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Michael

Two Harbors, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6159)
    Performance
    (5333)
    Story
    (5326)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Lovely Experience"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written story narrated by an excellent actor. I feel as if I watched this book instead of listening to it. I did feel the ending was awkward and a little cheap compared to the rest of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3601)
    Performance
    (3221)
    Story
    (3250)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an engaging story written in a plain but clear and direct manner that sheds needed light into the world of the SEALS. Narration couldn't be better; he managed to make himself transparent as the story unfolded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1116)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Thought Provoking"
    Overall
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    A thoughtful and refreshing examination of how the current New Testament came to be. Before this book I had always assumed the words of the Bible were set in stone and unchanged over time. Overall this is an interesting examination of Christianity that has helped me understand and feel closer to my religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Narrated By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

    Jonnie says: "Great book"
    "Like Listening to Your Favorite Uncle"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Listening to this book was like listening to a favorite uncle telling stories of what's wrong with the World. His mannerism and reading style are very engaging and hard to turn off. But it's his subject matter that really makes this a must listen. This isn't a partisan piece pushing a left or right wing agenda but a more truthful "them", the Government, against "us", the citizen, examination of a number of cases that are effectively destroying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1535)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Dreadful Book"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've been a Penn Jillette fan for many years. I watch his Showtime show, read his columns in computer magazines over the years and have owned his movie Penn and Teller Get Killed on VHS. This book however should never have been published. The basic premise of the book is based on broken logic and the other "magical tales" are really stories about how feels bad for making fun of Siegfried and Roy by making fun of them all over again and how he donned a giggly, grab-ass homosexual stereotype to enter a gay club and couldn't figure out why "they" never approached him. To make matters worse, Penn decided to spice up practically every sentence with at least one F word. In all seriousness, if you were to remove every curse word from this audio book it would only be about 20 minutes long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (210)

    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"
    "Enjoyable Experience"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rant to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition is, in my opinion, superior to the print version of Rant because of the vibrant performances of the voice actors.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rant?

    I especially enjoyed the beginning of the book. The author immediately set up a detailed and bizarre world for his characters to live and set the off beat, dark tone that persisted through to the end.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audible purchase and I found it to be a delightful introduction to the world of Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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