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Michael Davis

ElderHope

Rowlett, TX USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer.

    Matthew McLelland says: "Worst Bourne ever"
    "Leave this "fish" in the water..."
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    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

    It's ridiculously and uncharacteristically (for inclusion in the Bourne series) melodramatic (absolutely intolerable at some points), implausible, and silly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Until there is some compelling reason to believe that Van Lustbader has improved, not any of his books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator carries the voice of the women in the story in a single tone of voice: They sound like victims, even if they are ostensibly strong characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. I enjoy Ludlum, and have even enjoyed some of Lustbader. My sense is that publishers thought they could make a quick buck off the Ludlum franchise, intelligence and plausibility be damned. They succeeded.

    Bourne is typically not about affairs of the heart nor the body, though they do occur in the novels. It is about the mystery and the thrill: hence the term thriller. This bok has almost none of that and most certainly, the Soraya and Peter relationships are like watching Desperate Housewives.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Chade-Meng Tan
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google, intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world... and now it can do the same for you. Meng has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop.

    Michael Davis says: "The narration is intolerable"
    "The narration is intolerable"
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    What would have made Search Inside Yourself better?

    What would have made this book better is to match the narrator to the tenor of the book. By all accounts, the author is absolutely delightful, cheerful, Google's court jester (not sarcastic in nature but positive, happy). The crime here is that the narrator is so terribly tedious and pedantic that it robs the book of it's joy, it's pleasure, and indeed, the thrust of it's highly compelling argument. Every word is ponderous: no syllable gets left behind. The correct narrator would have conveyed buoyancy, genuine enthusiasm, and warmth. This makes you want to cry because the material is so incredibly profound and groundbreaking, but the author's passion and warmth is never genuinely heard. The effort to pronounce every syllable and make sure the diction is perfect is diametrically opposed to the sense of the author. The work that Google has done in mindfulness has the potential to meaningfully bolster the lives of corporate leaders and employees, to reintroduce pleasure and emotional intelligence in the workplace. That is never felt in this: it's all about words and letters.Audible really should reconsider redoing this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Search Inside Yourself?

    When I was trying to keep myself from throwing my phone out the car window in frustration at the narrator. Eventually (early in chapter 3), I decided that it was so counter to the soul of the book and it's author, that I just couldn't listen any more, fantastic content notwithstanding. I bought the hard copy and enjoyed it immensely, even following the work of the author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

    Yes. If I were in a coma and need to either wake up or pass on. Listening to this would absolutely cause one or the other.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I LIKE the book, the message. It's very relevant, timely, and research-based. The book is filled with redeeming qualities. The narration has none.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please consider having this re-read. It's very important material. It needs someone who can carry the author's voice.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bullets With Bite: Learn to Create Mouthwatering Word Nuggets

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Marcia Yudkin
    • Narrated By Marcia Yudkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Turn words into money with juicy, flavorful copy. Get a delicious return on investment from your marketing pieces after you apply the tips in this concentrated guide to writing captivating bullet points. Most world-class copywriters have mastered the art of listing irresistible little tempters that arouse curiosity and desire. But rarely has that art been analyzed into useful guidelines and suggestions.

    Michael Davis says: "This is not audible material"
    "This is not audible material"
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    What would have made Bullets With Bite better?

    If it were not sold as an audiobook. The author has some valuable suggestions for capturing people's attention. But, it is not suitable for an audio book. Unless, you're taking notes while you listen. But, if that were the case, you'd probably rather go ahead and get a written version. There's too much ground covered, it's too "point 1", "point 2", "point 3", for a very long list of points. Eventually, the suggestions she makes seem to merge into each other. I DID get ideas that will be helpful. But, this was not the best way to get them.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She reads fine. The problem is not the quality of reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1017)
    Story
    (1011)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "fine reading, engaging story, troubling subjec"
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    Would you listen to Bad Blood again? Why?

    no, I would not listen to this again. It is very troubling subject matter.I generally enjoy Sandford's stories, although they do walk the edge of my tolerance.This story, however, has children being routinely abused.I'm not sure I see the societal value in stories like this. on the other side, the author never portrays the bad actors as being good. Evil is always evil. you never feel sympathy for the bad actors.And, in fairness, the story is well written and the narrator does a fine job.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    as is typical with other books in the series, this one has an engaging plot. It holds your attention from beginning to end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have any favorite scenes. I did however, enjoy the authors ability to portray areasand people in the rural communities.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    before purchasing be aware that the book subject matter features: routine child sexual abuse. Generally, the author is not very graphic with it. But in places it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3942)
    Performance
    (3389)
    Story
    (3367)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Good story, great narration."
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    If you could sum up Kill Shot in three words, what would they be?

    An engaging story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was reasonably intelligent and didn't waste time.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Guidall is a genius at narration. He captures the intent of the author flawlessly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Do Mitch Rapp stories move ANYONE? I'm not reading this to be moved. I just don't want to be disappointed by a crummy story. I wasn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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