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Greg Rossvanes

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  • Overboard!: A True Bluewater Odyssey of Disaster and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Tougias
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    In early May of 2005, Captain Tom Tighe and first mate, Loch Reidy, of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crew members, two men and a woman, for a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. While Tighe and Reidy had made the journey countless times, the rest of the crew were paying passengers learning about offshore sailing—and looking for adventure. Four days into their voyage, they got adventure but nothing that they had expected or had any training to handle.

    Uber Femme says: "Delivers."
    "Nothing like this has ever happened to me..."
    Overall

    THANK GOD! Remember the anticipation, the dread of "Jaws"? Well, to me, this was even more intense, AND non-stop!

    I found myself pacing when I was in my office, and when I tried listening in bed, I couldn't relax enough to sleep (don't try it).

    Suspenseful? Oh...I'd say so. It felt like a 6-hour roller coaster ride!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11863)
    Performance
    (9526)
    Story
    (9643)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A truly wasted credit"
    Overall

    After having read some of the reviews others wrote, I was really disappointed after I started listening. Comparing this offering to Mistborn, as one of the reviewers did, is difficult to understand.

    I couldn't finish it. I made it through part of Part 2, and couldn't force myself to continue listening any longer.

    The narrator, to me, sounded like a teen. The writing itself wasn't much better.

    In short, it bored me to tears.

    I don't often write bad reviews, but in this case I felt I owed to the other listeners who give of their time to provide reviews.

    I wish I had something positive to say, but there it is.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3353)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2382)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Each book seems better than the last..."
    Overall

    I started with "The Power of One", then read "Tandia", and now "The Potato Factory". Bryce Courtenay has become one of my favorite writers, and Humphrey Bower one of my favorite narrators.

    This is a WONDERFUL listen. Don't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3243)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1581)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "5 stars isn't enough!"
    Overall

    This is most definitely one of my favorites.

    Both the story and narration are superb.

    You know how most books you read have at least one weakness somewhere? Well, the only weakness I could find about this book is that it has an end.

    Maybe it's just that it spoke to me, but I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    It has culture, adventure, humor, love, and even philosophy.

    I was simply blown away.

    If Roberts ever writes another...I wouldn't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3068)
    Performance
    (2033)
    Story
    (2066)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Easily one of my top 5"
    Overall

    If you've seen the movie, and most have, this audio book is even better.

    I'd never read the book, so I didn't realize how good the book might be. Well, being one of the most beloved books of all time, added to a wonderful performance by the narrator, I was simply blown away.

    This audio book is truly a treasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkside

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    When a midshipman plunges six stories to his death, the U.S. Naval Academy begins investigating an apparent suicide. But there's a bizarre twist: the young man's body is found wearing undergarments belonging to Midshipman Julie Markham, a senior at the academy.

    Greg Rossvanes says: "Talk about edge of your seat!"
    "Talk about edge of your seat!"
    Overall

    This was THE most exciting audio book I've yet heard.

    The narrator Dick Hill, even though not the best I've heard at producing distinctly different voices for the various characters, his level of intensity throughout the story in general was excellent.

    The story...hmmm, well, since I was in the Navy myself, was very interesting.

    This audio book was so intense, it kept me up nearly all night because I couldn't turn it off.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3386)
    Performance
    (2512)
    Story
    (2509)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Both fantastic...the author and the narrator"
    Overall

    This book is listed as a mystery, but Johnson's humor blew me away.

    This is one of the best reads I've yet found. I wish Johnson had more than 4 books, but at least I discovered George Guidall (narrator) in the process.

    I also thought that I knew who the best narrators were (John Lee & Davina Porter), but now I am happy to say that Guidall is likely to be added to the list.

    Don't miss this one...it's a gem!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2637)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1462)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "What a DIFFERENCE a narrator can make!"
    Overall

    The first book in this series was a little darker than it needed to be, but it was still respectable. However, this second book...WHOAAA! The narrator just makes it SUCH a chore to listen to. I have my favorite narrators, and I like to think that I'm a patient kind of person, but this...mmmm, good luck making it to the end of it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (787)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Stunning!"
    Overall

    Possibly the best Sci-Fi listen I've heard yet. The reader was also good.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8168)
    Performance
    (5623)
    Story
    (5659)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Maybe my favorite listen since I've joined Audible"
    Overall

    Dune made me realize that I like Sci-Fi, but Mistborn has sunk the hook even deeper. Sanderson has quite the imagination, and Kramer does a very good job of narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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