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Michael

Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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  • X - The Erotic Treasury

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Judith Smiley, Don Leslie
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    If you can only have one audiobook of erotica on your listening device, this is it. From Susie Bright, the "grand dame" of erotica and the editor of The Best American Erotica series, comes this compelling collection, featuring 40 of the best and most relished contemporary erotic short stories to date.

    Carolyn says: "Erotic Treasury"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Perhaps I have improved my taste or gotten old, but I found these stories boring. Perhaps not my cup of tea. I tried to listen to them all, but after awhile, I fell asleep.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Dakota Cipher

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Dietrich
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Ethan Gage, the hero of Napoleon's Pyramids and The Rosetta Key, just wants to enjoy the fruits of victory after helping Napoleon win the Battle of Marengo and end an undeclared naval war with the United States. But a foolish tryst with Bonaparte's married sister and the improbable schemes of a grizzled Norwegian named Magnus Bloodhammer soon send Ethan on a new treasure hunt on America's frontier that will have him dodging scheming aristocrats and hostile Indians.

    Michael says: "Not the best in the series but the best performed"
    "Not the best in the series but the best performed"
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    William Dietrich captures the large scale of North America in the early 19th century. His villains are ruthless indians and British nobleman + half sister. The sex scenes are not over done and possibly a little wishful thinking but it's fiction. William Dufris is excellent at performing the narration. He is the best thus far and even made the women sound realistic. Napoleon, well the last two narrators (Napoleon's Pyramids & Rosetta Key) made him more real, but lets not get picky.
    Good fun action book even though there is some slow parts and the end ties up too neatly for my liking. Meeting famous people makes it a little too Forest Gump or Flashman without the humour or twist of fate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samurai the Way of Bushido: The Way of the Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Henry Epps
    • Narrated By Ellery Truesdell
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Samurai, usually referred to in Japanese as bushi or buke, were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the character was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany persons in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau. In both countries the terms were nominalized to mean 'those who serve in close attendance to the nobility', the pronunciation in Japanese changing to saburai."

    Michael says: "One more famous Samurai and it's Seppuku"
    "One more famous Samurai and it's Seppuku"
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    Ellery Truesdell is robotic and plain boring reading this book. I thought it might introduce me to the Zen like qualities of a Samurai warrior. It is a history. There are better books even in the Audible library. Half the book is taken up with famous Samurai. This gets tedious very quickly. Henry Epps does do an excellent job in the last chapters concerning Kamikaze in the later faze of WWII.
    Not the best book but if you are making a study of this subject this book can't hurt, but could be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (956)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Nothing like the movie"
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    Nicely written, well performed and interesting. The movie; beside Audrey Hepburn - who considered the film not her best work - is a waste of time. Well the song 'Moon River' is a classic and so is the little black dress, with perks. I understand that Capote despised the film version.
    This book is good, not great but a nice light read, or listen to. I think we all know someone in our lifetime similar to Holly Golightly and perhaps have fallen in love with them a little. "Fred", I don't think we ever find out his real name - not important, is of course ourselves looking back on youthful drama. In Seinfield TV sitcom it is claimed that Fred was gay (fifth episode for the sixth season. It aired on October 27, 1994), but I never found this in this book. Once again doesn't matter but it would explain why Fred never really pursued Holly, of course in the movie Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard -Paul Varjak (Fred) get together, well we are lead to that conclusion, but the book is more real and probably just as innocent as the movie although real. Can't explain that one, listen to the book and enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Using Myth to Power Your Story

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christopher Vogler
    • Narrated By Christopher Vogler
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    This delightful workshop covers how you can use the myths and fairy tales that link us all to give your story more oomph. Get ready to laugh while you learn, because the speaker is a natural storyteller and a witty observer of life. Whether you're creating a screenplay, a novel, a play, a computer game, a puppet show, or just an entry in your journal, your story will be richer, it will touch more people, and it will have more meaning and depth after you listen to Chris Vogler's talk.

    Charles says: "Use the Hero's 2 Journeys Instead"
    "Excellent lecture with good points"
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    Christopher Vogler breaks down his craft into easy to understand points and elaborates on them without causing any confusion or lack of fun. He is good and if you want to tell a story, then this lecture is worth listening to. My copy had a slight audio problem but the points got across nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phantom Army of Alamein: How the Camouflage Unit and Operation Bertram Hoodwinked Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Stroud
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1940 a group of artists, sculptors, film makers, theatre designers and set painters came together to form the Camouflage Unit. Led by Major Geoffrey Barkas and including among their number the internationally renowned stage magician Jasper Maskelyne, the unit's projects became a crucial battlefield weapon.

    Michael says: "A Good History Book"
    "A Good History Book"
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    This book tells the story of the British Army Camouflage Unit in the North African Campaign of the Second World War (1940-43). Surprising it is quite a page turner and does have great detail without being bogged down. If you are interested in the Second World War then this is a must, but if your thing is the North African Campaign with the 8th Army, Deutsch Africa Corps and lets not forget the Italians, then you need this book. Everybody gets a mention, South African Engineers, Australian Desert Rats, British HQ in Cairo or Rommel's adjutant. A good book worth the listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Law

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frédéric Bastiat
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    First published as a pamphlet in 1850 in response to the socialist-communist plans and ideas being adopted in France at that time, The Law remains equally relevant today, as the same ideas are now sweeping America.

    Michael says: "Interesting Essay"
    "Interesting Essay"
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    Not knowing much about law, this book was one of my attempts to dive into the subject. My thinking is that it is an anti-socialist political commentary. The points are put forward well and I think anyone interested in politics should listen to this but read other books to get a well rounded view. All part of my plan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Common Law

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Oliver Wendell Holmes
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is one of the true classics in world legal literature. Written by a master of law and language, it is a primary source book for anyone interested either in legal theory or political science. For the layman, it serves to clarify the very essence of the common law, the cornerstone of our present legal system.

    PHIL says: "For law geeks; not a light read"
    "Heavy going"
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    Now I know why lawyers get paid so much. This stuff is dry and hard to plough through. My plan is to keep listening to these law books so it might rub off on me. I understood little of this book and found my head swimming in a swamp of history and basic law terms. I will come back to this book for a second reading once I get other books under my belt. Robert Morris is a rather boring narrator but the subject matter isn't easy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    After his adventures in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment - to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family.

    Denise says: "Not a long finish"
    "Life can be a bottle of wine, good or bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The use of accents are now becoming a little cliché. Michael Kitchen is his usual high standard and the author Michael Dibdin has really developed into a enjoyable writer. Pity he has died. The story is interesting and moves along nicely. There is no real confusion with characters or plot and watching Zen do his job even with the ills that hit him out of the dark so to speak is wonderful, although he does seem to be resting on his Loral's. I guess he is coming to the end of his career and now knows the score so why upset the system. Never the less he does an adequate job and learns a little about truffles and wine in this case. This book will not make you an expert in these subjects but perhaps appreciate them a little more, and the reason not to keep rats as pets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "FANTASTIC"
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    Richard Armitage is the best. I nice take on the tale. Worth every cent and every minute listening to it. Do yourself a favour and get this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of the Samurai: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jonathan Clements
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

    A User says: "Not what it seems"
    "An Excellent History of the Samurai"
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    Well told and superbly narrated this book is an excellent overview of the Samurai. From the start to present day we see the history, the development, and finally the demise. The book shows how the idea of Samurai was used and abused in the 20th Century for political, social and media goals. Jonathan Clements has opinions and views but generally the book covers the topic in a level handed way to make the reader (listener) feel it is balanced and objective. Just over 12 hours long, it is a brief view of the Samurai which if this subject interest you, you'll fly through and find fascinating.
    Loved the book and the narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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