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Robert

Vosselaar, Belgium | Member Since 2005

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  • Dead Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Yvonne Woon
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    After Renee Winters discovers her parents dead, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine. It’s here she meets Dante, to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and they being a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret.

    Leslie says: "Good, but..."
    "Dead beautiful"
    Overall

    One of the best books I ever read (listenend to). Yvonne Woon is at the same level as Kate Mosse with her "Sepulchure" and Katherine Neville. It is a fascinating story with surprising end. For the peace of my own mind, I am now going to find out if there is a 7th meditation by René Descartes (His meditations exist).
    Just listen to this book you won't regret it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9924)
    Performance
    (8994)
    Story
    (9069)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Nice touristic guide of Florence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, again more of the same, Langdon and Partner chased and in mortal danger, meanwhile exchanging knowledge and showing touristic and other details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    I already didn't finish The Lost symbol. No more Dan Brown.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no favorite


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    Nothing new on the Divina Comedia, maybe some interesting details on the City of Florence


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown should change his style. Real people don't speak nor act like his characters in this book. Digital Fortress was much better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    In this course, Thomas F. Madden offers a history of the culture that developed out of the ancient Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages. The story begins at the end of the Roman Empire in the third century AD and continues over the next 1000 years. Professor Madden leads a discussion covering the aftermath and influence of this extraordinary empire. Europeans now saw a world in which nothing stood between them as the last remnant of free Christendom and the ever-growing powers of Islam.

    Kristopher says: "Solid Content, Great Presentation"
    "Don't spend your gold"
    Overall

    Very poor course on the Byzantine Empire (more or less a survey). Additionally, the Prof"s narration is irritantly hesitating as if he never knows for sure what he is going to say. A waste of money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Circle

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Katherine Neville
    • Narrated By Megan Follows
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Snake River, Idaho - Ariel Behn, a toxic materials expert at a remote nuclear site, finds her well-ordered life shattered when her cousin is slain by an unknown assassin. His shocking death leaves Ariel sole heir to a family legacy: a sinister cache of manuscripts that sweeps her into the deadly center of international intrigue - and a mystery that spans the centuries...Jerusalem, 32 A.D. - During the last week of the life of Christ, as the world stands on the brink of a new two-thousand-year cycle, Emperor Tiberius works desperately to decipher the tantalizing clues to an age-old enigma. He will not be the only one. For whoever assembles and interprets these cryptic clues will possess the power to control the fate of the world... Now, at the center of this circle of ancient riddles stands the one woman who can pull the strands together: Ariel Behn. What strange powers lie hidden with in the manuscripts? As Ariel races across the continents to reveal the dark secrets buried in her family's past, she begins to unlock the chilling truth of the coming millenium.

    Robert says: "Impossible to abridge Katherine Neville's books"
    "Impossible to abridge Katherine Neville's books"
    Overall

    I read "The magic Circle" and it certainly is a FIVE STAR book. But abridging Neville's books is impossible. Looking forward for an unabridged version of this audio-book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Impact

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (366)

    A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

    adam says: "Not good"
    "Five stars"
    Overall

    During the first hour of listening I had three stars in mind, but the story gets better and better.I gave five stars.
    Didn't see any provoking language.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ipcress File

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By Paul Daneman
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Set in the greyly-lit half-world of espionage, where there is no place for truth or simplicity, The Ipcress File centres upon the mission of a secret agent, 'the first anti-hero in spy fiction'. Beneath the brilliant veneer of wit and fast-paced action the vulnerability of an intelligence agent is vividly portrayed, and there is more than a suggestion of the futility of the spy game, and the defenceless pawns within it.

    Robert says: "The Ipcress File"
    "The Ipcress File"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the movie very much.But the book was a big disappointment. After more than 3.5 hours listening to this British nonsense I still didn't find any connection to the movie, not even the name of the hero. I stopped reading. I was already looking forward to "Funeral in Berlin", but I will pass for this purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Daniel Easterman
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When Jack Goodrich, a teacher at the American University in Cairo, is shown a sword thought to have belonged to the Prophet Muhammad, it seems at first that all his dreams have come true. Actually, it is the beginning of his worst nightmare.

    Torje says: "Daniel Easterman - The Sword"
    "The Sword - Excellent reading"
    Overall

    This is my first Daniel Easterman book and I found it excellent.Good story on a very real background.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (868)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Certainly not Nelson DeMille's best"
    Overall

    Although I am a fan of Nelson DeMille, I didn't finish this one. Too slow, too much patriottisme against a bad KGB.It reminds me of the story behind Rambo and some Chuck Norris movies. Sorry Nelson.
    As always, Scott Brick does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Schumann Frequency

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christopher Ride
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    An adventure not only through time and humanity, The Schumann Frequency races through various corners of the globe from the Mayan ruins in Mexico, to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt and finally Stonehenge for the book's thrilling climax. Christopher Ride takes you on a gripping journey that will keep you riveted until the very last page.

    Saikungbob says: "this is a book that begs for a negative rating"
    "For me it's a page turner"
    Overall

    Could hardly stop reading. Good plot, lots of suspense many unexpected twists, sometimes funny.
    Ride makes a good connection between quantum physics, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the pyramids and Stonehenge. People who liked reading Steve Berry, Kate Mosse and Lincoln Child, will enjoy this book. It's no waste of money.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jews, God, and History

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Max I. Dimont
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    From ancient Palestine through Europe and the Orient, to America and modern Israel, Max Dimont shows how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the history of virtually every nation on earth. Brilliantly narrated in a thousand and one episodes, this newly revised and updated edition tells the story of a people escaping annihilation and cultural death, fighting, falling back, and advancing again.

    Matrix2020 says: "Entertaining History of the Jewish People"
    "The best on Jewish History"
    Overall

    As a non Jew interested in history and especially the history of the Middle East, I have only one word for this work: magisterial!
    Maybe the sound quality is not the best, but this is abundantly compensated by the objective content of this masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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