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Michael

Jupiter, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5698)
    Performance
    (3634)
    Story
    (3662)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "A must read for all Americans..."
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    There has never been a book written more important, interesting and timeless than Atlas Shrugged. I had read it years ago in the 7th or 8th grade. I remember thinking it was so far fetched that I viewed it as I would a sci-fi novel. When I read it this time, I see it as a wake up call to all Americans, all Humans. If you have not read it, or it has been 20+ years (like for myself) i can not over emphasize the importance of the reading. Ayn Rand has become my favorite author, and I am reading all of her works now. Read this novel, and while doing so see if her words hold the frightening familiarity of what you are hearing, seeing, being told, taught and watching all around you,



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1172)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Stop Writing Mr. King"
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    The rumors are true. Stephen King has not written a really good scary book in a looong time. This one is no different. My review is simple, it's simply not good. Buy another "zombie" ish movie.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Podlaski
    • Narrated By Michael Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    When a soldier leaves for war, those left behind often wonder what their loved ones are experiencing. Letters home are always cheerful and vague - no sense in worrying the family. Then upon returning home, these young soldiers do not want to talk about their experiences. Family and friends allege they are now distant, changed, and not the same person they remember from several months earlier. What causes this? Although the backdrop for this novel is the Vietnam War, "cherries" exist in every war.

    Jude says: "Are there any "kids" like that today?"
    "What a waste"
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    Just don't bother. It is a horrible read, listen, story...wow. What a turd. I've read almost everything on Vietnam, WW2 and Iraq/Afghanistan, and FINALLY thought "WTH", I'll try it. Nope. Nope. Nope. Its worse than a 6th grade book on Vietnam, if you took out the profanity and such, it would be written for a 10 year old. Uhghh,,,Hope I can get a credit back.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (350)

    Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

    wayne says: "worst narrator, I've heard so far"
    "Worst Book Yet"
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    The author manages to spends HOURS developing almost nothing resembling plot development, character development, tension, timeline or anticipation. The story is so very dry and poorly constructed, I found myself rewinding to ensure i had not entirely missed something important, which would not have surprised me considering I found myself thinking "why am I still listening to this...I should download something new".

    Issue 1: The author loves to over explain the simple. Example: I do not need an explanation as to how a generator works. I know that diesel fuel is converted to energy, which is used in combustion to create compression, which turns a crankshaft...you get the idea. This is not a joke, he explains how a generator works. How is this relevant, at all, to plot building? There are a few of these. I even started my own monologue once where i was sure he was going to explain the workings and construction of the gun turret. Thankfully he did not.

    Issue 2: Some mechanical research would have been appreciated. Example: no one with any, and i mean ANY, mechanical knowledge would write that deisel fuel would start to spoil after 10 days. What? Are you an....whatever.

    issue 3: Who's on first? Whats on second? Very hard to follow who is where. There is no development in who is doing what, where and why. It is like reading a poorly abridged book. People seem to suddenly, without explanation, be alone and then confronted with problems. These problems are supposed to be...scary? Nerve racking? And there are attacks that happen without any explanation. A fellow gets a finger bit off, but there is NO build up to it. They are talking about a "thing" in one of the infected and the next thing you know a guy is running off, and the other character follows him to find out his finger is bitten off. It is so NON-climatic that you do not care.

    Issue 4: The characters themselves are husks of people. They are seemingly hollow of any depth. Not a one of these characters draws you in, and there is no one main character developed to give reference point. It is like a Stephen King book if Stephen King did not do his excessive character building. That is the only way a King book works. Note: Maybe the book should have been 3 times as long, it could have been good, really good probably.
    ......except for my next issue...

    Issue 5: This might be the main issue. The narrator. WOW. Wow. It is painful. I am not kidding. It is so, so bad. How in the monkeys-ass did this guy get the job,. I swear he narrated some of the training videos I had to watch as a teenager going to work at Jiffy-Jube. He seems to love his deep vibrating sentence endings, which have no place. It makes the characters all seem like being inside one persons head, without the benefit of the knowledge that would offer. I don't think I can listen to him again, and that is a shame, because there are some books he narrator that I want/wanted to hear. I feel like i listened to him before, but can not place it.

    So, no, do not waste your money, serious.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.

    R. Reed says: "Dante done in the 70's"
    "Dante's Inferno, the sequel..."
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    Interesting read, well written and humorous. I found it entertaining to listen to, and was well read. It is not as detailed as Mr. Nivens other novels, but worth the listen. This is a short review, I am aware, but I am not inspired to write a longer one. It is about one guys travel through hell, the people he meets and his personal discovery, which is a large part of what hell seems to be about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (986)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "I hope some others survived!"
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    The age of the book is not the issue. As with most books written about post societal collapse, the age of the book is easy to get around. Since technology would revert initially. However, the survivors in this book must be some of the most ignorant people in any of the books i have read. It is a shame, because it has great potential. The main character is presented as an educated person, and as a camper, an amateur outdoors-man. But as the story progresses, it is as though he never evolves into a survivor, he never matures into an adult, really. I, personally, can not imagine the characters grouped together just existing, and so poorly for so long. I had to stop listening 1/2 way through book two and move onto something else before returning.

    There are a few annoying technical details that really annoyed me. Maybe most people wouldn't think about them, but I doubt it. It is as though Mr. Stewart did no research on the technical aspects of time v.s. mechanics. This is separate from the annoyance of slow witted people "surviving". I suppose it could be a accurate representation of "career students", with no life experience, making a existence in a empty world, but over the YEARS the book takes place over, I can not believe that people would not start to evolve much better and faster than in the book. Also, the ease of which they find sustenance is a little beyond what I would think remotely reasonable. It almost seems like life in the book is easier than life before the epidemic.

    I can't say don't read it, because a lot of others enjoyed it according to reviews, but personally, it would be last on my list of books to read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2811)
    Story
    (2855)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Excellent book and audio"
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    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best Audio's books of it's type I have read.


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    The Stand. A similar story concept, but much much better. It is a much more intense and complete look at a post-apocalyptic world and the people left behind. It is much more interestingly presented and written about and the characters, I feel, are better developed and easier to relate to or believe. McCammon does an excellent job of putting you into their shoes (or lack thereof) and creating multiple characters with extreme character personalities. He goes way beyond The Stand's character's and morphing them into totally new, and incredible, beings. This is not a zombie book, but I do not want to give away too much. The "devil" creatures in both are well developed, but much more interesting and explained in Swan Song.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read if you liked The Stand or post-apocalyptic novels. It is not a monster or zombie book, but if you like those you should like Swan Song, too. IT deals with survival, but also of inner strength and courage and goes into the inner personalities of the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4494)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3426)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Amazing book"
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    Where does Alas, Babylon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Alas, Babylon is, by far, my favorite Audible book yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story is excellent, including the narration. That might be my favorite part, except the story is not at all hindered by the age of the story. It is well built, the characters stick with you and are all "common" enough people, but extraordinary as well.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a must read if you are looking for a book of its type. Its not over the top in action or violence at all, but it reads beautifully and I would highly recommend it if you have gotten far enough into the reviews to read this, then you will like it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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