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Randall

Roseville, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Sharpe's Devil: Book XXI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    In 1820, Richard Sharpe has become a peaceful farmer following Waterloo, but comes out of retirement to undertake a perilous mission. He must find Don Blas Vivar, Captain-General of the Spanish colony of Chile and an old friend, who vanished without a trace half a world away.

    Graham says: "A great ending to Sharpe and Napoleon"
    "Oh no, one more Sharpe"
    Overall

    Now this has to be the last of the Sharpe's series, its like 600 books long.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (375)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

    Frederick says: "Content Wonderful - Audio Product Dubious"
    "Don't waste a credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I get every Heinlein book I can get my hands on. Most of them are great, but this one was a wasted credit. The storyline follows the life of Lazarus Long which is very interesting. But Heinlein felt the need to add hour after hour of debauchery. It seems that he has sex with every woman he comes near. They all want him. Including his mother and daughter. Most of that adds nothing to the book. I cant help to wonder what he really thought of women.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Fear No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (301)

    As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

    Lisa says: "Not Heinlein's best - but still good"
    "Disappointing Heinlein"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This Heinlein book started out good, but about one third of the way through, it changed into a really bad book. I make it a point to try to finish every book I start, and it was very difficult to grind on to the end. Usually I finish a book in a few days, but this one took a month.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing - with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.

    Vicky says: "Fun short book; enjoyed the read but a B"
    "Annoying reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not Leonard's best, but this story was read so poorly It was hard not just give up on the book. Like most Leonard's stories, this one is fun with good characters and exiting plot.I will skip anything read by Mark Hammer in the future


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    July 12, 1939: Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.

    Jeffrey C. Coyne says: "Should have stayed in the shoe box"
    "The only Heinlein I didn't enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the only of the Heinlein books that I have listened to that I didn't enjoy. About a third of the way through the story, there is a 30 minute diatribe, in which we hear Heinlein's views on the failure of capatalism in the western world. We also get to hear some of his views on morals. I think this added nothing to this book. Then the book gets back to the storyline for a couple hours , but then Heinlein feels the need to further bore us with another 30 - 40 minutes of the exact same stuff. Then at the end of the book we are offered more pap under " authors notes" repeating some of the same junk. I finish every book I start, but when it came to these "authors notes" I turned it off

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • What Dreams May Come

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death. But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and the divided soul mates will do anything to reach each other across the boundaries between life and death. When tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

    Shaun says: "An amazing look into the hereafter..."
    "Poor ending"
    Overall

    This book was fairly good syfi until the last hour or so. The author then goes into religious rantings that detract from the rest of a good book.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Trafalgar

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

    J. Perry says: "Part 2 is incomplete (otherwise 5 stars)"
    "No more Tull, PLEASE"
    Overall

    I've listened to the entire series except for a couple which are not offered. This version of Sharpe's Trafalgar is only available "read by Tull". If I could have found another read by Frederick Davidson, I would have gladly erased this copy, and finished the book via Davidson.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (576)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Cheesiest book of all time"
    Overall

    I don't know if this book qualifies as the cheesiest book of all time, but it certainly is the cheesiest book written by a "best selling author". It seems I only review books I dislike, but this book really pissed me off (sorry). "Cheesy"says it all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (495)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    I don't get it. So many reviewers like this unimaginative book.It's just a bad rework of a good book, "The Count of Monte Cristo" This is the ONLY book that I could not bring myself to finish. I even started it over from the beginning to try and like this junk.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King (introduction), Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Julia Campbell, Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Much of Richard Matheson's work has found its way into pop culture: the title story became a memorable episode of television's The Twilight Zone, and more recently, Will Smith starred in the blockbuster movie I Am Legend. Stephen King has declared Matheson to be one of his favorite writers. Find out why as you listen to the classic horror story of a man who peers out of his airplane window to see a gremlin destroying the wing.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "An Excellent Collection"
    "Waste of a credit"
    Overall

    I started and quit on this 2 part book several times, before I finally suffered through to the merciful end.There are plenty of better syfy authors to choose from. DON'T waste your credit!

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Spider WHO"
    Overall

    Spider Robinson, ruined a story started by Heinlein. Don't waste your time, the spider is horrible.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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