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Michael

Montclair, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6079)
    Performance
    (4614)
    Story
    (4613)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Harry & James are one."
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    Anyone who has made it this far LISTENING to the Harry Dresden series has to feel that James Marsters is the perfect Harry and one of the best overall narrators out there.

    Jim Dale move over! James Marsters is the new leader in town...(at least Chicago). His tone, pitch, inflections and a host of different character voices make it seem like he is actually telling HIS story.

    I have been listening to recorded books for decades & i can tell you a bad narration can ruin the experience; a great narration can make it hard to stop listening.
    You probably could not go wrong with Jim Butchers story lines but then i wouldn't be going through them as fast as i am without Marsters.
    The story in Summer Knight is extrodinary. Just when you think Butcher can't be more inventive, he comes up with more spells & monsters to make your pulse fly!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (800)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "The Rise of Disappointment!"
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    If you loved the first three Books in this series DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

    What an utter disappointment to a wonderful (and wonderfully wriiten) series. I had been telling everyone I knowe to read these books (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion & Endymion)...Now, my goal will be to warn everyonestop after #3!

    First: You cannot convince me that Dan Simmons wasn't paid by the word in this book. OMG! The constant repetition! "My friend" Aenea did this and "my friend" Aenea that and c'mon EVERY time she touiches me i get an elecric shock...we get it, you don't have to write it 40 times!

    Second: (Refer to the First complaint) I love his descriptive prose, I can't think of an author that can better describe a sunset or a mountain range, or the stars... but do you have to name and describe all 7 moons around a planet or 35 people at a gathering (none of whom ever show up in the book again)? Do you have to actually include an entire funeral benediction from a Catholic mass? At least if you are reading this in text you can skim; while listening you just find your attention lost and your mind drifting!

    Third: What happened to all of the other fantastic characters? Father Captain DeSoya, A. Bettick, etc...they all become minor characters so we really lose something in the story. All of the other stories concern many characters, not just one or two. which brings me to:

    Fourth: What are we left with? A whiny Raul and a preaching Aenea. The whole story just becomes an multi-hour (boring) sermon with a dopey Raul wondering whats going on!I am so unhappy with this book I am tempted to return it to Audible.

    Side note: Victor Bevine is fantastic as ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (449)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "Not Quite Up To Par"
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    First let me say, i loved this book! I have to admit i was a little disappointed by this 4th in the series. Aaronovitch still weaves a wonderful tale but it is not near as good as the 1st three books. i hope he isn't going the path of some authors who are just writing for the paycheck. One of the negative points is his obsession with architecture! It was cute in the first three books but absolutely boreing here. 20% of the book must be dedicated to describing buildings! Now, i get it, that is important to the story but when the story goes into some of the depths and frequency as he does here i start to drift and loose interest in the book. Fortunately the story and characters are completely real and compelling enough to easily overlook this flaw. I must say that the ending is rather anti climatic (except for a twist that almost caused me to have an accident while listening in the car!) I am also not a fan of the trend toward ending a book with a total set up for the next in the series, but that is just my pet peeve. This is a series that you must start from the beginning. Aaronovich doesn't re-tell a lot of back story. I stongly recommed this book (and series if you haven't started) i am a huge Peter Grant fan as I believe any reader will be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

    Mary A. says: "Another great listen from Dick Francis!"
    "Bloody Disappointed"
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    I love reading Dick Francis (in Text) and somehow i missed this one so i leapt at the opportunity to hear it. Man, was i disappointed. I am not sure what they were thinking of usung Geoffrey Howard but it just does not work. Whoever directed this had the chartacter read in a completely boring tone andcadence. It takes forever to get to the point where i could sympathize with the hero.The story was OK but not compelling enough to really care.Unfortunately I cannot recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1371)
    Story
    (1355)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "Another Winner!"
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    Here's another winner by Craig Johnson! I am often disappointed by the time I get to a 3rd ot 4th book in a series; I cannot stop reading these! Every character remains interesting and Walt Longmire remains compelling.
    As ever, George Guidall is wonderful. The story is at once sad, joyful and a little chilling.
    I highly recommed thes book and series. I have to stop now, i want to go download the next...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1955)
    Performance
    (1499)
    Story
    (1484)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Johnson Nails it Again"
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    This is my 3rd Longmire story & I plan to continue!
    Johnson nailed it again, and just to keep it fresh he changes the venue to Philadelphia.
    Initially I was worried the location would hurt the story but putting Longmire in a classic fish out of water tale works well.
    The story has plenty of twists and turns, a good deal of interpersonal actions and classic Longmire dialog to make me want more.
    This is a must read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2353)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1757)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "I Can't Get Enough!"
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    I personally cannot get enough of Walt Longmire!
    Craig Johnson is a new favorite author. I am also so happy that the books are worlds better that the TV Adaptation.
    Longmire is an interesting combination of deeply engaging & a tough cowboy! One minute waxing philosophic about a mountain range & the next pulling his gun. the dialog is true to the human experiance & Johnsons prose is up there with the best.
    I am going to listen to each & every Longmire book & I strongly recommed everyone else does too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (901)

    Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

    David says: "A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos"
    "Another 5 Stars for Dan Simmons"
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    If you listened to Hyperion & The Fall Of...you must get Endymion.
    If you have not you must start!
    Simmons universe is spectacularly complex and wonderful. You can actulally keep up with all of the characters, worlds & the changes in time travel plus he makes it all entertaining.
    I cannot say enough about the stoiry and fabulous job by Victor Bevine as story teller. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3444)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2719)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Don't Do it. Narration Annoying!"
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    I don't get positive reviews here. I couldn't get past 3 hours before giving up. the story is boring and the narration is terrible. For some odd reason Michael Page seems to need to yell his dialog. Maybe he is a stage actor & is used to raising his voice as he speaks. I am going to get my credits back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burglars Can't Be Choosers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    In this first in a series of wickedly funny mysteries, best-selling author Lawrence Block introduces Bernie Rhodenbarr, sometimes burglar, sometimes sleuth. Pulling only an occasional, very discreet job, Bernie manages to maintain his comfortable New York City apartment and keep his unorthodox vocation a closely-guarded secret. Every burglar knows never to trust anonymous phone calls. But when the caller offers easy money for an hour's work, Bernie can't ignore the job.

    Bodiccea says: "Wonderful Wise-Ass Humour"
    "Choose this in Text Form"
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    I Liked this book when I read it in text form two decades ago. I have always liked Lawrence Block but i hated the narrator Richard Ferrone as Bernie Rhodenbarr. The nasal, wise guy, gritty thing just makes him seem annoying.
    Simply put: I loved the story & series but if you want to enjoy it too, read it in text don't lisrten to this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11661)
    Performance
    (10598)
    Story
    (10619)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "14 is at least 14% too long"
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    I gave this audio book 2 stars because i was in a generous mood...and...well because the concept was interesting. Otherwise I recommend you read this in text (or keep your finger poised over the fast forward button.) I am not sure why Peter Clines is so bent on filling pages with useless junk; it's as if he is being paid by the word! This is especially true during his dialog descriptions. they go something like this: Nate took a beer from the cooler and admired the glisrtening condensation on the shiny label, he said "blah, blah" and took a sip of the beer. Tim asked him if "blah, blah" but before Nate answered him he took another swallow and turned. He then drank more beer and and then tossed the empty bottle in the trash then he answered.... Oh my God! This happens all the way through the book.I kept saying over and over I don't care....I don't care". Couple this with about 50 times when even your most true beliver in the concept of suspended disbelief would groan and yell: "NO way" would anyone do that" !I mean c'mon, in one scene 2 men are discussing a character (that neither really knows) that sunbathes nude and they are such gentlemen that they act embarrassed and say they don't like looking at girls like that!Ray Porter does a wonderful job at narration...great voice modulation, a nice number of different character accents, etc. but i can't recommend a book based on the performer.It takes 60 to 75% of the book for the mystery to unfold & I will admit i kept listening to find out what happens. But...there is so musc wasted description, prose and frankly very bad dialog that I found my mind drifting and I had to listen again to catch up.I don't know how this book has such a good star rating, maybe i'm a book snob, because i cannot suggest you listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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