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Robert A. Lupella

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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
    (518)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (311)

    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
  • Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (416)

    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
    (704)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (502)

    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
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1215)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Gripping Book, great reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Criminal again? Why?

    YES. The author has an engaging style where I wanted to keep listening even after I got out of the car


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Trent. He is not the perfect hero but is a good person.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Early’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I liked her style of reading. She made a good differentiation of the characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times it made me want to cry - it certainly evoked emotions


    Any additional comments?

    The book was written in a way as to make you lose yourself in the characters and identify with them. The reader did not take away from that. I was surprised to learn this was not the first in the series and immediately downloaded the first of the series and have not been disappointed although the reader is different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (873)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Not a Traditional Vampire Book - Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Bloodsucking Fiends the most enjoyable?

    Christopher Moore writes great books that are funny but with characters that are human and are well developed and not stereotyped. The narrator is great too


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jodie, she is so well rounded, but the Animals are a close second


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the whole book I can't pick a scene


    If you could rename Bloodsucking Fiends, what would you call it?

    Jodie and Tommy


    Any additional comments?

    Read the series in order. Although you can get away with them as individual books, it is easier to read them as they happen. A Dirty Job can be read as an adjunct to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Dressing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bill Fitzhugh
    • Narrated By Colby Elliott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Big-shot ad exec Dan Steele feels entitled to the best life has to offer - even if he has to live way beyond his means to acquire it. But there's hope on the horizon. Dan has just stolen what's sure to be an award-winning idea for a multimillion-dollar account. If he can keep the creditors at bay long enough, he'll get the keys to the executive restroom and all his problems will be solved.

    Robert A. Lupella says: "Bill Fitzhugh creates another great story"
    "Bill Fitzhugh creates another great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Cross Dressing again? Why?

    Yes, it is an enjoyable book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character while initially a sleaze, comes full circle and shows he has a conscience. Also the mix of characters with funny personalities


    Have you listened to any of Colby Elliott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I also read Pest Control which was similarly well read. I would read other books narrated by Colby


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

    Every time there is a reveal - no spoiler


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hog Heaven: Blanco County Mysteries, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ben Rehder
    • Narrated By Robert King Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    After a high-school football star dies in a late-night motorcycle collision with a wild pig, the boy's wealthy father comes up with a creative scheme to rid Blanco County of the feral pests: He tattoos the ear of one particular pig, then offers a $50,000 reward for anyone who shoots it. Game warden John Marlin is not pleased-chiefly because the bounty is likely to bring a wave of poachers and trespassers to the area. The tension rises even higher when the death of the local boy turns out to be more complicated than it originally appeared.

    Cindy says: "Read it but don't listen to this production"
    "Great Story - Horrible Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Hog Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper Quadrant for story, Way lower for reader


    What other book might you compare Hog Heaven to and why?

    The usual comic state based novelists - Carl Hiasson, Tim Dorsey


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's funny because I've listened to all the Blanco County books some with the same reader but this was the first one I can remember where RK Ross was so bod. His voices for Marlin was wrong as well as most of the characters.


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

    Not really. It is a good story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (503)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This story had a lot of promise but fizzled out. It was overly long and got repetitive. (no pun intended) The male/femaile "relationship" scenes were also not well written and too graphically repetitive.


    Has Replay turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'll just try to find another one I like better. Probably turned me off from the author


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I generally like William Dufris because of his pacing and ability to differentiate voices. I think the editing was bad as there were some obvious mispronunciations like "Boyer", "Pepitone"and "Savannah".


    Was Replay worth the listening time?

    Barely


    Any additional comments?

    A very average book. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this one was very average

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Mike Naka says: "imagine howard stern as a vampire"
    "Funny Book, Good Reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character(s) were Ed and Sally. I like Ed's droll attitude and Sally's attitude and smart aleckness


    What about Christopher John Fetherolf’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to capture the attitude of the characters. BUT learn that you pronounce Viola in this context as "WaLa" not "Viola" :-)


    Who was the most memorable character of Bill the Vampire and why?

    BIll was the most memorable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8835)
    Performance
    (8218)
    Story
    (8215)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    Characters were well drawn and the story translates from just pure science fantasy/fiction


    What did you like best about this story?

    Yes and no. I don't like all Science Fantasy but I will read other books by Cline as they come out


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He doesn't foreshadow too much but skips between real and fantasy lives


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

    Not much. He could differentiate between male and female characters and his voice inflection was good. I have read other book where he has narrated (Agent to the Stars and Red Shirts) and liked his narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3629)
    Performance
    (3061)
    Story
    (3042)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Good but a little slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Yes, it was engaging, however, I agree with other reviewers that it moves slowly


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    Other Grisham books


    Which character – as performed by J.D. Jackson – was your favorite?

    Malcomb


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

    His release


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen but not as good as his classics. I would rate it actually about a 3.5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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