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MICHEAL

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 348 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • In the Hall of the Dragon King: Dragon King Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    A kingdom hangs in the balance as Quentin begins his quest. Carrying a sealed message from the Dragon King, Quentin and his outlaw companion, Theido, plunge headlong into a fantastic odyssey that leads them throughout Mensandor. Danger lurks at every turn: from the brutal terrain to deadly encounters with both humans and creatures of unknown origins.

    K. Donath says: "Entertaining"
    "Worth the credit."
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    Story
    Would you listen to In the Hall of the Dragon King again? Why?

    I enjoyed the audiobook, but I wouldn't listen to it again. The story was pretty good, and I usually really like Lawhead, but it really didn't pull me in. It seemed a little predictable, like I had heard some of it before. This will be the first time in a Lawhead series that I don't intend to continue reading the rest of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace was just right not too fast or slow, I didn't feel bored while I listened.


    Did Tim Gregory do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a good job, although some of his characters sounded similar, and when he read the part of the necromancer he did go a little over the top sometimes.


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

    For better or worse their were no real extremes, just middle of the road.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sorry that I took the time to listen and maybe the rest of the books in the series will be better, but I will need someone to highly recommend them before I am willing to risk my credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1697)
    Story
    (1705)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Another great book."
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    What did you love best about Guardian?

    Even after this many installments the books still seem fresh and engaging. The story and the characters are progressing at a good rate. Campbell does a good job at not being too repetitive, which is amazing when you think about how much time they spend on the same ship.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Rummel is spot on, he gives each character their own voice, inflection and timing. It is very easy to get immersed in his narration.


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

    There is definitely some humor in the book, mostly based on who the characters are and how their interactions play out.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Prophecy: Beyonders, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (306)

    Jason and Rachel were not born in Lyrian. They did not grow up in Lyrian. But after all of the battles and losses, the triumphs and adventures, and most of all, the friendships forged in this fantastical world, Lyrian has become home to them in a way they never could have imagined. And so, armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests - each surrounded by brave and powerful allies - knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.

    momof6 says: "Perfect closing to an amazing story"
    "An excellent conclusion!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Chasing the Prophecy the most enjoyable?

    The author did a great job in bringing the series to a very satisfactory conclusion. There were plenty of surprises and yet they felt natural and not forced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way all the characters remained true to who they were, they felt very real and three dimensional.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader was phenomenal, he really added something that made the story come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not to give anything away but I loved the choices that the Rachel, Jason and especially Ferrin are faced with as the series closes. Their decisions and the subsequent consequences really draw the reader in and make you care about them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (481)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Enjoyable listen."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stark's War to be better than the print version?

    I felt the narrator did a good job and definitely added something to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stark's War?

    I don't want to give any spoilers, but it was fun to watch Stark find out who he really was.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st time I heard him. He did a good job, although sometimes his female voices sound a little funny. To his credit, there are very few narrators that can read opposite gender voices without it sounding at least a little off.


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

    It was a pretty good "page turner".


    Any additional comments?

    Stark's war was an interesting read from Jack Campbell. Having listened to the Lost Fleet series it was hard not to compare this book with that series. Jack Campbell's writing and story telling have improved since this early attempt, but this is still worth the credit, I plan on listening to the rest of the series, and hope it will continue to just get better. Lastly, I appreciated that the book was still pretty family friendly, there is only minimal foul language and the violence wasn't too gratuitous. Thanks Jack & Audible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4825)
    Performance
    (3337)
    Story
    (3373)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the story & characters were and how well the book was written. The author's emphasis on the value of morals, honor, mercy and the value of human life during war and even in the face of a cruel enemy was simple yet profound. It seemed very timely with so much of what is going on in the world today and in the military. Although the book deals with serious and mature material the book lacked any major profanity which allowed me to enjoy it with my kids in the back seat. I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Oracle: Oracles of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bryan Davis
    • Narrated By Peter Sandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Discover the mysteries that led to the best-selling fantasy adventure that began with Raising Dragons. With heart-stopping fantasy action and clear spiritual insights, Eye of the Oracle will captivate young and old alike, and it will challenge every listener to search deep within for answers to the mysteries in their own hearts.

    MICHEAL says: "I loved it!"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    At first I was a little apprehensive that the series was going to be simplistic and juvenille, but how wrong I was. Eye of the Oracle was very well written with good character development and an absolutely vast scope. The reader has a rich voice which really added a lot of feeling to the book. My only issue is that the ending was extremely compressed which felt forced (I think it is actually expanded on in the rest of the series). Overall a very worthwhile read, I can't wait for the rest of the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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