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Ross

Retired executive and scientist

Penfield, NY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    Jason Bourne needs to regain his life as David Webb, so he accepts an invitation from his beloved mentor, Dominic Specter, to join the Linguistics department at Georgetown. It's a relief to leave the Bourne identity behind, but Jason soon finds himself in a life-or-death confrontation in which every move might be his last.

    Regan says: "He's no Ludlum!"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall

    This book has a very silly plot and a considerable amount of technically preposterous content.
    I would say it is aimed at boys 13-14 years of age. I was only able to get through 3/4's of the book before I had to give up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freaky Deaky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best.

    richard says: "Wowee! What a ride!"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Freaky Deaky better?

    A decent story line and characters


    What didn’t you like about Frank Muller’s performance?

    Performance OK, but material he had to work with was just awful


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The writing is not so bad, but not nearly good enough to redeem the book up to being worth reading.


    Any additional comments?

    The author here attempts a hybrid of a farce and a film noir mystery. It is not nearly funny enough for the farce to work and as a mystery it is ridiculous.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The New World: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    Between 1485 and 1688, England became a Protestant country under Henry VIII. His daughter, Elizabeth I, battled for succession and supremacy at home, and the discovery of 'the round world' enabled a vast continent across the Atlantic to be explored. While this new era was spawning the beginnings of modern America, England was engaged in a bloody civil war and sustained a Republican experiment under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell.

    Weingarten says: "Churchill series"
    "Mideval Brittain"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The New World? What did you like least?

    Just a three star. Winston gives too many plugs to his ancestors for unimportant statements.actions. Well written, of course


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Boorstin
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Daniel J. Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, the author delves into the discoveries of our world and the freedoms those discoveries bestowed.

    David says: "This One has Good Audio"
    "Very Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The history of man's acquiring of knowledge and understanding of the world and nature. These are all things we already knew, but it is very nice to have them all presented in one place to appreciate what a smart species we are.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (438)

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "Somewhat disappointing"
    Overall

    Just 3 stars for this work covering an enormously important subject.
    If you subscribe to "People" magazine, or it's ilk, this coverage of the melt down may be of greater interest to you. It is mostly about the background and nature of the people involved, not the detailed events and mistakes that caused this disaster.

    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (229)

    At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

    Bob says: "mystery - history storys"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    I am so sorry to have been suckered in by the 5 star rating. I could not get through the first hour of this drivel, sutiable only for teen age boys with very low I.Q.s.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In a hidden studio in Rome, an art expert is found dead in front of one of the most beautiful paintings Nic Costa has ever seen - an unknown Caravaggio masterpiece. But before long, tragedy will strike Nic far closer to home. The main suspect's identity is known, but he remains untouchable, protected by a fleet of lawyers and a sinister cult known as the Ekstasists.

    Kelly Howard says: "Hewson delivers again"
    "disapointing"
    Overall

    The quality of the prose is good to very good and the overall plot idea is interesting.
    However, if you care at all about realism and accuracy of technical details, this novel is not for you.
    Also, the book presents you with the most incompetent police force this side of the Keystone Kops.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (335)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Not great"
    Overall

    Got the book based on recommendation of friend who reads the series and the many favorable reviews posted for this title.
    Very graphic and violent material. If that offends you stay away from this title.
    I was able to finish the book, just barely. I would not get another in the series. The plot was simply not believable. The author spends a lot of time on descriptions and material with no relevance to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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