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Bob Watson

Sapulpa, OK | Member Since 2012

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  • 58 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 128 titles in library
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  • Red Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (339)

    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
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1744)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (821)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "Another Classic By King"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Green Mile the most enjoyable?

    I watched the movie years ago. It was interesting to compare the book to the movie.


    What other book might you compare The Green Mile to and why?

    There is no comparison to The Green Mile. It has a truly unique storyline. Stylistically it is vary comparable to the rest of Stephen Kings books. King is a true master of character development.


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

    He adds a voice and emotion, but if you have seen the movie it is impossible not to compare the narration with the movie.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry but it did make me think a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book. If you have seen the movie, the book adds depth to the characters that was very fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7190)
    Performance
    (3586)
    Story
    (3640)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Epically bad!"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or George Guidall?

    I love Stephen King he is my favorite author but this book just didn't do it for me.


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

    The book is all over the place and hard to follow.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This was the wrong narrator for the book.


    Do you think The Gunslinger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Dumb question it is book one in a 7 part series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Jesus Became God

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world's single most influential human being. Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God.

    Diana says: "History Not Theology"
    "Vey informative"
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    Where does How Jesus Became God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the best lecture I have heard.


    What other book might you compare How Jesus Became God to and why?

    There is no comparison.


    What about Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s performance did you like?

    He was very objective and unbiased.


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

    No, it was a lecture.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent lecture from a historical perspective on how Christianity developed, and evolved. This is not a fundamental view, but a historical view.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6757)
    Performance
    (6266)
    Story
    (6286)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "I wish I could have given the book more stars!!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have! This book is incredible! I did not want to ever stop listening. Once again Stephen King proves he is the best!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a toss up between Abra & Dan.


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

    He does an amazing job with all of them! Rose The Hat was especially sinister! Dan Torrence was the most believable.


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

    The entire book was moving because it was truly brilliant! I am moved by anyone who is a master of their craft and Stephen King is a Master Author!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my all time favorite books. It picks up exactly where The Shining (the book not the movie) left off. I love the book because it not only picks up where the book left off, but it also adds new twists and innovative new elements to the already deliciously twisted story of The Shining. We get to see what happens to little Danny (Doc) Torrence after he survived the Overlook, and we are introduced to a superb new cast of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1110)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Amazing Narration!"
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    Would you listen to Macbeth: A Novel again? Why?

    I doubt it. The only audio book I have ever listened to more than once was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Macbeth: A Novel?

    When the childlike witch raped Macbeth


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the scenes with the three witches.


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

    I thought the scene in which Banquo dies was really pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book the narration was simply Brilliant and worth the listen just to hear it. If you liked Macbeth the play you will love the novel. It was very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (519)

    After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

    Kir Kanos TN says: "This Series has Potential, but off to a slow start"
    "Not very good"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Aaron Allston again?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Luke Skywalker


    What character would you cut from Star Wars?

    The solo grandchild


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been ok, but there were very long stretches of the book that were irrelevant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1548)

    The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.

    Tyler says: "Marc Thompson Delivers Again!"
    "Unnecessary Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Dark Force Rising the most enjoyable?

    The narration is masterful!


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

    This should be a two book series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the Nogri


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

    I wouldn't make a movie about an unnecessary book.


    Any additional comments?

    The series starts off great, but then it drags on and on. I found myself zoning out through a lot of the book because there are huge portions that just very compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1431)

    Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

    Ron says: "UNABRIDGED! Finally hear it all."
    "Masterful Narration!"
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    If you could sum up Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command in three words, what would they be?

    Conclusion, Finally, Over


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

    There was far to much filler. This should have been two books.


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

    Marc Thompson may be the most versatile narrator I have ever heard.


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

    5 Years after Return of the Jedi.


    Any additional comments?

    This trilogy started out great, but there were huge sections of the book that were to slow. it had way to much "filler".

    0 of 0 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
    (2769)
    Performance
    (2612)
    Story
    (2626)

    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
    (5808)
    Performance
    (3395)
    Story
    (3423)

    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

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