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Michael

Athens, AL, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Art of Seduction Hypnosis: Instant Rapport, Connect, Guided Meditation Hypnosis & Subliminal

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rachael Meddows
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Connect with people instantly on a level they can’t deny. Learn techniques for seducing anyone, anywhere, anytime. Learn to build rapport and establish intimacy. Let The Art of Seduction Hypnosis increase your confidence level so that you can step outside of yourself and seduce anyone you want. Your subconscious mind will receive hypnotic suggestions for positive change that will allow it to let go of the barriers you have that are stopping you from the attractive, confident, funny you.

    antoniocoats says: "Awesome"
    "It didn't even Seduce Me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really doubt there is anything that could have made this a 4 star book, unless it gave some good suggestions of things like rapport and connecting with people.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed with the shallowness of its content.


    Any additional comments?

    This was definitely not worth the time of the download.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (967)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Interesting?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a book for those who deal with the psychology of people who have problems which are far form ordinary. Some of his conclusions will be argued about by psychologist for a long time.


    What was most disappointing about Oliver Sacks’s story?

    For the most part, the book was boring and tedious. It just did not appeal to my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1078)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "A Good "Who-done-it?""
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    What did you love best about A Rule against Murder?

    Basically, the book had a good plot, with a number of subplots to give a greater understanding of the characters.


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

    This was the first time that I listened to Ralph Cosham, and thought his performance to be good.


    Any additional comments?

    I am one who believes a story can be good without foul language. This is one of those, that would have been so much better without it. It was a few chapters into the book before one of the characters (I believe it was one of the police) who first used the foulest of language, and it seemed so out of place and unnecessary, especially since the plot was moving along so well without it.

    It almost seemed that the author added the bad language, to impress a certain clientele, rather than to add to the story. Unfortunate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (19634)
    Performance
    (14495)
    Story
    (14561)

    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.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Impossible but True"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    No one would think this story would be possible in real life, if it was in the fiction section. Unimaginable, that anyone could survive the kind of horrors experienced by these prisoners of war. A great book on courage, patriotism, and patriotism.


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

    Edward Herrmann, my favorite narrator, again does a masterful job on this book. He is the best I have heard on reading non-fiction books.


    Any additional comments?

    Hillandbrand chose a great subject of American heroism, and did a thorough job with it. She made the story come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    In a daring foray, under the very nose of the French Mediterranean fleet, Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage is to sail his tiny cutter close in to the Italian shore and rescue a party of stranded aristocrats from Napoleon's fast-advancing army.

    Jean says: "Engaging"
    "Loved It"
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    What did you love best about Ramage?

    After listening to both the Master and Commander series and the Sharpe series, it was refreshing to hear one by an author who did see the need for excessive cursing to get his story across. This is a good start to the series, and am looking forward to more of the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Warrior: Clan Campbell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (387)

    The ruthless enforcer of Scotland's most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is a game as easily played as subterfuge, but when Jamie poses as a suitor to a rival clan's daughter in order to expose treason, the line between duty and pleasure is suddenly blurred.

    NEW NAME says: "I am so torn, I loved it, I hated it"
    "Only 50% Story"
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    What would have made Highland Warrior better?

    Most of the story simply describes in detail the sexual relationship of the two main characters, followed by their misunderstandings of each other. The book is dull and slow moving.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Monica McCarty again?

    Since this was my first time to listen to one of her books, (and I did so because it was on sale) I doubt I would listen to another.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It would be hard to detract from such a tedious book. The narrator's challenge would have been to have a greater variety in showing some kind of enthusiasm, in making the characters live to the listener.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (365)

    Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make history come to life for the children of his listeners. In this book, he travels back in time with fearless history teacher Rush Revere. With the help of his faithful talking horse, Liberty, Rush experiences American history as it happens, having adventure after adventure with exceptional Americans such as Paul Revere and George Washington.

    Rose says: "Great way of telling the history of Thanksgiving"
    "Excellent Teaching Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims the most enjoyable?

    This is a great book for teaching American History and capitalism's principles. It is made even more enjoyable because it includes Rush, a man we know, and is read by him. Obviously, this would be the one man who would read it according to the way the author was thinking when he wrote it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In a couple of sections, there were certain questions asked of one of the characters about what he had learned, and with each one, the answer was clear in my mind before the response.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ferguson Rifle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    It began with gold that had once belonged to Montezuma. Stolen and cached in a church in Mexico, it was recovered by two army officers who fled north for the French settlements. Along the way one stabbed the other to death. The remaining officer was eventually killed by Plains Indians, but he buried the treasure just before he died.

    Michael says: "Classic L'Amour"
    "Classic L'Amour"
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    Where does The Ferguson Rifle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I believe this book would rank in the top 25 of the audiobooks I have listened to. It is classic L'amour with a few twists.


    What about Brian D'Arcy James’s performance did you like?

    D'arcy did a very commendable job at making the characters come to life. He did a good job with the entire presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a fan of L'Amour, and having listened most of his books, I am a little prejudiced. This is another good book of his. The common trait in all of his books is that his hero, is uncommonly good at fighting, and are rugged with a sense of right and wrong. He carries the hero here to such an extraordinary height experiences, knowledge, and famous acquaintances, you wonder how any man could have attained all of that at such a young age. But the story is still good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Escape: Book X of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    It is 1810, and in Napoleon's determination to conquer Portugal, and push the British back to the sea, he sends his largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. But between the Portuguese border and Napoleon's seemingly certain victory are two obstacles; a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

    Bradley says: "Three cheers for Patrick Tull!"
    "Too Much Vulgarity"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It seems like Cornwell's works get progressively more vulgar and blasphemous. The Religious slurs and filthy language may be part of most soldiers' lives, but all of it does not have to be expressed. I found it very distracting from the story. The story would be improved greatly by just toning it down.


    Was Sharpe's Escape worth the listening time?

    Debatable. There were some new challenges for Sharpe that were unique (like finding the draining by the cellar of a building to escape. But the abundance of the vulgarity, almost had me turning it off for good, and saying good-bye to Mr. Sharpe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

    Joe says: "Historical Fiction at it's best."
    "Not Quite to Par"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I could not recommend this book to a friend, in light of the increased cursing and blasphemies of Christ in the book. It seems each book in the series thus far has a goal of getting worse in language than the previous one. This was totally unnecessary. The story line itself was good, and the narration was excellent, but the enjoyment was totally abated by the worse language.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Riders of High Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (32)

    Hopalong rode into cattle country just east of the California line looking for his old friend Red Connors. He found Red holed up in a mountain cave with a bullet in his side and a story to tell. The ranchers around Tascotal had been losing their stock, and when Red caught the rustlers in the act, they hunted him down, shot him, and left him for dead. Jack Bolt, a savage, ruthless killer, has brought in a tough band of hardcases to run his operation.

    Michael says: "Hopalong Plus L'Amour Gold"
    "Hopalong Plus L'Amour Gold"
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    If you could sum up The Riders of High Rock in three words, what would they be?

    Great Western Adventure


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

    Petkoff did a masterful job with his performance. He nailed each of the characters, and kept the book flowing and the characters easy to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all four of L'Amour's "Hopalong" books, and enjoyed them greatly. I know L'Amour was not real proud of them, even denying writing them up to his death. But these are good classic western books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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