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John-Michael

Searching and discovering books in the slimmest demographic: adult males.

Nashville | Member Since 2014

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  • 14 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 37 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015
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  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "You'll listen to this audiobook at work."
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    What did you love best about The Angel of Darkness?

    Everything


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

    I've never experienced an author articulate the humor of a story like George Guidall. The man is simply spectacular.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, William Doyle
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Written with the unprecedented cooperation of the Naval Special Warfare community, here is the definitive history of the U.S. Navy SEALs, a thrilling chronicle that reveals the inside story behind the greatest combat operations of our nation’s most celebrated warriors.

    Richard says: "Loved the book"
    "Credit BUSTER"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone interested in the personal stories that compose an approximate historical record of the Navy Seals.


    What was most disappointing about Dick Couch and William Doyle ’s story?

    I was looking forward to an interesting listen filled with interesting stories and unbelievable accounts from men in our history. Sadly, I couldn't get passed the boring accounts of key people involved in the early history of the elite military group.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Humans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Eventually, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

    cristina says: "Adorable alien story"
    "Safe to Use a Credit On"
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    You may not be inspired and radically change your life after reading this one, but you won;t regret spending a credit on it.

    The story is slightly above average at best, but the analytical process of a 'fish out of water' comes across as humorous and entertaining, and in the end, didn't disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    All Porter Fischer wanted was the $4,000 Tony Bosch owed him. But Bosch would not pay him back, so he swiped Bosch’s Biogenesis ledgers as collateral. Fischer eventually examined the lists of clients and treatment plans revealed in the ledgers and saw what he really had: proof that major and minor sports figures came to the Miami antiaging clinic for anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, and other illegal drugs. That included one of the greatest sluggers in modern baseball history: three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez.

    John-Michael says: "Your Look Behind the Curtain of MLBs Steroid Era"
    "Your Look Behind the Curtain of MLBs Steroid Era"
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    Would you try another book from Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts and/or Johnny Heller?

    The draw for me with this book was the behind the scenes look at baseball in the steroid era, past and present. Although at times I wished there was less content on Tony Bosh and more on the MLB, I still wasn't disappointed.


    What other book might you compare Blood Sport to and why?

    The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci because both books give Major League Baseball fans a great behind the scenes look at the sport they love.


    Did Blood Sport inspire you to do anything?

    Not to take Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Miami area.


    Any additional comments?

    In many ways Blood Sport is the peak behind the MLB's PED curtain that you've been waiting for.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It's Just a F***ing Date

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Greg Behrendt, Amiira Ruotola
    • Narrated By Greg Behrendt, Amiira Ruotola
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (125)
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    (125)

    A fun and funny guide to dating from the New York Times best-selling authors of It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken and He's Just Not That Into You. Why does dating have to be so hard? It doesn’t! Stop trying to out-game the system and relax. It's Just a Fucking Date presents the tools, not the rules, for bringing back the art of the date. The ordeals of 21st-century dating, from online dating and hooking up to pulling the plug when it isn’t working, will soon be easy to navigate.

    susan warren says: "Profound! Entertaining! Life-changing! Funny!"
    "It Has Its' Moments"
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    Would you try another book from Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola and/or Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola ?

    I would love to see what Behrendt & Ruotola come out with next.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something not self-help related, as this title pretty much leaves you satisfied with the genre.


    What does Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance of the two is what sold me on the book. The 5 minute sample is a good representation of the whole audiobook.

    Beyond the stelar performance of the two authors you'll find just another self-help dating book that has its' moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Laughing out loud is guaranteed nearly as often as you periodically lose interest in the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Van Praagh
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    Ghosts Among Us is an incredible journey into the spirit world that sheds light on the greatest mysteries of life and death. James Van Praagh shares his knowledge about and life experience with ghosts, taking a world that to many of us seems both crazy and scary and making it accessible, leading not only to understanding but even inspiration.

    Filled with extraordinary true ghost stories and surprising details about how ghosts actively participate in our lives, Van Praagh challenges us to question our perceptions and shows how we can live more fully by being open to the spirit world.

    C. Weidner says: "Interesting and enjoyable"
    "We've been lied to"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fans of Ghost Whisperer.


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

    Disappointment. I was looking for an informative read about ghosts in today's society instead of a six and a half hour plug for Praagh's show.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a horrible book, just not accurately represented as what it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Matthew Dicks
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    In this quirky debut novel from author Matthew Dicks, career criminal Martin uses his OCD to pilfer items from his victims' houses without being discovered. It helps that he only takes things the homeowner would never notice are missing - like a roll of toilet paper or a bottle of maple syrup. Martin has spent so much time snooping through homes he feels like he knows the owners, but when he starts meddling in their personal lives, his precise world turns to haos.

    james says: "Parrot Sketch Partially Included"
    "Decent Content Missing"
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    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would have to be a short film.


    Any additional comments?

    Dicks' quirky main character makes for an interesting premise, but he fails to deliver comparable content. This book turned out to be nine hours of patiently waiting for the plot to pickup.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg
    • Narrated By Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    ESPN's star comedic duo, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, bring their radio and TV sports shtick to the listener in this hilarious audiobook, which includes their definitive list of rules to live by. This is for all ESPN devotees, all Mike and Mike fans, and fans of audiobooks like Dennis Miller's Rants and Tony Kornheiser's As Bald as I Want to Be.

    Tom says: "A Real Disappointment"
    "Stick to Radio"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Putting the terrible content aside, Golic's performance was lacking, but actually better than Greenberg's, who at times sounded like a child being forced to read from the pulpit during mass.


    Any additional comments?

    Composed of feeble attempts at humor and legitimately sad performances, this book was at times hard to listen to, but I will always love Mike & Mike and am glad to support them, just as long as they stick to radio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father…and Finding the Zodiac Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
    • Narrated By Gary L. Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world. Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Zodiac behind Big Blue Wall; the IRONY of it all"
    "The Final Part Will Leave You Speechless"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Most Dangerous Animal of All?

    Hearing Author Gary L. Stewart's voice breaking as he fought back tears in a few sections of his memoir.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Read a little smoother.


    Did The Most Dangerous Animal of All inspire you to do anything?

    Buy my dad a decent Father's Day gift


    Any additional comments?

    I think the Zodiac killings are fascinating and was exciting to download the newest in the serial killers' saga. I found myself disenchanted with this book until the final part. If you are a fan of true crime and/or the Zodiac killer, stick it out until the final pages of the book and you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chemistry for Beginners: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anthony Strong
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Researching female orgasms, Dr. Steven J. Fisher thinks he has sex down to an exact science. But Dr. Fisher is really just a shy chemist who is a beginner in the ways of love. When a beautiful and orgasmically-challenged Ph.D. student named Annie begins participating in his study, everything Dr. Fisher thinks he knows about women is turned on its head.

    Kd says: "Liked but..."
    "No Thank You"
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    Would you try another book from Anthony Strong and/or Simon Vance and Kate Reading ?

    Vance is phenomenal (except when impersonating a female climaxing)


    Has Chemistry for Beginners turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Simon Vance was born to read books aloud, but his talents weren't highlighted in this venture.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chemistry for Beginners?

    If was the editor, this would have been a short story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Pearlman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    They were America's Team - the high-priced, high-glamour, high-flying Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, who won three Super Bowls and made as many headlines off the field as on it. Led by Emmitt Smith, the charismatic Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, and Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys rank among the greatest of all NFL dynasties.

    John-Michael says: "Wow"
    "Wow"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The 5 minute preview - That's all it took.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book. I love the cowboys and hearing what was going on behind the scenes was as profoundly intriguing as it was disturbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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