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Michael

I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.

Hartland, WI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1425)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "What happened to the Rachel that used to be great?"
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    This series has gone drastically downhill. Perhaps because it used to be 75% action and 25% romance, now it's flipped around.

    Rachel used to be this strong woman that would go out and kick ass and take names. Now she second guesses everything she does and looks like she can get beaten down by anyone.

    She's an ex runner that used to do her prep-work. Now that she has access to demon magic, and SHOULD be able to store spells like her mentor Al, she just falls apart. She's scared all the time instead of resolved.

    Kim Harrison has managed to regress her main character into a state of adolescence, not grow her into the demon she has earned. This will be the last book I buy in this series. It's too bad, because it started out good, got really good, then just took a dive into maudlin weak romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5879)
    Performance
    (5603)
    Story
    (5615)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Don't END!!! What am I supposed to listen to next?"
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    Brandon Sanderson has created a rich world full of interesting people and intriguing artifacts. The character development is well done and carries very well from the first book. While is does drag a bit in places, be sure to pay attention, because it all comes around and is relevant. I did not want this one to end, and it is one of the few books that I would continue to make excuses to listen to, even when I should have been paying attention to something else!
    For the love of the Stormfather!!! Please don't make me wait too long for the next book.

    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
    (2957)
    Performance
    (2575)
    Story
    (2615)

    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"
    "I Feel Like I've Heard This Before"
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    I read The Stand in high school. This is a LOT like The Stand. It could have been told in half the time. I'm currently listening to it at 3X speed just to get through it. The characters are thin and predictable and there are just too many gaps in reasoning for it to be a good book for me. If you loved The Stand, then you might like this book, if you did not like it, then you won't like this either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2670)
    Performance
    (2502)
    Story
    (2495)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "If you liked the first 2, you just HAVE to have it"
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    How do you not love Jake "Heavy" Sullivan?? It's like Micky Spillane and Flash Gordon had a love child. Entertaining to be sure. It's written like many of Larry Correia's works and that means big action and over the top dialogue, and I would not have it any other way.

    The Chairman is pretty much Ming the Merciless and there is even a Death Ray. It's a great ride and Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job bringing it to life.

    The one caveat, I have to listen to it at 1.25 to 1.5x the speed or it just seems too slow to me. But at the slightly quicker cadence, it's perfect (for me).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1837)
    Story
    (1845)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "I want book 3 already!!!"
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    Very entertaining series. The main character is likable and the villains switch, you have to pay attention to see who's being bad (or good) to who and why. Card has learned to create believable characters. I want the 3rd book already!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7842)
    Performance
    (5315)
    Story
    (5352)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "A really good story! Well written, told well."
    Overall
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    Sanderson took the time to develop a new magic system, and did a fine job. The story is good, and told in a manner that draws you in. It has aspects of Tolken and Jordan, with the scope of the story being epic, and the delivery spot on.

    This is not a "quick" book, the story moves along at a steady pace, but it does drag a little at times. Still, the information you're given is things you'll need for a full understanding later on.

    I would highly recommend this series, and this book kicks it off well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Dark Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Magnus Flyte
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings?

    Tyler says: "So promising and yet..."
    "What it could have been and what it was."
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    What this story could have been is exciting and far more entertaining than it was. The sex scenes were sometimes graphics and actually took away from the story, rather than adding to it. While the premise seemed entertaining, by the end of the book I was listening to it on triple speed.

    Had some really interesting information on Beethoven, and I actually liked the historical intrigue. Where it failed was delivering on all of the sub-plots and MOST of the mystery.

    SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***
    Don't read if you don't want a major plot-point ripped apart.

    So there is some sort of inter-dimensional hell portal that is brought up a number of times. And then is just used as a convenient dump. It was disappointing that there was more (poorly written) sex, for no apparent reason other than the heroine is possibly a victim of nymphomania, and very little on what would have been really interesting. It was not the worst book I have listened to, but I would not listen to it again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Frozen Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Amy H. Sturgis
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark...where they confront a savage race older than mankind....

    Trip Williams says: "GREAT story of first contact!"
    "Such promise, but it's starting to drag"
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    I'm 8 hours in to the book, when I just had to bump the narration speed to 2X. To be fair, I generally listen to books at 1.25 to 1.50 the standard narration speed, finding the slow pace to be just too much. This book has some odd characters in it, and the main character seems to be mercurially unstable, I hope that it gets better, but otherwise it's just a B-movie in book form.
    The sound quality is a bit odd, and the narrator often sounds like she's in a tin box.

    It will pass the time, but I would not recommend it unless you just have nothing else in your queue and need some sci-fi.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4605)
    Performance
    (3134)
    Story
    (3166)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Campbell's ancestors would be proud."
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    I did not have any idea how much I would enjoy space battle based on a more realistic physics model. It's like ships on the high seas with stars instead of water. It was refreshing not to have the "magic" of advanced technology solve all of the problems in the book.

    I think it was well written and I liked the narration. The whole series is worth the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "I was making excuses to listen."
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    I liked the book, the narration and the story a lot. He drags you on a trip using the characters as mules. It's hard to stop listening and you just want to keep seeing what's around the next corner.

    Preston has a way of writing that is similar in all of his books. I like his style a lot, however I begin to get board with it if I listen to a number of his books in a row, sometimes you just start to sense the cadence and it becomes more predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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