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michael

Potomac, MD, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (702)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "terrific!"
    Overall

    One of the very best audiobooks ever! Shocking vignettes of war-torn Leningrad combined with laugh out loud humor and real excitment. Heart rending characters. Ron Perlman does a wonderful job narrating. This is an easy 5 star. Terrific.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3406)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3078)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Laugh Out Loud"
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    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    The humor and the heartache.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    When the protagonist is jumped by his sister in law. Or, when he throws the candle lit birthday cake.


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

    His sister's nostalgic attraction to her former boy friend.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book that pulls you along with plot, humor and pathos.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (2348)
    Story
    (2354)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Exciting, Timely & Important"
    Overall
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    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Decision?

    So many. The horde of drones circling the freighter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't, but "yes".


    Any additional comments?

    Suarez does it again. So timely that the Washington Post ran a column last week on autonomous drones. A memorable and exciting story. Not quite as good as his first 2 books, but a fine read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12516)
    Performance
    (4898)
    Story
    (4936)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Skeptical it wasn't highbrow"
    Overall

    True that I'm a non-fiction kind of guy. And not a fan of cathedrals to boot. But this is a wonderfully interesting, exciting and engaging saga. The narration is nothing short of terrific.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (435)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "wonderfully informative and different"
    Overall

    Brooks writes an engaging story of 2 people followed from inception (literally) to death (literally). In that saga, he incorporates what science has to tell us today about nature and nurture. My daughter-in-law is due to have her first child 2 months from now and i found the chapters on birth and infancy to be quite fascinating. I was also quite taken with Brooks first person accounting of death. Not something you read (hear) every day! The narration is excellent. Admittedly, there are some boring chapters but there's a trade off between information and story line. Go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (866)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "Memorable but Long"
    Overall

    I agree with prior reviews that this book is unforgettable. It's almost worth the slog. But it's very long and desperately needs editing (they did edit books in 1949). Making it more tedious is the slow narration. On the positive side, its creative and provides great incites to human nature. Although written 60 years ago, there are only a few points in the book where this is noticible (e.g., reference to a "telegraph" and an almost Victorian propriety when discussing sex).

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (653)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "original & riveting"
    Overall

    This is a thriller unlike most you've spent time with. Set in the morally corrupt Stalinist era, this is at once a political lesson, a love story, and a story of virtue among the ruins of a failed society. The characters are well developed and the narration is very effective even if the accents can sometimes be annoying. excellent use of your time and money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4910)
    Performance
    (2890)
    Story
    (2905)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "terrific yarn"
    Overall

    exciting. creative. political. techo-thriller that has it all. I read Daemon and immediately started this seamless sequel. The dark net evolves to places we'd not ever have expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6817)
    Performance
    (3862)
    Story
    (3888)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Page turner of the highest order!"
    Overall

    This novel was terrific in every way. First and foremost, it was a fascinating, creative story about the internet, it's possibilities and capabilities. Second, it was one of the most exciting, riveting fictional stories I've "read" in years. The narration was great and added to the realism of the story. The ending....well, I'll say only that it was sudden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26737)
    Performance
    (13375)
    Story
    (13420)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Set in 60s but timeless. Wonderfully written and brilliantly narrated by 3 different women. I am a guy who doesn't like chick-books or, and the book description and relatively few number of guys who reviewed made me reluctant to try this. But it was very amusing, eye-opening and very interesting to listen to at all times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (580)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "horrible"
    Overall

    my first and last atwood experience. generally, i find the apocalypse and post-apocalypse books very thought provoking. perhaps if you can get through all the atwood-ism gardening, singing, womanish stuff....perhaps,then, this might be thought provoking too. i confess to having listened to only about 1/3 of the book. i hated it.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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