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Rob Thomas

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (386)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    S. Allen says: "Classic book, excellent audiobook"
    "Too clever by half"
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    This book is one of those vaunted works of literature that seem to be intended for high-thinking students of literature rather than an ordinary reader like myself.

    In my humble opinion, it did not succeed as a worthwhile or interesting story. The narration was fine, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Secret of Rundoon: The Starcatchers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (235)

    Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by the evil King Zarboff, who takes great delight in watching his pet snake, Kundalini, consume anyone who displeases him.

    Richard says: "Peter and the Secret of Rundoon"
    "Another great Peter and the Starcatchers book"
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    This is number three of four full length books (and some shorter books) in the Peter Pan / Neverland prequel series. They are very well written, very well narrated, and thoroughly entertaining family reading for kids and adults.

    Treat yourself to this excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves: The Starcatchers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (326)

    Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff.

    SciFiSurfer says: "My Kids Loved the the Starcatchers Series!"
    "Another great Starcatcher book!"
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    The Starcatcher series tells the tale of Peter Pan before he was Peter Pan. These books (we just started the third in the four-book series) are so well written, I can't understand why they aren't better known than many other similar but less well written series for kids (I won't name any names).

    They are the kind of books both kids and adults can really enjoy and get into. They are packed with suspense and laughs. The characters are extremely engaging and believable. The stories are fantasy and nevertheless are so convincingly set out that you find yourself completely immersed in them.

    The second book in this series is just as enjoyable as the first was. I highly, highly recommend the Starcatcher series for great family listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (659)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Why are these books not better known?"
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    The Starcatcher series tells the tale of Peter Pan before he was Peter Pan. These books (we just started the third in the four-book series) are so well written, I can't understand why they aren't better known than many other similar but less well written series for kids (I won't name any names).

    They are the kind of books both kids and adults can really enjoy and get into. They are packed with suspense and laughs. The characters are extremely engaging and believable. The stories are fantasy and nevertheless are so convincingly set out that you find yourself completely immersed in them.

    I highly, highly recommend the Starcatcher series for great family listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (917)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Bilgin Esme says: "Not only procrastination"
    "Highly recommended, but with a caveat"
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    This book is chock-full of useful advice that can really help you in your day-to-day work life and life outside of work. It is one of a handful of books I try to re-read about every two years or so. And, Brian Tracy reads his materials very well. For those reasons, I highly recommend this book.

    So what’s the caveat? Brian Tracy sells the ideas in this book hard, even though they are good enough that the hard sell is not needed. In this and other books, he oversimplifies the problems, and overstates the potential positive effects of the suggested approaches and techniques.

    For example, he likes to throw out statistics (“this technique will boost your productivity 25%!”) that make you go, “Huh!? Where’d he get that from and what’s it based on?” And he makes wild promises like, “Do this, and you’ll triple your income!” This is really unfortunate because it makes him sound like a huckster and I don’t believe he is. It’s also unfortunate because the techniques and approaches are really good, do work, and so don’t require the puffing up. If he could just be more realistic and modest (“This technique can boost your productivity noticeably.” “Do this consistently, and you will increase the odds you’ll get noticed and you may even get a raise.”), the book would read much better.

    All that said, I highly recommend this book.

    Brian Tracy’s “No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline” is a very, very useful as well. But, again, be prepared for a hard sell throughout. That’s a small matter, though, when you realise that you will actually benefit from applying the suggestions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Generations of readers have enjoyed the ingenuous triumphs and feckless mishaps of boyhood days on the Mississippi. This classic of American wit and storytelling introduced Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, the Widow Douglas, and many other characters to the world; including, of course, the boy who "was cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town, because he was idle and lawless and vulgar and bad - and because all their children admired him so," Huckleberry Finn.

    Rickapolis says: "AVOID THIS VERSION"
    "Never thought I'd read this, but very glad I did"
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    Tim Sawyer is one of those classics of literature I supposed I should read, but never got very far into. My dad loved Mark Twain and encouraged me to read Tom Sawyer. But, being a strong-willed boy, I typically wanted to do the opposite of whatever my dad recommended. Big mistake.

    This story is really timeless and thoroughly enjoyable. I laughed out loud at many points during Dick Hill's fantastic narration. He does all the characters and accents perfectly. Mark Twain's insights into human nature are dead on and he illustrates them in very entertaining ways in this tale of boyhood adventure.

    Don't pass up the opportunity to enjoy this classic, and Dick Hill's fantastic rendition of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Tom was "under strict orders not to play with him", so he played with him every time he got the chance. Mark Twain took his most outrageous and outcast character (and perhaps the one he loved the most), Huckleberry Finn, from the book and wrote his own Adventures. This giant work, in addition to entertaining boys and girls for generations, has defined the first-person novel in America, and continues to demand study, inspire reverence and stir controversy in our time.

    Nothing really matters says: "Great story, wonderfully narrated."
    "Great story, wonderfully narrated."
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    It's trite to call this a classic, so let me remind you why it's a classic. It's an engaging, fun, and beautifully written adventure story. It'll make you laugh out loud. It'll have you on the edge of your seat. It'll make you wish you could write like that.

    Dick Hill does a really amazing job of narrating. He deserves a ton of credit for doing justice to this great story.

    I suggest you listen to Dick Hill's Tom Sawyer before listening to this story so you'll know who all the characters are and you'll know the back story.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1222)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Exciting tale of survival (and narcissism)"
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    This is an amazing tale of survival. It is riveting and, at points, agonizing. What's amazing is that it's a work of non-fiction. Truth is more fascinating than fiction at times because as Mark Twain is quoted as saying, unlike fiction, truth doesn't have to stick with what's possible.

    One interesting aspect of this story is how Shackleton, who the author calls a probable egomaniac and who we might say had a serous dose of narcissistic personality disorder, really cared about his men. Maybe he did so for selfish reasons, but I'd prefer to think he did so for the right reasons.

    Also interesting was how many of these gents were early proponents of relentlessly positive thinking. I have my doubts about this approach, but there's no doubt that it helped these men do as well as they did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (627)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Lauren says: "Good Listen"
    "What a story!"
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    I bought this book entirely on a whim when it was on sale as Audible's daily deal. I just wanted to read something different from the types of books I usually buy.

    I was blown away by how great this story is. It's really touching, with great insights into the human condition. The characters are very endearing. I normally don't care for feminist-oriented books (although it may not be accurate for me to call it that) but I've addded this book to my list of favourite fiction without reservation.

    It's worth mentioning that I found the description of god (given by the character "Shug") in this book to be probably the most compelling I've ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A halloween classic!

    Robert says: "The Good Ones Never Get Old"
    "Hard to believe was written almost 200 years ago"
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    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a such a great short(ish) story. The descriptions of the people, scenery, and life in the Hudson valley were excellent. Then there's that neat and very ambiguous supernatural element in it as well.

    I read this story back in high school eons ago. Loved it then, love it now. It almost feels contemporary despite its age.

    Btw, reading it again made me realise the Disney version of this got the look of Ichabod Crane just right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Dues
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (79)

    In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.

    Brendan says: "Excellent Frameworks"
    "Very interesting and valuable information."
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    I absolutely loved this lecture. It was frank and jam packed with extremely valuable information. I found the lecturer's habit of summing up really helpful.

    ** My only quibble is that there were no accompanying materials. It would have been great to have a synopsis of the key topics and at least a few key points for each topic. And it was disappointing not to have one. **

    I, like most folks I imagine, listened to these lectures while driving and could not make notes. And as this is a 12+ hour lecture series, it is not practical for me to sit down at a desk to re-listening and make notes. Truth be told, I would really rather not have to do this at all. I'd rather the publisher did it for me.

    Since the lecturer covered a lot of fascinating points and was not shy to summarize them for us, why, Great Courses, could you not provide your clients a written summary? Please re-consider.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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