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Richheimer

México, Mexico | Member Since 2010

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  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (711)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Boring, very boring."
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    A biography, doubtless very accurate, full with endless and absolutely uninteresting details about meetings with just about everybody in Tesla's life, their conversations, opinions, gossip, maneouvers, commings and goings. This book is surely a good Master's or Doctoral work, but I would suggest a shorter version for a literary work.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam: Good Thief Mysteries, Book 1 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Charlie Howard doesn’t just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest book, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no.

    Richheimer says: "Witty, well written, excellent performance"
    "Witty, well written, excellent performance"
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    This was a surprise. A light detective novel, written from the other side of the fence: the thieve's side. The plot initially seems simple, but slowly gets complicated enough to make it a good novel and witty enough to keep you smiling. The circular self-reference of the writer-thief turned detective is great. The performance is very good and makes the whole book shine. I will be looking for more of Chris Ewan's and Simon Vance's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (615)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    LeRoy Reynolds says: "Great audio book AFTER the first 2.5 hours"
    "What a pity!"
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    Probably J Clavell's best book, but I could't get past the first few chapters because of the terrible performance. Flat, absolutely flat. Would if I could have rated zero stars on that.
    Pity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (357)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "Superb listen!"
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    The story itself is great, written by a connoisseur of Asian history. Its characters are very real, the numerous plots and side-plots evolve and intertwine in a continuum of intrigues. The narration by John Lee, whom I have enjoyed in other books, is absolutely incredible, with multiple extraordinarily rendered British, Chinese, American, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese (am I missing any?) impersonations. It enhances the whole story to a different experience. Only reading the book cannot give you a fraction of the pleasure.
    Congratulations and thank you to both, James Clavell and John Lee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam -- perhaps the first such portrait in half a century -- unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today.

    David Ewing says: "Eye Opening"
    "Probably a better read than the audio."
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    The story, while well researched, is too detailed regarding all the battles and commings and goings of the different characters. With an abundance of references, in the printed form the reader can choose whether to skip the references or to consult all, some, or a particular one at a given point, but in the audio presentation I found it annoying having to listen to all those meaningless numbers read out every so often, interrupting the line of thought. I would suggest a new recording, with either none or only the most outstanding references read out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (369)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "RR"
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    Having previously listened to later Wallander novels, "Faceless Killers" comes in as a bit dull. The performance is awful, with few differences in tone and intonation between some characters, and apparent voice disguising tricks (like placing a handkerchef over the microphone) that are too obvious and unrefined.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (928)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "Great book! Keeps you on edge all the way through."
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    I found myself taking unnecessary detours while driving, just in order to be able to listen a bit more of this book.
    Portrait of a Spy is not only very well written, with evident ample backgound research, but also with a seamless, entrapping prose that flows constantly. It is like being taken along whitewater rapids, constantly feeling the adrenalin, waiting for the next rock to watch out for while enjoying the icy dip in the turbulent water.

    I am sure I would not have enjoyed this book as much in print, because Simon Vance does not narrate, he truly acts the whole novel, with outstanding ability to impersonate both male and female characters of very different upringings and nationalities, taking you right into the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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