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Rob

Markopoulo, Greece | Member Since 2001

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  • How to Amputate a Leg and Other Ways to Stay Out of Trouble: True Tales from War Zones and Other Disaster Areas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nathan Mullins
    • Narrated By David Treddinick
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Tall tales, all true, about guns, bombs, car chases, spiders, exotic locales, men in uniform, and dancing girls - with deadpan delivery and a social conscience. "I remember the advertisement to join the Army. It asked for guys who were fit, committed, tough, volunteer parachutists, comfortable in the ocean, and mature. As a surfer, that sounded like me - except for the mature bit."

    Rob says: "RobMck"
    "RobMck"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to this book as being a list of anecdotes and stories, but unfortunately I was left disappointed. It really didn't live up to the billing. The stories are ok, but there is nothing in there that really made me feel wow! Nathan is obviously really proud of his charity work - and rightly so. But there aren't enough cliff hanger stories in the book to get me really excited. True tales from war zones and other disasters they may be.. but not really enough to make want to recommend this as and action read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Most Bizarre Murders: True Stories That Will Shock and Amaze You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Marrison
    • Narrated By Drew Campbell
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This is no ordinary true crime book. If you think you've got the stomach for the most blood-curdling, sickening and downright strangest murders you will ever come across, then look no further than these pages. You have been warned...

    Stephen says: "Interesting Book, TERRIBLE Narrator/Production"
    "Waste of a download"
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    This really is an appalling book, and my advice is to stay away from it. The reader is awful, with terrible pronunciation. The production is bad too, as there are at least two stumbles and re-reads which have NOT been edited from the piece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Russian Donation: Dr. Hoffman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christoph Spielberg
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Doctor Felix Hoffmann is a seasoned physician at a Berlin hospital, respected by colleagues and devoted to his intelligent girlfriend, Celine. It’s a life filled with medical work, televised soccer games, and the chill of German beer. And when a former patient shows up dead by causes unknown, curiosity and sheer medical devotion propel Hoffmann to investigate. But his autopsy order goes unfulfilled as the body is cremated and hospital records vanish.

    Rob says: "Gem of a Thriller"
    "Gem of a Thriller"
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    Story

    I was blown over by the quality of the writing, and the delivery by Michael Page. This is a quirky thriller read in a personal way that draws the listener into the story from beginning to end.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Empty Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laura Wilson
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    After almost five years of conflict, London's exhausted inhabitants are living in a world of dereliction. War-weary DI Ted Stratton is no exception, but he cannot help being drawn in by his latest case. Called on to investigate when a doctor is found dead in Fitzrovia's Middlesex Hospital, Stratton soon realizes that someone involved is not who they appear to be. Meanwhile Jenny, Ted's wife, is working at the local Rest Centre.

    Rob says: "Great story and well read"
    "Great story and well read"
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    Story
    Where does An Empty Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first Laura Wilson novel, and it won't be my last. She writes a good gripping tale, which kept me listening. Sean Barrett's narration is superb. He really brings the book and the characters to life. If only all audio books were this good to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Horns

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Burke
    • Narrated By Alexander McConnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Martin Slade wants to bury his past as a saboteur in wartime Denmark and smuggler in postwar Europe. Returning to Denmark as a respectable journalist, he's approached by Birgitte Holtesen, an old flame now married to an elderly trader. Birgitte wants Martin to smuggle something back to English for her - but he refuses. She enlists instead a young musician, Sean Clifford. When Martin returns to England, he's attacked in his flat, and the place is ransacked. And then he learns that Sean has been murdered - and his body horribly mutilated. It's up to him to find the killer.

    Rob says: "Great idea badly executed"
    "Great idea badly executed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story idea is great, but the writing is appalling. It really feels as if the book was never through the hands of an editor. The writer has little style, and after a time the story telling becomes mundane. The reader does his best to bring it alive, but frankly there are better books out there, and i feel that this was a waste of my time and money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalin Ate My Homework

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alexei Sayle
    • Narrated By Alexei Sayle
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction....Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.

    Viviane says: "Entertaining with a fair dollop of self criticism"
    "RobMck"
    Overall

    This is really funny. I was born about the same time as Alexei, and know what was going on at the time. So it really is an extraordinary story, full of humour. I highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (947)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "How to get hooked"
    Overall

    I read this book and became hooked on the writing of Michael Connelly. It may not be the first in the Harry Bosch series but it's a great introduction to the character, and the author. Needless to say I have read all Michael Connelly's works. Truly one of the great American crime authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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