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Mike

Flowermound, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1031)

    There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.

    Ryan says: "Did you play Knights of the Old Republic?"
    "Very Well Written"
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    What did you love best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    The story was not full of needless action, but focused on the story of Revan after he defeated Malak. Thoroughly explains many potential gaps that might have been perceived by those who play the video games years ago.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Revan - This character is the focus of the The Old Republic.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Canderous: Gives him some rough edges yet remains humorous.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spoiler: When Revan removed his mask and watched the holovid of this wife and son


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10914)
    Performance
    (9886)
    Story
    (9967)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book doesn't really seem necessary. It could have been absorbed into the first book easily.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I haven't read the third book, but I'm imagining this could have been a two book series.


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

    Yes. It took a while for me to get used to her voice, but it grows on you quickly.


    Was Insurgent worth the listening time?

    Wouldn't be my first choice, but if are out of books to read, this isn't a bad one.


    Any additional comments?

    Good but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1093)

    His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great Characters, Great Plot"
    "Good Story - Narrator is awful."
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    Would you try another book from Tom Clancy and/or Michael Prichard?

    I enjoy Tom Clancy books, but I will not purchase any additional books where Michael Prichard is the narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I only got through the first chapter before stopping, the narrator is hard to listen to.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    Mono-tone, little if no variance between characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Without Remorse?

    I only got through the first chapter, so its difficult to say.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend reading, not listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16832)
    Performance
    (15229)
    Story
    (15355)

    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."
    "Probably won't read the series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed Ender Game, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars. I didn't enjoy Twilight, Hunger Games, or this book if that gives you any idea.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ending was fine.


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

    This was the first book I've listened to with a total female narrator, but she did a good job.


    Could you see Divergent being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. No idea, I don't keep up with that type of news.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't a bad book, nor was it great. I might read the next one, haven't decided yet. If you enjoyed Hunger Games or Twilight, this book might be for you. Regardless, I would recommend you read it, then decide whether or not you want to finish the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4746)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2747)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Pretty Good Companion Book"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Shadow again? Why?

    Yes - I've listened to it twice now; you pick up on a lot of little things, especially in the beginning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book also dives more into the IF and their motives, plans, and thoughts.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Graf


    Any additional comments?

    I would read this before speak of the dead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22093)
    Performance
    (13513)
    Story
    (13652)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Enjoyed this thoroughly"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version, but decided to listen to the book after I saw the trailer for the movie. I must say, the book was very good, but the casting for the movie seems all wrong except for Ender.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book doesn't focus on combat specifically, but has a deeper story.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They do a very good job with the flow of the story. Basically, they don't sound like actors playing a part, but rather part of the individuals they represent.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't particularly enjoy how the book ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (267)

    This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

    Tonja Shelton says: "Outstanding narration"
    "Entertaining and worthwhile"
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    Would you listen to Up Till Now again? Why?

    Yes. Very funny and entertaining, yet sometimes difficult to hear due to his reading style.


    Did William Shatner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Character creation really isn't the point of his book, but he has a very entertaining delievery of the message.


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

    An Actors Guide to the Galaxy


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes this book was difficult to hear because of his reading style, make sure your base is turned all the way down and your treble 3/4 up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2743)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I prefer a story where you can become attached to a character, or a hand full of them. In this book, the author intends for you to attach yourself to the environment, the overall aura of the situation. In this book, though very well read, there is not a single story to follow, but those of multiple survivors.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Max Brooks again?

    I would listen to this author again, but investigate prior to purchasing what type of book it actually is.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    None - There is not a specific character that you follow throughout the book.


    What character would you cut from World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    This is not an applicable question given the type of book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (678)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Defending Decisions"
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    Any additional comments?

    Voted for this guy twice; agreed with some of his decisions. The book outlines why he made the decisions in a format that makes it sound defensive versus educational.

    I would recommend it, but adjust your expectations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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