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E. L. Robertson

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  • The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hank Haney
    • Narrated By Hank Haney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (204)

    The Big Miss is Hank Haney's candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance....

    E. L. Robertson says: "Very Mixed Feelings"
    "Very Mixed Feelings"
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    First let me say that I am an ex-professional golfer and totally understood everything Hank says. But, I seriously doubt that the average golfer will understand or comprehend the vast amount of technical swing comments made in this book.

    Secondly, I do not agree with the fact that Hank felt the need to write this book. There is so much personal trust in the relationship between athletes and those that surround them that there is an unspoken code that must be respected. I feel that Hank shattered that code and I will never respect him for that... only time will tell how Hank's reputation is effected.

    But, thirdly, for those out there who want to get a glimpse of the intense work and pressure that a world class athlete is under, Hank does a nice job of getting that across. Had there not been the stigma of "kiss and tell", I would have thoroughly enjoyed the book. And, of course, this was Hank's opinion and story... I'm sure Tiger's recollection would be much different.

    Was the book fair... maybe. Should it have been written... absolutely not.

    I would also like to make a technical comment about the narration. Hank did a great job which is unusual for a writer who chooses to narrate. But, there were times in the narration, that there seemed like another voice came in like a voice over... I'm not sure if it was Hank doing a voice over or some other narrator cleaning up mistakes. Whatever, it wasn't annoying.

    22 of 24 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
    (3964)
    Performance
    (3241)
    Story
    (3209)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "So Bad"
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    First, go back and read Patricia's review... right on Patricia. Seldom do we find someone as honest and deep in writing a review. I only wish I had read her review before investing a credit in this diatribe.

    Everything was lame... the story never took off... just another worthless tort case. How did the author come up with the title "The Litigators"... it took over half of the book to determine what they are trying to do. A better title would have been "The Bumblers".

    Bad... bad... bad. There is nothing I can say good about this. I have loved all of JG's books, but he really rushed this out the door. Is this what we can expect from now on? I will be more careful before I waste another credit.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4343)
    Performance
    (3304)
    Story
    (3282)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Pretty Gray..."
    Overall

    I seldom write reviews but just have to weight in. This book is really bad. I have listened to hundreds of books and I have to tell you this is one of the worst, simple minded diatribes that I have ever experienced. The only thing going for this is the title... Gray Man is intriguing... perhaps Tom Cruise can add this to his long list of totally meaningless movies.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Who Knew"
    Overall

    This book should have been written years ago. I am a pretty astute history buff and thought I knew this story... but, honestly, I was surprised at how little I knew. The authors pace was fantastic and he did a good job of narrating his own book... which is usually a disaster. I highly recommend.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "Painful"
    Overall

    If you want to read a really stupid account of being chased through the woods for 10 hours of listening. This book will satisfy you, but I really found my mind wandering off... boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (407)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Just so so"
    Overall

    This was not his best... the story was shallow and the characters very trite. But I did finish it and that is more than I can say for some books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Huddy
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Immediately gripping and thoroughly harrowing, Storming Las Vegas tells the story of a remarkable true-life crime spree - a story that was previously squashed so as not to disturb tourism, in the ultimate proof of "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas".

    E. L. Robertson says: "I loved it.."
    "I loved it.."
    Overall

    This book was really good. How could anyone actually hit the major casinos in Vegas? Jose Vigoa did with ruthless abandon. The author went into the background of the gang members, the key policemen, the armed car guards and the families. This book not only tells you how the robberies were conducted, it tells you about all of the lives that were affected. Bravo to the writer and the editor of a great listen.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Under and Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Queen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law-enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a "confidential informant" made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance.

    Richard says: "Great Listen"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    I wish I could give this book 6 stars. I loved it and wasn't expecting to get so engrossed. This book makes Donnie Brasco look like Mr. Rogers. If you have ever heard the expression of "unbelievable but true", this book fits the bill. I listened to this non-stop and couldn't wait to hear more. The main character is constantly in true fear for his life and surrounded by the most violent group of Mongul motorcycle gang members in Los Angeles. I was totally intrigued and right there with him in all of the drama.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • That's Not in My American History Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Most people don't know that Benjamin Franklin almost killed himself trying to electrocute a turkey; the Wright brothers were not the first to fly an airplane; there was a 14th state that the original 13 wouldn't let join the Union; and that Benedict Arnold helped save the American Revolution. All this and more is revealed in That's Not in My American History Book.

    TR says: "A Great Book!"
    "What a Hoax"
    Overall

    This book is filled with half truths and professed by the author as the real facts. It was a total waste of time.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.

    Dave says: "Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel"
    "Sorry... this just dosen't cut it."
    Overall

    Sandra Brown obviously isn't a football fan. This story is so weak that I could have written it... or not! There is no way any top football player would have gotten himself into such a mess. The plot is so unbelievable and shallow that I wish I hadn't wasted my time. This was one really bad listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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