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Robert A. Lupella

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N, Carolina | Member Since 2005

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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
    (607)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    (2683)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1988)

    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.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "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
    (768)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (709)

    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....

    Jane says: "He’s quirky, clever."
    "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
    (1047)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (720)

    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
    (814)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (720)

    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
    (897)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (819)

    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
    (733)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (675)

    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 0 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
    (4321)
    Performance
    (3812)
    Story
    (3813)

    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
  • Without Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (202)

    Years ago, Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It’s a small town and memories are long, and Katie and Jenny’s husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine town.

    Kathi says: "A "could-not-put-it-down" police procedural!"
    "Not as Good as Rosenfelt's other books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    MEH. There are better books by the same author. Any of the Andy Carpenter books


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less sappy dialog between the two main characters. The story was good but was undone by stupid diaglog


    What about Jeff Steitzer’s performance did you like?

    He voices were good. He could differentiate between men and women


    Do you think Without Warning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO. Not a good enough story or characters


    Any additional comments?

    Try the Andy Carpenter books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (573)

    After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work"
    "Not Nearly as Good as Triptych or Criminal"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Phil Gigante?

    Yes, This book was OK, but not up to the other two I've read in the series (The first and the sixth)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration is not as good as the other two books


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

    MEH


    Any additional comments?

    The Female characters with the exception of Amanda were whiny and emotional which has not been the case in the other books. Usually female authors do a better job and Karin Slaughter does in her other books. I hope this is an outlier as the plots and characters have had depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (664)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    "Makes me want to read the whole series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Triptych the most enjoyable?

    Karin Slaughter's storytelling is excellent. The characters are real with flaws. I disagree with the reviewers that did not like the book because the characters are not supermen/women. Will, Angie and Amanda all have personal demons but are more interesting and believable because of them.


    What other book might you compare Triptych to and why?

    Some of the better Dean Koontz novels and in a different genre Ms Slaughter develops characters like Stephen King


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Will Trent and John Shelley


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

    The times that Will beat himself up over being dyslexic


    Any additional comments?

    I read this after I read Criminal. I typically like to read books in order. Both books are excellent so its good to know that the books didn't get old or stale.

    I did like the reader in Criminal better and I notice that the reader for Book 2 is different yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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