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Michael R.

Indianapolis, IN, United States
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  • The Tycoon's Revenge

  • Baby for the Billionaire
  • By: Melody Anne
  • Narrated by: Lilly Swan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Jasmine Freeman's world is about to tumble down around her, and the one responsible for it is none other than her first love, Derek Titan. She hasn't seen him in 10 years, and they are both going to learn the truth of what happened back then. Jasmine grew up wealthy and oblivious to the destruction her father caused all around him. Derek was from the wrong side of the tracks. In 10 years, their lives will be reversed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stupid, stupid people

  • By Michael R. on 12-02-17

Stupid, stupid people

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

This book is causing me to have violent urges. I want to beat both main characters to death with a ball peen hammer. The main conflict in the story is contingent upon a misunderstanding that occurred ten years before and could be resolved with a simple conversation that the two should have had within ten minutes of reuniting.
Not only that, but this misunderstanding happens because the two characters implicitly trust what another, thoroughly untrustworthy character tells them. Neither likes or trusts this third character, but for the sake of the main conflict they trust him over each other. Both are portrayed as intelligent accomplished people, but I'm 3/4 of the way through now and they still haven't had the one conversation that would resolve everything. While I'm aware that a quick resolution would make this a much shorter book, I'd be fine with that. This book would be too long at two pages.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Trump Is F*cking Crazy (This Is Not a Joke)

  • By: Keith Olbermann
  • Narrated by: Keith Olbermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Since Donald Trump's presidential nomination, Keith Olbermann has emerged as one of the web's most popular anti-Trump screedists - each installment of his GQ web series The Resistance receives nearly four million views, and his fiercely progressive monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers. In Trump Is F*cking Crazy, Olbermann takes our commander in chief and his politics apart with journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wherein KO Proceeds To Talk My Ear Off About Trump

  • By Philip on 04-24-18

A time capsule from Hell

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Keith Olbermann would probably quite candidly admit that he is given to hyperbole and bouts of hysteria, especially when it comes to the topic of our 45th president. That said, this collection of transcriptions of Mr. Olbermann's video commentaries for GQ following the latter days of Trump's campaign and the first 7 months of his presidency are invaluable. This past year has been an unending tide of outrages and tragedies, and they pile on top of one another so quickly that you find yourself forgetting what happened just two months ago. Even now, as our nation is still reeling from the Las Vegas shooting, the events of Charlottesville seem like ancient history. IT WAS TWO MONTHS AGO!
This collection details the offences of President Donald John Trump as they happened, and it is by no means comprehensive. It is simply not possible for one man to keep track of everything that President Trump has said or done in the last year. Regardless, this is a good place to start. I recommend buying a copy for every single Trump supporter on your Christmas list. Then I recommend sitting on them and forcing them to listen to it.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Three Simple Rules

  • The Blindfold Club, Book 1
  • By: Nikki Sloane
  • Narrated by: Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

I would do anything for my dream job. Now I have to. In order to save my skin at the office, I'm forced to sell it at an exclusive and illegal blindfold club. He paid thousands of dollars for one night to own me, but when my blindfold comes off, I want more. More nights, more rules, and more from this unavailable and uncompromising man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So freaking HOT! Amazing Narration!

  • By Ana's Attic on 03-17-17

Capital HOT hot!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Wow! What a great, sexy romance from Nikki Sloane! Great characters, hot sex, good story. I love a heroine who gives as good as she gets. My only complaint are with the rather weak finally conflict and the frustrating cliffhanger ending. Hurry up and release the sequel!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

  • By: Beth Fantaskey
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

Author Beth Fantaskey injects a little humor into the vampire romance genre with this critically acclaimed debut novel. High school senior Jessica Packwood is a down-to-earth mathlete who's not sure what her future holds. What she definitely doesn't see coming is foreign exchange student - and vampire - Lucius Vladescu showing up at her door. According to Lucius, Jessica is actually vampire royalty, and they've been betrothed to one another since infancy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Vampire Love Story

  • By Staaj on 04-22-12

Bleh

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

A smart, headstrong teenage girl changes everything about herself to please a troubled, potentially abusive man.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,364

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

The best free audio book I've ever downloaded

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Short and sweet, like a crotch punch from a stripper, this comic novella from master storyteller and bon vivant Larry Correia is a hilarious adventure starring the most dedicated and noble insurance agent in the whole of the multitude, Tom Stranger. Think you're in good hands? Think you have a good neighbor? No one offers better protection than Tom Stranger. The gags fly faster than the fists and the fists are flying pretty fast in this lightning paced story. Don't think, just hit the download button now. Oh and kudos also to narrator Adam Baldwin. I loved you in Chuck.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Men at Arms

  • Discworld #15
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,282

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Pratchett novel, good reader, bad recording.

  • By Eric on 04-15-10

Sir Terry deserves better!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-16

Technology to accurately and clearly record voices has existed for over 100 years now, but clearly none of it was used in the creation of this audiobook. Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels have been my favorites since I discovered them in high school, and Isis audio's productions of them are a travesty of the sort that Bloody Stupid Johnson scattered about Ankh Morpork. The Narrator's voice fades in and out of clarity, the volume raises or drops without warning or reason, and tape hiss is so loud as to drown out the narrator entirely in some spots. Terry Pratchett was one of the best authors of the last half century, and his creations should be given better treatment than was done at the hands of the cretins that produced this.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,346

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly Pivik on 03-04-17

The Obvious Joke.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

Comedy is hard. Prose is possibly the worst medium to try and be funny in. Only a handful of writers manage to be consistently funny. With this novel, Scott Meyer joins that august body. Off To Be The Wizard is the most original and funny humorous fantasy I have read in years. I tip my cap to you sir, for the hours of laugh out loud adventure you have provided me. In case you're wondering, the obvious joke is one of Nanny Ogg's favorites. Oh and kudos to the narrator too for providing the perfect voice for every character.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beginning

  • Dirty White Candy, Book 1
  • By: Anita Cox
  • Narrated by: Jazmin Kensington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Watch what happens when a recently divorced and sexually repressed thirty-something woman transforms from vapid novice to bombshell maven in The Beginning. Going bravely where she’s never gone before, Candy Kavana is about to take the first steps towards her new life in Book 1 of Anita Cox’s intensely passionate and entertaining series, Dirty White Candy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once again the narrator rules!

  • By Natalie Niezgoda on 01-14-16

I want Candy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-15

I enjoy this story immensely. Most erotica doesn't bother giving the characters any story to work with other than "here we are, now let's have dirty dirty sex. Candy became a real person to me. I reveled in her triumphs and revelations. My only criticism with the story was the sex scenes themselves. This is what reader picks up a book like this for, and I felt they were underdeveloped. What was said? How did this or that feel? Many of the things described are supposed to be firsts for Candy, yet we don't always get to know how she feels. I just felt the sex coould be more elaborate.
Now for the narrator. I realize that erotica and sex are still private matters that "polite society" doesn't discuss publicly, and narrators must feel bound by these strictures, if only subconsciously. Therefore I will forgive Ms Kinsington for her somewhat clinical reading style. That said, there are narrators who can perform this material with the passion and exuberance it deserves. Perhaps Ms Cox can seek such a reader for future releases. At any rate, I look forward to listening to the sequels and I will definitely seek out any future releases.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fair Catch

  • By: Cindy Roland Anderson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Drake Ford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Ellie Garrett never planned on being a divorced, single mother - she also never planned to get married again. Ever. Her ordinary life changes when the house across the street is sold. The new owner is Nick Coulter - quarterback and MVP for the Sacramento Defenders. Oh yeah, he's also one of People magazine's top 100 most beautiful people and America's most eligible bachelor. So why would she pick him to have her first crush on since her divorce?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't finish.

  • By Michael R. on 03-03-15

I couldn't finish.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-15

First off, this is a romance written to appeal to Christians. I was unaware of that. Even so, I've read Christian fiction with engaging characters and storylines that hooked me from start to finish. This is not one of those books. The characters are two dimensional, the romance is founded on nothing more than looks and shared faith, and the non Christian characters are all hateful caricatures of human beings. No. Just, no.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Checkmate

  • By: R. L. Mathewson
  • Narrated by: Fran Jules
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  •  sweet, sexy, lighthearted, just plain funny!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 11-28-13

Love amongst the sociopaths

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-15

I'm going to be charitable and assume this was a first novel. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. All of her characters, most notably the men, have what could charitably be called an impulse control problem. In this particular novel, however, the main characters are criminally insane. Both commit assaults on each other and ancillary characters with nonchalance and zeal usually reserved for Batman villains. All of this is played for laughs, but the behavior is so over the top that you dislike the characters and start hoping for incarceration rather than romance. As I said, I've read other books by the author and enjoyed them immensely. This one was just off-putting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful