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Bob Watson

Sapulpa, OK | Member Since 2012

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  • Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

    Richard says: "Great story - missing chapter 12"
    "Wow captivating book!"
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    What did you love best about Heavier than Heaven?

    I loved the authors approach. It seemed even more accurate than an autobiography. I loved,loved,loved it.


    What other book might you compare Heavier than Heaven to and why?

    Nothing compares!


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

    Kurt Cobain


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up with Nirvana so I was captivated from the beginning to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1712)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Biggest piece of crap ever!"
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    Would you try another book from Harper Lee and/or Sissy Spacek?

    Absolutely not!


    Has To Kill a Mockingbird turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes it has!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sissy Spacek’s performances?

    No, she is terrible.


    What character would you cut from To Kill a Mockingbird?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I only listed to about 3 hours of this book, and I simply could not continue. After nearly a quarter of the way through the book there should be a plot or some form of crisis, but this book drones on and on about absolutely nothing. Their was no point! The narrator was dreadful. I could not tell when she would switch characters because they all sounded the same. Her attempt at Southern twang, was an abomination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (524)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "Very disappointed"
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    What would have made The Gold Coast better?

    Characters i could relate to.


    Has The Gold Coast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The Narrator was flat, and uninspired.


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

    Boredom!


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I didn't give this book a chance because I only listened to the first 2 hours, and couldn't take any more. There is a lot of character development, but the more I got to know the characters the less I liked them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3299)
    Performance
    (2952)
    Story
    (2935)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    Michael Scandizzo says: "Like eating a Hershey bar on Venus"
    "I can't wait for the next book! BLOWN AWAY!"
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    Would you listen to Firefight again? Why?

    Probably not, The only book I have ever listened to more than one time was Steelheart.


    What other book might you compare Firefight to and why?

    Steel heart! Because it was the first book in the series.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    He does a tremendous job with all of the characters, but my favorite is the main character, David.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Nothing says love like having a gun pointed at my head with the safety on."


    Any additional comments?

    Ever since I listened to Steelheart, I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I had very high hopes for the book, and it delivered. This series is by far the most enjoyable series of books I have ever had the pleasure to listen. Even if you don't really listen to this type of book it is worth the listen. It's kind of like Star Wars in that even you don't have to be a die hard sci fi fan to appreciate a good story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6796)
    Performance
    (6298)
    Story
    (6304)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Slow starter, but it gets great."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It is a very well done police detective drama.


    What other book might you compare Mr. Mercedes to and why?

    I have no comparison because I don't typically listen to Detective books. I only got it because it was Stephen King, and I am a fan of his.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    He is extremely talented, and I liked all of them, but detective Hodges was really great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Through the mind of a very disturbed young man"


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts very slow, but when it takes off it is really great. Will Patton is spectacular! This book is defiantly worth consideration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roughing It

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

    Tad Davis says: "The wild humorist of the West"
    "Insanely boring!"
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    What disappointed you about Roughing It?

    The Narrator should not be reading books out loud for money. He's awful! He is the narrator of Stephen Kings book "The Stand" and he ruined that book as well.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Twain’s story?

    It was boring.


    What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

    His voice is like listening to nails on a chalk board mixed with people chomping ice.


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

    The desperate urge to sleep while driving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you drive and listen to audio books, then don't get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4255)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2803)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Very Interesting & Very Boring"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was very educational, but it was also very dry.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Weatherford? Why or why not?

    No he is to mono tone.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He put me to sleep.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jack Weatherford’s life?

    The story was about Genghis Kahn not Jack Weatherford.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an extremely detailed account of Genghis Kahn. It is very insightful, but it also very boring. I listen to audio books while I drive, and this book made me want to fall asleep at the wheel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1830)
    Story
    (1842)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Very disappointed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have already, not because it's a great book but because a large portion of the book is set in Tulsa Oklahoma which is where I have been for the past 38 years.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that he mentions the Tulsa State Fair, and the old Bells Amusement park.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was dreadfully boring, and dry.


    Could you see Revival being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No! The book was dry! Stephen King is much better than this.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in the book. I had very high hopes, and the book did not live up to them. If you listen to audio books while driving do not get this book. It will put you to sleep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Even for those that don't like Westerns"
    "Great Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Comanche Moon to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator adds a lot to the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Skull, He was a very cool character every time he was mentioned the story got very interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Captain Skull.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The torture that captain Skull endured was really some good story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is read in four parts. The fourth part is dry, dull, and boring. They should have stopped at part three and the book would have been perfect. The last part was so dull that I barely got through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (327)

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "I am a whore for Westerns!!!!"
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    Where does Dead Man's Walk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would be a toss up between Gus, and Mattie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to say their were many great moments in the book, but when the Mexican officer asked to be shot to let the others go free, that was inspiring.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No moment in particular, I was moved by the book as a whole because it was very well written, and superbly narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a quintessential Western novel, and must listen. This is a great book even if you don't like Westerns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (2246)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2060)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "I can't wait for Firefight to come out!"
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    What did you love best about FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story?

    I have been anxiously waiting more from the Reckoners, and this was a great appetizer.


    What other book might you compare FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story to and why?

    Well, Steelheart of course.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several of his narrations. He is great in everything.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Firefight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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