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Robert B. Wales

Bob Wales

Mauna Lani, Big Island, Hawaii | Member Since 2000


  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Jean says: "Dead Or Alive"
    "Same great Clancey - Great narration"

    I've got every Tom Clancy book Audible has done, but they all suffer - BADLY - from Michael Pritchard's narration.

    Lou Diamond Phillips does a superb job of performing this latest Clancy thriller.

    Don't be deceived by thinking the Lou Diamond Phillips, the actor you see in movies and on TV is the extent of his dramatic range. He is absolutely wonderful at capturing the characters, accents, genders, etc in this Audiobook

    5 Stars +++

    65 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Bobby says: "Agonizing"
    "Disappointing for Baldacci fans"
    What disappointed you about The Escape?

    I pre-ordered this book as I do with most Baldacci titles. I got three quarters of the way through it, and enjoyed it, but I bailed out and stopped listing when the plot devolved into twists and turns that were entirely bazaar. I love mysteries and his books and I can suspend disbelief for a reasonable scenario. This just strained things to the breaking point. I chose not to finish the book. Bring back the Camel Club!

    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Go back to where he used to be.

    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Escape?

    I would've changed the ending

    Any additional comments?

    This gives me pause whether I will pre-order any more of his titles. As a longtime friend, I guess I will. But David, if you read this, please rethink how convoluted a plot you want us to buy into.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Toys

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Neil McMahon
    • Narrated By Matthew Bomer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Move over James Bond--you've just met your match! Hays Baker and his wife, Lizbeth, possess super-human strength, exceptional intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do - they're Elites, endowed at birth with the most advanced genetic enhancements available. Elites are the pinnacle of evolution; the triumph of man's ambitions. But there's a problem in their perfect world....

    Robert B. Wales says: "OMG - What a crappy book!"
    "OMG - What a crappy book!"

    This abomination of a book is a horrible disappointment to loyal James Patterson fans. Not just the departure to an absurd fantasy and sci-fi tale, but a horrible entry into that genre. An invincible hero, who withstands furious fusilades of laser fire with Superman somersaults and agility, but a stupid plot. Save your money or credits. This book is a waste of time and resources. It is not worthy of the single star, which is as low a rating as I could give it.

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler

    Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen 92 torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Great book, superb narration"
    "Great book, superb narration"

    "Inside Out" follows "Fault Line", also a fine book. Eisler's plots in these "stand alone" follow-ups to his great John Rain series, are even better. But what blew me away was the magnificent job Eisler does as a narrator. Too often when an author reads his own work, the result is disappointing. (EG, John Grisham's pitiful narration of "Ford County". A great author, who should never have tried to read his own work.) But Eisler proves to be one of the best narrators in the business.

    One of the main characters is a woung woman FBI agent. Eisler does an incredible job with her dialogue. I'd suspect a woman was doing her part, were it not for the narration credit. His accents are spot-on, and tough guys sound authentic, even in a conversation with the mid-west protaginist, and the female agent. The book is great, and his narration ranks with the top stars in the audiobook elite. Five stars for everyting about this title.Grab it!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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