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Robert

SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 12 reviews
  • 215 ratings
  • 684 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (367)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "WONDERFUL!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! I'm a big fan of "LONESOME DOVE" and I enjoyed this one just as much. This book is very different, but still, a western. A GOOD western is a rare thing! This is a good one.

    The narrator is so good I have been searching for other books he's done. He is a new find too!

    5 stars for the book and the narrator.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Charles says: "Engrossing"
    "Wow!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Troop in three words, what would they be?

    Like an OLD Stephen King story ... but the BEST ever! Creepy! Horrible! Gross! and believable! Well done! I hope we hear something more from this author!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (168)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "GREAT!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Full Force and Effect in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to believe, but Clancy just keeps getting better! I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. No slow parts! If only I enjoyed all my audible books as much, I would be a happy man! This is an excellent choice if you enjoy well researched, well thought out and intelligently written spy novels with lots of plot twists and action! ... Scott Brick is the icing on the cake!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1617)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Not really different, not really proof"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone looking for a reason to believe in something illogical.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eben Alexander again?

    Yes, I loved his description of his medical condition, and how the infection ravaged his body and brain. That part was great!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Description of his brain infection


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe in God. I'd love to ... and did most of my life. I would LOVE to have anyone show me proof. This book proclaims, "PROOF OF HEAVEN!" ... So, I tried it. But, sorry to say, as in so many other books, there is no proof here. People who want to believe, will believe. I want to, but not badly enough to ignore logic. I believe there is a mystery, something we do not, and perhaps can not understand. A great secret of death. As I grow older, and closer myself, I seek to find something I can believe. Some proof that human consciousness transcends physical death. Something that proves that we are more than the chemicals that make up our physicality. However, I can not believe in a fairy tale. I'm afraid this book is just another hopeful story about heaven.

    24 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "SCORE: 100 dead terrorists, 500 lame jokes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    Too much wise-cracking and NOT enough action … A disappointment! I have enjoyed the books preceding this one. Easily, ⅓ of this book could have been shaved off. I am not pleased with the result. Of course, Scott Brick is always an excellent reader. Not his fault. Hey, maybe you people like this characters CONSTANT stupid jokes. Not me. SCORE: 100 dead terrorists, 500 lame wise crack jokes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Albert Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Is this what's in store? June 12, 2030, started out like any other day in memory---and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond.

    Robert says: "A strange story, and possibly some validity to it."
    "A strange story, and possibly some validity to it."
    Overall

    An odd mingling of low brow comedy, frightening prophesy and condemnation of the American system, (probably well deserved) I don't think any of us can foretell the future, and whatever really happens will be a big surprise to us all. However, it's fun to read this authors vision. The narrator is really a "kick".

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • I Am the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Marc Aden Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

    Dr. says: "Initially engaging, but ultimately not satisfying"
    "Hated this book, Loved "The Book Thief""
    Overall

    WARNING: Zusak's other book, "The Book Thief" is one of the finest books I've ever listened to. So I figured, "This is also by him, it must be pretty good!". NO! ... It isn't at all good. A big "who cares?" story about a dumb 19 year old kid who delivers important "messages about life" ... It's fatuous. Some might like it ... But it does not hold a candle to "BOOK THIEF" ... Not even close.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13502)
    Performance
    (9343)
    Story
    (9401)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "STRANGER THAN FICTION"
    Overall

    An amazing life story. Told in a way that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Loved it! 5 stars all the way!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    A group of terrorists invades the White House, driving the president into an underground bunker, where he can't communicate with his government. Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top counter-terrorist operative, sneaks into the executive mansion to take control and finds that the terrorists are the least of the president's and the nation's problems.

    Rurouni says: "A good book, flawed by its audio counterpart"
    "TERRIBLE ABRIDGEMENT!"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of The Mitch Rapp stories by Vince Flynn. However, this one is appalling disappointment. The chopping of the story makes very little sense. the narrator refers to things that were never included in the first part of this abridgment. Don't waste your credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

    Linda says: "It's Coben at his best!!"
    "WORSE THAN BAD"
    Overall

    Really ... Awful!

    Plus, the narrator is NOT Carrington MacDuffie! He did narrate the first 30 minutes of the book, (and the preview) but then an unknown woman took over. (I had to stop listening after about 3 hours) She is not bad, ... okay, but it's not as advertised.

    No matter who narrates, the story is full of teeth clenchingly annoying characters who could never exist in any possible human reality. This book is asinine to the max degree. Garbage!

    ps: I have actually enjoyed a few other works by Coben in the past

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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