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Dr. Rob

Augusta, GA | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 221 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2636)
    Performance
    (1932)
    Story
    (1959)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Great...And Can Share it With My Kids"
    Overall

    This is an intelligent and engaging book that appeals to the adult fantasy readers/listeners. But as opposed to those like George RR Martin, who have a lot of graphic content not appropriate for kids, this has none of that. I am so glad that Robin Hobb doesn't see that as necessary for a good tale. It is just as good as these others, but without the unnecessary baggage. Highly recommended!

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (519)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Beware of "Miracles""
    Overall

    Much of what Dr. Fuhrman writes is good sense: eat lots of veggies and stay away from processed foods. But his constant use of the word "miraculous" and others of that sort make this no more than a book of hype. Some claims are a bit on the outrageous side as well; his use of medical studies is a classic case of coming to a conclusion and finding studies to back them up. I tried to listen to glean nuggets but got so turned off by his hypish speak that I couldn't finish.
    There are no miracles for weight loss. If there were easy answers or miracles, people would not be fat.

    3 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18219)
    Performance
    (14290)
    Story
    (14329)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Why all the Sex?"
    Overall

    I really get tired of authors who have to include a bunch of sex in their books. This has a terrific plot and good characters, but the amount of sexual references gets tiresome. I don't mind some references, but the sheer volume is unnecessary and takes away from the plot. It's just distracting. I do like the narrator, by the way. Not sure why others don't.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2613)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1078)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Hiarious"
    Overall

    The only bad side of downloading this book is that it may commit you to a big investment in Terry Pratchett audiobooks. OK, the other bad side is that you may drive off the road while laughing. I listened to this with my kids and had a wonderful time doing it. Yes, there are a few off-"colour" remarks, but the only kids who would understand it are probably old enough to hear it. Get this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3044)
    Performance
    (2081)
    Story
    (2094)

    Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "Addictive"
    Overall

    I got this book when it was on sale, but as I listened I was quickly drawn into the story and eventually got all of the audiobooks in the series. The same thing happened with my son when I let him listen. Fun story and good idea for the plot. Very well narrated as well. Definitely worth getting. Prepare to download the others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4338)
    Performance
    (2640)
    Story
    (2678)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "NSFK"
    Overall

    Incredible story. Gripping. I lost myself in it. But...I could not play it out loud an could not share it with my kids (as I have others). Sexual content is frequent, although not graphic. F**k is said quite often. I'm not quite sure why the author needed to do this, but it did limit how I could listen to it. The story is still so good that it easily overcame this negative. Readers should just be aware.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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