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Michael Balzoa

Mist, OR, United States
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  • 24 Hours

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivoting and spine tingling.

  • By Donna Cooley on 04-01-13

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Totally unbelievable - Totally cool, and the narration was nonpareil. I find this performance to have been better than the actual book - which I read without the Mississippi accents.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,572

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Straightforward, Good Plot, Interesting Characters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-16

The plot, while not complex, has enough twists and turns to keep one's attention from flagging. The characters are interesting and likable enough to invite a sequel or even a series. This may not be actual literature on a plane with Les Miserables or Grapes of Wrath, but it is a great, compelling story. Congratulations to Mr. Hurwitz.

  • Trustee from the Toolroom

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hologram of a Decent Man

  • By Jim In Texas! on 05-28-12

Masterfully Done - Five Stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-13

Perhaps Nevil Shute Norway's best book, although A Town Like Alice may win out on that score, this is a delightful tale with delightful characters. The story itself is dramatic at the same time that it is whimsical. The Oregon bumpkin who sailed by the seat of his pants, the thinly disguised John Weyerhauser, and other characters who came and went gave the book great charm. It is a great read AND a great listen. The reader, Frank Muller, was excellent in that he gave the book flavor and character without "performing." This book is one of the very few that can be listened to multiple times with great enjoyment on each occasion. (I've done it.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Problem of Pain

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

For centuries Christians have been tormented by one question above all, "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Little Book

  • By David on 04-14-07

Unsuited For Audio

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-11

This excellent book is one of those that needs to be read in small doses, set aside for a few minutes, and then resumed after careful consideration. The nature of the spoken word is much different that the written word. The written word stays put on the page and can be revisited at will for further study, but the spoken word proceeds apace and must be digested and analyzed on the fly. This is why great orators are so highly regarded, and also explains the widespread nature of demagoguery.

In this book the author raises many issues that require further examination if one is to gain anything at all from the presentation, and he raises them in rapid succession. In spite of the excellent, undistracting narration, the listener is wont to pause the reading, then resume it, pause, resume, backtrack, resume, backtrack, and so on. I've found that by repeating the chapters two, three, and even four or five times one can come away with a grasp of the material that satisfies.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Portrait of a Spy

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783

Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series

  • By jb on 08-01-11

Another Well Conceived Silva Opus

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-11

These ratings should really include a separate feature for the narration. Five stars in that section for this book. Four for the novel itself only because I am loath to pass out five stars for any but the very, very best, and it would be hard for one to imagine a serial novel being on the same level as Les Miserables or Huckleberry Finn. Nonetheless, this was a rock-solid effort on the part of Daniel Silva. Kudos.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book One
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,516

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful epic story

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

Feudal Japan Bodice Rip & Tear Romance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-11

The potential of this book was unfulfilled in the end. The setting was well done. The characters were well conceived and well drawn. The narration was considerably above average. But there were holes in the fabric of the novel. Certain intriguing avenues were left unexplored. While entertaining enough it left me dissatisfied, for when all was said and done it amounted to nothing more than a romance novel.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Masterful Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-11

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is nonpareil, but Elijah Wood's dramatization verges on genius. His style brings nuance to the fore that was simply unavailable to me when I read the book (silently) to myself. It added color to an already colorful peice of work. Congratulations, Mr. Wood.

38 of 38 people found this review helpful