality, had me going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with Michael Crichton

    • ORIGINAL (19 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Beth Anderson
    Overall
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    (109)
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    Best-selling author Michael Crichton talks with Audible's publisher Beth Anderson about his latest book, State of Fear. In this interview, Crichton explains how he came to rethink common wisdom about global warming. In the three year process of writing and researching the book, Crichton witnessed firsthand how difficult it can be to unearth scientific truth in a heavily politicized atmosphere. He warns against fanaticism and explains why a healthy skepticism is imperative in these fearful times.

    Rayna says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "A great post reading interview"
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    This is a nice summary of Crichton's motivations in writing this book. Short and sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bob Drogin
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (29)
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    Curveball answers the crucial question of the Iraq war: How and why was America's intelligence so catastrophically wrong? In this dramatic and explosive audiobook, award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Bob Drogin delivers a narrative that takes us to Europe, the Middle East, and deep inside the CIA to find the truth - the truth about the lies and self-deception that led us into a military and political nightmare.

    Ken Nishikawa says: "Curveball"
    "George W. Bush lied..."
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    ... So often the claim by partisans who are more interested in their party than the nation. Mr. Drogin's inimitable research encapsulates the failures that led to the US invasion in Iraq. While the Bush administration is not innocent, Drogin's narrative really clears the air on where the fault should be... the ego-centric culture of the CIA.

    Being someone in the know, I'm disgusted by the entire thing, but empathetic to how it happened. I think the community has addressed many of the 9-11 and Iraq war Intelligence errors, but only time will tell.

    This account is a non-partisan examination of all the key players. Liberals should read this so they don't sound so stupid and partisan when they try to smear W. Conservatives should read this to realize that W's administration created the culture in which the intel was allowed to fail. In short everyone can learn something from this, if only they get beyond their preconceptions and biases... the very lesson of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
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    (698)
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    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Molly says: "Mysterious DEMISE of "old blood and guts" Patton"
    "Another Killing: The Best So Far"
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    Easily the best of all of the "Killing" books.

    I really enjoyed this one and enjoy even more telling others about this book. While the assassinations' of Kennedy and Lincoln are part of modern school curriculum, I'm amazed how much I didn't know about Patton's death.

    The book is a good overview of the march toward Berlin, but delves more into the Geopolitical Chess game being played than the strategy of the fighting. Great insight into the mind of Patton and his motivations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
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    The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

    Jaq Greenspon says: "One of the worst performances"
    "A classic? Yes and should continue to collect dust"
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    I only rated this book so high because of its historical factor and its significance to the genre. Otherwise, this book is a waste of time. Seriously, hard to follow (and not just because of the narrator as others have critiqued), and just not that interesting. The story, in its time, was probably magical, but there are so many other options for the genre that I suggest only reading this if you want to read everything in this field; but only if you've read everything else.

    As to the other commentators' critique of the narrator, they are accurate in regard to the pause, but listening at 3X speed, it is barely noticeable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sam Sheridan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end....

    Bradley says: "Well written, well researched, and entertaining."
    "A bad title for this excellent WCS user's manual"
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    I picked this book up, only by chance during an audible sale. I had just finished 'The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z' so I was still in a mood for post apocalyptic chaos, but what I got was a thoroughly researched book on how to survive the immediate aftermath.

    The majority genre of end of the world scenarios paint a romanticized version of a dystopia, but 'The Disaster Diaries' (title insinuates an epistolary fiction similar to the aforementioned) is about 95% legitimate survival information and techniques and only 5% story telling (used to combine each scenario together).

    The author focuses on key areas of potential doom (e.g., personal fitness, shooting, infection, water, knife fighting) that if overlooked is a silly way to die if you already beat the odds and survived an Extinction Level Event.

    Get this book if you're a self-proclaimed prepper, or even if you want to be able to live through a temporary local disaster. Save yourself, save your family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated By Donnie Eichar
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (226)

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    Bruce says: "Fascinating and compassionate investigation"
    "Donnie Eichar has tenacity and balls of steel"
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    This is quite and exciting mystery and worth your time, if only for the overview of the story. If you haven't read the premise, it's simple: Soviet Students going for an advanced hiking rating by climbing an ominously named peak (translated from Russian as 'Dead Mountain') in 1959. The hikers don't return and the subsequent search party discovered some odd details surrounding their camp site, the disposition of the hiker's bodies, and the paucity of any other evidence. Fast forward some 50 years when American documentary maker stumbles across the story and decides someone needs to investigate; why not him?

    The book has two parts written intermittently: the mystery, retold by hikers' journals and those involved with the search, and the author's investigation. The latter concludes with the author's presumptive but somewhat convincing answer to the mystery. Although highly speculative, nothing else seems to make sense. However, there are points the author brings up during his investigation that aren't answered by his theory e.g., radiation found on clothes and exact similar reactions by each hiker to the stated cause.

    A great, real-life mystery that may have finally given some closure to the families of the hikers, albeit 50 years after the fact. The narrator, also the author, gets only three stars for performance. Although I prefer non-fiction to be read by the author, it seems like Donnie didn't even bother to take a class on audio book presentation, rather he speaks throughout the book as if he's narrating a animal dissection for high school biology

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Postman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
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    David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale.

    Delbert Ealy says: "Excellent!!"
    "Some different plot twists, but same as the movie"
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    I enjoyed this version of 'The Postman' slightly more than the movie; which I loved. I'm still baffled by the scorching the movie took by critics and movie-goers. But, to each his own. If you didn't like the movie, you probably won't like the book. However, even a modicum of enjoyment of the former will translate to, at minimum, a relishing in the subtle (and so so subtle) differences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
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    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "More survival than zombies, but still fun"
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    Written in an epistolary style, this book focuses on the individual survival of one man from the outset of epidemic symptoms across the globe. The first quarter of the book touches on geo-political responses to the crisis, of which not much information is available. The book was originally written in Spanish and the entirety of the plot takes place in Spain.

    Although this is my first 'Zombie' book, I have watched almost every available movie and television series, so I'm not new to the genre. This book is a simple survival tale with zombies only being the point of conflict as opposed to the overall plot as in 'World War Z' or 'Walking Dead'.

    The Narrator was excellent and I would definitely listen to him again. Only four stars for the story as it doesn't meet my 'mind blown' paradigm, but it was fun and there's some out of the box thinking that occurs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Carson, MD, Candy Carson
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (247)

    In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great. Many Americans heard and responded, but our nation’s decline has continued. Today the danger is greater than ever before, and I have never shared a more urgent message than I do now.

    Brian says: "Dr. Ben Carson says it like it is"
    "Please lead our nation from the brink of..."
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    Like most, I had not previously heard of Dr. Carson (despite his previous media fame) until the National Prayer Breakfast. This book is an answer to all of the questions that immediately sprung the following morning e.g., who is Ben Carson, why was he asked to speak, did he just challenge POTUS, what are his politics.

    He answers all of these and more. Specifically the charge that he 'embarrassed' POTUS and needed to apologize. Also he addresses his mea culpa following the fallout of his 'lumping together homosexuality and bestiality', which was feigning ignorance to the sensitivity of the LGBT community with bestiality.

    Most importantly, being a good doctor, he prescribes practices that will help alleviate the symptoms and, hopefully, the disease(s) plaguing this country, after every chapter.

    I gave only 4 stars to the narrator's performance, but only because I had the expectation that the author would be reading. Prentice Onayemi's voice was actually powerful, yet comforting and I enjoyed it immensely.

    Each chapter opens with scripture, mostly proverbs. So if you're offended by a belief in God or by His written word, you'll probably not like anything Dr. Carson says. However, even atheists will find comfort in his wisdom as he calls out extremists on both ends of the ideological spectrum. He calls for civility and perspective throughout the book and simply asks his readers to remember that we're children of God first and foremost.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18853)
    Performance
    (17045)
    Story
    (17190)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Thank goodness for the movie!"
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    I listened to this before I even knew it was going to be a movie, based off a friend's recommendation. To me it was just like 'Hunger Games' only worse. Female protagonist in dystopian future, unassuming heroine, who embraces the inner demon to usurp the powers that be. The only thing missing was the love triangle, which I'm sure will come with the remaining books in the trilogy.

    Reluctantly, and only because I love my wife, did I acquiesce to her wishes and went to the movie. I was surprised, as they did a better character development of Beatrice in the movie than the book. Something heretofore, I thought nearly impossible.

    In the end, I choose:

    Katniss of the books and Trice of the film

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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