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Michael

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Anderson, TX, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1215)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "Excellent Listen for Sherlock fans!"
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    I felt this was a great book in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. It was a great story line with a huge twist at the end that floored me. Would not recommend to kids due to the subject matter at the end but for adults it was an interesting tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pharaoh: Jack Howard, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Gibbins
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    1351 BC: Akhenaten the Sun-Pharaoh rules supreme in Egypt... until the day he casts off his crown and mysteriously disappears into the desert, his legacy seemingly swallowed up by the remote sands beneath the Great Pyramids of Giza.

    Michael says: "The worst book out of the Jack Howard Series"
    "The worst book out of the Jack Howard Series"
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    I have pretty much enjoyed the Jack Howard Series so far until I got to this book. I really wanted to like it because of the Egyptian subject and the adventure you would imagine that would come along with it. BUT I was disappointed! As I listened more and more to the book, the narrative began droning on and on and on about military campaigns and different Officers in the army in Egypt and it just got away from the exciting adventure that the other books in the series had. I did get through it but I found myself daydreaming and not paying attention because I felt like I was back in school with a boring professor just droning on about dates and times. I really was disappointed with the ending. The climax just ends just where you should start the adventure!

    I do like David Gibbins as an author because of the cool archeology and historical tales he incorporates in his books but this one unfortunately fails in my opinion. Hope the next one is better!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22433)
    Performance
    (16883)
    Story
    (16942)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "One of the best Audio Books I have ever heard!"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful Wartime Narrative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character and how he adapts to survive and later finds meaning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he tore the Nazi flag down.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was deeply moved by this book because being born after WWII, I didn't know how bad the Japanese military had treated prisoners of war. One only hears about the Germans and how bad they were but never about how other countries dealt with prisoners of war during WWII.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19604)
    Performance
    (9371)
    Story
    (9401)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "A Great Book!"
    Overall

    This is completely worth the download. I would recommend the first book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so that when you download this book you will understand some of the background. If you don't you still will find this a great book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (356)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Years ago I picked up a James Rollins' book for a long flight overseas. Since that time I have become a huge fan of his books. A good description of his books' story lines would be a secret agent uses archeology and the past to save the present world. This is another Sigma Force Novel that uses some of the past characters again to tell such a story. Revealing a dark Nazi experiment from the past you get caught up adventure that takes the characters all over the globe. This is one of the best "listens" for James Rollins. I don't think you will be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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