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Michael

Montclair, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 47 reviews
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  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2343)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1439)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "You're not in Kansas anymore!"
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    This book and listening experience has to rank in my top 10 Bar None!
    The vision of the future with all of its potential for good and dangers as put for by Dan Simmons can only be described as genius.

    I have always rated audio books by the level of excitemet i feel when getting into my car and by the amount of time i will sit in my driveway when coming home because i want to hear what comes next! when it came to The Fall Of Hyperion i almost lived in my car until it was done. Which by the way was a long, long time. If there is negative concept with this book it is it's length. 3/4 of the way through you wonder if it will ever conclude...and yet, you want to know what happens with each and every character.

    To describe this as an Epic story is an understatement; I think it almost borders on spiritual.

    It is clear that Simmons has a fantatic grasp on some very diverse fields. He lost me about a dozen times with various concepts of quantom physics and time travel; he interjects poetry with excellent timing...he even seems to understand the machinations and theories of the Catholic Church!
    His descriptive prose is so spot-on and yet so flowing and beautiful you really feel you are seeing his visions.

    I highly recommend this book. Please note: you cannot read/listen to The Fall Of Hyperion without first taking on Hyperion...By the way, when you do make sure you look for the Wizard of Oz references!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1439)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Johnson Nails it Again"
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    This is my 3rd Longmire story & I plan to continue!
    Johnson nailed it again, and just to keep it fresh he changes the venue to Philadelphia.
    Initially I was worried the location would hurt the story but putting Longmire in a classic fish out of water tale works well.
    The story has plenty of twists and turns, a good deal of interpersonal actions and classic Longmire dialog to make me want more.
    This is a must read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1700)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "I Can't Get Enough!"
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    I personally cannot get enough of Walt Longmire!
    Craig Johnson is a new favorite author. I am also so happy that the books are worlds better that the TV Adaptation.
    Longmire is an interesting combination of deeply engaging & a tough cowboy! One minute waxing philosophic about a mountain range & the next pulling his gun. the dialog is true to the human experiance & Johnsons prose is up there with the best.
    I am going to listen to each & every Longmire book & I strongly recommed everyone else does too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (871)

    Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

    David says: "A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos"
    "Another 5 Stars for Dan Simmons"
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    If you listened to Hyperion & The Fall Of...you must get Endymion.
    If you have not you must start!
    Simmons universe is spectacularly complex and wonderful. You can actulally keep up with all of the characters, worlds & the changes in time travel plus he makes it all entertaining.
    I cannot say enough about the stoiry and fabulous job by Victor Bevine as story teller. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (2615)
    Story
    (2617)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Don't Do it. Narration Annoying!"
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    I don't get positive reviews here. I couldn't get past 3 hours before giving up. the story is boring and the narration is terrible. For some odd reason Michael Page seems to need to yell his dialog. Maybe he is a stage actor & is used to raising his voice as he speaks. I am going to get my credits back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burglars Can't Be Choosers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    In this first in a series of wickedly funny mysteries, best-selling author Lawrence Block introduces Bernie Rhodenbarr, sometimes burglar, sometimes sleuth. Pulling only an occasional, very discreet job, Bernie manages to maintain his comfortable New York City apartment and keep his unorthodox vocation a closely-guarded secret. Every burglar knows never to trust anonymous phone calls. But when the caller offers easy money for an hour's work, Bernie can't ignore the job.

    Bodiccea says: "Wonderful Wise-Ass Humour"
    "Choose this in Text Form"
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    I Liked this book when I read it in text form two decades ago. I have always liked Lawrence Block but i hated the narrator Richard Ferrone as Bernie Rhodenbarr. The nasal, wise guy, gritty thing just makes him seem annoying.
    Simply put: I loved the story & series but if you want to enjoy it too, read it in text don't lisrten to this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11181)
    Performance
    (10147)
    Story
    (10169)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "14 is at least 14% too long"
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    I gave this audio book 2 stars because i was in a generous mood...and...well because the concept was interesting. Otherwise I recommend you read this in text (or keep your finger poised over the fast forward button.) I am not sure why Peter Clines is so bent on filling pages with useless junk; it's as if he is being paid by the word! This is especially true during his dialog descriptions. they go something like this: Nate took a beer from the cooler and admired the glisrtening condensation on the shiny label, he said "blah, blah" and took a sip of the beer. Tim asked him if "blah, blah" but before Nate answered him he took another swallow and turned. He then drank more beer and and then tossed the empty bottle in the trash then he answered.... Oh my God! This happens all the way through the book.I kept saying over and over I don't care....I don't care". Couple this with about 50 times when even your most true beliver in the concept of suspended disbelief would groan and yell: "NO way" would anyone do that" !I mean c'mon, in one scene 2 men are discussing a character (that neither really knows) that sunbathes nude and they are such gentlemen that they act embarrassed and say they don't like looking at girls like that!Ray Porter does a wonderful job at narration...great voice modulation, a nice number of different character accents, etc. but i can't recommend a book based on the performer.It takes 60 to 75% of the book for the mystery to unfold & I will admit i kept listening to find out what happens. But...there is so musc wasted description, prose and frankly very bad dialog that I found my mind drifting and I had to listen again to catch up.I don't know how this book has such a good star rating, maybe i'm a book snob, because i cannot suggest you listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3456)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2570)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Worth the trip to Wyoming"
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    An excellent series done is an excellent manner.

    I highly recommend this book. I was very happy to see a book performed by George Guidall again! His voice isn't quite what i expect Walt to sound like but he is certainly one of the top 5 book performers of all time.

    She story is wonderful, the characters are strong and interesting. the dialog is very real and the descriptive prose make yiou feel like you are right there out west!

    This one is a must listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2953)
    Performance
    (2662)
    Story
    (2715)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "Return of the King of Fantacy!"
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    Fantastic, wonderful, perfect! Need more accolades listen for yourself.

    Seriously, I am a life long fan of the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. I have read them in text 6 or 7 times and I am VERY happy I listened to this version. Tolkien is not on THE master of story telling but a king himself with his flowing descriptive prose. Robert Inglis does an absolutely superb job with the naration and where you may not agree with his choice of tone or timber for a specific character you become so lost in the story you accept them as real and he becomes those characters.

    I recommend this book and this series over anything in the Audible Library. I did not want it to ever end! And i know i will listen again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7876)
    Performance
    (7491)
    Story
    (7500)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "An engineer's dream!"
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    If you want to feel like you are listening to the characters on the "Big Bang Theory" on TV then this book then this is for you. I enjoy sci-fi, but I do not want to have to keep up with something that sound like a 20 page word problem that requires an MIT degree to comprehend.

    When reading (listening) to another/modernized Robinsin Crusoe book, the story and characters better be darn compelling! These are not... well, not enough to get past the monotonous, endless math and science you must endure... (paraphrasing: "the human body requires xxx amount of oxygen to survive 18.765 hours & i can generate yyy litres per day, this leaves zzz that i must come up with..." this goes on & on & on. My mind would start to wander & then i realized i haven't been listening at all. it is as though Andy Weir is just plain showing off with the ability to mathematically devise survival techniues to keep our hero alive.
    We now know how many calories we need to survive 400 plus days, how many litres of water and oxygen are needed for short jaunts and long treks...we now even know how to make the oxygen! really boring stuff.

    Some of the characters are interesting, but most are just part of the back story and you couldn't care less.

    There are some very interesting elements and a few thrilling chapters but through a lot of the trials our hero must endure i found myself sayig;"oh, c'mon now!"

    if you love engineering problems and all the minutia required to solve them, you will love this book. if you are like the rest of us with "B" level math skills, you will want to keep your finger on the fast forward button!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (2961)
    Story
    (2965)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Stars doesn't rate 5 stars"
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    Once again John Scalzi almost completely satisfies and yet once agian he disappoints.
    The reason I keep trying is because I loved the first few books in his "Old Man Wars" series... but after being utterly bored by the ending of "Red Shirts" and now somewhat let down by "Agent To The Stars" I may have to give up beliving that Scalzi can maintain my interest.

    Like "Red Shirts", this book have a very interesting premise and an interesting beginning but then just trails off. UNLIKE "Red Shirts", the ending doesn't drag out for a third of the book. But when listening, unlike reading, one often wishies you can skip or skim faster.

    As usual Will Wheaton is wonderful. He really has that sort of snarky, frat boy, devil-may-care but "i'm really a good guy" persona down pat. However, i must say, after you are about half way through you really get tired of the one-upmanship, who-can-be-the-most sarcastic dialog Scalzi seems to thrive on.

    Though it doesn't sound like it, overall I did enjoy this book. Most of the characters are interesting and engaging, the overall story is compelling. I just get frustrated when i see a fabulous idea get over shadowed by other negative issues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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