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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
    (1091)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (778)

    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
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    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 0 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
    (246)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (229)

    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
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    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
    (243)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    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
    (675)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (627)

    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
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    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.

    Michelle Love says: "Please lead our nation from the brink of..."
    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16491)
    Performance
    (14924)
    Story
    (15039)

    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
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    Overall
    (9537)
    Performance
    (4234)
    Story
    (4221)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "I'll listen over and over and over!"
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    Seriously, I can't believe I hadn't read this until I was 36. This was one of those books you always heard others talk about, but no one had ever said, "Hey, you really need to read this book!" I might have done that way earlier in my life and saved a lot of heart and head aches.

    As a Human Intelligence Collector in the Military, I've been taught and learned many of the principles taught within this book, but there's so much more and it's all right here.

    Definitely worth your time, regardless of your present status in life. Although originally published in 1936, it is timeless, not an anachronism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5331)
    Performance
    (3293)
    Story
    (3311)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "No review needed... just read it!"
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    Seriously, just read it, the only reason I'm writing here is because I must have 15 words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2887)
    Performance
    (1994)
    Story
    (1988)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Not an awful story, but just another..."
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    ... retired Navy Seal, Sniper, Green Beret, CIA Case Officer, Army Ranger, who kills the disenfranchised, money hungry terrorist i.e., nothing really original here.

    There were some fun nuggets in the book, but mostly just a re-hash of every other book out there.

    The narrator was awful, I mean awful. Every sentence was a forced persona of stereotypical stupidity. Worst narrator, EVER!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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