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Robert

Hilo, HI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Vicious Circle: A Novel of Complicity

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    An Israeli government minister is assassinated in the home of his mistress. Days later, a Mossad officer leads his final raid, killing a Hamas leader in his bed and barely escaping with his life. The action moves into the near future, when world leaders, united under the leadership of a visionary female president of the United States, broker a major compromise between Israel and the Palestinian authority. Their hope is to snuff out the violent flashpoint that fuels global terrorism.

    Steve says: "Just can't get into it. (stopping at 5 hours)"
    "Surprising"
    Overall

    Will take you on an adventure!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert K. Knake, Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security-and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers.

    Kenneth W. Gray III says: "Scary"
    "Poor to worse narrating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Get Robertson Dean back! Richard Clarke has a great deal of current and appropriate knowledge about the things we need to know. I listened to as much as I could stand but could not finish - Yes! I am spoiled. No! It isn't personal, Mr. Larkin did not make mistakes, he just simply "read" the book. I purchase books by who narrates, author, subject in that order. Again, please don't publish this, as it is unfair of me to judge - you will see that my library is very extensive, I've been a member a long time - I wish I could give a better review, and if authorized, I would return this book, unfinished - Thank You
    RR


    What could Robert K. Knake and Richard A. Clarke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hired Robertson Dean, George Guidall, or ANY of the readers that Orson S. Card uses.


    What didn’t you like about Pete Larkin’s performance?

    It was NOT a performance! I've gotten spoiled by the readers mentioned above.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know how the book ended! I didn't get the material I needed, because the narrating was so distracting, that I couldn't stay with it. However, having read, or listened to Mr. Clarke's other books, I am sure I would have liked it. I will buy the text and read it for myself


    Any additional comments?

    I usually do not rate books, unless they are extremely excellent. the idea that my words might keep knowledge out of the brains of listeners, just because I didn't like a particular narrator, is awful. I take NO pleasure in writing this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tree of Smoke: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

    MadMadeleine says: "Moby Redux"
    "Why that high - my rating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to the story several times. Will (Patton) is an excellent actor/reader and has gotten into the story on a visceral level. Yes! I'm a veteran of that war. Veterans will understand easier than general readers, but the story and production are such that all listeners with heart will truly understand. The angst is real, the characters true, the production is first-class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (700)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Stupid ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved it, right up until the ending! Pissed me off so much a gave the story a one!

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "My First for this Reader"
    Overall

    Well Done!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Baer goes behind the scenes to show how the U.S. willingly overlooked the corruption of the Saudi royal family, its financing of violent Islamic fundamentalist groups that spread hatred of the West throughout Saudi society, and its bribery of American officials. From a close-up with a corrupt Arab family to the inside scoop on how we helped fund the Taliban, Baer shows what's at stake in our pursuit of oil.

    B. Allen says: "The story behind the true US-Saudi relationship"
    "Right_On Baer"
    Overall

    Great truth is difficult to describe and impossible to keep interesting, however Robert Baer found a way!
    If you want a picture of the real world told in a spell binding way - take a listen!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (473)

    Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

    Jerret says: "Combined review"
    "From an Infantryman"
    Overall

    Scott Brick is an excellent reader - i will buy anything he will read. Red Rabbit is a good book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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