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Roland

West Brookfield, MA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Red Star Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth Sewell, Clint Richmond
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.

    Bryan says: "Good but too long"
    "Somewhat dry and tedious"
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    I never knew about this incident, and while I found the topic fascinating, the book itself was rather dry and tedious. It seemed to keep going over the same information in what appeared to be nothing more than effort to extend the length of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4063)
    Performance
    (3547)
    Story
    (3594)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "A very good finish to the Inheritance Cycle"
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    This book is a fitting conclusion for Eragon and the Inheritance cycle. I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable story, very well paced and the narration was excellent. If you've enjoyed the other three books, you won't be disappointed by this one. In my opinion, it's the strongest book of the series since the first one. The book shows Paolini has really matured as an author, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (606)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "A rambling, disjointed, hard to follow mess."
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    I think this may be the first book of Dean Koontz’s that I did not like. There are simply too many characters too follow, and it takes far too long to get going. To be brutally honest, if this wasn’t written by Dean Koontz, I would have stopped listening after the first 3 hours and the story hadn’t gone anywhere yet. However, I did finish the entire book and I thought the ending was fairly good, but I was still very unsatisfied with the story as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    When 10-year-old Dinah Kirkham saw her father leave their Manchester home in the middle of the night, she asked when he would be back. “Soon,” he replied. But he never came back. On that night in 1829, John Kirkham laid the foundation of his daughter’s certainty that the only person Dinah could ever really trust was herself.

    Joan says: ""A Woman of Destiny""
    "Warning! Non-Mormons may be offended!"
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    I love Orson Scott Cards work, and I knew going into this book that it would heavily biased towards the LDS church. However, that didn’t keep me from disliking the moral judgments of some of the characters in the story. While the overall story is very solid, I think non-members of the LDS church will be quite offended by some of the doctrine discussed in the book. If you have an open mind, I think it’s well worth the listen and Stefan Rudnicki’s performance is up to his usual high standards.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17032)
    Performance
    (15120)
    Story
    (15077)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Good storie that suffers from poor pacing"
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    This story is a decent listen and I generally enjoy “Time Travel” tales. Although I thought this particular effort suffered from some pacing issues, I really enjoyed the story. Typical of a Stephen King book, I thought the ending was somewhat rushed and I would have enjoyed a little more exploration of why it wasn’t a complete reset every time he went back in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3745)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3012)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Had me not minding traffic....."
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    This is one of the few audiobooks that had me looking forward to my commute home at night and not minding the traffic delays. A great and entertaining story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Patriot's History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart, Michael Allen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (289)

    Since the liberal revolution of the '60s and '70s, American history books have been biased toward the negative. They overemphasize America's racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots. As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington, more on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II than on D-day or Iwo Jima. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history.

    P. Metz says: "About What You Would Expect"
    "A clearly republican view of history"
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    First let me state that I am a died in the wool republican. I think Ronald Regan walked on water and both Bush's got a bum deal. However, this book is too slanted even for me. The book not only totally disregards the liberal perspective (which I generally have no problem with) it's full of historical errors. I'm not a history major and even I caught a couple of glaring errors with some of the events of WWII.
    Another problem I have with the book is that it seems to gloss over events that I would have liked to hear more details on. I suppose that has to be the case, given the extreme breadth of time this book is trying to encapsulate.
    Overall, it's not awful and it is nice to hear from the other side of the fence for a change, but it's not anything I'll listen to again.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful

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