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Robert

Long Beach, CA, United States

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  • H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor, George Eustice, Alan Munro
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    Four classic science-fiction stories: 20 hours of great listening. This collection of classic Wells tales includes The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

    martie says: "good story lines, terrible narration"
    "Stick to the paper version!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator(s).
    These readers cannot be professionals. These books sound like many of the free, public domaine books offered on many other sites.


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

    I've seen three movie versions of "The Island Of Dr. Moreau. The 1932 film was the best and more enjoyable than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Island of Dr Moreau: I found myself hating the characters. I was rooting for the "beast men" and hoping they would kill the protagonist.

    I'm unable to finish this compilation - the reader ("...Moreau" and "Invisible Man") is more than I can handle. He's terrible.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Beat

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Ex-cop Jim Weir thought he'd seen it all during his years on the force. That is until he saw the body of his sister Annie, brutally used by a monster in human form, then carelessly discarded. He'd never seen such grief ravage the face of his friend and brother-in-law Ray Cruz, a good cop on the Newport Beach Police Department. When Weir learns that the only witness swore the killer made his escape in a Newport Beach squad car, his disbelief turns to confusion and outrage.

    Stacy says: "Spellbinding"
    "Bad, bad, bad..."
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    Falling somewhere between a soap opera and a romance novel, this book left me cold. I don't know if I really didn't care about any of the characters, or if I just plain disliked them. High on my list of unlikable, shallow, cheesy characters was Annie who spent a lot of energy rationalizing (through her diary) her duplicitous behavior in flowery, over-the-top bullshit yammering about how wonderful a person she was - how she deserved forgiveness and understanding, yada, yada, yada. I found myself thinking whoever offed her did the world and her family and friends a favor. Had she admitted to herself and the reader that she just wanted to get laid and hang out with the rich and powerful, I might have liked her better. So...most of the characters were cookie cutter, one dimensional, boring, people. The plot was convoluted and in the end silly. I am giving up on T J Parker. I listened to the end - I don't know how I did it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (907)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Worst narrator ever!"
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    I can't really review this book. The narrator is so bad, I am unable to continue past the first two chapters. He's bland, sterile, boring, unemotional, unable to audibly act the character's parts, horrible! I don't know who chooses narrators for audio books, but this choice is a big zero. I am a long time fan of Michael Connelly and the Bosch series. But, this book is unlistenable. I'm going to purchase the paper/ink version so I can read it. What a disappointment.

    79 of 86 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (859)

    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "Boring... silly... too long"
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    The first two hours of this empty listen seemed like fifteen, so I quit.
    Glad I got it on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (349)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    A. D. Mcrae says: "Mostly Disappointed but it was Quick"
    "Nothing to get excited about"
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    As much as the book tried to depict a new and unique kind of PI, the main character offered nothing out of the ordinary to the genera. She kept telling us how different she was, but never showed us why.I didn't really dislike this book, but just found it to be a run-of-the-mill PI novel. I think I got it on sale. Glad I didn't use a credit or pay full price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can’t show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: It turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease.

    Julia says: "Worth the credit"
    "Not her best..."
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    ...but still an enjoyable read/listen.
    The story seemed a little thin to me, but I'd still recommend it to a friend.
    The regular characters are great as usual, but my admiration of Brunetti was knocked down just a notch when he admired a pair of Tasseled Loafers in a shop window. Tasseled Loafers! Come on Guido, loafers are bad enough, but Tasseled Loafers - yuck!

    The narration by David Colacci was stellar, as usual. He's one of the best narrators in the business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "brilliant!"
    "Love Pynchon, but..."
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    I advise anyone who really cares to read this book on the printed page where it won't be polluted by Dick Hill's intrusive and cloying narration. I tried to listen, but a giving up because I can't bear another minute of Hill.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    My life was ordinary until three years ago when I was thrown out of a downtown hotel window. My name is Robbie Brownlaw, and I am a homicide detective for the city of San Diego. I am 29 years old. I now have synesthesia, a neurological condition where your senses get mixed up. Sometimes when people talk to me, I see their voices as colored shapes provoked by the emotions of the speakers, not by the words themselves. I have what amounts to a primitive lie detector.

    Susan says: "Good entertainment!"
    "OK, but..."
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    This book would have been much more enjoyable if two of its characters had been eliminated, or at least minimized or viewed differently by the protagonist. The adoration of his cheesy, shallow, bimbo wife Gina, and of his beloved "city", San Diego, were a little hard for me to take. I call San Diego a character because the author used it as such in the book. Come on, SD may be big for a small town, but that's really all it is. There is a blandness to the book's setting that I don't feel when I read books based in LA, SF, NY, or other major cities. And Gina - she should have been dumped her in the beginning of the book. Robbie's constant attempts at pleasing her with expensive trinkets made him look like a fool. Actually, there seemed to be too much babble throughout the book about expensive toys. I don't think I'll read anything more by TJ Parker.

    The book was well performed by the excellent narrator, David Colacci.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (657)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "cliché... cliché... cliché..."
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    This book comes across more like a Harlequin Romance than a crime/mystery novel.
    A little too affected,,, too cute for my tastes.
    I'm only a short way into it, but I'm desperately looking for a real-life/live character. Everyone in the book is just too cartoonish, stereo-typed... characters, not people.
    Too many brand names and designer labels.
    And I'm not convinced the coffee information comes from anything other than book research.
    Don't think I'll be reading anything else in the series.
    Three stars is a little generous, but two would be too low.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marked Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    All Victor Carl knows is that he's just woken up with his suit in tatters, his socks missing, and a stinging pain in his chest thanks to a new tattoo he doesn't remember getting: a heart inscribed with the name Chantal Adair.

    Nesrine says: "Marked Man"
    "Great read (listen)!"
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    Really enjoyed this one. It was a great listen. I've read some other Lashner books, but have stuck to paper versions since Marked Man is the only Lashner book Audible offers that is read by Richard Rohan. I sampled the other books on Audible, but couldn't get with any of the other narrators.

    I have listened to this one more than once and it never fails to entertain. Good humor, good story; an off-beat, and good mystery. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (368)

    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun ride on the Mind Scrambler"
    "Entertaining"
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    Enjoyed the humor in this one. Good characters, interesting story. I kind of felt this was more of a Danny Boyle mystery than a John Ceepak tale, but that's really not a good or bad thing. I found the book similar in style and mood to other crime novels set in his region of the country, I was somewhat reminded of William Lashner's "Marked Man". Interesting... one reviewer complained about the author's "political sniping" If there was any of this going on, it was mild (and somewhat refreshing) and there were very few instances of it anyway. I can always enjoy a little poke at the right. If the author was truly political, he's have crucified Donald Trump. I'll read more by this author as long as the same narrator does the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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