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Robert Vlach

Books play an important role in my life, as well as web and other text media. I also write my reader's blog in Czech at Coctu.cz

Member Since 2010

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  • 225 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Ninety-Three

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

    Steven says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far!"
    "Terrible narrator"
    Overall

    This is by far the worst title I have ever purchased on Audible. Frederick Davidson is terrible narrator, so painful to listen to. Buy this audiobook and suffer.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3706)
    Performance
    (3228)
    Story
    (3201)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "Superbly written mystic bs"
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    Performance
    Story

    I simply don't understand how can such a reputable author like Murakami waste his talents on something like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2766)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (967)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Poor novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't trust the testimonials! This is a average novel in every aspect. I have finished it with much effort and would never read it again, nor other McLarty's books. I don't understand how anyone can praise such a book. There's really nothing about it at all. Very disappointing. I was mislead by a publisher's book marketing, again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1467)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "One of the most useful books I've ever read"
    Overall

    Spark is very powerful book and it helped me a lot to improve on my daily schedule and healthy life style. My candidate for the best book of the year, highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The Call of the Wild is the thrilling story of Buck, a domestic dog from California kidnapped and thrust into the harsh, physical world of the Yukon, a land of danger and ferocity, a land of wolves, blizzards, and treacherous frozen rivers that swallow up entire dog teams. Here is where Buck must learn to survive. He must become as wild and vicious as the wilderness that surrounds him...or die!

    Kim says: "More Brutal Than I Remembered"
    "Poor book"
    Overall

    Outdated and poor storytelling. Waste of time. Dead classic. Don't read this, rather choose something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

    ar43r says: "Fantastic narration and story!"
    "Very bad book"
    Overall

    Forget about Shadow of the Wind, which was outstanding book. Angel's game is indeed trash, especially the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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