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Michael

BROOKLYN CENTER, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13660)
    Performance
    (9486)
    Story
    (9546)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Unbroken by Laura Hillendbrand"
    Overall

    Excellent book but better people than I already said it was.

    It is obvious that the author did a great deal of research making the imminence details of the people in the book. Story kept me interested the entire time I was listening to it. At times it made me feel that I was almost right there partaking in events. A great deal of emotion was brought out especially describing the time in prison camps and how it effected the prisoners some for the remainder of their lives regretfully.

    My Dad was in the Navy in WWII he made it home but as a broken man and used alcoholic to deal with his demons. Thank you for a surreal look into these young mens lives and the details of terrible effect the War had on them. At age 13 in 1961, I can remember my Dad waking from a sound sleep in the middle of the night, yelling help get those guys out of there. Very sad, I am sure his life would have been much different if he had not his experiences in the War. Even today, I find it difficult to believe people refuse to respect and try to understand how the horrific events that happened to these young men coming from a War Theater of today.

    103 of 109 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18859)
    Performance
    (12961)
    Story
    (12857)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Gripping tail of imagination and history combined"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    LOVE, WAR, PEACE


    What did you like best about this story?

    Never ending twist and turns. All kinds of hero's and villains. Detail description of the place and time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First night of Jamie and Claire wedding.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Stirring the imagination, sprinkle love, war, history, and peace. Amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (807)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Repeat of America's History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Bully Pulpit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Two words; Edward Herman not only a voice but passion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    T. Roosevelt


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

    1st one but will look for more.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book touched history that my High School failed to teach (1966 Grad), probably my failure to learn plus due to the teachers generation fresh memory of WW2. American History is not being emphasized like it should be to remind/ teach the repeating tragic history we seem to keep jumping into.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1682)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "So Real, so sad, yet fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    Details of surrounding description of enviorment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arron, seemed so sincere and smart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Natalie sees Victor after he was sent away.


    Who was the most memorable character of War and Remembrance and why?

    Pug, and his opinion of different people and how they operated and effected others


    Any additional comments?

    Best book for a long time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (263)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "As if I were present"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mrs. Kennedy and Me?

    Personal information about the interaction with kids and Secret Service Agents, especially the day of the President's Funeral about the salute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Detailed view of Kennedy Family


    What does Jeremy Bobb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    n/a


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

    My life with JFK's Family


    Any additional comments?

    excellent story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanish: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (259)

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, but...."
    "Lump in My Throat"
    Overall

    Another winner, Tess you make me feel like I am standing right next to Jane. The unique way you tie all the information together and how it flows is excellent! OK, I am hooked. I am sitting in my drive at the end of my day again listening to another one of Tess's books. I think it is all over for a character when you bring the subjects right to the edge of the abyss and somehow throw them a rope at the last minute. Excellent! Thank you Tess

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apprentice: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Good Read"
    "The Apprentice"
    Overall

    Tess did it again! I was on the edge of my seat almost all the way through the book. I think this is my 5th. book focusing on Rizzoli and Isle series. In a couple of chapters the author had you transplanted to Boston. The detailed description of the interaction of the players in the book is captivating. The best part is it sounds so real, like it happened last week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (971)

    Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where 12 eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals remain untouched on dining room tables, cars are still in garages, and the town's residents have vanished into thin air. This is the disturbing setting where vacationing medical examiner Maura Isles and her traveling companions find themselves trapped during a ferocious snowstorm.

    Babs says: "Intelligent people behaving stupidly"
    "ICE COLD"
    Overall

    Another excellent book! Sat in my car in our diveway listening to and end of a chapter. On the edge of the seat as always, taking turns all of a sudden without prior warning...

    Thank you; Tess and thank you audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (285)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "The High Kind of Montival"
    Overall

    Good follow-up to last book. The end was kind of a rush. it was obvious that we were being set up for the next book. I have listened to the entire series, often keeps you on the edge. I drive for a living I have come home at night and sat in the car in the drive listening to the end of a chapter. A never ending keep your eyes open book for the next critical point... will look for the next book. Hope I do not have to wait so long.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nelson Johnson
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

    Frances says: "I love stories steeped in History"
    "Boardwalk Empire"
    Overall

    I am an American History sponge, a boomer, and proud American. What is written in this book is not surprising. I grew up in a small town in Illinois and we also had our corruption. The State Trooper taking bribes to not give speeding tickets, the local bookie the county could not seat a jury to try him because everyone knew him, the city council meeting in the mayor's store back room then going to the city hall to vote. In those days as described in this book happened all over America in that time in history and still happens today. Great read, great narrator!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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