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Michael S.

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  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (289)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "Brilliant, Pompous, and Great"
    Overall

    I've never really "known" who Andrew Breitbart was. Sure, I remember the ACORN story explosion, and the confirmation (for me at least) that the traditional media is so out to lunch it's scary, but I didn't know this guy. If I'm honest I probably thought he was some rich guy who threw money around trying to influence politics, a la George Soros, but as it turns out I was wrong. Andrew Breitbart is what I can safely call a visionary. He saw what the problem was before most people knew there was a problem, and he know what the solution is. Read this book, Jeremy Guskin does a great job narrating Breitbart's words, and for someone like me who can't remember ever seeing an interview with the man, the voice could have been his for all I'm concerned.

    His tone is arrogant at times, but the overall tone is like an older brother trying to give you pointers on how to pick up that really cute girl in your English class. All I can tell you is "Trust me, it will work!"

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Sum of All Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (666)

    Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

    Ray says: "Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears"
    "Love everything about this book"
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    Where does The Sum of All Fears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's near the top of my list. I love the spy genre, with Tom Clancy and W.E.B. Griffin being my favorite authors. I love the way he explains what is happening during the nuclear explosion, and the way he weaves together multiple story lines. Classic Clancy.


    What other book might you compare The Sum of All Fears to and why?

    I'd compare it to any amazing mystery book that has been raped in film by Ben Affleck.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Jack Ryan, and John Clark get really distinctive voices in the book, and it adds an extra element of realism to it. I especially appreciate the way Mr. Brick addresses the female dialog. He doesn't go over the top, and gives them fairly neutral voicing.


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

    When Jack refuses to second the Presidents launch order I was almost jumping up and down in my car.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (739)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Great book, horrible narrator"
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    What did you like best about Debt of Honor? What did you like least?

    I disagree with the previous reviewers that the narrator sounds like a computer. This is not true. his enunciation isn't good enough. It was really hard to adjust to after listening to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic Clancy! Jack Ryan, John Clark, and Ding Chavez. Three of my favorite fictional characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John MacDonald?

    Scott Brick was great in the earlier books, but Armand Schultz, or Dick Hill could have done a great job as well.


    Was Debt of Honor worth the listening time?

    Sure, it helps me to occupy brain power when doing menial tasks (like driving, and having heart to heats with my wife)


    Any additional comments?

    Not horrible, but not quite good,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (107)

    The characters introduced in the best-selling Honor Bound - Marine aviator Cletus Frade, Army demolitions expert Anthony Pelosi, and communications genius David Ettinger - encounter intrigue in Buenos Aires in April 1943.

    Kindle Customer says: "Absolutely awful"
    "Great Book Horrible narrator"
    Overall

    I sure do miss Dick Hill.Great book, but the Russotto's narration is horrible. Can we all go in together and hire Dick Hill to re-read this one?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Tyler
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

    Damian says: "Reads true to the man and true to music"
    "I WAS a big Aerosmith fan..."
    Overall

    For years I believed that Aerosmith was one of the lucky bands. A band who finally found enduring staying power because they had ditched the pharmacological crutch that typified their early years, and were able to draw from the darkness music that was able to reach people on a deep level. I'm not sure that's the case any longer.

    When I saw this audiobook available earlier today I very quickly spent a credit to get it. Everyone knows that Steve Tyler is a world class wordsmith, and the book being written as if he just dictated it CAN be entertaining. For me the problems arrive with the first three chapters (as far as I've gotten so far) glorifying his use of drugs. Three hours into it I know that he spent his teenage years drunk, high, and tripping. That's a pretty common story for people in his age range. However, where most of his colleagues look back on that time feeling lucky to have made it out the other side, he seems to look back on those experiences as the "good 'ol days". Don't get me wrong these events are all part of who made him the man he is, but where is the redemption? Where is the acknowledgement that he got lucky? Does he never look back at his Janice Joplin, Jimmi Hendrix, Kieth Moon, John Bohnam, or any of the other musical greats whom he idolized, and realize that he is lucky to have avoided their fates? Sadly at the three hour mark the answer is "No". To be fare, drugs aren't the only things that he idolizes. He also idolizes Woodstock, Hippie communes, and all sorts of "universal vibration" theories. Honestly he is not the man I hoped he was, but hey maybe the book will get better...

    On the plus side, Jeremy Davidson does a fantastic job giving voice to the hallucinogenic tripe that has so far been vomited onto the page.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2715)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1535)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Good story, Terrible narration!"
    Overall

    Good story, it follows directly on the end of The Wizard's First Rule. Just a different version of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, but fun to read.

    The narrator often sounds like Stephen Hawkins talking computer. Inflection is off, and the voices are often annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23477)
    Performance
    (10081)
    Story
    (10157)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good book, sadly tinged with European leftist dogm"
    Overall

    I had read several reviews about this book before I decided to read it, and was put off by some reviews that made it sound like it was full of graphic and sadistic sex. Is there mention of such things? Yes, but it is not the overriding theme of the book, and is (in my opinion) tastefully dealt with.
    The one complaint I have is the tone when it came to businesses. I understand that Europe left wing starts where ours in the US ends, but it was somewhat distracting during certain parts of this book. Narration is excellent, and the characters are distinct and lively.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Larry Doyle
    • Narrated By Paul Rust
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper." It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species.

    jennifer says: "wonderful book"
    "Much funnier than the movie"
    Overall

    The sole reason that I got this book was that I had a credit burning a hole in my pocket. I was happy to have spent that credit on this book. More entertaining than the movie, and more disturbing too. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Unbelievably Compelling"
    Overall

    Let me start out by saying that I was impressed with President Bush back when he was Governor Bush, and though I had disagreements with him on policy, was rather disturbed by people that attacked him personally during his presidency.

    I pickup up this book just after reading (not listening to) "My Life", by President Clinton. "Decision Points" is everything that "My Life" is not. Where President Clinton goes through great length to avoid his scandals, and the things he is criticized for, President Bush confronts them head on; sometimes rebutting them with facts, other times admitting that in, hind sight, it was the wrong decision.

    This is not an autobiography, but an insight into who our former president is, and why he made the decisions he made. I still do not agree with every decision he made, but now I understand why he made them. If you are passionately anti-Bush, then skip this book. However, if you are interested in understanding the person who served in the presidency during one of the most trying times in American history, then this book is a must read.

    If you are a person who loves history and is always wanting to better understand the reasons leaders make the decisions they have made, then you will definitely not be disappointing with this book. If you are a middle of the road person, who doesn't care to dwell on party politics, and the rancor that flows back and forth between the left and right, then this is the book for you. Ron McLarty does an excellent job narrating Decision Points, his accent is almost exactly the same as President Bush's, so much so that at times you think it's the former president reading the book himself.

    I strongly recommend this book for any person who is interested in American History, and in the history of leaders in general. If you have not also read President Clinton's book, I recommend you read that too, but just as a study in the completely different types of men that occupied the Oval Office back to back.

    17 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11067)
    Performance
    (8499)
    Story
    (8551)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Amazing, Sanderson at his finest!"
    Overall

    Sanderson has an uncanny ability to develop intriguing and credible systems of magic. Many authors develop on and only deviate from it slightly in additional series. Brandon consistently delivers an interesting story that vividly describes the world, and the way it works. This book is by far the best of his work, and that's saying something. The narrators are both very capable, with the exception of Kramer's husky woman's voice, and very enjoyable to listen to. Great book, and narration, I highly recommend it.

    Mike S.
    Dallas, TX

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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