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Bob Watson

Sapulpa, OK | Member Since 2012

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  • 65 reviews
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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10665)
    Performance
    (9644)
    Story
    (9731)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Another Great Dan Brown Book!"
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    Dan brown delivers again. This is a great book. Brown is a master at chapter by chapter cliffhangers. I love the Robert Langdon books, however I want to hear something else next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roughing It

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

    Tad Davis says: "The wild humorist of the West"
    "Insanely boring!"
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    What disappointed you about Roughing It?

    The Narrator should not be reading books out loud for money. He's awful! He is the narrator of Stephen Kings book "The Stand" and he ruined that book as well.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Twain’s story?

    It was boring.


    What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

    His voice is like listening to nails on a chalk board mixed with people chomping ice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The desperate urge to sleep while driving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you drive and listen to audio books, then don't get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4115)
    Performance
    (2654)
    Story
    (2677)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Very Interesting & Very Boring"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was very educational, but it was also very dry.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Weatherford? Why or why not?

    No he is to mono tone.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He put me to sleep.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jack Weatherford’s life?

    The story was about Genghis Kahn not Jack Weatherford.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an extremely detailed account of Genghis Kahn. It is very insightful, but it also very boring. I listen to audio books while I drive, and this book made me want to fall asleep at the wheel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1048)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Very disappointed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have already, not because it's a great book but because a large portion of the book is set in Tulsa Oklahoma which is where I have been for the past 38 years.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that he mentions the Tulsa State Fair, and the old Bells Amusement park.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was dreadfully boring, and dry.


    Could you see Revival being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No! The book was dry! Stephen King is much better than this.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in the book. I had very high hopes, and the book did not live up to them. If you listen to audio books while driving do not get this book. It will put you to sleep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (342)

    We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Even for those that don't like Westerns"
    "Great Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Comanche Moon to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator adds a lot to the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Skull, He was a very cool character every time he was mentioned the story got very interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Captain Skull.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The torture that captain Skull endured was really some good story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is read in four parts. The fourth part is dry, dull, and boring. They should have stopped at part three and the book would have been perfect. The last part was so dull that I barely got through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (317)

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "I am a whore for Westerns!!!!"
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    Where does Dead Man's Walk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would be a toss up between Gus, and Mattie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to say their were many great moments in the book, but when the Mexican officer asked to be shot to let the others go free, that was inspiring.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No moment in particular, I was moved by the book as a whole because it was very well written, and superbly narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a quintessential Western novel, and must listen. This is a great book even if you don't like Westerns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1439)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "I can't wait for Firefight to come out!"
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    What did you love best about FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story?

    I have been anxiously waiting more from the Reckoners, and this was a great appetizer.


    What other book might you compare FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story to and why?

    Well, Steelheart of course.


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

    I have listened to several of his narrations. He is great in everything.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Firefight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4971)
    Performance
    (3683)
    Story
    (3709)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Long and heavy"
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    What made the experience of listening to It the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fantastic


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Very long and cumbersome. Great character development, but damn enough is enough.


    What does Steven Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honestly if it weren't for his performance I would not have finished the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of It and why?

    St-st-st uhtttering Bhu Bhu Bill.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would have been great had it been about 20 hours rather than 45. It was just to long. I expected it to be scary, but really wasn't scary at all. King is a master story teller, and he is great at twisted plots, but not really scary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (878)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "Another Classic By King"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Green Mile the most enjoyable?

    I watched the movie years ago. It was interesting to compare the book to the movie.


    What other book might you compare The Green Mile to and why?

    There is no comparison to The Green Mile. It has a truly unique storyline. Stylistically it is vary comparable to the rest of Stephen Kings books. King is a true master of character development.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He adds a voice and emotion, but if you have seen the movie it is impossible not to compare the narration with the movie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me laugh or cry but it did make me think a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book. If you have seen the movie, the book adds depth to the characters that was very fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7462)
    Performance
    (3842)
    Story
    (3902)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "Epically bad!"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or George Guidall?

    I love Stephen King he is my favorite author but this book just didn't do it for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book is all over the place and hard to follow.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This was the wrong narrator for the book.


    Do you think The Gunslinger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Dumb question it is book one in a 7 part series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Jesus Became God

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world's single most influential human being. Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God.

    Diana says: "History Not Theology"
    "Vey informative"
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    Where does How Jesus Became God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the best lecture I have heard.


    What other book might you compare How Jesus Became God to and why?

    There is no comparison.


    What about Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s performance did you like?

    He was very objective and unbiased.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it was a lecture.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent lecture from a historical perspective on how Christianity developed, and evolved. This is not a fundamental view, but a historical view.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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