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Bob Watson

Sapulpa, OK | Member Since 2012

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  • 50 reviews
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  • Red Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (264)

    An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.

    Molly says: "SERIAL Killer ~ how does he choose his victims?"
    "Not what I expected"
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    What would have made Red Dragon better?

    More Hannibal Lector


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    An Innocent Man by John Grissom


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

    The Narrator was great. The story was boring.


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

    Not Really


    Any additional comments?

    It should not have been part of the Hannibal Lector series of books when he's only mentioned in couple of paragraphs. I wish that character would have been a larger part of the book.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2466)
    Performance
    (2324)
    Story
    (2338)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "I have never said this about a book MASTERPIECE!"
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    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is 1 or 2. This is a by far the best Trilogy I have ever heard. The narration was MASTERFUL!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    It was incredible how well the narration was performed. Each character literally came alive!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They were all great. I especially like the characters Talon Card, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, they were both awesome!


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

    No but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a perfect continuation of the Star Wars Saga. It is a must listen for any Star Wars enthusiast!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5265)
    Performance
    (2887)
    Story
    (2911)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Very Fun Book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the most enjoyable?

    It was cooky, light hearted, and brilliant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    I can't think of any one moment that was the most memorable. It was very entertaining, because it was different!


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

    This is my first by Stephen Fry, but he was brilliant!


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

    I laughed many, many times through this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book it was deliciously quirky, delectably exotic, & damned funny!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1832)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Brilliant Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended this book to several people. If you like twisted, creepy, and yet brilliant writing this book is for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development was masterful!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was terrible. He was dry and monotone through most of the book. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that I could pick upon his subtle voice inflections for different characters. Although his voice for Crazy Jack Torrence was pretty good.


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

    I have read, and listened to a lot of so called scary books. This is the first book I have ever actually got a little creeped out.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book! Weak narration, but worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Your senses aren't just a part of you-they define you. Nothing you experience would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know? Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous.

    Douglas says: "Another Absolutely Marvelous..."
    "Boring"
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    What did you like best about Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception? What did you like least?

    I was expecting more of a philosophical approach, but it a biology lecture.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm sure if your were studying that topic from a biological perspective it would be great.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Peter M. Vishton?

    NO


    Could you see Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    N/A


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Knowledge of Good & Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Glenn Kleier
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    As a child, Ian lost his parents in a horrific accident, seeing them give their lives to save his. He never fully recovered, burying pangs of guilt, clinging to religion's promise that someday he'd see his parents again. But now his demons have resurfaced. Despite the help of Angela Weber, the brilliant psychologist who loves him, he's in the grip of an obsession. He no longer trusts in an afterlife, he must know for certain if the soul survives death. And incredibly, he may have found a way....

    Melinda says: "A Dance with the Devil"
    "Terrible book, but masterful narration"
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    What disappointed you about The Knowledge of Good & Evil?

    The book is absolute garbage it is idiotic, and just ridiculous. It is outrageous yet boring. Andrews is Masterful the author is dreadful.


    Has The Knowledge of Good & Evil turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all!


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

    This book is worth the credit just to hear what a masterful job Macleod Andrews does. He is by far the best narrator I have heard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Knowledge of Good & Evil?

    The scenes where he goes through heaven and hell are absolutely ludicrous.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Hale
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (351)

    The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.

    Andrew Stone says: "Loved this book!"
    "Not my style"
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    I thought I would take a chance on a fantasy book, and it was everything feared it may be. If you are a fan of this genre I am sure it is wonderful. It was like the audio book of an RPG video game. RPG's are boring enough to play let alone listen to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (591)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Hated It!"
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    I listend to about two hours of this crap, and that is all I could handle. It seems like an interesting concept, but it was boring on every level. If you grew up in the 60's it may appeal to you. I hated the fact that there was very little dialogue, but rather the author droned on and on about every minute detail. I hate that style of writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    M. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Mildly Entertaining"
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    This was an ok book. Not great, but not bad. The narrator has been beat up pretty bad in other reviews. I think reason the narrator didn't work is because the main character is a 15 year old boy, and his narration was just not believable. It especially atrocious when he did female voices. I actually felt embarrassed for the narrator. This is the first book in a series. I will not listen to the rest of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (464)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Classic Colbert"
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    If you like The Colbert Report, you will love this book. It is dripping with sarcasm, and satire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (582)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Crystal says: "GREAT story. HORRIBLE narrator!"
    "Classic Koontz"
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    Great Dean Koontz book! Very entertaining! Well worth the credit! This is my 4th Dean Koontz book, and it is my second favorite next to Twilight eyes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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