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Robert

Entrepreneur + Avid Reader + Concerned Political Skeptic

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2866)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Interesting Concept But Weak Character"
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    I have enjoyed many of Harlan Coben's novels - and Scott Brick is an accomplished performer. Furthermore, the concept of Six Years seemed to have a lot of promise. Though the plot was intriguing, unfortunately, the character was not. For a big, strong ex-bouncer turned poly sci professor and critical thinking devotee, the protagonist was a study in contradiction. Scott Brick's interpretation of the character further emphasized these contradictions. Given the issues with the main character, I found it difficult to immerse myself into the story.

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage: Bodyguard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Bradford
    • Narrated By Simon Victor
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In a dangerous world, everyone needs protection. Hostage is the first installment from the Bodyguard series by Chris Bradford, best-selling author of Young Samurai. Bodyguard is a bulletproof action-adventure series that fans of Cherub and Alex Rider will love. This is Lee Child for younger readers--Jason Bourne for the next generation.

    Amazon Customer says: "NICE"
    "Good story for younger readers"
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    I thought the characters, story and performance were all solid. That being said, the principal players were early teenagers, making the book more appealing to a younger audience. The performer was quite good – colonial English thing is preferred language. That all works well except when pronouncing things that were quite American – such as the Potomac River. Nonetheless, the reader had a good range of voice – despite age or gender.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Days: John Wells, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (377)

    Wells, with his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto, has uncovered a staggering plot, a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But they have no hard evidence, and no one at Langley or the White House will listen. Now the President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran - furious and frightened - have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells, Shafer, and Duto know they have only twelve days to find the proof they need.

    Robert says: "Great continuance of the John Wells character"
    "Great continuance of the John Wells character"
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    If you have followed the development of John Wells as a character and you like Berenson's style of writing, this is an audiobook that should not be missed.

    Berenson has consistently been able to insert a core group realistic but flawed characters into well-developed, exciting plots that reflect current international intrigues. Though Wells and his allies are often bound together by circumstance rather than choice, it's hard not to "pull" for them – even like them for what they are.

    For audiobook listeners white myself, continuing to use George Guidall as the performer is a big plus. Not only does Guidall master of a wide range of voices, language and accents, he also understands story pace and transitions.

    A reader can start with this ninth novel about John Wells and still be satisfied – though it probably makes more sense to have read/listened to prior novels to appreciate the life transitions of the protagonists.

    I look forward to Berenson's next John Wells release.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Swords of Exodus: Dead Six, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (926)

    On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "....Valentine and Lorenzo Battle at the Crossroads"
    "Great sequel to Dead Six"
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    If you enjoy Dead Six and it's characters, then Swords of Exodus will not disappoint – in fact, it both enriches the major characters, adds more despicable villains and intensifies the running story.

    Some readers (or listeners) do not like the series' cliffhanger endings. For me, however, the conclusions are satisfying enough. On the other hand, I agree with the cliffhanger critics that the follow-on books come too slowly.

    Standing somewhere between science-fiction and military thrillers, the second of the Dead Six series is action-packed and performed brilliantly by Bronson Pinchot.

    I would recommend starting with Dead Six and continue with Swords of Exodus if you like the two authors' style, story and characters. As for me, I can't wait for Blue Project - and hope the authors will continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Flagged Apex: Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    A tense alliance between General Sanderson and the CIA narrowly averts an apocalyptic attack by Islamic fundamentalists in Europe, but ultimately fails to recover the virus canisters. With the biological weapons still missing, the specter of an attack against the United States looms dangerously closer. Desperate to stop Al Qaeda, Daniel Petrovich's "black ops" team is sent to investigate the last lead provided by Anatoly Reznikov, the twisted scientist responsible for designing the virus.

    Robert says: "Too fractured - but had its moments"
    "Too fractured - but had its moments"
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    In my opinion, the writer spent too much time on military hardware and not enough on character development. On top of everything else, there were no easy characters to latch on to as favorites. Otherwise, the general plot and writing skills carried the audiobook enough to keep my interest. This release was not my favorite in the Black Flagged sherries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gemini Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Philip Fleishman M.D.
    • Narrated By Michael Karl Orenstein
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Toronto, Inspector Raid McTavish stares at the body of a young woman carefully posed in a bed of purple iris, her throat slashed, almost beheaded, her hands placed to cover her empty eye sockets. He knows this is not a random murder, but the first of more to come. What he doesn't know is that 2,000 miles away in Tucson, Arizona, Sergeant Gary Ronstadt is viewing an identical crime scene.

    Robert says: "Fascinating Subject Matter"
    "Fascinating Subject Matter"
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    If you like fiction and the discussion around telepathy, this book will be worth your time and money.

    I am fascinated by the subject of telepathy and the evolution of the senses as the human brain continues to evolve. Accordingly, this book had me interested before the first world was spoken. In my opinion, the author developed the story well, using an interesting range of both good and unlikeable characters. Dr. Fleishman went on to mix together a little high level science, suspense, cultural tidbits and a fast moving plot - a recipe for a good book in my library.

    Please know that this is the author's first book - and it's published in both traditional and Audible formats. As with many Audible versions of a book, a performer can add to or detract from a book. In this case, the performer's interpretation of one of the more interesting characters was rather harsh to my ear. Otherwise, Orenstein captured a range of genders, ages and accents rather well. All in all, the performance was solid.

    As an avid listener and holder of over 2900 Audible titles, I believe this book to be somewhere between 4 and 5 stars. Realistically, I may have pumped this book up by half a star because of the subject matter. Conversely, a reader/listener might drop it a star if the subject matter is unappealing; however, if so, why get it in the first place. I noticed an extremely small number of many readers poorly rated this book - as did one listener. Don't let them put you off - some people are just that way. If you like books of this genre, you won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JET II: Betrayal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Twenty-eight year old Jet, the former Mossad operative from the eponymous novel JET, must battle insurmountable odds to protect those she loves in a deadly race that stretches from the heartland of Nebraska to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., from the lurid streets of Bangkok to the deadly jungles of Laos and Myanmar. Fans of Kill Bill, the Bourne trilogy, and 24 will be delighted by this rollercoaster of action, intrigue and suspense.

    Stacy Katz says: "Another Edge of Your Seat Thriller"
    "Well Worth The Read"
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    In Jet I, the character and story both took a bit too long to develop. Jet seemed to be simply another one dimensional super assassin with extraterrestrial skills and impossible luck. In time, Blake did get around to developing a fun, exciting story with interesting characters, including Jet.

    Though it's helpful to listen to (read) Blake's Jet books in sequence, Jet II can be read as a stand alone. Again, the plot is fun, fast-paced and supported by very good (extremely evil & despicable) villains. Though it's no big surprise that these villains are sure to share the same fate, you can't help but cheer for their just rewards.

    Braden Wright is an excellent reader capable of a range of voices for varied age, gender and nationality. He reads with a good sense of pace and transitions plot settings very well. Someone should proof a few of his pronunciations, however. For example, gaping is pronounced "gay-ping" not "gah-ping". Wright also described the possibility of gruesome torture as to fill-it (fillet) someone. For welding and woodworking, "fill-it" is OK - but for cooking "fill-ay" is correct. As mentioned, however, Wright is a really good performer.

    *** SPOILER ALERT***

    It seems a shame that both male allies in Jet I & II have to die. Though flawed, each of their characters were interesting and complex enough to seemingly have value in future stories.I suppose it males sense that Jet can't be "tied down" - but ...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House Odds: A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mike Lawson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Washington fixer Joe DeMarco has been asked to handle a lot of difficult situations over the years for his boss, Congressman John Mahoney. But nothing has ever been quite so politically sensitive, or has hit so close to home, as the task Mahoney hands DeMarco in House Odds, the latest novel from critically acclaimed thriller writer Mike Lawson. Mahoney’s daughter, Molly, has been arrested and charged with insider trading. An engineer with a high-flying technology firm, she allegedly placed a half-million-dollar bet on one of the firm’s clients.

    Robert says: "DeMarco and Friends Continue to Evolve"
    "DeMarco and Friends Continue to Evolve"
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    In a time when many traditional mystery and suspense protagonists are running out of steam, author Mike Lawson continues to keep Joe DeMarco and his supporting cast fresh. Unlike the superman-like protagonists in other series, the self-deprecating and often vulnerable Joe DeMarco gives readers believable doses of bravery and good judgement. Supporting characters like former Speaker Mahoney, retired spook Emma and others continue to surprise with additional character complexities.

    Even more important, Lawson know how to "spin a good yarn". House Odds has a really good plot with twists and turns that will keep you interested until the end. Also important in any good audiobook, Joe Barrett delivers a really solid performance.

    If you like the political thriller genre, don't miss the chance to give this audiobook "a listen".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scorpion Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Andrew Kaplan
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In Switzerland, a brutally efficient hit squad storms the U.S. embassy, stealing classified files and leaving no witnesses alive. Under intense political pressure to find those behind the attack - with Congressional leaders demanding military action - the CIA turns to the deadliest agent they know: Scorpion. But Scorpion is unwilling to get involved...until he learns his name is at the top of one of the stolen lists.

    Robert says: "A Thriller Reflecting Today's Tensions"
    "A Thriller Reflecting Today's Tensions"
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    If you like Alex Berenson, Brad Thor or Vince Flynn, then this espionage thriller should be worth your time and money.

    On the other hand, if you demand constant realism, this audiobook may disappoint from time to time. However, I found the main character, Scorpion, complex enough to look past the times when he might have seemed somewhat super-human. By avoiding cliche and highlighting his intentions and tactics, Kaplan made Scorpion and his deeds really interesting if not always well-grounded.

    I also liked the supporting characters, both the good guys and villains. In many cases, Kaplan gives readers the latitude to make their own determination of good and evil.

    In contrast to many of today's espionage thrillers that focus too much on the hero's franchise rather than on satisfying endings, Kaplan skillfully delivers a conclusion to this book while still setting up the Scorpion's next battle.

    In summary, the intricate plot, the realistic description of Iran's inner workings, the intrigue between factions and nations and Paul Boehmer's ability to grasp language, accents, age and gender made this audiobook one of my top "listens" of the past year.

    I look forward to Andrew Kaplan's next Scorpion novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Project Eden Thriller, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (123)

    The hammer has fallen. The deadly Sage Flu has been unleashed. The scramble for survival is in full force.

    Martina Gable and her family escaped to a secluded mountain cabin in hopes of avoiding the death sweeping the desert valley below. But have they gone far enough? Dominic Ray, manager of a tropical, private island resort, has a dream job. The weather, the food, the drinks, the people - life couldn't be better. What he didn’t expect - what no one could have expected - was that his good life was about to disappear.

    Chris says: "Flawed but ok"
    "A Rambling Story"
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    Brett Battles is a very good author. I really have enjoyed his "Cleaner" series as well as some of his stand alone work like Little Girl Gone. However, he missed the mark on this one. In my opinion, way too much time was spent on weak characters and a slow, cliched buildup to an unsatisfying ending. I will continue to be interested in his work - but I wish I had skipped this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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