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Robert

La Selva Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Dummy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (283)

    Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

    Susan says: "Good and Fast Paced"
    "Outdoorsman Kills Bad Guys"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Dummy Line?

    I liked the performance and the sense of place. I also liked the shading towards reality rather than hyperbolic cartoon violence. For me, it is a 4 rather than 5 because I couldn't quite smell the pine forest and didn't really care about any of the characters.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 65 Below

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Basil Sands
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (20)

    Retired Marine Master Sergeant Marcus Johnson returned to his family homestead in rural Alaska after 20 years chasing bad men. Now he wants nothing but to hunt and fish and run his trapline in peace and quiet, and no more war. Meanwhile, lurking deep in a long forgotten bunker in the remote arctic hills is a decades-old secret that could not be destroyed, and was never meant to be rediscovered.

    Bob says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "Chaste Vets and Attentive Alaskans Foil Tangos"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 65 Below?

    This was so comically bad I almost enjoyed it - and then the love poems started...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Basil Sands again?

    Not intentionally.


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

    Mr. Sands is a better narrator than author.


    What character would you cut from 65 Below?

    I think this audiobook would be markedly better if the Listener was removed.


    Any additional comments?

    I kind of like the idea of tough Alaskan vets taking the initiative in killing terrorists. What's not to like about that ? But this cartoon is probably the uberAmerican equivalent of a North Korean propaganda opera. Heros vanquish villians, buffoons are object lessons, and chaste love lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mako: The Mako Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ian J. Malone
    • Narrated By Andrew Wehrlen
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    A down-and-out history professor leads a team of old friends to virtual glory as the first-ever group to beat Mako Assault, a revolutionary new game that has emerged from nowhere to take the online world by storm. As a reward for their achievement, and under the guise of publicity, the group is flown to meet the game's mysterious designer, only to learn that Mako's intent was never to entertain its players…but rather to train them. An epic science fiction thrill ride of action, suspense, laughter, and romance, Mako is the story of five ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary events, driven only by their faith in one another.

    Zed says: "Predictable and shallow. Written for young adults?"
    "Last Starfighter for Slackers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Mako better?

    The science and tech aspects were incoherent or inconsistent. The characters were completely flat and interacted as predictably as bowling pins. Even the banter among the gallant rogues was witless and phony.A sad addition to the ranks of space opera. EE Doc Smith would be hurling corruscating bolts of unimaginable fury at this one...So to sum up, a ridiculous and bad story complemented by inane ideas and executed with the wit and skill of a sea cucumber.


    What could Ian J. Malone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Apologize at the beginning and beg the listener to delete this waste of megabytes. Also, he could promise never to write again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators completely....random pauses and....inflection made the author's run on....sentences seem even more disjoint and....bizarre even as they (the ... sentences) were...completely predictable. Second worst narration of the 500+ books I have audited.,


    What character would you cut from Mako?

    The Listener.


    Any additional comments?

    One may ask why the reviewer wasted his time listening to this. No good reason. Perhaps a combination of a minor leg injury, a long hike, and a wish for some distraction. Perhaps it was to marvel and what passes for processed mental junk food nowadays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clawback

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mike Cooper
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    After a stint in the Middle East, black ops vet Silas Cade becomes an "accountant" - the go-to for financiers who need things done quickly, quietly, and by any means necessary. Silas is hired by a major player to pay a visit to a hedge fund manager to demand clawback: the mandatory return of compensation paid on a deal that goes bad. But before Cade can tell his client that he got his $10 million back, the guy turns up dead....

    John says: "Don't bail them out, take them out!"
    "Interesting premise, good start, slowly devolves"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Auditors who don't care about absurd or implausible plots and possibly fans of action cartoons.


    What was most disappointing about Mike Cooper’s story?

    It has potentially interesting ideas and characters which are developed very poorly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Per above.


    Any additional comments?

    nuff said

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Trinity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ward Larsen
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    In the last days of World War II, the Third Reich makes a desperate grab to retrieve its most valuable asset, Die Wespe, a spy buried deep in the Manhattan Project. The man chosen for this mission is Alexander Braun: American born, Harvard educated, and a ruthless killer.

    Terrance says: "Cannot stop listening!"
    "Worst Narration of the 300+ Books I've Audited"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A fan of Stilted, Horrible Narration may enjoy this.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't listen that long.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Campbell???s performances?

    No, not hardly.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stealing Trinity?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    This is the worst audiobook I have ever heard. I wonder what, if any, quality control or review occured before this book was offered for sale.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orchid Beach

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Major Holly Barker, the army brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of 37 as the result of a scandalous sexual harassment case. With the help of her dad, she makes the move to civilian life, becoming deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the surface of this sleepy, well-to-do coastal island town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when a colleague and another associate are brutally gunned down.

    MSEreads says: "Enjoyable"
    "Good Narration, Inane Plotting"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the narration but it couldn't really make up for the utter inanity of the plot. Coincidence heaped upon coincidence, joined with complete predictability, and topped off with incoherence. It's like a graphic novel, but without pictures.

    For all that, the narration is outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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