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Robert

Wynnewood, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Beer is Proof that God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Charles W. Bamforth
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Legendary beer expert Charlie Bamforth presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written: where it's come from, and where its headed. From centuries-old cultural values to radical new approaches, craft brewing to globalization, it's an amazing story. Bamforth tells it all with humor, behind-the-scenes insight, and sheer joy!

    Joshua Clark says: "I wanted to like this book, I really did."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was disappointed that this seemed much more about corporate history and about the author (with a nice commercial for the corporation that brews Sierra Nevada) than it was about beer itself, which the title and subtext implies. A brief skim about medical research on alcohol and an even briefer tips about beer itself seemed thrown in to justify the title. I was sorry to waste my money and time on it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Circle: A Novel of Complicity

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    An Israeli government minister is assassinated in the home of his mistress. Days later, a Mossad officer leads his final raid, killing a Hamas leader in his bed and barely escaping with his life. The action moves into the near future, when world leaders, united under the leadership of a visionary female president of the United States, broker a major compromise between Israel and the Palestinian authority. Their hope is to snuff out the violent flashpoint that fuels global terrorism.

    Steve says: "Just can't get into it. (stopping at 5 hours)"
    "Very Disappointed"
    Overall

    I've absolutely loved Littell's other books and Scott Brick used to be a favorite reader, but I just had to give up on this one in less than 5 hours. To stretch out a suspense with long unrealistic dialogues between those on each side - do you expect me to believe that they actually face each other and repeat their arguments that were trite long ago and are well known by everyone on all sides of the conflict? And done in Brick's incessantly strident voice! I've easily accepted that he has only one foreign accent that works best with east European, but he could have gotten an Israeli speaker to help his pronunciations sound authentic, some of his Arabic was a little bit better. Obviously I can't give a full review because i just couldn't finish it. Hoping for better in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (421)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "a favorite"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite listens of all times since it came out on tape years ago. I have listened to it at least three times and never grow tired of it. I have been waiting for it to be available on Audible so that I can share the joy with friends. it's not the plot, but the man and his way of evaluating his moral and lifestyle dilemmas that's just terrific. Keller is an interesting lonely guy who just happens to be contract killer. His agent, Dot (Daht) is a hoot. Forster's reading and Chicago accent make a huge contribution. The recent Hit Parade is satisfying, but the author's voice isn't Keller, Forster's clearly is. For the bargain price, get this book and savor it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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