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Robert

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Carlsbad, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (253)

    Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

    Kaye says: "A pleasure!"
    "Sir Michael is awesome"
    Overall
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    Story

    His story more or less from the beginning told by the man himself. It feels like he's chatting to you over tea or a drink. The story is mostly linear but jumps about here and there to address the topic at hand and wrap up a character while they are fresh in mind. Feels very conversational that way. The man lived a charmed life (after a very rough 30 year start) and seems to have a really nice outlook on the world.

    He really never has a bad word to say about anyone. I'm sure in private he might, but he has the class to avoid that sort of thing so if you are looking for dirty laundry you won't find it here.

    The Elephant of the title is the part of East London he came from. Didn't know it was called the Elephant and he never explains why.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Actors Anonymous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Franco
    • Narrated By James Franco
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    The actors in James Franco’s brilliant debut novel include a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines - before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess.

    Justin says: "Anonymous"
    "Confused and uneven"
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    This book is a series of vignettes. I'd call them short stories but they don't have proper endings. Perhaps they come together at the end to provide a proper ending but I didn't get that far so I wouldn't know.

    The vignettes star different folk, but are all told in the first person. The narration is good but its the author and it sound like he's telling us stories of his life which makes for a bit of confusion when suddenly he's a girl and all.

    The first couple of stories flirt with edginess and then it turned into Gay porn. If the book was good I would have continued simply out of curiosity but it wasn't really good enough and started sounding like forced edginess at that point so I put it down (or deleted it).

    James Franco has potential as a writer, no doubt, but it wasn't for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mariners of Gor: Gorean Saga, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Norman
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Many on Gor do not believe that the great ship, the ship of Tersites, the lame, scorned, half-blind, half-mad shipwright, originally of Port Kar exists. Surely it is a matter of no more than legend. In the previous audiobook, however, SWORDSMEN OF GOR, we learn that the great ship, was secretly built in the northern forests, and brought down the Alexandra to Thassa, the sea, beginning her voyage to the "World's End," hazarding waters beyond the "farther islands," from which no previous ship had returned.

    Robert says: "Confused narration but otherwise typical Gor"
    "Confused narration but otherwise typical Gor"
    Overall
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    Gor books tend to bi-polar. They alternate between sequences of excellent adventure and sequences of Slave, Sleen! Slave, Master. Generally in the hardcopy form you can skip the repetitive and annoying Slave, Sleen! Slave, Master chunks and get to the excellent adventures (or I suppose you could do the reverse). You can't do that easily with an audio novel.

    Also the book's narration is confused. The narrator goes over large chunks of obsessive details about Gorean slavery but the book sets it up that the narrator is telling his story to other Goreans. That worked when it was Carl Tabot telling us the story but not so well in this context. Also the narration switches between 'the stranger' and the scribe at different times but both speak in the first person and have the same 'voice' as Carl Tabot. Even worse its the tangle created when the narrator related bits they were told by a woman which is also told in the first person and leaves the impression of the dangerous "stranger" relating this tale and acting out the girl parts. Kind of odd.

    Still the action adventure bits were good. He drops you into the action in a way no other writers of swords and sorcery do and I think he could have been one of the greats if he skipped the Slave, Sleen! Slave, Master bits or isolated them to their own book series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2548)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1026)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Reminds me of Douglas Adams"
    Overall
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    The author has a way with words and the turn of phrase. Interesting characters but really not much of a plot line. The author says he was never one for chapters and it shows. Like Hitchhikers Guide it meanders about from quirky bit to quirky bit. All entertaining but not really getting you anywhere. I'll relisten to this again just for the writing, I just hope later Pratchet books have more of a story. Hated the ending. Had no issues with the recording quality that Audible is clear to mention. Narrator does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (714)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Loved Harry Potter so I thought I'd give it a try"
    Overall
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    And it just felt flat, regurgitated meat from better books. Perhaps it gets better but I didn't make it far past the garbage shoot as it all felt too derivative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (993)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Got it to listen with Family on long drive"
    Overall
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    The story is dull and the future unlikely. The narrator does a decent job but really I can't understand how this made the best seller lists and school reading lists. Maybe I'm missing something but I can't see buying any books by the same author again let alone watching the movie they are currently putting together.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sick Puppy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements - such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks - that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

    Herv J. Peairs says: "Therapy for green folk"
    "Paint by Numbers Hiaasen story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a big fan of Carl Hiaasen, at least his earlier books. This one never sat right when I first read it and now listening to the audio I've reconfirmed that impression. Hiaasen has always used familiar elements but never before has it felt so going through the motions than this time. The villains just didn't seem so villainous, the heroes were scum bags. Only the dog was really likable.

    Carl Hiaasen must have a labrador because his descriptions are dead on. That is probably why he seems to have transferred over towards children's fair. His bag of tricks was a bit used up.

    If you want to try Carl Hiaasen try some of his earlier work. Any of his earlier work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1559)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Wanted to like the book, I really did"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's not bad, but this is the setup for a long series and he spend a good deal of time discussing the political situation and how the technology works. I found the enemies plans a bit dull and the end resolution unsatisfying. I liked it enough that I'll try the next book at some point, hoping that now that things are setup he doesn't need to do it again and the story will thus be more satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "Wonderful book"
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    Yeah if you hate his politics you probably wont enjoy it but if you have followed the tea-party movement its a wonderful glimpse inside, and of the methods used to try to paint the tea-party in a horrid light. His outlining of those tactics are worth the price alone. I bought the hardcopy version for my mother after listening to the Audio version. Wonderful stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1023)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Highly enjoyable listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Alan Cumming does a great job. This novel brings the story to life and makes me want to see the play again, and probably dig up the Nigel Trantor novel for comparison. Really the only flaw in the story was that cover art shows a castle a century or two out of date, still artistic license and all, that's a pretty tiny little quibble and certainly not enough to cost a star. If you ever wanted to know what Macbeth was about without the sometimes difficult shakespearean style this is it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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