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Michael J. Morris

Raleigh, NC
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  • Big Game

  • The NFL in Dangerous Times
  • By: Mark Leibovich
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Big Game is a chronicle of "peak football" - the high point of the sport's economic success and cultural dominance but also the time when the dark side began to show. It is an era of explosive revenue growth but also one of creeping existential fear. Players have long joked that NFL stands for "not for long", but as the true impact of concussions becomes inescapable background noise, it's increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple glory of football without the buzzkill of its obvious consequences. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing New Odd Delivery

  • By Daniel Venegas on 10-30-18

If you’re a Patriots Fan

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Sort of a historical summary of the last few years of the NFL from the perspective of a Pats fan than a critical look at the NFL’s problems. Yes the issues are written about but more like a news report.

  • The Norman Conquest

  • The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Balanced, Entertaining, and Informative History

  • By Jefferson on 06-01-14

Should've been a 2 hour book

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Stretching this into a 12 hour book was way too long. It was boring and covered too many tangents.

  • The Atlantis World

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 3
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,513

Northern Morocco: Dr. Kate Warner cured a global pandemic, and she thought she could cure herself. She was wrong. And she was wrong about the scope of the Atlantis conspiracy. Humanity faces a new threat, an enemy beyond imagination. With her own time running out and the utter collapse of human civilization looming, a new hope arrives: a coded message from a potential ally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great conclusion to the trilogy

  • By Michael P. Long on 10-16-14

A crazy space opera to finish?

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Loved the first two books but this third one went a bit off the rails looking for and ending. And then it was all too easily puller together with a sweet bow. Yeah, not the best.

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,326

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

This is a combination of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. Awesome! Can't wait for the next book

  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,751
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,582

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

Imagine what the first 3 episodes could've been

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

Stories like this make you think what could have been the first three episodes this was a great story

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  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,278

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

It won't be a movie...

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

The idea is completely plausible but the story just isn't that good. The entertainment value is low. It's slow and the intense moments are average.

  • Order to Kill

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,083
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,429

Mitch Rapp is used to winning. But in this follow-up to number-one New York Times best-selling The Survivor, the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Together with friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp struggles to prevent the loss of these lethal weapons, particularly because Russia is also interested in the nukes, though not for the same reason as Rapp and Coleman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong, fast paced, good vs. evil story

  • By ScottG on 10-27-16

This was a very good one

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Very nice result even without Vince. It was as entertaining as any other Mitch Rapp book

  • The Rise and Fall of Nations

  • Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World
  • By: Ruchir Sharma
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Shaped by his 25 years traveling the world and enlivened by encounters with tycoons, presidents, and villagers from Rio to Beijing, Ruchir Sharma's The Rise and Fall of Nations rethinks the "dismal science" of economics as a practical art. Narrowing the thousands of factors that can shape a country's fortunes to 10 clear rules, Sharma explains how to spot political, economic, and social changes in real time. He shows how to read political headlines, black markets, the price of onions, and billionaire rankings as signals of booms, busts, and protests.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Journalistic overview book

  • By J Garner on 09-14-16

A bouncing around mess...

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Good ideas in this book but it bounces around from country to country explaining why each country is good and then later why it's bad. Just a messy way to lay out a book. Hard to keep attention to while listening

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  • The Divide

  • American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capitalism and Democracy Collide

  • By Michael on 04-20-14

So Taibbi is a Libertarian Now Right?

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

This was an awesome look into American society that most Americans have no idea about. Half have no idea what the poor go through and the other half have no idea the unmitigated theft Wall Street pulled on America in the early 21st century.

However Taibbi doesn't propose any fixes other than lock up all the bankers and stop jailing all the poor people. What strikes me is he missing (or at least not writing about) the elephant in the room. That's big government!

Maybe it's because he's a liberal but the root of all these problems is the government has gotten so large that it crushes the poor and the rich do everything they can do control it. Because it's so big and powerful the rich will use their wealth to influence it and the poor are crushed because they lack wealth.

So in the end, unless you are willing to reduce the big government, what it Taibbi's fix? The best I can tell is his view devolves to "burn it all down and start over" (aka revolution)

  • The Longest Day

  • June 6, 1944
  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

> The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it

  • By pratalife on 07-22-12

Very detailed but maybe a little too detailed

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

It's a very good book, but there are too many individual stories. It's like a series of small stories of individual soldiers which is hard to stitch together into an overall strategy. I would've like more of the overall battle.

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