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Robert

Whitby, ON, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Chariots of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (298)

    Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.

    Neal says: "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
    "Great Stuff!"
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    I've always had a soft spot in my heart for von Daniken and his books.

    I read this book originally when I was very young. I thought it was interesting and inventive and lead me to read the rest of his books as he's written them. It also lead me to sample other books of alternative history, all of which has given me a better perspective of the world.

    I don't think you have to agree with his conclusions to like the book, but it should help you learn how one individual began to ask questions of the world around him when the answers he was receiving weren't personally satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sean Howe
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen".

    Greg says: "It's as if this book was written for me!"
    "Excelsior! The History of Marvel"
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    I must confess before you start reading this that I'm a comic book fan. I always have been and I'd image I always will be. I learned to read with comics when I was 4 years old and what I read was Marvel.

    The construction of the story was extremely interesting, hearing the origin of how all of the heroes, villains, and stories came to life.

    Behind the scenes at Marvel seemed to be as colorful and exciting as the characters they worked on.

    The story tracks from before Marvel truly existed all the way through to its sale to Disney.

    This is a fascinating story of the ups and downs of the comic book industry told from the perspective of those who lived it.

    If you are or were a fan of Marvel comics you'll find this book engaging and hard to stop listening to.

    This is well worth taking the time to hear.

    Excelsior!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (807)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "An absolutely cracking tale"
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    I'm a big fan of alternate history and steampunk tales. I was in no way prepared for the absolutely cracking tale that I ended up listening too.

    A fantastic piece of story telling that shows the impact of time travel and the divergent timeline that is created from it.

    I've always been interested in Richard Burton as a person. He' was a famous Victorian adventurer and the only non Muslim to complete the Hajj (that we know of).

    The divergent timeline turn what would have been the Victorian Era into this very bizarre steampunk/bio advanced society.

    There is the mystery of Spring Heeled Jack that must be solved and it serves as the lynch pin to the entire tale.

    Very worth whiled to listen to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1063)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    In a crazy developed by the Millennium series of books, this Danish crime series fits right in. Even though Siteg Larsson was Swedish not Danish, I found the pacing and tone of this book to be very similar.

    This book features a reluctant hero seemingly trudging through his time on the police force after a traumatic event. An opportunity arises, for he that he originally sees as a dodge to escape work and notice.

    Slowly the character along with his supporting cast begin to unwind the mystery around a kidnapped female MP.

    The book kept me listening often well into when I really should have been doing other things because I wanted to know what would happen next.

    If you enjoy a good crime thriller, I would suggest giving this first book in a series a try.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting

    CRISTY says: "Langton couldn't have done a better job narrating"
    "Great time travel book that keeps you guessing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Map of Time to be better than the print version?

    Felix Palma did a great job of really capturing the "air" of Victoria London. His method of interweaving stories kept my interested and I was pleasantly surprised at how they wove into one another.
    James Langton, did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. Where Palma captures London with words, Langton captures the Victorian feel with his tone and pacing.

    The story itself is just plan fun. With Jake the Ripper, H.G. Wells, and a method of travel to the future, how can you go wrong.

    The constant tease of is it real or not in the story, keeps you reading to find out.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of early science fiction stories. It's well worth you time and money.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (653)

    Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.

    Ben says: "Good. But could have been so much better"
    "A solid follow up book in the series"
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    The third book in this series maintains the high quality established in the first two books.

    It delivers on great story, good action, and offers tidbits to the attentive listener to the first two books.

    If you enjoy Zombie books (and who doesn't) this trilogy is amongst the best I've listened to. Well worth you time and money to give it a try.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

    Mark says: "Up to the usual high standard"
    "Very Compelling"
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    A very compelling listen.

    The story sucked me in and I found myself listening much longer than I had meant to several times.

    Fascinating topic that is well researched, backed up with logical thought, and presented in a fashion that is easy for an non expert to understand.

    If you have any interest in evolution and the effects that it had on making who we are now, I would highly suggest this book to you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Shapiro
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language?

    Geoffrey says: "Somewhat Surprised and very pleased"
    "Great work"
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    I have to admit, I came into this book having read several other pieces that argue both for and against William Shakespeare as the author of his works.

    This one was by far the best researched and best presented of them all.

    It was interesting, compelling and kept me listening.

    If you've read other books in the past or have never been presented with the concept of Shakespeare as the author of his works, you'll be engaged.

    Check it out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6760)
    Performance
    (6045)
    Story
    (6056)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Even better than the first!!!"
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    I tried the first book in this series because it was on sale. I'm soooooo happy I did, This book picks up not too long after the end of the first book.

    The story is fast paced and interesting and continues to do a great job developing the main character and supporting cast.

    I'm shocked this series hasn't been optioned for a tv show yet.

    Worth your time and money!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Grant Morrison
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Grant Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero - why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are... and what we may yet become.

    Bradford says: "Average history of comic books"
    "Get your comic book geek on!!!!!!!"
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    Grant Morrison is a brilliant comic book writer. He's work is always at a cutting edge, engaging and fun.
    This historic look at the medium form his perspecitive was entertaining, interesting and informative.
    If you love (or loved) comics, you'll get a kick out of this book. Well worth the time to feed your inner geek.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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