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Robin

Eugene, OR, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 10 reviews
  • 371 ratings
  • 1432 titles in library
  • 155 purchased in 2014
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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10631)
    Performance
    (9615)
    Story
    (9700)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Tons of fun!"
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    This book takes off like a rocket and never slows down. Sure, this is made on the same formula as the other books- Robert Langdon must travel from location to location using his vast knowledge to puzzle out clues to the hidden secret and avoid murderous bad guys along the way. This book has more twists than the previous books, great arcane facts and glorious settings. I've been to one of the cities and I felt like I was standing there next to Robert. The book is pure escapism of the top level. It may not be War and Peace but I never expected that. Instead it is a 150 and mph romp with some really thought provoking ideas. Loved it!!!!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (356)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Ugh, trite Catholic horror"
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    This book is shallow and preachy. Not my favorite combo. By the first third of the book I knew where the story was going. Nothing surprised me. Maybe if you want your Catholic dogma through a poorly written horror story this might appeal. Glad I got it as a daily deal. I did listen to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Little Nell and her grandfather are forced to leave their curiosity shop and live as beggars. Peopled with such unforgettable characters as Daniel Quilp, Dick Swiveller, Thomas Codlin, Kit Nubbles, and Sampson and Sarah Brass, this Dickens classic is a real tearjerker.

    Dean says: "Unable to finish"
    "A sentimental charmer"
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    This is not my favorite Dickens novel, but the superb reading by Flo Gibson brings the book to life. The books stars sweet Little Nell and her slightly addled Grandfather. They are thrown out of home through some evil actions and wander the back roads of Victorian England fleeing from danger. This book lacks the depth of character of the later books and Nell's sweetness is somewhat cloying. Even with these short comings it is a great book. Dickens takes us through the social structure of the times and shows us country life and the grim cities of the Industrial Revolution. I am struck how many of the same issues of poverty and homelessness resonate with today. The themes of greed and avarice are the same now as then.

    Flo Gibson was a true master reader. Her deep voice takes a little while to get used to but her understanding of he work is a marvel. She conveys the meanings of the text with her phrasing and inflections. This was the only Dickens novel I never finished reading. It just never caught me. This reading had me hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1291)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Pretty good story RUINED by reader"
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    I have nearly 500 books in my Audible library. This one wins the award for the worst narration. Horrible voices and she feels the need to use the awful voice even when the character is simply thinking. She pops in and out of accents within a sentence. I would NEVER EVER listen to her again.

    That said, the book is pretty good, not great, but enjoyable. There are some intriguing concepts. I bought it for Kindle and gave up on listening midway through. Do your self a favor and read, not listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20834)
    Performance
    (18677)
    Story
    (18745)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I don't understand the buzz for this book"
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    Last month I listened to "Broken Harbor' by Tara French. I just finished "Gone Girl". These are basically the same story. Both are mysteries that are set in the ruble of the economic collapse. Broken Harbor is set in Ireland and Gone Girl is set in the mid-west. Both start with a mystery and slowly weave out the how. where and why through flash backs and little clues. Broken Harbor is full of great characters and deep plot- Gone Girl has vacuous, idiotic characters with a plot SO thin I knew where it was going almost immediately. There is one plot error so glaring I was completely amazed it never came up in the end. It would have changed the ending if any of the characters had paid as much attention as I did.
    I actually thought about returning this for a refund but I never quit a book I start. Do your self a favor and get Broken Harbor. You will be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Judy Pasternak
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    From the 1930s to the 1960s, the United States knowingly used and discarded an entire tribe of people. The Navajo worked unprotected in the uranium mines that fueled the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. Long after these mines were abandoned, Navajos in all four corners of the Reservation (which borders Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona) continued grazing their animals on sagebrush flats riddled with uranium that had been blasted from the ground.

    Tammy Pruitt says: "People Live This Everyday!"
    "A terrific history of a national shame"
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    This is an amazing history of an American tragedy. I can not praise this book enough. It's the work of an LA Times reporter who brought to light the betrayal of the Navaho People for the uranium below their land. The book starts in the beginning of the arms race and continues to this day. She is a fantastic writer and this is a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1852)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Just not very good"
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    I wanted to enjoy this book but really couldn't. It's like a mash up Jasper Fforde's zaniness and China Meiville's altered reality. I wanted it to work but it just seemed to drag on forever with countless flash backs and forwards. I listened to this on 30 hour car trip and it kept me awake. That's about my highest praise. I sure will not buy the follow up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (889)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Great modern novel"
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    This book is not easy. It's a long story that starts at the end and slowly unfolds the events that have caused the characters actions or lack of action. Through this, we come to understand the characters and why they do and respond in the way that they do. Many of the topics that are addressed are straight out of the current news. I found that I looked at the stories differently after this book. Not many books can do that.

    This book is long, 3 sections. I did not like this book in the first section. I thought it was shallow. I stuck with it and by the end thought it was the greatest novel of the last 10 years. Some of the characters are disturbing, some annoying and some pitiful. By the end I could see why they ended up that way. It shows how past events can send out ripples that effect the future. This book will stay with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1035)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "I simply adore this book!"
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    How on earth can I have listened to the same book as some of the other reviewers? This book transported me to England during some of the most eventful decades of modern history. The characters would be sci fi heroes if it weren't for the fact that they lived. The times were so charged! The black death, the great fire, the birth of modern science and America. I have no idea how anyone could read this and not be dazzled. Simon Prebble is as always a master. If you like to learn and think when you read this will be a revelation. If you want mindless fluff, pass on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1157)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "A majestic book"
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    I have loved this book since I first read it many years ago. It is a glorious story that intertwines the present and past lives of the three main characters. It travels from post war London to the jungles of Malaysia and to the Australian outback. Nevil Shute wrote characters of depth and strength that still engage. My husband also, really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the readers calm, Scottish accent. It fit well with the character of the book's narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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