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Robert

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  • The Piano Tuner

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Daniel Mason
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    "A seductive and lyrical novel that probes the brutalities and compromises of colonization, even as it celebrates the elusive powers of music and the imagination," says The New York Times about Daniel Mason's extraordinary debut novel. The Piano Tuner is a hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery: the unforgettable story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the 19th century.

    John Peter says: "One of the very best"
    "Superb mixture of story telling and mystery."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended it to several.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Piano Tuner - of course!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it to be a "I can't wait to listen to what happens next" sort of book. The imagery and story are superb.


    Any additional comments?

    The pronunciation of Burmese is worth the listen.

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  • The Name of the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

    Christopher D. Williams says: "Technical Problems Solved"
    "More Absorbing than a Starch Gel!"
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    Where does The Name of the Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have not finished listening and reading this book. If you like words, this is the book for you. Before now, I had never heard of Umberto Eco and had no idea what his style might be. This was his first book of many years ago and was a sensation. I can easily see why.

    This is a detective story set in the 1300s at a monastery. The story is seen through the eyes of a young monk whose master is a brilliant ex-inquisitor. There are two murders. There is an extraordinary library most are not allowed to enter. There are secret passages. Spiritualism. Mysticism.

    What is so absorbing for me is the vocabulary. I find myself loving the dictionary on my Kindle that allows me to look up all sorts of words. The story uses a lot of old world terms along with words you never hear in our speech today. Learn some Latin in the process!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the setting and viewing 14th century Christianity.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This narrator puts you right there. His voice transports you back hundreds of years.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen in one setting. What is the fun in that? This is a book you savor.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for those who like Italy or might wish to travel to Italy. This book has certainly been read and the style copied by more modern authors. This is a book for people who like to think. Eco crafted this story masterfully.

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  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Booth
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

    Ramon says: "Slow start but after a few pages your hooked.
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    "Superb! As precise as hand made mercury ammunition"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I saw the movie and thought it was marginal. As I got into the audio book it simply got better and better. There is no comparison with the movie, which I'd give 1 star. The book is 100x better than the movie plot - the two are not even remotely the same. And there is the person in the shadows.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tapestry of details is amazing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen to a book in one sitting. I also don't gulp down a good key lime pie either. And like our hero, I don't jump out of bed right after sex!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are new to audio books and over 21, this will make for a great first book. If they had 6 stars, I'd give them.

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  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1604)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Bad A** Reacher!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Worth Dying For the most enjoyable?

    Reacher beats the cr** out of all sorts of bad guys. He is impervious to beatings. Trucks can't even run the guy over. And when it comes to pulverizing rednecks he is the best! Even football players.


    What other book might you compare Worth Dying For to and why?

    Jack Reacher is in a world all his own. Suggesting otherwise might get me black and blue.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill is awesome - the whole thing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh? Cry? No, I was hanging on every word to see who was going to be run over, punched through a wall, left with a brain condition, or given an advanced case of memory loss.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeh, Just remember that Jack Reacher is an ex-army military policeman - not a Navy Seal. Reacher is in a league all his own. If you see a big guy on a bus, ...he likes coffee and be nice.

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  • No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Hill says: "Lesser Plea"
    "Slow start, but then really got rolling!"
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    Where does No Lesser Plea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only listen to the best of Audible.Com so this ranks right up there with the rest. This was a fun listen. While the plot is about an attorney general's office, it would fit nicely into any business environment.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was hard at first to figure out where the plot was going, but pretty soon it became apparent that Carp was no ordinary lawyer. The plot began to boil when the very clever killer took out a liqour store owner.


    What about Traber Burns’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a good job with the various voices. His drunk voice was great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never want to listen all in one sitting. The great thing about long audio books is the ability to pick them up over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great audio listen and I highly recommend it. It gets a bit foul in the mouth at times, but the language lends itself to the sense of high pressure the lawyers are under. The book is full of surprises and a bad guy who would appear to have everything all figured out. Well, until he came up against Carp's sense of ethics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ward Larsen
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    A top-secret drone crashes in the lawless Horn of Africa. The CIA is prepared to write off the loss, until evidence surfaces that the wreckage of their prized aircraft is hidden in a hangar outside Khartoum's main airport. The hangar is owned by a shady cargo airline that flies ancient DC-3s across Africa and the Middle East. The name of the company does nothing to still concern: FBN-Fly by Night Aviation.

    Robert says: "Good story"
    "Good story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this, but was often put off by the voice. At times there would be this awkward "he said" as if added later. The voice inflection at times was distracting. That said, it was a good story. I enjoyed some of the details. Having been a diver years ago I was a bit skeptical that Davis could go down 50 feet and scout a sunken C-47 (DC-3) on the bottom of a sea. That is fiction, I guess.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Somewhat.


    Did Tim Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    So, so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3223)
    Performance
    (2825)
    Story
    (2830)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "How much pain can one man endure?"
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    Would you listen to Ballistic again? Why?

    In this Gray Man novel our hero endures beatings, tortures, bullets, knives, being blown up, and fortunately did not get bitten by an alligator. I love these books because they remind me of the fact that my aches and pains are nothing. In fact, I thought of the Gray Man the other day while in China as my bowels gave way to some bad food. My will was strengthened and I pressed on toward my target.... a local outdoor toilet and two immodium tablets!

    I can't get enough of this series and I think we should all start an ACGMN or Adult Children of Gray Man Novels.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well, in a manner of speaking it kept me on the edge of my seat. Some parts were so good I took another immodium and then re-listened to the same part of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where the woman he thought he loved or might love wanted to become a nun! I can only assume that God was protecting her from sins of the flesh with a guy that can turn killer bees to his whim.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, cry? Hell, no! Every time he blew up some bad guy I was cheering. Uh, then I went back to the edge of my seat!


    Any additional comments?

    As a member of ACOAC (Adult Children of Audible.Com) this was a fun listen while trapped in the bathroom for days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1340)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Mel says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Smooth and very well done!"
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    What did you love best about Red Sparrow?

    You have to love a book that bashes President Putin of Russia. This one has likely been banned in Moscow. It is a great spy novel with all of the cruelty one might expect of the ex-KBG crowd. When one realizes what Putin is doing right now to Ukraine this book certainly contains some remarkable parallels to our current situation.

    Oh, and wait until you copy down the recipes. You'll see. This audiobook is a good listen with a great reader.


    What other book might you compare Red Sparrow to and why?

    I'd have trouble doing that. This books is unique in many ways.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    I'm not one for Russian, but he sounded convincing enough for my hearing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I would not want to listen to this book for 14 hours. It was much more delicious over a period of 14 days. Like a good box of chocolates, why would you want to eat the whole box at one sitting? I did everything I could to draw the experience out. Sorry it is over.


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  • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

    Sandy says: "We have found the perfect narrator for Zen and..."
    "If new to Audible.com, get this book free!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the Dibdin books. The version of this book says it is Michael Kitchen speaking, but it is not. Even so, this is a superb listen. In fact, I have already been through the three other Zen books and thought there were no more. Suddenly, I find this one.

    This book is rich. It is like listening to flan with a very subtle caramel sauce dripping off of the edges. There is this rich mixture of Italian mixed in with passionate swear words. There is the elegant analogies. I found myself going back and listening to sections 2-3 times to pick up on the changes in the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon?

    Hey, I am not going to spoil it for you. Aurelio is not really Italian. He is Venetian!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. The problem with sitting for 13 hours would be blood collecting in your legs and getting deep vein thrombosis. I'd suggest savoring this listen. Do it 45 minutos a night. You'll enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    Laguna Morto è delizioso!

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  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3377)
    Performance
    (2409)
    Story
    (2415)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Tammy says: "Not his best"
    "More twists and turns than a cork screw!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Echo Burning to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audio version is easier on the ears than the eyes. I think I suffer from a new addiction called Audible Dot Com and may need counseling. Echo burning has you going from the very beginning. Dick Hill does a great job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is impossible to figure out. Every time I thought I knew something, I didn't. Reacher is the only fictional character who rides off into the sunset by hitchhiking! This story has some nasty characters who get their just desserts in the deserts or is it deserts in the desserts...who knows? The grit was palpable.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is a tough one. When I read the book I don't hear Dick Hill in my head? Hill plays the role.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tag line? Hmmm.... The sound of bones crunching....?


    Any additional comments?

    I will wait a month or two and listen to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2531)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1800)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Neat Story and a good listen"
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    What did you love best about One Shot?

    This book has some good technical information in it about guns, being a sniper, and thinking through the details of a crime. It also speaks to the way in which some things can be used for good (defending your country) or for evil (as in the case of this story). While in China I listened to this book at night because there was no television or radio -given where I was working. I would get lost in it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher, of course. But the scary Russian/Ukrainian guy was good too...or bad as the case may be. There never seem to be any good Russians or Ukrainians.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is very good. Yes, I have heard him before.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The puppet master could make you wet your pants!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll wait a few months and listen to this one again. Because...with Audible.com.... they are always on your Kindle Fire shelf.

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