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R. Watson

San Antonio, TX | Member Since 2011

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  • 11 reviews
  • 111 ratings
  • 719 titles in library
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  • Conquest: Indian Hill, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (629)

    And so the end begins.... Mike joins forces with an unlikely alliance in a desperate attempt to head off humanity's mass extinction.

    Professor says: "ENDING FIXES ALL !!!"
    "Three is not a charm."
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    I liked the first two books of this action/alien series but the final installment was disappointing. The action and conflict of the characters was repetitive. The hero had several women so in love with him they would die for him. There were too many battles and improbable convenient escapes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (574)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "First Time Experience"
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    This is the first audiobook I have ever listened to and then listened to all over again.
    AND the second listen was just as thoughtful with many new angles to be considered.
    This book has a serious right hook that suddenly puts you down on the mat.
    I seriously cried and that's not common these days. Ishiguro writes extremely well but manages to add layers of meaning and depth.
    Even if you aren't a reader who enjoys deep thinking, you will appreciate this unique and fascinating book that delivers so much with so little effort required. You'll still be thinking about this story days later. You won't even know you've been so challenged...unlike so many philosophical books that require total work and concentration, this story seems effortless...just shy of being deceptively simple and nearly dull. But it builds and builds.
    One more thing... Do not judge thus book until you finish. It all comes together. Be patient. It's amazing. I'll never forget it. RW

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8821)
    Performance
    (6931)
    Story
    (6964)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Don't miss this one!"
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    Doesn't matter how young or old you are...this story is timeless. Not overly sentimental yet deeply emotional in intensity. Put this one on your To Be Read list. RW

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (465)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Slippery slope."
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    Read this book to comprehend more about the meaning of the words: emotional punch.
    Well written story about a desperate family.
    The story is sad and the characters pitiable, still it has a shallow feel to it. It is as if the author is telling the tale as a distant observer.
    Themes of disillusionment, fragile relationships, and the slippery slope of mental health make up the meat of this book and offer the reader plenty to chew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4935)
    Performance
    (2323)
    Story
    (2338)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "A new world."
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    This story quickly envelops the reader into another world of Addis Ababa. And much like the cocooned characters themselves, the encroaching outside world brings the reader into a greater understanding of the gifts and losses of the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1346)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "A biography reinterpreted."
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    There wasn't much of a story to tell but I finished this book feeling that I could imagine being married to a driven writer. Although not riveting, I found the story interesting enough. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reckoning: Indian Hill, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (686)

    After escaping from the Progerian Alien vessel, Michael Talbot is now given the opportunity to hide in obscurity with the rest of the human race or rise to the occasion and once again find himself immersed in a battle that he wants nothing to do with.Mike goes home and while reconnecting with a family that believed him dead he decides to join whatever resistance force can be mustered to repel the oncoming invasion.

    Professor says: "Not as good as first book"
    "Enjoyable series."
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    I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun read with an unlikely hero in an alien war. While certainly not deep, it is engaging and kept my attention.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Opening the Door of Your Heart: And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ajahn Brahm
    • Narrated By Francis Greenslade
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (200)

    During his wanderings and work over the last 30 years as a Buddhist monk, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. While traditional Buddhist philosophy is at the heart of this collection, these thoughtful stories are written like playful parables, which are used to launch into a deeper exploration of subjects such as mindfulness, suffering, forgiveness, hope, wisdom, and unconditional love.

    Joanna says: "Listen and change your perspective"
    "Well worth your time."
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    Wisdom packaged in useful suggestions. I was surprised to find that the insights offered in this book were original and memorable. Even though this is a short book, it is worth it if you like Buddhist philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Lloyd Parry
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (361)

    Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

    La Becket says: "The best audiobook I have ever heard -- hands down"
    "An engrossing read."
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    If you like true crime, you will love this well-written book. The murders occurred in Japan. The author explores the psychology of Japanese culture as well as that of the murderer himself. I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5261)
    Performance
    (4840)
    Story
    (4836)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Ok fantasy but slow."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The characters are well developed and interesting but the action moves so slowly thought the entire novel that I was bored at times.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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