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Robert

Indidanapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (254)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "Good Book"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is my 1st book by Robert Heinlein. And I have to say I did enjoy the book, I really did, but a couple things were less than perfect IMO.

    #1 I got lost at the beginning of the book on which characters were talking, not sure if that's just me or if it was the narration. Other than that part, the narration was great.

    #2 The ending was good, but I found myself looking for Farnham’s Freehold part 2. I wanted to know more. Its not a cliff hanger, but i do feel I have some loose ends that need tied.

    Going into the book, I only knew it was about a guy surviving a nuclear Holocaust (which is the reason I got it). I enjoyed listening about how things would be in that situation, with the "Life Boat Rules" and all of a sudden having to reinvent EVERYTHING.

    It is true this book has some racial insensitivity in it, but that's not what this book is about. The author isn't trying to see how many times he can throw out derogatory terms (if I recall correctly there only seemed to be 1 character that liked to use such words). The second half of the book isn't really about the "life of a slave" (work, work, try to escape, caught, whipped) type thing. Nor is it about "the shoe is on the other foot and lets see how you like it". It is much more political than that.

    All in all
    This book is a good listen and Its a good 10 hours of entertainment for 15 bucks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32508)
    Performance
    (23834)
    Story
    (24159)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "About the Series"
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    This is more of a review about the series of books rather than just, "The Hunger Games"

    Book 1 is IMO a really good book and a good listen. I agree with all the other positive comments. Also, I think out of the 3 books this one is more of a "stand alone" type book I didn't really need a 2nd book to tie up this one.

    Book 2 for me was just as good as the 1st, it has just as much action, if not more. And of course the problems of the love triangle thing. I believe the 2nd book does leave you with a cliff hanger, you have to have book 3 ready to go at the end of that one.

    Book 3 Well, It was pretty good. I really don't know how to say it without giving anything up. I did enjoy most of it, its just the ending I didn't care for. Its not that I don't like what happened, I was very, very surprised, but afterwards... There are things that happened that you don't get to "see". To me it felt like the book should be longer. Its like the author created all these problems and realized she only had a page left to write on so had other characters fix things that you don't get the privy to "see". The story is definitely a "Wow" and you will for sure want to talk about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4024)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2278)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "What the heck !"
    Overall

    The narrator just kills it.. completely ! Its sounds as if they hired me to read this book for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (657)

    Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

    D says: "Detour!"
    "Aggrivating read"
    Overall

    I liked the previous books of the series so far.

    This particular one just drags on to much and has to many characters that are just to ignornt or gullible. Alot of "scenes" in the story are just to unbelieveable for me. I dont know how to say more without giving away the story.

    If your like me, you will read it anyways because it is part of the series. So, when you do read it, dont be ashamed about skipping some chapters.
    Basicly just read enough to learn about the 2 main characters and then skip on over to the last 6 hours or so.

    FYI I had no problems with the narrator, I found him easy to listen to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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