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Michael

Glenwood Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 106 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (408)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "like the book, really like the reader"
    Overall

    there seems to be a total disagreement regarding Jennifer Van Dyke (reader)- let me vote. I like her and I like the book. And I am ever so critical.

    Looking forward to her other reading in the series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Own the Game: Sport Science Training for Peak Athletic Development!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher Stankovich
    • Narrated By Christopher Stankovich
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Now, for the first time, athletes from all sports and skill levels can easily learn and master the same Sport Psychology Training Skills previously only available to professional and Olympic-level athletes. Own the Game will provide you the hands-on tools necessary to increase your self-confidence, focus, concentration, and poise -ultimately allowing you to play to your highest athletic level!

    Michael says: "OMG. Audible - can I get my money back"
    "OMG. Audible - can I get my money back"
    Overall

    1) I am (amenities aside) a very good skier
    2) and very interested in the burgeoning breakthroughs in mental training -
    especially as it relates to movement skills (read the body has a mind of
    its own.
    3) So took a chance with "Own the Game" ... what a misplaced bet.
    The book is an unembarrassed pitch by the author for his line of something.
    And it's focus is the Dare to Be Great bs .. e.g., zoning is feeling good
    about yourself and down from there. It's presentation is anecdotal and pandering in the worst of the southern California obsession with personal feelings of value. Again, Audible - can I get my money back

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4577)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1867)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Are we half way there yet ??"
    Overall

    Was going to give it three stars but, it just goes on and on and on. With lingering stops (on and on) as the villain kills targets and lots of others along the way.

    It is really two intertwined commentaries. First, NYC Cop (retired) who offers snarky comments on any and all. But he is true of heart and really wants to get the villain (how original). Second, the improbable Terrorist who has degrading comments on any and all (Of course Allah would want him to kill them all.)

    And again, the events that act as the base for the plot are improbable. I thought of giving up the book (I have emotional disability to give up books. Perhaps Audible has a self help book for this).

    But now way over half way done perhaps Allah would forgive me if I skipped to the end just to see how it turns out.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4805)
    Performance
    (2541)
    Story
    (2585)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Superb doesn't even do this book justice"
    Overall

    What a great story. Not only great story, our author is major character and protagonist of and within the story. And herein lies the two major themes that make this one of the best books I have ever read.

    1) Detailed and inside coverage of the Ultra Running Culture. Mexican (Tarahumara) legendary runners, strange (different/better) Americans. With a story how the two groups got together in the hidden mountains of Mexico for an EPIC race.

    2) Detailed debunking of popular myths regarding running (especially useless and debilitating running shoes). As well as technical and deep mental insights of people who run and are addicted to running Ultra races.

    Perhaps (I mean why not) I could run a 50 mile ultra. I mean with the help of this book I am now running 20 miles along side the Colorado River (Glenwood Canyon). When I used to groan and moan to run 6.

    Finally and again the best story, documentary, training manual, inspiration extended quatrain ever anywhere.

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (775)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Good from all aspects it is and those it is not"
    Overall

    I am getting tired of books that are really vehicles for the author's person biases.

    I just want a good story with good characters and a good reader. Open and Shut excels in each and all of these attributes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Candesce: Book Two of Virga

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated By Joyce Irvine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in Queen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air among the artificial worlds of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies).

    Michael says: "To say I like this book is an understatement"
    "To say I like this book is an understatement"
    Overall

    The second book in the Virga series.

    Venera Fanning is the most captivating heroine in any science fiction book I have ever read - regal, smart, cunning, ruthless when required (or advantageous). Just as one crisis seems to be averted it spawns another. There are times she is desperate but she is never equivocal.

    All in such a well constructed world and all building on a plot that never veers from a clear direction.

    And did I mention the reader is so nuanced and so in tune with the story she totally draws you in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (959)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Oh Vapid is thy name"
    Overall

    First this is not Science Fiction, it is Fantasy. And even here in the truest tradition of Harlequin Romance Series.

    Young heroine of good family is helped by attractive slightly older matron and returning war hero through series of intrigues (so very much of the book is sheltered conversations in dark rooms and corners) until she eventually prevails and marries prince charming (truly a prince and if not charming, at least prepubescent affable). Guiding matron and hero then marry. End of story. Nothing more to accomplish or tell. About time.

    6 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6593)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3388)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Just wonderful :)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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