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Robert

Egg Harbor City, NJ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk, a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate, became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane.

    Klaus says: "excellent"
    "For"
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    I can't speak to the unabridged version of this book, but I don't recommend this one to anyone without a background in, or at least a strong interest in physics. The interesting passages about Einstein's life weren't plentiful enough to keep me involved. I do now, however, know more about relativity theories than I did; although that is not why I listened to the book...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bird Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ania Ahlborn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his rural Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. Desperate to reclaim a piece of himself, he returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House, where he hopes to find peace among the memories of his youth. But solace doesn't come easy. Someone - or something - has other plans.

    Aaron says: "WAS THE NARRATOR ON A BREATHING MACHINE!!!!"
    "Stopped listening..."
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    Don't rely on the Amazon reviews unless you're a fan of drivel. Listened to about 6 hours and just couldn't go on. Silly, poorly written story and horrible narration. I'll be returning this one...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Plague Dogs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

    Jefferson says: "Canine Spartacus and Fool in the Lake District?"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Hard to say which was better - Richard Adams' writing or Ralph Cosham's narration!
    Just a brilliant tale. Heartbreaking but redemptive, this was the best listen of the year for me...
    Mr. Cosham MUST be hired to narrate Shardik. Seriously, this must happen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4236)
    Performance
    (3700)
    Story
    (3668)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "The Q stands for "Quite Silly"..."
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    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were actually


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    No Stephen King here. The novel started out fine and even reminded me of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King for the first 15 - 20 hours. Then it became just plain silly. Other reviewers comment upon the novel's lack of

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1872)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (907)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Chillingly good..."
    Overall

    This book is a must listen for anyone who still can't get that horrible day out of their mind. It succeeds in dispelling the many myths and mis-conceptions of the tragedy and does so with class and good taste. Beautifully narrated, too...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Suicides

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (509)

    This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

    Lexi Lou says: "Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook"
    "Heartbreaking - but Wonderful!"
    Overall

    Having first listened to the masterpiece, Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, I thought that I might be disappointed by the initial offering from this author. I needn’t have worried!. The Virgin Suicides is just a terrific novel. Although absolutely heartbreaking, the story provides the listener with hope and a sense of peace. Nick Landrum is superb in his reading of the story and I defy any listener to have dry eyes during the final 5 minutes of his narration. I can’t wait for the next offering from Mr. Eugenides, who is, in my view, the best author out there.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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