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Robert

Long Valley, New Jersey, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Peter & Max: A Fables Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Willingham
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (338)

    When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother Max encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.

    Joshua says: "Not just for Fables fans only"
    "An Interesting Diversion"
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    It wasn't the best thing I've ever listen to, but I enjoyed it. It is a very quick listen and if you are in between epic series or looking for something quick just to clean the fiction palette, then this is an excellent choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11157)
    Performance
    (8866)
    Story
    (8973)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "One of my top three series"
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    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    These two books have already put this series in my top three with Song of Fire and Ice and Harry Potter. It is like either of these, but it entertains as well if not better. Rothfuss is a master of his art and takes language and story telling to a new level. Simply brilliant and almost beyond words!


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Great Performance!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (514)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "I Love the Movie and I Love the Story"
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    I am not a King fan, but this short story is awesome. I am a huge fan of the movie and will watch it over and over again. Likewise, I am now a huge fan of the story and the narration and will listen to it over and over again. For the amount of enjoyment compared to the cost, it is one of the best purchases on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (23630)
    Performance
    (17611)
    Story
    (17668)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "One of the Best Series of All Time"
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    As a huge Sci-Fi/Fantasy series consumer, I have to say that the epic scope and character development in the Song of Fire and Ice series is with out match. I have yet to meet anyone who has read these books and failed to enjoy them. Even fans of the HBO series will gain insight and enjoyment from also reading the books. There is a lot of character development and story line that simply can't be included into a TV series. The books will increase your enjoyment of the show. If you haven't yet, you must listen to these books.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (737)

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "Changed My Life"
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    I listen to this after having listened to the Talent Code. This book changed my life. As a formally very fix-minded person, I have completely changed my view and have experienced a lot of success by doing so. I am now firmly growth-minded and I preach growth-mindedness wherever I go. If you want to maximize you personal potential and that of the people around you, then read this book. Also an excellent read for both parents and teachers. We must change the way we communicate with children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4231)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1967)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Must Listen"
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    My first foray into historical fiction. As I was flying to Chicago I listened to this book. It was brilliant. I eventually annoyed everybody discussing the many facts I discovered about Chicago's World's Fair. But the listen was beautifully narrated and was extremely entertaining. A great read! You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Raising a Puppy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Monks of New Skete
    • Narrated By Michael Wager
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Here is everything you need to know about the crucial first months of your puppy's life, from monks who have been breeding, raising, and training German Shepherds for more than 25 years. Their extraordinary grasp of every facet of puppy behavior has gained them worldwide attention.

    Jean says: "Hummm... Nothing wrong with this picture!!"
    "Dog Person"
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    I have had dogs my whole life. My family bred, raised, and showed dogs for competition and I thought I knew just about everything about raising a dog. Having read this book I realized how much I still needed to learn. My wife and I rescued an emotional troubled dog, but I read this book (twice) and use the techniques to train our dog. She is now universally loved by everyone who meets her and will sit, lie down, bark, and high-five on command. She is great with children and we couldn't imagine life without her. If you are getting a dog, READ THIS BOOK, before you buy your dog, and then again when you train your dog, and you will develop a happy and healthy relationship with your dog too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3924)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1371)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Laugh Out Loud, Literally"
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    David Sedaris is one of the funniest writers of our time. I laughed out loud many times during this book and revisit it often for a pick-me-up. If you don't like Sedaris, you won't like this. If you like Sedaris, you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1908)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1059)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "One of the Great Ones"
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    One of the greatest books I have read or to which I have listened. Many will criticize the the troubling nature of the narration and plot, but the ability to evoke such pity and revulsion at the same time is a credit to Nabokov's writing and Irons' performance. Rare is a work as engrossing and powerful as this while also troubling, thought provoking, and emotionally riveting. If you haven't yet read or listen to this book, do so today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17025)
    Performance
    (15113)
    Story
    (15070)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Not a Stephen King Fan"
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    As the title indicates, I am not a Stephen King fan, but I really enjoyed this book. I found the historical work mixed with King's edging Fantasy/Horror twist to be extremely engaging. It helps that I am interested in the both time travel and the Kennedy assassination. I am also a sucker for a good (not too mushy) love story. Despite enjoying very few of King's works, I really liked this book and wanted to suggest it to those of you who don't traditionally like King.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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