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  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014

  • The Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Martin Gollery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Australia...a U.S. Air Force computer operator receives a terrifying radio transmission out of Ayers Rock that knocks out the world's communications. In New Mexico...a boozy college engineering professor is suddenly escorted into a waiting car by two armed military men. In New York...a tall, slender woman leaves her husband a note on the refrigerator saying that she's leaving -- but can't tell him where she's going. And in England...a beautiful twenty-three-year-old mathematician prepares for a journey that will change her life forever.

    robert says: "bad bad bad"
    "Read the book instead"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was horrible. A good (or maybe even just competent) narrator could have done much more for this book.

    Would you recommend The Rock to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Painful to listen too.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Gollery?

    Scott Brick would have done this story well.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The story is somewhat interesting, but the bad narration was so distracting it was hard to concentrate on the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "All the cliches..."

    Take an alien artifact on earth for millions of years, add a rogue Army General, a crippled 12 year old computer genius, a hard-boiled cop, and mix in a couple of unkillable zombies. Now take every possible plot, character, and dialog cliche from each of those genres, and you'll have a good idea of the plot line of this book.

    The narrator tried hard, and did an okay job with it, but I kept expecting to here an out-take slip through: "Tell me again how much they are paying me to read this schlock?"

    I had to keep listening, however, just to see if maybe, by some chance, the author would run out of cliche's and do anything even slightly original. Perhaps the final resolution was not quite what I expected, but it seemed to be a half-hearted after thought.

    About the only thing positive I could say is that this selection didn't really make me think too much, and sometimes mindless blather is relaxing - but I'm really stretching it there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

    John says: "Outstanding"
    "An incredible history - heroic and tragic."

    Even as a Navy vetran, I knew little about this historic battle. The principals in the story were brought to life for me, and deserve thier place in history. Many of the personal accounts were almost excrutiatingly graphic, but this just added to the appreciation and admiration I had for thier heroism and bravery.
    I highly recommend this for anyone interested in history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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