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Robert

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COLDWATER, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • State of Siege: Tom Clancy's Op-Center #6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Op-Center chief Paul Hood was going to retire. But that's about as likely as a gun shooting flowers. A bunch of rogue U.N. peacekeepers, or "Keepers," has decided to cross over to the wrong side of the law. Armed with stolen U.N. weapons and ammo, they devise a shocking plan to gain the world's attention. Demanding one hundred million dollars in ransom, the assassins take over the U.N. - where ambassadors from ten nations have gathered for a gala function at which Hood's daughter is going to perform. Hood is back in the saddle in a flash, with the full force of Op-Center at his command....

    H says: "Op Center"
    "State of Siege"
    Overall

    Not worth the money, slow read, too wordy and boring. Not up to the standard set for the Op Center Seriesbeta inappVoteInfo

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

    Geoffrey says: "This Book is 14 years old"
    "Pointless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Saving Faith?

    I have listened to this book for two hours and there is not story line. Endless and meaningless dialog.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Yes! He is the best but missed big time on this audio book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

    Horrible. No vocal variety. Too much breath after ever sentence. The most horrible reader ever. Never again will I buy an audiobook with him as reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger Waste of money


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private L.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists, and just all-around good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth.

    Robert says: "Excellent Audio Book"
    "Excellent Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private L.A. to be better than the print version?

    Love the narrator. Have not read the print version. Why would I ???


    What did you like best about this story?

    Moving plots surrounding the main plot. Keeps your interest and attention. Excellent plots making up a great story. Alex Cross books have run their course. They are not cookie cutter books. Private Series is fresh. Great character with unique personalities.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    John is strong and focused.


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

    Team support and friendship.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and great series. Keep it going.....................

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear... She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work....

    Robert says: "Not up to par!"
    "Not up to par!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story line. Horrible story. Too wordy. Sick book. I cant believe people rated this higher than 2 let alone 5.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Preston and Lincoln Child


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator was excellent. The story was not entertaining and more than dark.


    What character would you cut from Fear Nothing?

    The whole book. Write something and hope the name of the author will sell the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money or credit back/

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Devil is Waiting

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The President is coming to London, but not to an entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate the President, and though most London Muslims think the mullah has crossed the line, a few think otherwise. Urgently, Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson, and the rest of the small band known as the “Prime Minister’s private army” are called in, augmented by an extra-ordinary new recruit, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon.

    Robert says: "Not the Best"
    "Not the Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jack Higgins and/or Michael Page?

    No! Could not get through the book. Boring Narrator,


    What was most disappointing about Jack Higgins’s story?

    The was one of the most disappointing books.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Page’s performance?

    Flat voice. Sounds like a fake British accent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    No more for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (319)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Robert says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen again? Why?

    Yes! The book is well written and a great narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen to and why?

    :Lock Doors" with the same Mary Russel


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

    She has a great voice and sharp British articulation. Jenny can change voices for different people.


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

    No cry or Laugh but just great story line starting from the beginning when Mary bet Holmes


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (384)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    Susan says: "Cheap Trick - Shame on Mr. Patterson"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Cross My Heart better?

    Better story line. Goes on and on about family. Very thin story line. Cookie cutter book.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Diverse story


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speaker was good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It ended without and ending. Now wait an buy toe follow up book.


    Any additional comments?

    Time to develop better storyline and not cookie cutter books. Alex Cross in over and done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mayan Secrets: A Fargo Adventure, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (449)

    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery - the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them - as the Fargos are about to find out. Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book - and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

    A User says: "Best Fargo Book ever!!!"
    "Best Clive Cussler book so far."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mayan Secrets to be better than the print version?

    No! I really like audio books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Have always enjoyed reading about Mayan History. This fits in to my interest.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding as usual


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

    Keeping history special


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (244)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Rusty says: "Boring, boring, boring"
    "Outstanding Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Final Cut rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    New character adding to Dillion and Savage


    What about Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews ’s performance did you like?

    Yes! Very much, great voices and ability to vary their voices.


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

    No! It was just a great book to listen to and enjoy.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Five stars out of five.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (36)

    Jack Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about. When threatened, you can run or fight. Reacher fights, aiming to clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Satisfying Reacher story"
    "Never Go Back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Never Go Back?

    Story line too slow
    Narrator was horrible


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Pick up the pace and find a new reader


    Any additional comments?

    Never going back to Lee Child

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bombshell: An FBI Thriller, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (207)

    FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

    Susan says: "Typical Catherine Coulter"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is so well written. I have read others and have gotten to know the main characters. The narrators bring the story alive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Multiple stories and the mystery of who did what.


    What does Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent. I love the books and the fact that Renee and Paul have narrated so many of them. I love there voice.


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

    Yes but it would be hard. I could see that as a movie


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up writing the FBI series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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