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Robert

Mars, PA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5037)
    Performance
    (3009)
    Story
    (3024)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "What a Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Daniel Suarez and/or Jeff Gurner?

    Narrations was very good. Disappointed with author.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Listening to Michael Connelly now. The Fifth Witness.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    NA


    What character would you cut from Freedom (TM)?

    Burn the book. Delete the file.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw glimpses of what was to come in Daemon, but forged ahead anyway. I may yet go back and try to finish Freedom, but only because I don't like being a quitter. However, I also don't like being preached to about what a wreck the world is and being blamed for allowing it along the way. All in a thinly veiled story about a computer program gone mad. Its like the modernized antithesis of "Atlas Shrugged". In the interest of full disclosure, I really enjoyed Atlas Shrugged and am very much a conservative. I don't mind saying that because I recognize that not everyone agrees with my views on things. In summary, while a lot of science fiction is preachy, this one went over the top. If you think that the US government and big business are collectively the source of everything that's wrong in your life you will probably enjoy Daniel Suarez' story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Path of the Assassin: A Thriller

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Brad Thor and his indomitable hero, Scot Harvath, are back, raising the stakes and taking on one of the world's deadliest terrorist organizations, one bent on stoking a global holy war of apocalyptic proportions.

    After rescuing the president from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attention to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man.

    Robin says: "Brad Thor and Suspense"
    "Horrible Narration"
    Overall

    I can't believe that Recorded Books hires Armand Schultz to do a mediocre narration when they've heard George Guidall's readings of other Thor books. This story is OK, but Schultz detracts from it where Guidall adds to the stories he reads.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    In a daring and chilling debut, Brad Thor draws us into a sinister labyrinth of political intrigue and international terrorism, serving up an explosive cocktail of unrelenting action and a shattering climax, as one man is pushed to the edge.

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality. Thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed, and the vacationing president of the United States has been kidnapped.

    Don says: "Great listen"
    "Need Unabridged Version ; Really Poor Narration"
    Overall

    I'll admit from the start that this is more a review of the choice of narrators than anything else. I'll say that I found this story to be predictable and simplisitc, but that doesn't surprise me since the unabridged version isn't available at Audible. I've listened to all of Brad Thor's books up to "The Last Patriot" at this point. I'm not sure who the decision maker is, but the best thing that individual did was get rid of Armand Schultz and replace him with George Guidall after "Path of the Assassin". The worst thing they ever did was drop George Guidall and go back to Armand Schultz after "The Last Patriot". Schultz's reading is just horrible. I could go into much greater description as to why I feel that way, but just trust me. George Guidall is every bit the voice of Scott Harvath (in my head) as he is the voice of Mitch Rapp, and whoever is making the decisions ought to know that. Don't they listen to their finished product?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4889)
    Performance
    (2668)
    Story
    (2684)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Another great Tom Clancy book"
    Overall

    Getting another Tom Clancy book after such a long time was like meeting an old friend that I hadn't seen in years. I'm not really going to review the book itself, although it was a typical well written Tom Clancy thriller. I've never reviewed a book before, but after listening to Lou Diamond Phillips I had to log on and write this. Phillips' reading of this book was absolutely fantastic. I've always been a fan of Scott Brick, George Guidall and a few others, but frankly I thought this narration was the best I've ever heard. This was a book I would have enjoyed if it had been read by a reasonbly competent monkey, but the combination of Tom Clancy and this spot-on narration made this a few weeks of truly enjoyable driving.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Darren McGavin
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    He is a man with an unknown past and an uncertain future. A man dragged from the sea riddled with bullets, his face altered by plastic surgery - a man bearing the dubious identity of Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life, the target of professional assassins, at the center of a maddening, deadly puzzle. Who is Jason Bourne? Listen to the sample below to hear Ludlum explain how an event in his life gave him the idea for The Bourne Identity.

    Franklin says: "Then Bourne Identity"
    "If you haven't read the book DON'T SEE THE MOVIE"
    Overall

    I can't rate this abridged version since I almost never listen to them. Doug (reviewer on July 7) said he needed to watch the movie to see what the book was about because the abridgement was so bad. Doug, that would be a big mistake. The movie turned Ludlum's noble character into the freak result of the terribly twisted US government - great story in this day and age where its good sport in Hollywood to paint the American govt. as the evil empire. In the book, a CIA agent took a false identity - Jason Bourne - who subsequently took credit for Carlos' murders in an attempt to flush Carlos out and end his career. Note that he wasn't brainwashed or part of a larger group of mummified hit men. When he got shot and left for dead at the start of the book and lost his memory the pieces of that false persona that came back were the result of his being immersed in the role for so long trying to complete his mission. As the book, and ultimately the trilogy unfold there are two story lines; (1)finding and stopping Carlos and (2)David Webb, aka Jason Bourne, finding his way back to his real identity. I personally am on pins and needles waiting to see how Hollywood further bastardizes Ludlum's most popular writing in The Bourne Supremacy. Bottom line - if you want to know what Ludlum wrote there's only one way to do it -- read the book. Audible - where are the unabridged versions of Ludlum's early writings? The Holocraft Covenant, The Matarese Circle, The Bourne trilogy - wonderful writing when Ludlum was at his creative best.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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