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Rolwin

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Casey Affleck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea - a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA - past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways - and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own?

    Michael says: "Don't let the narrator ruin it for you"
    "Audacious indeed."
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    What did you love best about Sex on the Moon?

    The fact that it is a true story made it hard to stop listening. Loved the main character, Thad Roberts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sex on the Moon?

    The actual heist.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Since I had seen Casey Affleck movies, the narration felt like a movie.


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

    It is probably the first book where I sided with the person who is portrayed as the bad guy - Thad Roberts and disliked the person who is portrayed as the hero - Axel Emmermann.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (647)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Carries Steig Larsson's mantle forward"
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    Where does The Absent One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The upper end of the middle third


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    Threading between the past and present.


    What didn’t you like about Steven Pacey’s performance?

    Use of a British accent to narrate a Danish writer's work badly hurt this book for me. Erik Davies who did the first book was excellent with the Danish accent and I looked forward to this second book. I don't know why the audio publisher made such a regressive change.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hunters becoming hunted.


    Any additional comments?

    Please request audio publisher to re-record the audiobook with Erik Davies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1213)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Great Scandinavian thriller"
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    Where does The Keeper of Lost Causes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High up. I loved the Millenium trilogy and was sad that there wouldn't be any more Steig Larson novels due to his death. I am happy again because of this novel.


    What other book might you compare The Keeper of Lost Causes to and why?

    Millenium trilogy books by Steig Larson. The Scandinavian setting for these crime thrillers.


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Danish accent was so pleasing to hear. It takes the crime thriller and transports the reader into an exotic land.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Help, Dept Q


    Any additional comments?

    Want to see more of Jussi Adler-Olsen's writing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (1999)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Gripping."
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    Would you listen to Transfer of Power again? Why?

    No. The suspense wouldn't be there the second time.


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

    Yes. Rapid pace of events in the book.


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The siege of 1600


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "Screams out to be made into a movie"
    Overall
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    Where does The Power of the Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 percentile


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

    Yes. The constant up and down between the good and the bad.


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

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long for that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2566)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2304)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Technology meets suspense"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The relentnesness of the drones.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The eerie suspense. The fact that he read Daemon and FreedomTM gives a kind of continuity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10812)
    Performance
    (6838)
    Story
    (6870)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing testimony of the human spirit"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Always recommend true stories.


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The part about being lost at sea and surviving is strikingly similar.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The experience of joy and sadness can be felt in the voice.


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

    Many moments in the book moved me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sarah Macdonald
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

    Meredith says: "Inspiring and witty"
    "The essence of religion"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Holy Cow!?

    The insight that Sarah brings to what she observed in India.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Holy Cow!?

    There were many - her views on the Tibetean exiles living there, her interactions with the Israeli's she found there..


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

    No


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

    It did bring out a lot of emotion.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16947)
    Performance
    (12855)
    Story
    (12792)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Great insight into SNL"
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    Would you try another book from Tina Fey and/or Tina Fey?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina Fey - there really aren't any other characters in the book


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She makes the book match her screen performances.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think the world has already seen it - her performances on SNL and 30 Rock are pretty much the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4717)
    Performance
    (2125)
    Story
    (2134)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "This is an epic"
    Overall

    One of the finest books I have read. Spans 3 continents. Spans the whole range of emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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