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Bob Faw

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NH USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Naked Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (561)

    In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling Heat Wave, Richard Castle does it again with his thrilling new mystery. Tough, sexy, professional, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation, listeners will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos all while on the trail of a murderer!

    Blanche says: "enjoyable mystery"
    "Good romping fun with fun characters"
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    What did you love best about Naked Heat?

    The writing is intelligent, witty and captures a sense of police culture which feels real to me. The dynamics between Rook and Heat are entertaining, and Roach are cool.
    Heller is a great reader, giving real character to the voices.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It engages me constantly enjoying what's happening and wondering what's going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to listen to the whole series for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13489)
    Performance
    (5893)
    Story
    (5970)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Refreshingly different and deep"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    I was surprised by the complexity of this book. It had showed the dark side, and the best side, of a fictional circus from a startling point of view.
    the insights into an aging man's challenges in a nursing home were vivid and saddening.
    I loved the ending!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    When August finally got what was coming to him was memorable.


    Which character – as performed by David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones – was your favorite?

    Rosie the elephant


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2079)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1148)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "Intelligent, edge-or-your-seat action!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eye of the Needle to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The various voices made it really rich. The female narrator was fantastic, particularly compelling as the lovely Lucy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was in awe of the bad guy, and almost wanted him to win sometimes; except that I liked the good guys even more. Real and engaging characters. Follett gives such an authentic feel to his period pieces like this.


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

    This is my first time hearing Eric Lincoln.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, cried, cheered, worried, and even felt the lust of Lucy and "Henry".


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book. Follett just gets better and better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1332)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Heartwarming"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Listening Is an Act of Love?

    I felt connected to the people telling the stories. For some reason, their interviewing each other was endearing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and I cried


    Any additional comments?

    Great reminder that we all have the same feelings whatever walks of life we come from

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Whether you are in advertising, marketing, management, on sales, or just curious about how to be more influential in everyday life, Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your approach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers.

    00doc says: "Interesting and useful."
    "Lots of good nuggets of info. Very interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone interested in understanding the way humans work, and how to influence others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the tips on preventing being unduly influenced. Cool research shared as well.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Yes!?

    Ask a small favor before a big one


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably read it again to refresh the insights

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4263)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2956)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "High potential, but kept missing the mark"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or Kate Reading?

    Butcher's work here was imaginative, creative and interesting. However, I'm personally turned off by the extensive sadistic scenes. There are also scenes of crisis where people act in very unnatural ways, making it difficult to buy into it. I won't be reading any more of this series.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Her characterizations were convincing and interesting. They were compelling. I was impressed.


    Any additional comments?

    In addition to less graphic violence, I wish that Butcher made the lead characters a little deeper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (799)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "Hot story, spot on reading, flaming success"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heat Wave the most enjoyable?

    The writing is both down to earth and emotionally sophisticated. Heller's reading really brings them all alive in a granular way.
    I hope "Castle" writes more of these series. I'd snap them all up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5219)
    Performance
    (4803)
    Story
    (4800)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Interesting characters and concepts"
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    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    Not again, but I did enjoy it the first time. I will listen to the second in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hadrian (sp?), because he's got a great personality and really cares about people. Plus, being a bad ass fighter helps the cool factor.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    He was convincing in each role. I was impressed with that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A few times when the two anti-hero protagonists saved people at risk to their own lives.


    Any additional comments?

    The book started a bit slowly, but gathered momentum. By the middle I was hooked, and by the end I wanted more.
    I will say that the (I suspect D&D inspired) role of Thief as an acknowledge profession seems odd, and when kings talk that way, it makes it harder to buy into the story.
    But I do like their thieving adventures!
    One of the best things about the book was various, unique and interesting characters. Sullivan does a very good job with that.
    I also like the critical observations about religion. That was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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