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Robert A. Lupella

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N, Carolina | Member Since 2005

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  • 30 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 459 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (410)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "Decent Story - Good Narration - BUT"
    Overall

    I was enjoying this book up until the last hour. I don't understand how the main Justice Dept. character can be so stupid - it just doesn't make sense. I agree with the reviewer that says the government agents look bumbling - too much so. The narration is good, and I guess I would give this a passing recommendation - barely.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Holt
    • Narrated By Ray Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    A happy workforce is a productive workforce. At the moment, the Wizard's employees are neither. The goblins are upset with their working conditions, the dragonslayer has thrown a hissy fit over his medical insurance (or lack thereof) and everyone is upset about the terrible canteen coffee. Yet the Wizard hasn't got time to worry about revolution in the workplace - he's about to see his brilliant business plan (based on entrepreneurial flair and involving one or two parallel worlds) disrupted by a clueless young man.

    Lauren says: "Very clever and new"
    "Outsourced"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Outsorcerer's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsorcerer's Apprentice?

    I liked the humor of the book. The characters have a sarcastic attitude that rings true. I especially like that the book has a message behind it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Buttercup and the wolves.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Outsorcerer's Apprentice and why?

    Buttercup, Her attitude and interaction was entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to fans of any of the comic novels or who like novels with a point. The narration,and story were excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1123)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Creativecolor says: "Brillant!"
    "A List for the D-List"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed transition and internal struggle of the title character against his conscience and his taking two steps forward and one step back


    What does Jeffrey Kafer and Talmadge Ragan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Readers bring a personality to characters that you don't get by reading it.


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

    Superheros just ain't what they used to be


    Any additional comments?

    If you like snarky unorthodox comic novels, this is a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2550)
    Performance
    (1888)
    Story
    (1892)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "A Great Way to Learn History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Erik Larson's books always make me think and look for some of the historical references.The story is engaging, especially when looking back at it in historical context.Mr. Larson makes the characters engaging and gives them life.

    There are a lot of different players so keeping track is a challenge.

    If you like history you will like this book.The narration is well paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2322)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    David says: "Superb in so many ways"
    "Riveting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was absolutely riveting. The ordeal these men faced was amazing and the story of their survival is absolutely fascinating. The writing and the reader are great. The reader's voice and pacing perfectly fits the story. He doesn't add too much drama as the story needs no drama, yet it is not a dry rendition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (897)

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
    "Like any short story book, mixed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is definitely worth the read. The stories are up and down, some LOL funny, some sad and poignant, some boring, some overly long. But they are different and interesting. There were times I just laughed in the car over something I read.

    Definitely worth the listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (755)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Engaging, but a little whiny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reader of this book is fabulous. Her pace easily goes with the characters and allows you to lose yourself in the story.

    The story, while good suffers from a little bit of whinyness from Sarah. Her character loses her independence, while I understand some of it there is a bit much of it. Otherwise the story is good with a good ending.

    Maybe its because I didn't read the Grant County series but it would be nice to get some background/closure on what Lena did.

    I'd recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (769)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Started out good but got less good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book started out good but as I listened to it I got a little bored with it. Charlie became a bit of a dolt and it is difficult to believe he was a lawyer. Jenna wasn't much better. I don't have any reason to read another book in the "series"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (982)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "Usual good book from Scalzi."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is the usual Scalzi mix of characters, action, and story. The narration was good. The only thing I wish is that the narration would leave out the "he said" "she said" The narration is good enough that I know which character is speaking

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (749)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Sires says: "Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool"
    "More of the Zany cast of characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a typical mix of Moore's irreverent characters who are both poignant and funny. It is a little hard to keep up some time with the flow but that doesn't detract from the story. The narration is excellent. I can't wait already for the next Christopher Moore book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4565)
    Performance
    (4033)
    Story
    (4033)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Scalzi did a great job again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters that are not all good or all bad and the story flows well. Iike the mix of humor and seriousness


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their perspective


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

    When all the Fuzzy's appeared


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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