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Michael

Hermitage, Tennessee, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Enchantment Emporium

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a "junk" shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn't until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there's trouble brewing in Calgary - trouble so big that even calling in the family may not save the day.

    HealingMaven says: "A good fun listen, but an uneven reader"
    "Waste of a credit"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is more a "romance" flavored book. I like urban fantasy but can't abide Paranormal romance. I probably set the "romance bar" lower than some.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tanya Huff again?

    Probably not. I've tried a few.


    What three words best describe Teri Clark Linden’s voice?

    Okay. young. girlish.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Enchantment Emporium?

    Most of them I think. Really the ones where our protagonist waxed poetic about males she meets...seemingly any male she meets.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one if you're looking for Urban Fantasy not PNR.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armageddon 2419 A.D.: The Adventures of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip Francis Nowlan
    • Narrated By Scott Reeves
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mining engineer Anthony Rogers is trapped by a mine collapse and falls into a state of suspended animation due to the presence of radioactive gases. He awakens nearly five hundred years later, to a United States that has been conquered by the Chinese. Using his 20th-century military knowledge, he helps the down-trodden Americans take back their country.

    Michael says: "Buck Rogers, your origin lies herein!"
    "Reader ruins a good book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Simple answer is a decent narrator. I'm sorry but the reading is pathetic.


    What other book might you compare Armageddon 2419 A.D. to and why?

    Sixth Column by Robert Heinlein.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Reeves?

    Almost any one. Scott Brick, George Guidall...someone.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Armageddon 2419 A.D.?

    It's hard to say as this is an old Novella and (as noted) the reader destroys almost any enjoyment value to be had.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book (I read it years ago) EXTREMELY POOR READER.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

    Shawn says: "A good introduction to Lianden"
    "Airy Fairy"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Actually a better story. As far as "military sc/fi" goes this is more touchy feely than I like.


    What could Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewritten it.


    What three words best describe Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    Not too bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crystal Soldier?

    It's not a book I'd care to edit as I don't think I'm the target audience.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline: Repairman Jack #11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    It starts off simply enough. (Doesn't it always?) Jack has been on hiatus since the tragic events in Harbingers. With his beloved Gia's encouragement he dips his toe back into the fix-it pool.Christy Pickering's 18-year-old daughter is dating Jerry Bethlehem, a man twice her age. Christy sensed something shady and sinister about him, so she hired a private investigator to look into his past. But the PI isn't returning her calls. Will Jack find out why?

    Barbara says: "Don't start with this late entry in the series!"
    "Good book iffy reader"
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    Where does Bloodline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like the Repairman Jack books, this one is good but Dick Hill has done better.


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

    Yeah a page turner.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    James Marsters would have been good if they could get him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said good book, but the reader has done better in other books. I didn't like the voice he used for Jack.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (2496)
    Story
    (2501)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There are entire parts of this I don't care for. The way "beast" is written, the cloying vamp relations...on and on. Also the reader tends to mispronounce words...


    What was most disappointing about Faith Hunter’s story?

    Constantly going on and on about hot vamps and how "beast" wanted her to mate.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mispronounced words


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

    disappointment moving to annoyance then to anger. I liked the way it opened only to have it crash and burn.


    Any additional comments?

    save yourself...unless you're a PNR fan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5612)
    Performance
    (5217)
    Story
    (5216)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "One of the best books in one of the best series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's excellent on almost all points.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    The rest in the Dresden series. The Jim Butcher Dresden books are the books all other Urban Fantasy is compared to.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marsters has become the voice of Harry Dresden. Even when I read the print versions of the books I hear Marsters' voice for Harry.


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

    Not extreme, but I did laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1101)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Read or listen to his plan books"
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    What would have made Patriots better?

    A better story line/better story telling would help. I like the subject as it's (as the cliche goes) as current as today's headlines. The problem is that the writer writes to and about one group. His characters are also the people who buy his nonfiction course stuff. Those who can and do spend hundreds of thousands of dollars ( literally) on survival gear and a bolt hole. The common folks, the great unwashed...the hoi polloi (most people) are the nameless mob who threaten the wise (financially well off) protagonists.

    I really have trouble identifying with them as according to this story I won't last long anyway. M best survival in place plans anf efforts are (according to said story) pointless.

    Didn't draw me in.


    What could James Wesley Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Already noted.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is Dick Hill and he does a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply note what I have already said.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Battle: Legion of the Damned, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    The Confederacy is threatened by an uprising of the Hudathans, an unfeeling cyborg race that has built up its forces through stolen technology, and their only opponents are the members of the Legion.

    Tarike says: "Masterfully written, can't wait for the rest!"
    "Good read/listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent addition to the series. It slows down just a little in a few places (not great for military science fiction). On the whole however it's a fast moving story that hols true to the plot and characters of the story. The reader does a creditable job. enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The High King's Tomb: Book Three of Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (338)

    A thousand years ago, the armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by Mornhavon the Black, crossed the great sea and tried to conquer the land of Sacoridia - and during Karigan G’ladheon’s early years as a Green Rider, Mornhavon’s spirit, sensing weakness in his prison walls and seeking vengeance, began to wake.

    Jennifer says: "3rd book and still an interesting story"
    "Good but not as good as the first 2"
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    If you could sum up The High King's Tomb in three words, what would they be?

    I like this series, I like this book. The only down side here is that the story tends to bog down occasionally. It does however pick back up and remains interesting.

    The narrator does a good job and this is overall a good read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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