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Michael

Port Charlotte, FL, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1425)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "best suspense written"
    Overall

    As an avid audiobook listeners of the top authors, Patterson, Sanford, Cornwell, I've had plenty of reasons to sit in the driveway to listen when I should be moving on. Until Protect and Defend, I never avoided listening dreading what might come next. The emotional attachment to the characters developed over previous books and the lack of predictability makes Flynn the best of his genre. As a physician I appreciate the detail and insight his "fiction" represents. I pray we are as knowledgeable and successful as his characters.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1550)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "I hate to have the story end"
    Overall

    In contrast to my intolerance of Patricia Cornwell's psycho-babble that has replaced the intrigue of her classics, Vince Flynn has me looking forward to every opportunity to hear more. The theme incites emotion to the point of wanting to write my senators to make sure they are not thwarting the actions of a real life Mitch Rapp. To think our government wants to hold our soldiers ciivilly responsible for doing things that are captured in Flynn's "fiction" to keep us free and safe makes me think of them as the traitors putting principle in front of life and death practicality. Hopefully his books will inspire some of our youth to emulate Rapp in coming to the service of our country. His tragedies make me somber and his victories make me cheer. The great authors evoke emotion those lesser talented make you reach for the fast forward control. Keep them coming Mr. Flynn.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarpetta Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (254)

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    Lee says: "Disappointed"
    "couldn't wait to finish"
    Overall

    I used to look forward to every Cornwell release, but not anymore. The "psycho-babble" she insists on inserting in place of the intrigue of her classics gets old really fast. There isn't an untarnished personality among the regulars and new characters are used to fuel the torment in the minds of the regulars. People in real life overcome their demons if they are as brilliant as Cornwells characters are portrayed to be. I won't be rushing to her next release.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (203)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "Not an Alex Cross book"
    Overall

    If your looking for the next suspense thrilled chapter in Alex Cross's life, keep waiting. This is racial historical folklore disguised as a bedtime story told by Cross about generations past. Nana Momma isn't even a factor. Even family guy retrospects include a tie to current situations as stupid as they are.
    This is another "co-author" James Patterson example of putting his name on someone else's work, possibly for the money or to rack up his total publication numbers. If he's giving NEW TALENT a break, he should be much more selective! It would be like Patricia Cornwell narrating a story of Scarpetta's niece Lucy's grandparents courtship with zero connection to current story lines.
    How will we know when the next Patterson novel is really he former " Beach House" or "Roses are Red" quality. I'm not buying anymore DUAL Author let downs.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Good Book: Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Plotz
    • Narrated By David Plotz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Good Book is what happens when a regular guy actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid? Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey through the world's most important work of literature.

    Michael Trick says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Cliff notes for the Old Testament"
    Overall

    I appreciated books like this for summarizing long stories and presenting the key points because i'm a lazy reader. Hearing these summaries with some wit and personal insight is really entertaining. The authoris convinced the stories cannot be a literal log of early life with God actively at the helm but in the end accepts his Rabbi's explanation of the inclusion of absurd doctrine such as stoning our disobedient children to death, as included for the sake of discussion or debate. If that were so, which fundamental points were real and which were just to make you think, God or the translators left out the italics.
    My suggestion to anyone listening to this book for a quick and clear synopsis of the old testament-enjoy this one, then read Conversations With God Book 1 and see what resonates in your heart as true. Be sure to listen to the very end so as not to miss the "greatest lists of the Bible' which are even more absurd and unbelievable when reviewed in sequence. What I see in the history presented in biblical verse is the same practice of doing and explaining away atrocious personal human behavior by claiming it was Gods will or for the honor of God. These are fables written in retrospect years after they occurred preserved and presented to shape future behavior based in fear, not love. Until someone of high moral authority makes it clear that this is self deception and wrong, man will continue to do despicable things to others in their Gods name and look back at it as if it were God's hands themselves at work.So, the only place I disagree with the author is in the explanation of why certain content is included in the bible and the basic nature of God if you don't believe these stories-The question isn't WHY was the God of the old testament so vengeful and violent, is is WAS the God of the old testament vengeful and evil-or were vengeful evil people attributing their unacceptable acts to their God? Again, continue your search for truth in the CWG series.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Angel's Tip

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    In Angel's Tip, Detective Ellie Hatcher enters the high-priced world of New York City nightlife when a pretty club goer is found brutally murdered.

    James Talkington says: "Good Listen"
    "Great new author"
    Overall

    I listen to every Patterson, Cornwell, and Sanford book released and this storyline ranks right up there with the best, even better than some "James Patterson" collaborations. I found myself hesitating to go in to work to finish another chapter or two. I don't understand the criticism of the reader, it flowed well and Never bogged down. I now have another author to be on the lookout for her next release.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • You've Been Warned

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kristin Burns is making her way in New York City. Her photos are being considered at a major Manhattan gallery, she works by day with two wonderful children, and the man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps. But just as everything she's ever wanted is finally within reach, her life changes forever with one murderous nightmare.

    Michael says: "Not the James Patterson I know"
    "Not the James Patterson I know"
    Overall

    I believe I have listened to every J.P. book written and this is either NOT James Patterson or he has stroked and regressed to Mary Higgins Clark in high school. No suspense, no worthwhile plot, no reason to buy it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (350)

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    TEDDET says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "more great suspense"
    Overall

    I never know if these co-authored Patterson books are really him but the quality is as superb as any prior Patterson novel. This one moves quickly and offers suspense while including a heartfelt family angle as well. I didn't take my Ipod off from start to finish and I'm looking forward to Patterson's next two releases coming soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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