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Rob

Lakewood, OH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3554)
    Performance
    (3110)
    Story
    (3125)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Minimal Review"
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    What did you like best about Threat Vector? What did you like least?

    Lou D.P.'s narration is what I liked best: top flight, as alsways, with great characterizations. I least liked, actually disliked, the neo-con right wing bent of the marque author that always percolates through the main characters often snotty, William-F.-Buckley comments about those that don't think just like them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had a beginning, middle and end


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Just about everything.


    Did Threat Vector inspire you to do anything?

    Two things: re-think giving book narration a try and stop paying money/credits for Tom Clancy books (can you say library?).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2445)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1725)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "There's my rating... review this"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There's my rating... review this (hefting grab of the pants). Why can't I just rate it and walk away?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lasko Tangent

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Ken Howard
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Self-made millionaire William Lasko has an eye for wealth and the ear of the President and a talent for using both to get whatever he wants. But the Economic Crimes Commission wants to bring the corrupt, untouchable Lasko down, and they enlist the services of straightlaced U.S. Attorney Christopher Paget to do it. Paget has to walk a tightrope, gathering enough evidence to nail Lasko without alienating the White House, knowing full well that men like Lasko make their own rules - including the elimination of enemies like him.

    Rob says: "Sounds as though it was actually "phoned in""
    "Sounds as though it was actually "phoned in""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better quality audio. Minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums.


    What other book might you compare The Lasko Tangent to and why?

    Content: "Pelican Brief". Minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums.


    What does Ken Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Resonance. Minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums.


    Any additional comments?

    Somehow clean up the quality. Minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums, minimums.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monday Mornings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back drop for the entire book.

    Laurie says: "Get me a writer, stat!!"
    "Made For TV Book"
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    What disappointed you about Monday Mornings?

    Nothing ever really got up and going in the story. I didn't get to a point where I asked, "What will happen next," but got to, "Will anything happen?" Built for an ensemble cast on a cable television network trying for credibility as a content supplier. I might be stupid, but it seemed like vignettes coupled by setting, not plot.


    Has Monday Mornings turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I'm sort of a sucker for medical drama, thriller or comedy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    I'll give a long listen to the sample before I plunk down my credit for a book he narrates. His female voices sounded contrived and strained, but strangely the interior dialogue of the same character seemed genuine and was where the director should have taken him.


    Any additional comments?

    This served well as the treatment for TNT's "Monday Mornings". It's kind of... I don't know what... couldn't they have distributed it for free given they (Gupta and Kelly) had a deal with Turner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4894)
    Performance
    (2672)
    Story
    (2688)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Snark ain't going to sell"
    Overall

    How are we supposed to believe that a group of snarky, self-important, predicate felons (100 Presidential Pardons) run or want to govern in the United States of America. Too bad Jack Ryan, Sr. wasn't previously a southern govenor, then the premise would at least stand up. Bite me, Tom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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