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Robert

Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Need You Now

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    The New York Times best-selling author returns with a gripping, new stand-alone novel ripped from the headlines, in which a young financial advisor and his girlfriend uncover a conspiracy that reaches from Wall Street deep into the halls of government. Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave. For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world’s largest Swiss bank, Cushman’s fall has unexpected - and deadly - repercussions. Lloyd’s girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses....

    Ed says: "Good but convoluted"
    "Over the top"
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    I have enjoyed several Grippando books in the past but this story is simply way too convoluted. Every character and every aspect of the story is exaggerated to the point where it becomes nearly comical.
    Jonathan Davis is a very good narrator and does a good job here as well but I don't think anyone could have saved this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1635: The Papal Stakes

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles E. Gannon, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint continues his Ring of Fire series with esteemed sci-fi author Charles E. Gannon. Rome in the year 1635 finds Frank Stone and his pregnant wife Giovanna in the clutches of Cardinal Borgia, whose political machinations and papal assassins may soon elevate him to Pope Borgia. Now Frank, along with Harry Lefferts and his infamous Wrecking Crew, must protect Pope Urban VII from all manner of treachery.

    Gino says: "Satisfaction"
    "a seriously disappointing book"
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    I enjoyed the first three books in this series tremendously. George Guidall is an outstanding narrator and the books were very well written. Here though, I am completely lost. For starters, the book is listed in the Audible catalog as book 4 in the series. It is not. There are a number of other books and maybe they prepare you for this one. As I listened to them; in the order suggested by Audible - you are in for a big surprise - you missed a lot of the story if you listen to this after the Balkan War.
    The writing style is very different as well and far inferior to the "first three". Maybe if this wasn't the case I would look for ways of filling in what I missed but this falls so far short of the quality of the start of the series that I will not bother...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (704)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Superb Narration !!"
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    The book is typical of Courtenay. He can tell a story. Yes his characters are larger than life and the melodrama is at times a bit thick but still, he pulls it off. There is to me always a bit of an overly romantic quality to his books that would be very hard to take if it wasn't for his skill as a writer. So I know that what I am listening to is at times way over the top and that for one as cynical and jaded as I am this is not a typical choice of book but I enjoyed it immensely..
    A lot of the credit for this belongs to the narrator. Bower is as good as it gets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Stuart MacBride
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Richard Knox has served his time, so why shouldn’t he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, in the past he was a violent rapist, but he’s seen the error of his ways. Found God. Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start. Or so he says. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn’t exactly thrilled to be part of the team helping Knox settle into his new Aberdeen home.

    David says: "Great with caveats"
    "This author should not narrate his own books"
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    I really enjoyed the first few books of this series but this one is hard to take. MacBride has a tendency to exaggerate his characters to the point that they become unbelievable and it seems that this gets a little worse with each book. When he narrates he goes one step further in that he tries to further the various characters description by giving them "voices" that he feels match. The outcome is farcical. His DI Steel for instance is a rather cranky bulldozer of a woman with some occasional soft bits thrown in. Every time I hear him doing the voice he believes suitable I get visions of the wolf that is about to blow the house down: seriously overdone.
    Unfortunate, because he has shown to be a talented writer with at times a brilliant sense of humor. I have listened to Jonathan Hackett doing a few books in the series with a totally different result.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (454)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "Brilliant"
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    Violence, loads of it. A story about a former enforcer who's victims haunt him and demand justice. As this is extracted we are introduced to a world where the motivations behind a lot of the violence and the characters running things is brilliantly fleshed out. The same goes for the main character, Gerry Fegan, The story is very powerful, well written and convincingly narrated in a very understated style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1608)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Maybe not the best in the series but still.."
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    Maybe it is time to move on a bit for Connelly. I think he is one hell of a writer and I enjoyed this book, as will I suspect most people that listened to the series. The narrator is also, as with all his books, well suited to the character and he does a nice job. But no bonus points for originality. Entertaining and enjoyable though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1135)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "A great series"
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    I have enjoyed every book in this series and this one is no exception. Craig Johnson writes an outstanding story, fast paced at times but he manages to create believable and like-able characters.
    George Guidall is of course always an outstanding narrator but I think the Walt Longmire series suit his style perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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