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Michael

Blairsville, GA, United States

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  • Seize the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (346)

    Moonlight Bay: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing. Christopher Snow believes that the children are still alive. He is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort Wyvern. To keep those secrets, violent and powerful forces are willing to conceal even the most heinous crimes.

    Kim says: "WOWWWW!!!"
    "Action Packed and Enjoyed Characters"
    Overall

    A reader should probably read the first book written about this character and place before this one, but it isn't absolutely necessary. I liked the characters in this book a lot and "cared" about what happened to them. As a result, the action was "edge of your seat" hoping that bad things wouldn't happen to them.

    This was classic Koontz- clever dialog and always the understated humor in the midst of chaos and danger. The story moved at a good pace and all the action seemed relevant. This story was more toward science-fiction, so be prepared to just accept certain premises without nit-picking the details.

    If you are a Koontz fan, then you will be satisfied with this one. If you never read the first book about Moonlight Bay, then the story may seem a bit "out-there", but the characters and action are really good so I'd recommend it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (346)

    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.

    Earl says: "Excellent weaving and unexpected"
    "Gonna Give Finder and Graham One More Try..."
    Overall

    This is my first Finder book and, were the "Buried Secrets" not on sale, this would probably be my last. After reading comments by others, I find that I agree with some and disagree with others as follows:
    - I was not as annoyed with the narrator as others... in fact, I found the "whiny" mom and "cracking, high" voice of Gabe really funny!
    - I liked the way Finder described the "reasoning" behind the actions of his "hero" protagonist, but like another person mentioned... he AIN'T no "Mitch Rapp".
    - Regarding character development, I agree with another that said they didn't really "care" about the characters... I didn't really get close enough to any of them to cheer them on.
    - Regarding length, I do agree with the person that said there was too much filler/detail and that the action didn't move along fast enough... this could have been a "better" short story.
    - Plausibility... pretty weak (but it IS fiction!), and silly how none of the bad guys can seem to shoot straight whatsoever. I didn't mind the references to "gadgets" like another reviewer mentioned.

    In summary, if I had know how I'd feel about this book prior to having listened to it, I would not have purchased it... but I didn't strongly dislike it enough to be remorseful about having spent the credit. I hope "Buried Secrets" is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29293)
    Performance
    (22467)
    Story
    (22621)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Not As Good As the First, But Worth the Read..."
    Overall

    If you enjoyed the first book of the series, then it is pretty likely that you'll like this one as well. However, I do recommend reading the first book prior to this one to get the backdrop for this story, though the author does a good job reminding of events in that book.

    The reason for 3 stars rather than 5 is that I found this story very "dark"... there was not as much "hope" for other than a "grim" conclusion to this chapter, lots of slaughter not only in the games this time but in the districts. and much pessimism. Also, I didn't like the direction that Katniss was heading... not so much "fight and anger", but "acceptance of fate (death?)", sadness, resignation. Was it me, or did she seem to be whining as times?

    I hope the author keeps Katniss "strong" for the final book... I fear the scales are tipping, and that is a shame. I want a "leader" and "hero" from her character... not an overly sensitive crybaby resigned to doom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3018)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1201)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Good Characters, Preachy Premise, Ridiculous Plot"
    Overall

    The Good: I liked the personalities of the characters... their quirkiness, comaradarie, and interactions. While some were not entirely "believable", that was OK with me (its FICTION!). Also good was some of the background and research regarding the practice of Islam and their views of we infidels.

    The Bad: The infiltration and dishonor conducted within and between members our NSA, CIA, FBI and Executive office makes our government seem like a bunch of bufoons. The author also seems to be making a statement that we are at as much fault for poor relations between USA and Muslin countries- argument seemed silly.

    The Ugly: The quick decision by the US to launch a nuclear strike without an imminint threat and to simply just "sent a message" was utterly ridiculous.

    Perhaps I'll try another book including the Camel Club again... but ONLY if the story is not as utterly ridiculous as this one was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1214)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "Engaging Story, Some Preachiness, Worth the Listen"
    Overall

    This is the third that I have listened to in the "in Death" series. So far, this seems to be the story with the fewest "steamy" blah-blahs between Roarke and Eve... which is fine with me. >;-) I also liked the increased roles of other characters surrounding the main ones and the development of the "evil" bad girl. Some of the futuristic technology (remember, this is 50 years into the future) was a bit too "convenient" to bolster the storyline, but it was forgivable. I thought the over and over "cannonizing" of cops was a bit over the top but, again, not overly annoying.

    Regarding Susan's read... as always, I think she is really good and I love the different voices- especially Peabody and the chief. However, it was absolutely noticable how much slower she read this story... why?? I tried to use the player's faster playback mode, but made her sound like a chipmonk. It didn't "drive me crazy", but I agree with others that she should speed it up to her pace of the others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eiger Sanction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and a world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin. Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the CII can't tell him which one.

    Andrew says: "Great story, great narration"
    "Pretty Good Listen- Great Narrator- Little Slow"
    Overall

    I'm a guy, so I didn't mind the sexism as much as much as a woman might. The protagonist is a cliche, but if you can accept him for the arrogant pig that he seems to be, then you might start to actually like him by the end of the story. Even the names of the characters are "tongue in cheek"- an indication that they represent stereotypes- but they are all interesting. I'm sure there is some "deeper meaning" in the story that could be explored by a college Literature class, but I'm not "that deep" and just enjoyed them all at face value.

    It was narrated very well and the story kept my interest- it is an action/mystery more than a romance. This one might be enjoyed more by a "guy" than a woman... I don't think easily offended feminists will like the main character very much. There definately IS much commentary on society in general and, if you "get" the satire, it will make you smile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killjoy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Avery Delaney's aunt Carolyn is certain her estranged husband sent her the reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. She figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, but Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. She's taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn.

    Janet L George says: "Not Suspense - CHICK-LIT"
    "I Was Engaged- Story Was OK- Liked the Narration"
    Overall

    I'm a "guy" and this is the first I've ever listened from Garwood... my WIFE selected this one.

    The story was ok and easy to follow... though I'm not much into the "steamy" love stuff as much as some might be. This is definately a "romance" story. I liked the different "points of view" of the characters and felt they were well-enough developed. The ending was reasonable and I didn't mind that an "epilogue" was used to wrap it up.

    I enjoyed the narrator's different voices for characters and found the listening "easy". I probably WOULD listen to another by this author... but only if my wife selects it. I wouldn't say this is a "guy's guy" type of story but, then, I'm just SO in touch with my sensitive (feminine?) side!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23111)
    Performance
    (9750)
    Story
    (9821)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "A Bit Long, but DEFINATELY Worth the Listen"
    Overall

    This is a good mystery/investigation story which moves at a mostly reasonable pace. What I liked most were the characters and their relationships/interactions with each other, though some were given great detail but didn't seem necessary to the plot line.

    There were two main storylines... one of which was fully developed and a good mystery, but the other seemed "rushed" at the end, though it WAS wrapped up satisfactorily. The final conclusion of the relationship between the two main characters was disappointing to me, but WAS reasonable.

    All in all, I would recommend this one if you have the patience to listen for 15 hours. I do wish Larson had other books available for download, but I suppose they would have to be translated first. Finally, I enjoyed the voice and accent of the reader... as well as his "impressions" of different characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "Very Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was lead, via the main character, through a series of events and thoughts that ultimately were pointless with regard to the fairly predictable ending. Ultimately, I couldn't identify with the main character just didn't care what happened to him... I just wanted this story to be OVER and for SOMETHING to happen.

    I gave two stars rather than one because I do enjoy Koontz's sense of humor and the clever way he writes. However... there were just too many overly-developed, insignificant characters and plot lines that ultimately served no purpose to the story, leaving me to question "Why?" too many times without answers.

    As a love story, I'm left unfulfilled. As a mystery, it was too long. As for action, too much pointless fluff and no real meat on the story's bones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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