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Robert Bernard

I am a prolific reader, backpacker, flyfisherman, tennis player, traveler who admires the works of Paul Theroux, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford , Barbara Tuchman, J.M. Coetzee,Robert Massie, David McCollough and many others

WEBSTER GROVES, MO United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Travels in Siberia

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ian Frazier
    • Narrated By Ian Frazier
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Ian Frazier trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the 40-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs. The book brims with Mongols, half-crazed Orthodox archpriests, fur seekers, ambassadors of the czar bound for Peking, tea caravans, German scientists, American prospectors, intrepid English nurses, and prisoners and exiles of every kind....

    Sara says: "I Loved This Book"
    "Authors should rarely read their books"
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    What did you like best about Travels in Siberia? What did you like least?

    The description of the journeys was ok.The reader was poor.


    Has Travels in Siberia turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I have to pick narrators more carefully.


    What didn’t you like about Ian Frazier’s performance?

    Too folksy. Compare John Lee or Simon Vance.


    Do you think Travels in Siberia needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. See Werner Herzog's movie instead.


    Any additional comments?

    A Bit rambling. "Wild" was much better. Blue Highways extraordinary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (840)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "The author's predilection: talking about himself"
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    What would have made Wizard better?

    Delete all references to the author--who cares about him?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marc J. Seifer again?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Prebble is a fine narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wizard?

    Delete all of the self serving stuff from the author. It was mindless.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not listen past page 10.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assegai

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth - but also danger.

    Jim says: "Entertaining but I'm not much for sport hunting"
    "Terrrible"
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    What disappointed you about Assegai?

    Childish writing and a poor plot to boot


    What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance’s performance?

    Simon Vance is a good narrator


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Assegai?

    I could nor make it that far


    Any additional comments?

    Wilbur should take up another line of work

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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