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R. Schumacher

Bobshoe

ratings
40
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
18

  • Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence E. Joseph
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Don't look up. It won't help. You can't get out of the way; you can't dig a hole deep enough to hide. The end is coming, and there's nothing you can do about it. So why listen to this audiobook? Because you can't cover your ears when it's not just the religious fanatics who are saying we're all going to be destroyed, but the scientists are in on the act, too.

    Thomas W. Smith says: "Overpriced"
    "Superb, well thought out, great listen"
    Overall

    This is an extraordinary book that is well thought out and extremely well written. The depth of knowledge the author has on most of the pertinent science (observation) and religion (revelation) that point to possible cataclysmic events occurring on 12-21-12 is truly remarkable. So is his tongue in cheek humor for a subject so moribund.

    For all those who reviewed the book and were troubled by the author leaning towards a point of view, that is the very nature of a masterwork like this. Charles Darwin advocated his views. So does the Bible. Same goes for Nostradamus, although he was a great deal more obtuse. A point of view that is well documented and persuasively presented is what makes for a great read (or listen in this case).

    I highly recommend this book. I do agree that 2 credits is a bit steep for any Audible book.

    Best of all, on 12-22-12, we can see if the author was right or wrong! I can hardly wait..

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Lords of The Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan novels are infused with action, adventure, and rich historical details further fleshing out the great warlord's world. Having risen from his tribal upbringing, Genghis now leads a horde of fellow countrymen on a mission of conquest throughout Asia. Escaping the Gobi Desert, he faces his greatest challenge, overtaking the empire of the Chin - a land protected by a massive, impenetrable wall.

    C. Johnson says: "Really liked the story, but not the reader"
    "Great Story and Great Narrator (really)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    We all seem to agree that this is a terrific story. Some listeners have been shaken by the change of narrator. Let me assure you that this narrator is as good as the first one, just different. Don't hesitate to get this book because of the change in narrator. Even if Richard Ferrone pronounced some names differently and his voice characterizations are different, you'll get used to it within the first half hour. I'm now going to download book three in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1805)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Read Pandora's Star First!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Judas Unchained is the ultimate Sci-Fi saga. It has it all. Extraordinary science, engaging characters, edge of the seat action, multiple plot lines that come together and all manner of characters you will become engaged with.

    But you must read Pandora's Star before you read this book. Judas unchained is actually the second half of Pandora's Star, rather than a sequel to it. If you don't read Pandora's Star first, you will have little idea of what this excellent book is about. Think of the two books as actually one extremely large book.

    Taken together, these are superb books well worth the credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (11235)
    Performance
    (9763)
    Story
    (9795)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Tedious! : : : S I G H : : :"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is just about the slowest paced and most tedious book I have ever listened to. There are about 44 hours of boredom slowly, torturously metered out. You wait for scores of mostly irrelevant characters to do anything more than aimlessly ponder what they might do, but don't do. At most, there are about 5 hours of anything interesting that actually does happen in this enormous story. Nor does Roy Dotrice's once superb narration add anything to the book. For some inexplicable reason, in this book he has given Denaris, the 14-year old gorgeous queen, a voice like a broken old ancient hag. The first three books and narration were superb. Sadly, the 4th and 5th books are about as enjoyable as a kidney stone. It seems like the author, George RR Martin, is merely rambling aimlessly along just to milk this series as long as he can.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13050)
    Performance
    (5499)
    Story
    (5566)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Wonderful Informative and Uplifting"
    Overall

    This is a trully engaging book from start to finish. A wonderful depictation of life aboard a circus train during the great depression. Unlike typical circus stories, this one does not go on about the death defying acts, but rather the animals, the people and a most touching love story. Memorable characters, fantastic readers (one for the younger and one for the older narrator). For those of you, like me, who want to know if after investing so much time in a book they will feel up or down after hearing it, this one is genuinely uplifting. I loved the endings to both the younger and older narrated stories. In fact, I so wanted the book to go on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haussmann, or the Distinction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul LeFarge
    • Narrated By Eric Bauersfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Baron Georges-Eughne Haussmann was the architect of modern Paris. In two decades, from 1853 to 1869, he transformed the cramped, filthy lanes of the medieval city into the airy boulevards and green parks of today. Yet there is a story that, on his deathbed, Haussmann wished to undo everything he'd built. "Would that it had died with me!" he is supposed to have said. What is the secret of the baron's last regret?

    Janine says: "Brings another era alive"
    "Boring . . . Tedious"
    Overall

    I'm an avid audible listener. This is the first book of about 100 audio books I have listenened to that I have ever been so negative about. It's probably because it reminds me of the dreaded high school assigned reading from my past. I would ask myself, "of all the millions of books published, why did they pick this tedious, boring, plodding one?"

    1 of 4 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
    (2823)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1013)

    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"
    "I So Miss These Characters"
    Overall

    Having completed hearing this wonderful book, I could praise the author/reader on so many dimensions, but most important is that I actually now miss these characters so much. Rarely are characters so engrossing and so endearing that at the conclusion of a book you simply long to know how their continuing lives will unfold. I keep thinking about them and wishing them well. This is one of those wonderful books that hearing it, in the author's own voice, adds immeasureably to the believeability and impact of the work. I genuinely loved this book and the way it was presented.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2330)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (588)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "A Totally Addictive Author"
    Overall

    This was the first Hiassen book I heard, selecting it because I lived in South Florida. What a terrific book, as well as a superb reader. It is clever, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. I have since downloaded and heard two additional Hiassen books, each as excellent as the others. I intend to hear all of Hiassen's books. In a word Hiassen is addictive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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