You no longer follow Robert

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Robert

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Robert

Member Since 2009

12
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 8 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Bloody White Baron: The Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In the history of the modern world, there have been few characters more sadistic, sinister, and deeply demented as Baron Ungern-Sternberg. An anti-Semitic fanatic with a penchant for Eastern mysticism and a hatred of communists, Baron Ungern-Sternberg took over Mongolia in 1920 with a ragtag force of White Russians, Siberians, Japanese, and native Mongolians.

    David says: "Truth is stranger than fiction"
    "Will keep you immersed in the tale until the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a wonderful read for me. It is a refreshing treat to come across a telling of weight that offers the nonfiction reader a respite from of WW1 WW2 or the Cold War.

    Taking place in that tumultuous time of the White Terror and the Red Menace in Russia, and located in an exotic setting to most, the author charts a logical and compelling course. He writes from a view point which focuses on the known facts and account while keeping the legend of his tale ever present for the reader to enjoy.

    Although our protagonist is through and through an evil man we are allowed to follow his exploits without and overbearance of apology which I feel has become a vice of contemporary authors. The author conveys a comfort with his subject. Further accolades can be given to his attentiveness to sourcing his accounts and details with fluidity.

    I never felt cheated of details from the setting nor overwhelmed with minutia.

    A much deserved four star read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (168)

    Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.

    Robert says: "An..An..Ancient Rome comes to life, brilliantly"
    "Suetonius format into a clever biography"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to I, Claudius the most enjoyable?

    The way various histories (Suetonius in particular) were carefully joined into a good tale. It was both enjoyable and scary because...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Claudius?

    One almost forgets that there is more than a little bit of fiction thrown in to this tale. However the author does a superb job of reminding us where we must accuire our discerning knowledge of history when he creates a scene in which Livy and Polybius contend for the honorific of being the prefered style of history and Polybius wins the argument due to the fact that, although he lacks some style, he is the most accurate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I did not care for the sequel to this book "Claudius the God" because he goes a step to far with the artistic license and makes the protagonist such a menial character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard, Tanner Colby (contributor)
    • Narrated By Neal Ghant, Brad Raymond, Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Hounded by the tabloid media, driven from his self-made sanctuary at Neverland, Michael Jackson spent his final years moving from city to city, living with his three children in virtual seclusion - a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn’t leave him alone. During that time, two men served as the singer’s personal security team: Bill Whitfield, a former cop and veteran of the security profession, and Javon Beard, a brash, untested rookie, both single fathers themselves. Stationed at his side nearly 24/7, their job was to see and hear everything that transpired.

    MObetta says: "Amazing Book! I didn't feel dirty listening to it"
    "The superficial gleemings of goons"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration is very poor these sound like the same guys audible used for the montford point marines book and I wish the would stop using these guys. They do not talk with fluidity.

    The superficiality of this book is disappointing. They provide just enough info to keep your ear open in anticipation but it never transcends to the point of anything either sensational or truly insightful about the man.

    The following is a small excerpt that tipifies the book for me:

    MJ tells the goons they need to pick up the governess from the airport, and one of the goons asks if he meant nanny, MJ says "yes", goon says "why not just say nanny then," MJ says, "You guys need to read more."

    They use this exchange to highlight MJ's disconnect. Then the goons talk about what incredibly loyalloyal goons the were, followed by how cute the kids were, and the book just spirals down the toilet in this fashion.

    So there you have it, some guys that need to "read more" wrote a book, I think everyone should be alerted to this unadvertised paradigm before buying so you can really think about what that means.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hans Massaquoi
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    What would life be like for a black boy growing up in Nazi Germany? This unprecedented autobiography answers that question with the spellbinding true story of Hans J. Massaquoi’s life in Hamburg during the height of Hitler’s regime. Hans is the son of a black Liberian diplomat father and a white German mother. His father returns to Africa at the beginning of the war, leaving them behind in poverty without the means to flee. Within this tense atmosphere, increasingly violent Nazi policies and Allied bombing raids make Hans and his mother’s lives a day-to-day survival struggle.

    Robert says: "A Well Told of a Life in the Head Winds"
    "A Well Told of a Life in the Head Winds"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Narration: Seamless. The inflections and tenor of the narrator made this easily one of the most aesthetically enjoyable reads I can compare in my years listening to audio books.

    The Content: Destined to Witness is a cradle to middle age narrative which is rich the experiences that men face growing up, which brings one close to the writer's experience. The story then begins to ascend like a roller coaster ticking up the first precipice; as the implications of the time and setting this man was born into reveal their eminence in history and set the stage for a great story.

    I can pay no greater compliment than to say the emotions and thoughts conveyed in the book had me swaying like sports fan watching a live game in over time. For such a harrowing tale there is an uncanny optimism, as the writer does not shrink from expounding his good experiences in equal measure to his tribulations.

    Over All: This is a story all should read, not simply for a wonderful message which will stimulate your thoughts, but because it is a great listen and well worth a credit at it's 19 hour running time which had me engrossed throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirty Years War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By C. V. Wedgwood
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. Entire regions were depopulated and destroyed.

    Judith A. Weller says: "One of the World's Great History Books."
    "An unusual miss from Audio Connoisseur"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This a history usually passed over in the history books as "Catholics vs Protestants" so when the chance to delve into the nuances of this historic Germanic conflict I jumped at the purchase; I was however disappointed.

    C. V. Wedgwood has a good grasp of the events which transpired however she presents them in a disjointed fashion, changing her subject and setting often and needlessly. One is just beginning to grasps the intrigues between the Hapsburg when she begins droning about the protestant players. It is a style that is hard to follow.

    There is also the perfunctory manner with which she endows the major protagonist of the war with character traits and personalities. There is a constant effort identify this who was the most ignorant general, who the most inconsiderate monarch and on, but these are things told to you rather than ideas explored an backed up with sources as it should be. After reading Barbara W. Tuchman, I know what a good history sounds like and this is not it in the slightest.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3616)
    Performance
    (2581)
    Story
    (2608)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "A Great and Intriguing Sci-fi Narrative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Scalizi places his readers in the most fitting position from which to absorb this wonderfully complex world where humanity contends with the infinite challenges of a diverse and dangerous universe. In the mind of an old man you at once see the world through the eyes of someone who is able to accept even the most outlandish of encounters with an old subset of wisdom, allowing the reader to in kind absorb the strange world at a fast pace but with the comfort that you understand as much as the main subject who's perspective you read from.

    The authorship is solid and I found myself feeling excitement, cheerfulness, suspense, loathing, and curiosity throughout the telling.

    The performance leaves much to be desired. This narrator is consistently in the bad habit of interjecting the wrong emotions and inflections of the characters. He fails at grasping the colossal transformations the human subjects of the novel have been dealt by being made entirely anew through strange and complex processes outside their own understanding. Should cold blooded killing machines swoon with emotions? Should old men made young sound like old men still? these are the detraction's which leave me wanting more from the performance.

    Overall this is a must read for sci fi fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tamerlane: Conqueror of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    In yet another superb historical work, Harold Lamb brings the mighty Tatar leader to vivid life and shows how this ruthless commander used his superior intellect and magnetic leadership to overcome one obstacle after another. Tamerlane was truly one of the most remarkable personalities ever to emerge from the steppes of Central Asia.

    curt says: "The man that conquered Afganistan"
    "A Masterful Conceptualization of a Conqueror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Tamerlane again? Why?

    Aptly tailored to be delivered in the oral tradition, Harold Lamb at once grasps your undying attention with this well polished work.

    The performance is of the fantastic quality we have come to expect of Mr. Griffin, who's diction is at its best when strumming the chords of a well written epic tale such as this.

    The key feature which makes this work exemplary is the seamless style with which ancient script, overlying theology, and modern historical knowledge meld to form a fluid history with a clear sense of its place in the ether.

    The story its self is an amazing tale of a humble boy who launches himself into the select cast of rulers of which there are but few including Alexander the Great. Fighting in the style of those great barbarians who conquered Rome and enslaved China, Tamerlane leads armies over continental lengths against both the barbarous and most sophisticated of hosts. These campaigns culminate in an empire who's influence adds context to events of the middle ages and destiny of many nations.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The March of the Ten Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Xenophon
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

    Benedict says: "An intelligent leader"
    "A nonfiction epic I shall always treasure"
    Overall

    aka: Anabasis, The Persian expedition, The Expedition of Cyrus

    The Reading: Excellently done. Charlton Griffin is is prime form throughout this reading and conveys the tale flawlessly with a voice that confines perfectly to the dimensions of the setting; be they awesome or subdued in nature.

    The Tale: A glorious epic of genuine human feats. Xenophon projects the march of this small city of 10,000 men across Asia minor into your mind and in front of your eyes. You are also made privy to the custom and psyche of an Athenian man of his time. Democracy and didactic reasoning is shown in practice throughout this tale and the mental images I envisioned while listening to this tale were vivid, easily conjured, and immensely entertaining.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.