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Michele

Michele

ratings
45
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
9

  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (493)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    I didn't know this was part of a trilogy. I do not think I will buy the next two parts.

    The Narrator was very good. I would listen to him again.

    The story took me two weeks to listen to. For some reason, and maybe this is part of what the author wanted, I felt as though I was listening to this from a black hole of despair.

    None of the characters were engaging, I didn't care about any of them nor do I care to see what happens to the remaining ones in the next book.

    I love End of the World stories. I did not love or even like this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2437)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1755)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Wow - what a story"
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    I'm sure I'll listen to this book a few more times over the years. Our planet is beautiful and scary. The human spirit is also beautiful and scary. I'm not sure we make men like this anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1689)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "WOW"
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    I have not been a fan of Pendergast like some others, but this one knocks him back into the starting team lineup.

    I am sure I'll listen to this one again because there were lots of fun details and characters.

    It was also nice to see some of the characters "grow up" a bit.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (795)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "Horrible Narration - and I can't return it."
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    Since I can't return it I guess I'll write to warn others away from this narrator. Or maybe it is the recording equipment. I'm 1.5 hours into this - I've started it over 3 times - and I'm not going to finish it. I might try the library for a borrowed version and see if I can actually finish the book.

    Let me say that i'm a FAN of Castle - the t.v. show. This book started out good - I felt some of the same play as the show - but the recording and speaker are HORRIBLE. It's like he forgets to breathe so while he's reading he starts talking softer and softer before he runs out of steam - or the recording group is trying to keep your attention by making the sound go up and down.

    Either way - NO - this was a bad pick on my part and I'm sorry because I bought two of these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mayan Secrets: A Fargo Adventure, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (612)

    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery - the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them - as the Fargos are about to find out. Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book - and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

    A User says: "Best Fargo Book ever!!!"
    "Wow - What a ride"
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    From space, our planet is small. When in the forests, our planet is huge. Books and stories like this make me wonder just what secrets our small planet might still hold.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11498)
    Performance
    (10446)
    Story
    (10470)

    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!!"
    "Don't let page one fool you.... A+"
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    This is for all the Sci-Fi lovers and conspiracy theorists. The narrator starts off a little stiff on the first couple of pages and it had me worried. But soon he relaxed into the character, the character relaxed into the story and the story unfolded. And what a story it is - full of surprises, ideas, and good old fashioned science fiction.

    I loved it and might just start it over in case I missed something.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17879)
    Performance
    (16182)
    Story
    (16307)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "I loved it although I'm not 16."
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    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice was perfect for the characters. Very natural and you could hear the voice of a young woman in the middle of a series of life changing events.

    This is a fun read, action, adventure, romance, bravery, courage, and a dark path. It is a perfect Young Adult story and that's what the writer went for. I found myself thinking about my high school days and wondering about the choices we make there and how they obviously were the same and yet differed from the choices made by these people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the scenes between Trish and her mother. A mother's love seems to be stronger than family in this book and I like it.

    What I would have liked more was some more background on the education system in place before the kids all turned 16.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's not the Hunger Games - thank goodness....


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of reviewers have been complaining about the lack of background, working science and small things like - who drives the train. Maybe these will become more relevant in the next book, but are not really a part of this story. If you are going to focus on this then skip it becuase that's not what THIS book is about.

    Had this been a seasoned writer going for an adult audience the book would have been another 4 hours long and we would have had more background on the society, how it got this way, how social things worked, etc.

    I found it to intrigue me enough to get the second one and I plan to enjoy that one too.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Already Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Rector
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art-buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet - ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.

    T.D. says: "My time is already gone!"
    "Lots of twists and turns"
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    What did you love best about Already Gone?

    This was definately a fast paced book with action on every page. I think I would have liked the author to develop the past of the main character a little more. The character wrote a book about his past life but it wasn't enough to give you more depth.


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

    I liked the narrator on this and don'e recall that I've listened to him before.


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect that whatever background the reader brings to the table while listening to this book will affect how you like the ending. Personally, I would have liked the main character killed off. The only character worth redeeming didn't last. But that's my view based on my preferences of the kind of people I call friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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