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Michael

Burbank, CA, United States

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  • Tell-All

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Hazie Coogan has for decades tended to the outsized needs of Katherine “Miss Kathie” Kenton, a larger-than-life star who has survived multiple marriages, career comebacks, cosmetic surgeries, and emotional dramas. But danger lurks with the arrival of a gentleman caller named Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart and boudoir.

    Marci says: "Don't judge Chuck by this book"
    "A tough listen"
    Overall
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    Sorry Chuck, I love you man, but this story lacked so much in plot that it hurt my soul. I figured everything out within an hour into it. This is brilliantly constructed in the sense that he really styled this perfectly with the time period and the psychosis of the narrator. But the plot just fell flat and I became lost in a sea of names of old Hollywood big-wigs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (450)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Entertaining from the get-go!"
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    A fantastically written story with the same stream-of-thought narrative you would expect from writers like Chuck Palahniuk. Down right disturbing, hysterical, and tragic all that the same time. The length is just right and the story is solid and very authentic feeling. I usually hate sound effects and music in audio books, this was done just right and really helped to bring the story to life. A great listen all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (453)

    “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

    William says: "As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!"
    "A HELL of a fun book!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    No where near as many twists and turns as his previous titles, but Chuck's warped "not so bad" version of hell is pretty amusing. The menial reasons people are damned really cracked me up.

    The character development of Madison from beginning to end went where I never expected, and when I read that last line, "to be continued", I curses the heavens and can't wait for the next part in this trilogy.

    Overall, this isn't literary art, this is simply a fun book not to be taken too seriously.

    Enjoy it for what it is.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1011)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Amazingly Informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I came in expecting a book about aliens; but found that the factual history of the base was far more fascinating. And what Ms. Jacobsen believes really happened in the events surrounding Roswell are FAR more devious and terrifying than some little green men. Bravo on an exception work. The only reason I gave it 4 stars over 5 was the dryness of the story telling, like I was listening to a college lecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (454)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Charles says: "Entertaining, but Overly Rushed"
    "A Fantastic Ride!"
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    Such an amazing story! This clever and fun story did for Monsters what "Men in Black" did for aliens. This story had such a fun and eclectic cast of characters that I couldn't wait to jump in my car and hear more of this story. This is most definitely a fun book to read and laugh along to, so long as you don't mind a cynical jerk as your lead character. I got a kick out of it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the New York Times best-sellers Fight Club and Lullaby, is known for his edgy novels, and Rant is no exception. Palahniuk presents this fictional biography of Buster "Rant" Casey in a series of vignettes told by the people who knew him best. As intricate as a spider web, Rant succeeds in recounting the story of one man's life only through the eyes of others. But the question remains, "Who was Rant Casey?"

    Michelle says: "dark and disturbing"
    "Best book I've EVER listened to!"
    Overall

    Dare I say it's the best book I've ever listened to? Absolutely. The ensemble cast of readers really bring the unique format of this story alive. It probably took me about 1/4 the way in to really get into it and love the narrative, but once I got over the hump I was immersed in the world of Rant Casey... and my God! The ending is phenomenal!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (667)

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "Dexter is back! Well, sort of..."
    Overall

    A great relief swept over me as Dearly Devoted Dexter and his dark passenger once again took to the forefront of happily dismembering the bodies of the wicked... without a biblical supernatural god breathing down his neck, of course (Dexter in the Dark). This is an excellent story and beautifully read by Nick Landrum once again. My only beef with this particular story is that smart, cunning and witty Dexter was lost to a being a bumbling idiot for most of this book... seeming to be -dare I say- all too human. I'm used to Dexter being two steps ahead of me and everyone else, but in this story, he seemed to be dumbed down to fit into the plot. There were all too many times that I said "Duh Dexter, put two & two together already, does it need to slap you across the face". That said, I really did get sucked into this story and would highly recommend it to other Dexter fans. I'm very much looking forward to reading "Dexter is Delicious" this fall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (561)

    A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

    James says: "Different Direction"
    "Good... but disappointing nevertheless"
    Overall

    I am absolutely obsessed with the Dexter novels. The first two were amazing, part 2 being by far my absolute favorite. This part however strayed too far from what makes Dexter great and it lost some of it's natural charm. Namely the introduction of a supernatural god made me lose interest... ironically, the loss of the Dark Passenger also made me lose interest. What's the fun in reading about a serial killer who doesn't kill anyone? Regardless, I enjoyed the narrative throughout and had a lot of laughs. I look forward to the next one where I hope for the return of my friend Dangerously Devious Dexter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2423)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1275)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "A wonderful surprise"
    Overall

    With the recent vampire craze lately, I was already apprehensive about ANOTHER vampire story. That was quickly put at ease within the first few chapters. Moore's satirical wit and uniquely flawed characters make for the best vamp book I've read since the Ann Rice series... but this is far more fun to read. I can't wait to start on the next one: You Suck!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4291)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1582)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Dark Comedy Gold"
    Overall
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    This book is brilliant in so many ways. Not only is it unique in a "Dead Like Me" sort of way, but the array of quirky characters really make for an amazing story. The narration was not only incredibly visual and interesting, but also down right hysterical. I caught myself laughing out loud alone in my car. This is one of the few books I would gladly listen to again, I'll share with a friend next time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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