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Michael Shouse


Omaha, Nebraska United States | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 624 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • The Postman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale.

    Delbert Ealy says: "Excellent!!"
    "Not the movie"
    What did you love best about The Postman?

    Gritty realism. I could picture everything as it happened. I like the way the Postman is not a heroic figure; he backs into situations where he is forced to act. Just like real life.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Postman?

    Gordon's escape from captivity near the end.

    What didn’t you like about David LeDoux’s performance?

    He's trying too hard to be "dramatic." He takes strange pauses in odd places, sometimes what seems like in the middle of a sentence. I often wondered if the reader were trying to make this a "stream-of-consciousness" story when it really was not.

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

    No, I don't think so. The action of the story takes place over too long a period of time. It would feel rushed if listened to all at once.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this expecting a replay of the Kevin Costner movie. The moviemakers took greater liberty with the story than in any other instance I can think of. It's almost as if they took the most basic detail--in post-apocalypse America, man finds mailbag--and made up their own story. They're different takes on the same basic premise. Neither is "better." But just remember that the book goes off in a different direction than the movie.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth I: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart. One of today's premier historical novelists, George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma - the Virgin Queen who had many suitors; the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies.

    Roberta says: "A different view of Elizabeth"
    "All the Tudor you could possibly want"
    What did you love best about Elizabeth I?

    The detail, covering every aspect of Elizabeth's life at that time. More than most biographies do.

    What did you like best about this story?

    That Elizabeth was not always perfect, or right in her decisions.

    What aspect of Kate Reading???s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. Characters always distinguishable.

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

    Elizabeth's reactions when her friend/servant died.

    Any additional comments?

    If you want something zippy and simple, watch a movie. This is a book and acts like it. It takes its time to develop characters and scenes and incidents, as it should. This is history, not an action-action-action thriller.

    I was disappointed in one aspect of the book. I didn't read the description closely enough, and expected a full-length biographical novel. This book begins at the time of the Spanish armada, well into Elizabeth's reign. So be ready.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    Lisa says: "So Glad I Went The Distance!"
    "Much better than I expected"
    Where does North and South rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top. Almost the equal of Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens.

    What other book might you compare North and South to and why?

    Thomas Hardy's FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD with its female protagonist.

    What aspect of Clare Wille???s performance would you have changed?

    Some of her rural or lower class English accents were very hard to understand.

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

    No laughing or weeping, just satisfaction at a story well-told.

    Any additional comments?

    Quite a surprise. My first experience of Elizabeth Gaskell, but it won't be the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Corinne says: "GOOD book and good reader"
    "Among the best"

    Unfamiliar with Deutermann, I was trying someone new because Nelson DeMille and Greg Iles don't write fast enough. What a surprise! A wonderful expose of the stupidity of bureaucratic in-fighting and turf-wars among agencies that are supposed to be on the same side, disguised as a fascinating but believable thriller. Kreiss is an intriguing hero that I hope we will see more of. And Dick Hill proves once again why he is one of the best narrators ever. It was his inclusion on this audio program that convinced me to take a chance on an unknown (to me) author.

    Only 4 stars rather than five because, as some of the other reviewers have remarked, Hill is less convincing with female voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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