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Michael

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  • 187 titles in library
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  • Ice Station

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of US scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something buried deep within a 100-million-year-old layer of ice. Something made of metal. Led by enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of crack United States Marines is sent to the station to secure this discovery for their country.

    Greg says: "McGyver strikes again"
    "Ice Station"
    Overall

    Great Travelling story, keeps the pace up, unbelievable (really fantasy stuff) action makes it all great fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10262)
    Performance
    (9764)
    Story
    (9784)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A down to earth survivour gets it done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Yes, The story is very believable and doesn't bog down, blows up a few times though


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

    The Hab explodes, oh sh.it what does he do now ??


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first car crash and recovery on Mars


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

    Yes, keeps you interested all the way through


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5930)
    Performance
    (3843)
    Story
    (3857)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "its good, really really good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,
    The view of the world from enzo ,


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Enzo observing that people don't like to sit in stationary cars, except coppers and stalkers,
    that's a classic line.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    those who can't talk say the most intelligent things


    Any additional comments?

    Its a really good story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3509)
    Performance
    (2506)
    Story
    (2511)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Bryce world is still a worthwile visit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    A good story with really interesting , nasty, nice tough , characters. everybody plays a part and are knitted together well


    What other book might you compare The Potato Factory to and why?

    Power of one, pretty obvious really


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

    one of his best


    If you could take any character from The Potato Factory out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mary, just to meet her


    Any additional comments?

    another book worth investing your time to, very good traveling book,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strike from the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Indo-China 1941, and cruising somewhere off Saigon is the world’s largest, most dangerous submarine, the French Soufriere. The British navy must capture and use her in the defence of Singapore before she is used against them. For Commander Robert Ainslie it is the supreme challenge of his career.

    Carroll says: "A French Navy historical novel of WW II"
    "silent but not finished"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Strike from the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, exciting, incomplete


    Did David Rintoul do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes, the chracters are a distinct bunch , no two alike,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    to be continued


    Any additional comments?

    just seemed to wrap it up in the end to finish the story in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6808)
    Performance
    (3096)
    Story
    (3109)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "lincoln lawyer"
    Overall

    worth your investment in time, gets along, good plot, twists. interesting characters,
    the locations are great, the story compelling

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3075)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2124)

    Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "staying lost would be good"
    Overall

    slow, dull, no interesting scifi tech ideas, moves slow, to much numbers talk, really didn't like it, it just ended with a real wet blanket dialouge
    just rubbish

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (716)

    Lisbeth Salander lies in Intensive Care with a bullet lodged in her head. She will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Salander is now ready to fight back.

    Olga says: "A Fabulous Finale"
    "The story keeps getting better"
    Overall

    the characters are now my friends, i know them so well, and they are just the most interesting and determined people , the wrap up is satisfying , i love these books, and the naration is excellent.highly recommended (by me anyway)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlord: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative lost the woman he loved almost a year ago and has sought refuge at the bottom of a rum bottle ever since. But late one night at his home on Bermuda, he receives a wake-up call... literally. His Royal Highness Prince Charles, an old friend, desperately needs his help. The prince has discovered a not-so-subtle threat directed toward the British royal family.

    Constance says: "I got my Alex Hawke fix!!!!"
    "keeps the interest up"
    Overall

    i liked the character and the story, much better than the Riley stuff, more believable, good ride, nothing challenging but will not disappoint on a long drive.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Storm Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (692)

    When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up.

    Thomas says: "A stand alone master piece"
    "good ride"
    Overall

    great action, interesting characters, the story and plot are well planned, great ride, but, it all just ends with a pffft!,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "dr who does the easy stuff"
    Overall

    this is the first time i have ever really dreaded the ending of a story, the plot is tricky and in the begining you get a bit lost, but the skill of the author gets you on track and you find the suspense of each visit just adds another "oh no" or a yes, you go girl" or a real good old laugh.

    loved it (in case you couldn't guess)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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