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Rob

LITHIA, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17721)
    Performance
    (7926)
    Story
    (7960)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Slower than the first two"
    Overall

    Having Salander stuck in the hospital for a majority of the story was a real drag for me. The first two stories were full of new people, new twists, new places, etc. I found the third was slower and seemed to be just a wrap up of the second. Good, and maybe even necessary, but I don't want a book/story that is needed like an I needs a dot. I want to want to read the story, and not feel like I'm just reading to wrap up loose ends.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1645)
    Story
    (1660)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Adegoke A. Adeyemo says: "Finally found out about Kiev!!!"
    "Dead Eye is Dead On!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mark Greaney does a great job of creating characters and plots that are engaging and believable. He is also on FB and a "real" person if you want to reach out to him. That makes the series even more interesting to me.
    Plots don't always have to be perfectly realistic, but motivations for why certain characters would do what they do need to be logical. Greaney creates this world without becoming to granular to bog down the story, or too vague that you don't feel it was well thought out. He's Dead On for my liking.
    The characters are interesting and you get a feel for what they might be like as real people. Gentry has a lot of mystery around him and you feel like you're learning the essence of who he is as a person, while staying curious about the details of his life. We all like heroes, but sometimes that hero who does the wrong thing for the right reason is even more interesting.
    I have several friends with SF (Special Forces) background, and I can see them being Gentry. People who are good, but who have had to do harsh things. It takes a toll, and they lived in a world that is often thankless, and bear scars that as civilians, we'll never truly understand.
    We all make stories our own when we read or listen to them, and I hope you give The Gray Man series a try and find out how it fits into your world.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1251)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Judy says: "Creepy in a bad way"
    "Waste of time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Free: Whodunnit??

    No satisfying resolution or explanation of the "mystery". Not even close to plausible.


    Has Free: Whodunnit? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14752)
    Performance
    (9138)
    Story
    (9010)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "A guy's perspective"
    Overall

    Ok, I see that women love these books, and I also read a review from a guy warning these were just glorified romance stories. A friend of mine (guy) says to me, "yeah, they've got some romance, but they're really good". I'm going to land somewhere in the middle. I like the concept, and the stories are well-written. The narration is good too. I do find that there's a bit too much flirty interaction between the male and female main characters to a point that it slows up the plot. Sure, that's part of the essence of these stories, but it gets old after a while. They go one place and have sex, then they go to the next place and have sex, etc. Not enough action for the average male reader. The sci-fi and time travel parts don't come fast enough. The little bits you get along the way are less teasers, and more disappointments not making you anticipate the explanations, but more wanting to just skip parts to get to there.

    Here's one more take-away stated by my friend...as a guy, if you can stand a little too much romance and can make it through, you can then tell women you listened to a Diana Gabaldon book, and your stock may go up quite a bit!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9857)
    Performance
    (4790)
    Story
    (4818)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Boss Hog meets Lord of the Flies"
    Overall

    I was curious when other reviewers commented that the book was good, but had a bad ending. Never having read or listened to SK, I wanted to try it. Compared to other audio books, I have to say this was one of the worst, both the book and the narrator. I have never critiqued a reader before, but I can see why people do now. Book- I'm not offended by language, graphic images, political or religious messages so that does not slant my view, but if you are sensitive to those things, this book is not for you. SK is skilled at describing people, places, and things with immense detail to create a picture in your head, but, like all good things, it can be overdone. This book was slow and boring and as I mention in the title of the review, it's an age old plot. Big fish in a little pond who's an opportunist ego-driven scumbag wants more power and control and uses the isolation of the dome to further that cause. Throw in a little Rambo for protagonist "Barby" and the plot is completely old and boring. You really just want to find out what the deal with the dome is, and yes, that is a pretty weak explanation that may have been better created while SK was still on drugs. SK's repetition of people voiding themselves when dying was rather odd. I've read many books where characters died, and as a clinician, understand the loss of bodily control when a person dies, I've just never had to experience it so many times in a book. Once or twice for effect, after that, just redundant.
    Narrator- I don't envy the job and couldn't do it myself, but have listened to many audio books with fantastic narration, this was not one. Southern drawls in a Maine based story did not work for me, teenagers sounded like stoned surfers, women sounded like children, many characters sounded like they had either speech impediments or were developmentally delayed...what a mess!
    Bad book, bad narration. "His best work"? Hope not. Going to try the old stuff.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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