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Sanford Rosenberg

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4091)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2438)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    Overall

    I have "meant" to read this book for many years, but the length seemed daunting and the language stilted, at least by 21st century terms. What a mistake it would have been to miss it! After a little "attitude adjustment", I found the flowery language elegant and fascinating and the character development is superb. One can only marvel at the decades-long plan that The Count, Edmund Dantes, has carefully set in motion to serve as suitable revenge for those whose greed and self-interest caused him to spend 14 long years in a dungeon. This review relates to the whole book, not just Part I, but each section was a new adventure and looking back, you can see how Dumas has not wasted a character or scene that does not justify the plot and the outcome. Yes, there are some slower sections (characters, in accordance with the era, sometimes take 30 words to say what could be said in 5), but overall I found myself wanting to get back into the car or back on to the plane as soon as possible. It is a bit like watching "Masterpiece Theater"--not for everyone or every taste, but it's not an acknowledged masterpiece for nothing. And excellent narration.

    87 of 89 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (1992)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "A 2-book set--read Golden Son reviews first !!"
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    I have said my piece in my Golden Son review, because this Part I has to be considered as only the beginning of a very long novel with a totally unsatisfying, really awful, conclusion. I believe the author literally ruined this adventure, and not just because of an "unexpected plot twist" in book two's ending. It was a cheap trick, and I feel I wasted 30+ hours that I thought I was enjoying, until the end. Book One was worth 2 stars, but the series taken together is barely a 1-star, in my view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1021)

    Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

    Charles says: "Magnificent"
    "Did the author WANT to make us all mad at the end?"
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    It's hard to couch this as anything but a spoiler, but you may be grateful. I thought I was enjoying both Red Rising and Golden Son, and looking forward to how the Reaper would pull off his Revolution. I thought the end, without saying more, was the most terrible, most unsatisfying, most unredeeming betrayal of any novel I've read in thirty years, and thoroughly ruined the 30+ hours I'd spent getting there. I would have been at 4 stars at least until the last 10 minutes, then a plummet to 1 star was generous, in my view. Yes, I'm angry, because I felt tricked, and I mean that differently than just a plot twist. Read it if you want, I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone. I don't buy that the author was "so clever" by giving us an ending we didn't expect at all; it could not have been a less enjoyable adventure at the climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (1824)
    Story
    (1824)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Feels like Lee Child just mailed this one in. . ."
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    As fans of the Reacher books know, Lee Child's style is to frequently take a minor point or situation and milk it over and over from every irrelevant angle possible, leaving the main story for long stretches at a time, with the seeming intent of making the book longer and cementing his "unique style" (e.g. taking a distance in miles and repeating it in kilometers and feet and inches and millimeters, etc., with no obvious forwarding of the plot. Or time. Or even roadway signs, repeated exit after exit, or how you enter a password on a computer, and so on.)
    This was okay in earlier books with enough action and excitement to make you forgive and forget, but in this one (as in some other recents), my wife and I found ourselves begging him out loud to "get on with it". The end has a decent enough twist, but it doesn't compensate adequately for the struggle to get there.
    Finally, Dick Hill as the narrator. I know he is "much beloved" by many Audible fans but I find that his universally whiny-sounding female characters (I now believe that's how he thinks he has to sound to make them seem "female") are grating to the extreme. And some characters voices are so contrived and exaggerated ("Little Joey" Green, for example) that we simply couldn't understand what he was saying! I sadly may have to take a break from Reacher, and Dick Hill, for awhile. . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (2190)
    Story
    (2195)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Not at all the 'Clancy' I knew and loved. . ."
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    Great disappointment, really. Perhaps I should just put "The Hunt for Red October" and "Red Star Rising" and the rest of the early Clancy's out of mind, but I was hoping that "the last novel he wrote (co-wrote, apparently) before he died" would be worth more. Jack Jr. is just not as good a character as his dad, and this book is so fascinated with the not-so-intriguing detals of "international finance" (page after boring page) that it made my eyes glaze over (ears, actually). A little action, but neither makes it as an action-genre or an international spy-genre vehicle. I plodded through, but the kiss of death was that I could frequently find my attention lapsing and realizing I had not heard the last five minutes. Not the kind of excitement in an audible book I crave or expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2668)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1492)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "LIFE, but of a self-absorbed narcissist"
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    What would have made Life better?

    Perhaps if Keith Richards didn't demonstrate his total lack of regard for anyone but himself,and he could have accepted that the same rules and mores apply to him as well as to everyone else, this could have been a better book. Unfortunately, that would make it someone else's life, not his. (He seems to actually believe that the police shouldn't arrest him for drugs because "Don't they understand I'm a Rocker? That I have a different life than theirs? Couldn't they just live their lives and let me live mine?" He is a totally unsympathetic, and even pathetic, individual. He was not fit to be a parent at all, and if his children survived him they should have a story of their own to tell. And his story is BORING. Except for one or two tidbits about the genesis of the Stones, he rambles on endlessly name-dropping early "legends" of his, and how somehow they influenced him, and speaks endlessly about forming certain chords and sounds on the guitar that are meaningless to anyone but a top-notch guitar player. I am not, and I was bored silly.


    What could Keith Richards and James Fox have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have left out the interminable name-dropping and descriptions of how you actually play the guitar and concentrated on the history of the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards may be a great guitarist, but without the Stones he is nothing but a stoned-out jerk.


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

    I hated this book, actually, and can only appreciate that it taught me that their is nothing to idolize about Keith Richards.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1122)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Not at all what you'd expect from Mr. Moore!"
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    What disappointed you about Sacre Bleu?

    Having read many Christopher Moore books, and enjoyed them and laughed throughout, I could not finish the last half of this. I waited way too long for something funny, or even engaging, to occur. Sure, there are hints of the occult and mysterious characters that live throughout the ages, but definitely nothing funny or adequately exciting to keep my interest. And there are so many characters they are hard to keep track of.


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

    Perhaps, in the second half. I couldn't bring myself to listen any longer. . .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (283)

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "A little too talky, at times, but a great story"
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    Any additional comments?

    An epic sci-fi story, and I enjoyed it a great deal and would recommend it to fans of the genre, especially in the Peter Hamilton style. My only criticisms are that the author allowed himself a few too many opportunities to veer off on a tangent for several minutes in areas that ultimately had little or no import on the story as a whole, and the story could have benefitted from a little judicious editing. Also, the spider babies were made to be a little too "cutesy" in my view. That may have been largely in the "baby voices" used by the narrator, which eventually were a little annoying, but a little too much unnecessary spider children attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (958)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Dewey Andreas, my new favorite superhero!"
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    What other book might you compare Coup d'Etat to and why?

    Power Down, Coes' first book--riveting, exciting, almost non-stop action.


    Any additional comments?

    Dewey Andreas is a character in the mold of Jack Reacher from Lee Childs, Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn, and John Wells from Alex Berenson--morally superior guys fighting for justice and always in the thick of a problem, but with special skills: CIA assasins, ex-Seals, and Military Police investigators. They can be hard to keep apart, as fans of this genre know, but they can be counted on to beat any number of bad guys eventually, save the girl/country/world, and even make mistakes once in awhile to keep them (almost) human. Dewey is the best of the bunch, in my view, and both of the Dewey Andreas books are superbly exciting with just enough believable current events to make them very hard to put down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (437)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "All the narrative beauty of Cold Mountain. . ."
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    If you could sum up Nightwoods in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, interesting characters


    What about Will Patton???s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is the perfect voice for the southern, rural story.


    Any additional comments?

    Charles Frazier, James Lee Burke, and Pat Conroy are so similar in narrative style--beautiful descriptive writing that allows you to completely visualize the surroundings,but never boringly so. Gorgeous writing, really, as in this book. And plenty of unusual characters and small-town, backwoods eccentricities. Kept getting better, and a more satisfying culmination than the Cold Mountain shocker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (907)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "Definitely no "Fire and Ice""
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    Any additional comments?

    I expected a great deal more from George R.R. Martin, having thoroughly enjoyed the intricacies and inventiveness of his great Fire and Ice saga, but this story was thin, formulaic, and uninteresting. Yes, it was free, but it was 40-some minutes in which I kept hoping the ending was something vastly more interesting than it turned out to be. George, please get back to novels 6 and 7 of the saga!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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