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Michael P. Long

Charlotte NC
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  • The Fall of Terradox

  • Terradox, Book 2
  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Four years after Ivy "Holly" Wood's dramatic escape from Terradox, the once-hostile romosphere's new hotel and leisure development is thriving. But while adventurous guests from all corners of the Earth marvel at the awesome wonders of the Terradox Resort's artificial environment, a deadly threat looms large. When it becomes clear that an unimaginable risk offers the only hope of preventing an unimaginable disaster, responsibility for the safety of the many innocent civilians stranded on Terradox once again falls on Holly's shoulders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Continues terradox well

  • By Michael P. Long on 04-23-19

Continues terradox well

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

This book very much continues in the same vein as the original book. It is action-based with some well-developed, but static characters who have to save Terradox from destruction. It really is similar to the first book in every way. There is a bit too-much profanity for me, and the story would not have suffered without it. Ultimately I enjoyed the plot and the listen.

NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,445

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

Good story, not great

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

This is a book set in 1800's England about a girl in a boarding school who discovers a magical genie. It was very entertaining and the historical setting made things a bit different and fresh. However, the main character Maeve was a bit unlikeable, full of questionable decisions (to be expected), and much of the school-based action was rather boring and repetitive. The genie-based bits were very interesting but rare, except for her second wish. Overall, it was a decent book but could have done so much more with a magical genie.

  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,643
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,955
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,942

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

apt title

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

first chapter is tons of violence and profanity... the book title seems appropriate and I chose not to continue as it just wasn't interesting

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,426

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

Somewhat mediocre

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Overall, I found the book fairly boring with little plot and a convoluted premise (i.e. why his parents would put him on an escape pod but not join him). The latter half of the book was better and had some great ideas regarding alien life. The narration was pretty bad as well, with little emotion, although it did get better near the end.

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is an ADULT fairytale

  • By Rebecca on 01-25-08

Wonderful fairytale

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

This was a quite enjoyable fairytale about a man who goes into the land of Fairy searching for a fallen star to bring back to the woman he loves. It had a somewhat slow start, but after that I felt pretty engrossed in the book the entire time. The story actually had a pretty good plot and world building. I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic in regards to the book's main villain, but otherwise, it was a wonderful book. I particularly enjoyed Mr. Gaiman's narration and you could tell he had a lot of passion and love for the book.

  • The Maid's War

  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

Sent on an impossible mission by Kingfountain's ruler into the heart of the enemy's capital as two mighty kingdoms prepare for war, Ankarette Tryneowy must divine the location of a magical sword, perhaps their key to victory. What she finds is the truth - one she could never have foreseen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-29-17

Great prequel

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This was a nice prequel about the Maid of Donremy. It had a bit of a rough start by introducing a lot of characters who I neither knew nor cared about. However, once I got into the book, I found the two main characters (Alan and Jenette) to be pretty interesting and I found the story pretty compelling. It didn't really center on Ankarette at all...she was merely a plot device to let Alan tell his story. The book centered a lot on the sacrifices of following the fountain and giving up one's own desires. There is a lot of parallel here with many religions. The end of course had both good and bad fates for both characters, and a few surprises despite knowing the ultimate fate mentioned in the later books. It did well to set up everything up for the rest of the series and was well worth it.

  • Iron Garland

  • Harbinger, Book 3
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,313

For three years, Sera Fitzempress has been a pawn in a gilded prison. Disgraced and exiled from society, she has been isolated from the downtrodden she’s determined to liberate. Cettie Pratt has grown into an independent young woman, although she continues to be tested by the high society of the clouds. Advancing in the magic of the Mysteries, Cettie is also a useful tool of defense during turbulent times. The fog of war is drawing in, and with it comes a startling new enemy who may unravel secrets that both women would prefer stay hidden. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fantastic web!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-15-18

Keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This series continues to amaze, and the third installment is no exception. There is plenty of action, more unraveling of mysteries, and a great look at the world of King Fountain. In addition, the true enemy of the empire is revealed, and Sera finally gains her freedom. I really liked Rand, who was a new character that interacted frequently with Cettie. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, though I didn't entirely agree with the ending. Never-the-less, I have no doubt the next book will be great, and this one has done a fine job continuing the story.

  • Storm Glass

  • (Harbinger, Book 1)
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820

Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society. Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive, Wonderful, Magical!

  • By Huntress on 07-05-18

Great series

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This is another entertaining and satisfying series by Jeff Wheeler. It follows two young girls in difficult circumstances (one from the streets, one from royalty) destined to be great people, in a magical world (the same one as Muirwood in fact). The main characters are both interesting and well-developed. Cettie has a pretty rotten lot in life and I kept hoping she would have some magical epiphanies but her abilities only develop slowly in this book, just showing a hint of what is possible. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series to see how their destinies play out.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,395

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Its meh

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This is very much a children's book so while it has an interesting concept, the execution is very simplistic. All of the characters are rather shallow and undeveloped. It is entertaining, but probably more so for younger listeners. The author did take a pretty accurate view of most of the science though, which is a plus. However, this colony ship that was supposed to travel for 100 years seemed to have very little planning and contingency plans, with way too many single points of failure in their execution and security, which is perhaps a bit insulting even to child readers.

  • Mage Against the Machine

  • By: Shaun Barger
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller, Gibson Frazier
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The year is 2120. The humans are dead. The mages have retreated from the world after a madman blew up civilization with weaponized magical technology. Safe within domes that protect them from the nuclear wasteland on the other side, the mages have spent the last century putting their lives back together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Curious if I would have enjoyed it better reading

  • By Stratos on 01-25-19

Great story but flawed execution

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This was a really novel concept and plot that I thoroughly enjoyed. Part science fiction/dystopia, and part fantasy. The two main characters are in different worlds but ultimately those collide. The world building was really great, several of the characters were well developed and strong, and the plot never really slowed down.

However, the main character Nikolae is deeply flawed and ends up being unlikable during a good portion of the book. It might be more endurable if he didn’t constantly second guess and whine about his own decisions. He spent a good portion of the book blaming others for his own actions. Secondly, the book is laced with a ton of profanity. Thirdly, the female narrator is a bit uneven, often devolving into a baby voice for what was supposed to be a really tough woman. And all the voices sounded the same. For the male narration, there is some issue with the recording where it will often jump in volume for a few seconds and sound like it was recorded differently.

Overall, I would have given the novel a much higher rating if the narration and recording had been top notch, and the author didn’t resort so much to emo-Nicolae. But in the end, the story was very enjoyable and I’m looking forward to seeing if the series is continued.

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