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Chris

Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

midvale, UT, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • X Minus One: Skulking Permit (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The colonists on New Delaware are told they need to be "civilized". That means they must have jails. The only problem is, they have no criminals. Based on a story by Robert Sheckley, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on February 15, 1956.

    Melody says: "Brings back memories of my uncle"
    "A Fun Look at Ourselves"
    Overall

    No Crime, No Violence, No Booze? Is this what you would expect from a colony cut off from earth for 100 years? Now Contact is re-established and to make the Earth men happy the Colony has employed their first criminal or is it assigned? But how do you become a criminal? Enjoy... Well worth the cost anytime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "Interesting Libertarian view of the country"
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    John Stossel may or may not be your favorite TV personality but this book is thought provoking. The book is written around a simple formula "common sense says...." but "experience has told me".

    Good Listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2175)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1940)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "This is how learning history should be"
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    After "Killing Lincoln" the followup of "Killing Kennedy" (the end of Camelot) was just as engrossing. Even people who did not live through this time in American history (I did) will find this book not only complete but festinating and addictive.

    Great Listen

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen of the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (530)

    Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

    L. says: "One of Heinlein's best"
    "best of the Heinlein books of Social commentary"
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    Yes this is Science fiction but it is also a discussion of the points of slavery and social designs.

    it is also a commentary on corporate politics.


    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnel in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (184)

    When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

    Rory says: "Where it all started ..."
    "RAH Fun"
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    This was one of Hienlein's Scribners Junvinal's well read pioneering story.
    Highly recommended for young teens and any Heinlien fan.
    Great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2974)
    Performance
    (1789)
    Story
    (1813)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "the ultimate revolution story"
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    It should be noted that other Heinlein books continue this story. the rolling Stones, the cat who walks through walls. I have heard other narrators of this book and the sudo rus accent in this reading was distracting however it was well done in the othercharterization especially Mike's voice!

    Must listen for RAH fans
    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (375)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "the only Heinlein Fantasy Novel"
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    This is the only Fantasy the Heinlein wrote as a novel and even in this one there is an element of Sci-Fi. A Fun typical retrieve the object for the princess plot with a Hienlein twist.
    Good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (316)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Must listen before cat that walks through walls"
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    The sory in this book besides a homage to the authors of the golden age of SF & F is the ultimate multiverse story. The two following novels form RAH "The cat who walks through walls" which also has the prerequisite of "The Moon is a harsh mistress" the novel "to sail beyond the sunset" is also based on the result of this book. A must listen for Hienlien fans.
    Great listen

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (596)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "Wow great insite into the Obama Mindset"
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    The point of this book is to show how those who have worked with Obama think of him and place the Obama administration in context of experience needed to do the job of President of United States. Listen and form your own opinion of the value of the book. Great Listen.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Key Out of Time: Time Traders, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Andre Norton
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    It's a good thing that Time Agents are intensively trained. When Ross Murdock and Gordon Ashe set up a time gate on the alien world of Hawaika for an exploration into its troubling past, they didn't anticipate that a storm would sweep them and their helper Karara Trehern and her two dolphins through it unprepared...and then collapse the gate. Trapped in a time of sword-and-spear technology, they rapidly discover that each of the world's cultures appear to be trying to wipe one another out.

    Katherine says: "A redundant but appealing adventure"
    "One of my favorites from Niven"
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    Performance
    Story

    I originally read this in the 1970s and loved it the Audio version loses nothing. I can not recommend for young teen readers (Adult Content) but it is real hard science fiction (the removal of the science makes the story collapse) great performance and creates the excitement I originally felt when I read the book in the 70s..

    Good Listen

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Death: The Numa Files

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    A ruthless corporation is about to take command of the seas. This is a mission for Kurt Austin and the NUMA team.

    Chris says: "Abridged and will be better un abridged"
    "Abridged and will be better un abridged"
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    Performance
    Story

    The story is typical fun Cussler but it feels like major parts are missing in this abridged version. I went and bought the hardcover and I was right the abridgment is not the best and not up to the standards of other abridgments I have heard in the past (blue gold) here on Audible. Fair listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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