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Robert Scot

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  • Septic Zombie: A Short Story Written by a Seven-Year-Old Home Schooled Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Aquila Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Aquila Robinson and her friend Naomi find a magical ring at the bottom of a stony creek, strange things begin to happen. The sound of shuffling feet emerges from the woods, followed closely by a low moaning, "brraaaiiinnsss", that sends the girls running and begins an adventure that could only come from the mind of a seven-year-old author.

    Robert Scot says: "Way to go, Aquila!!"
    "Way to go, Aquila!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Septic Zombie: A Short Story Written by a Seven-Year-Old Home Schooled Girl the most enjoyable?

    The 7 year old mind that created it! Such talent and such fun!!


    Any additional comments?

    Hope this contributes to getting that puppy!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall of a New York Mobster

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony M. DeStefano
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    A vain man of good looks, small means, and no family links to the mob, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano steadily worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to the clink in 2003. But at a time when the Mob was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. "I got faith in one guy," he told a group of mobsters during a secretly taped meeting.

    Robert Scot says: "Awesome True Mob Crime"
    "Awesome True Mob Crime"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Vinny Gorgeous to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read print version, but definitely enjoyed the audio version a lot. Very well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vinny Gorgeous?

    The Donnie Brasco relationship.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    No characters, great narration though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopalong Cassidy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clarence E. Mulford
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Hopalong Cassidy, the iconic western cowboy hero conceived by Clarence Mulford, was immortalized in a highly popular film series starring William Boyd from 1935-1948. A tough-talking and violent character in print, Hopalong Cassidy was remade into a clean-cut screen hero who roamed the West with his sidekicks and fought villains who took advantage of the weak. Here Cassidy is drawn as Mulford originally conceived; rough-and-tumble, foul-mouthed, and thriving on brawls and gunplay.

    Robert Scot says: "A Legend Comes Back Strong"
    "A Legend Comes Back Strong"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Mumford is an outstanding writer. Such romance in his descriptions - he paints a picture of the old west that comes straight from personal experience. The poetry of his language is almost impossible to match these days.

    Besides that - his characters are so rich. Picture the group in Young Guns (Estevez, Sutherland, Phillips, Sheen, etc.) but more gritty and bad-*ss; while at the same time hilarious with their brotherly digs and unwavering commitment to each other.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The view into Hopalong's softer side. Seeing Hopalong, the baddest of the bad, become a complete mess around a lady is pretty funny.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Thought I was listening to Sam Elliot narrate for a bit! He has a very rich, grit to his voice that really captures the essence of an Old West tale. Great stuff!


    Any additional comments?

    Check out The Coming of Hopalong and Bar-20 as well. All three are really quite impressive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Babylon Rite

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Knox
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The new high-concept thriller from Tom Knox, which weaves together past and present terrors in an intense page-turner If you dig up hell, you uncover evil! Edinburgh: a famous Templar historian dies mysteriously at the Rosslyn chapel, setting journalist Adam Blackwood on a quest for the truth to the Templar sites of Europe. Meanwhile, in London, several young people from the international party set commit suicide in very bizarre circumstances.

    Robert Scot says: "Unreal... in a GOOD Way!!!"
    "Unreal... in a GOOD Way!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Babylon Rite in three words, what would they be?

    HO, LY, and CRAP!!

    This story is all over the place geographically and historically. Imagine Raiders of the Lost Ark, Se7en, The DaVinci Code, and one of Led Zeppelin's mystical/mythical songs all mixed together with ancient Peruvian rituals, organic hallucinogenic drugs, and a who what why and when non-stop race unravel more than one mystery.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Without question.

    Great twists.


    Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - big Bray fan. He really upped his game with this one - try to picture one guy performing a conversation among a Scotswoman, an Australian bloke, two English cops, paranoid elderly witch doctors and more all while using his own voice to narrate. It's pretty astounding not to mention that he never detracts from the story with his accents or delivery.


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

    MANY times I found my mouth to be in a permanent "O" with my eyes bugged out of my head....

    Other times I had to press pause until the laughter died down (Boris Valentine... awesome character - awesome narration!)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David H. Burton
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Five hundred years have passed since the Earth shifted on its axis - a catastrophic event that wiped out civilization and released magic back to Earth. Now, a dark age shrouds our world once more. Journey into a future rife with witches, conjurers, and mythical creatures that have returned from the nether realm. Follow three intertwined fates: Paine, a young man hunted by Confederation soldiers; Brahm, the woman that slaughtered his mother, and in whose body the woman's soul now resides; and John, a friar.

    Robert Scot says: "A True Original"
    "A True Original"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second Coming?

    Not any one scene in particular. I just really liked the descriptions of when they were traveling on horseback. Burton did a great job of painting the picture of weary travelers on a quest.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    I liked Leezle (sp?). Creepy. Set a great tone for where the world has gone after what the author calls "The Shift."
    Also, the Obek leader. Narrator was able to make him fearsome yet personable. Great job.


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

    Not really. But there's some really great humor laced throughout that catches you off guard. Narrator does a great job with the dry humor and sarcasm.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the previous reviewer. Well worth the credit. The author has created a really intriguing world of old and new. Would definitely recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Hunter - Ascent: The Antarktos Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    I no longer exist. My kidnapping, breaking and corruption at the hands of the half-human, half-demon Nephilim began the journey to nothingness. I had hoped to one day rejoin my loved ones in the outside world, but before I realized it, 20 years had passed. Time is a distance I cannot traverse. If there is any memory of me, it is distant. Worse, the spirit of Nephil, used my connection with the continent to decimate the surface world. I've done horrible things in the past, but I'm now responsible for the deaths of billions.

    K. Allenby says: "Fabulously Fun"
    "3rd Times the Charm!!"
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    What did you love best about The Last Hunter - Ascent: The Antarktos Saga, Book 3?

    Both Descent and Pursuit were nicely full of characters, back story, development, etc. Ascent is great too, but it seemed to lag a bit at times while using 5 words where 3 would've done just fine. That's not to say that it's overwritten, but Robinson does seem to want to make sure we know the back story a little too much sometimes.

    Other than that, this is what I would call a great 'bridge' to what's coming next - as well as very nicely tied into Antarktos Rising.

    To sum it up - not my favorite in the TLH Saga thus far, but definitely a must and a fun listen for TLH fans.
    RC Bray did a nice job again (I especially liked how he matured Sol's voice a bit)
    Books 4 and 5 coming out later this year? Nice!!! (Hope they come out before the Apocalypse though!!!)



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David R. Stokes
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920's, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first "megachurch".

    Nukkles says: "Beginnings of the religious right..."
    "Truly astounding forgotten US history"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Shooting Salvationist the most enjoyable?

    The story itself. I believe it's dubbed as the most interesting true story you've never heard. You got that right.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very unique

    I am not used to hearing a Non-fiction book 'acted' out.

    He put voices to everyone involved in the case, outside of the case, even those unnamed that had a random quote here and there. It definitely helped bring the people, Ft. Worth, and era back to life. Especially Rev. J. Frank Norris.

    Out of curiosity I found some old audio of a few of his sermons to see if Mr. Bray was even close - turns out... he was almost spot on. The delivery of the sermons especially. Firey and passionate. It was hard not to feel like I was in the pews!!

    Very well done


    Any additional comments?

    This was absolutely great. I'm a fan of the shows they put up on A&E and Bio and am always enthralled when a 'new' old story rears its head. (I actually saw the author speak of the book on Book TV before or just after its release). The Shooting Salvationist is one of the most interesting ones I've come across in a long time. Thanks so much to Rev. David R. Stokes for his obvious passion for this part of American history and for his incredible research to bring it to light for the rest of us.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Scourge: A Grim Doyle Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David H. Burton
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Two dads, five siblings, and goggles! Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try to discover who is trying to kill them with the deadly Scourge.

    Robert Scot says: "From Burton to Gilliam for the YA & Adult alike!"
    "From Burton to Gilliam for the YA & Adult alike!"
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    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his almost 'in-the-know' delivery; like the stranger-from-the-outskirts-that's-really-a-gentle-soul that all the parents say to keep away from simply because they don't understand him... but he has one heck of a tale to tell!!!
    Sounds like he was even part of the goings on at some point. Like he was a witness to it. Good stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    It's been a long time since I've read (heard) a book that took me back to my childhood. And I don't mean because it was like the books I read when I was young, but it actually made me feel like I was 10 or 12 years old again.

    The little guy inside me had an absolutely blast listening to this book! Since the dawn of Harry Potter, there have been a lot of books that followed in its path (Percy Jackson, Eragon, and the like). I'd love it if Scourge were to receive the same type of attention.

    This is truly groundbreaking stuff here that I can't highly recommend enough. It's put together so well and is so vivid. While similar in nature to the above-mentioned books, it also stands apart in it's creativity. The best way I can put it is if Terry Gilliam would direct Scourge as a movie, it could easily be his "Hugo."

    I'm making it my mission to get this book into every area library it's that good. I really think kids from age 8 or 9 up through 14 or 15 would get a great thrill out of it. I think parents would find it equally as exciting. The humor is wity and wry - very 'English' and accessible to anyone with a sense of humor.

    PLEASE DON'T PASS THIS ONE UP!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

    Ryan says: "This is a Hollywood Station novel."
    "Hollywood's Back, Baby!"
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    What did you love best about Harbor Nocturne?

    I've always loved the grit, humor and realism of the Hollywood Station stories by Joseph Wambaugh. But of the several audiobooks I've listened to of Wambaugh's work, narrator R.C. Bray definitely got it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How true to human emotions it is; especially the use of humor. Humor helps aid in everything from sadness to loneliness to pure elation (obviously!). And Joseph Wambaugh is a natural master at it. The politically incorrect banter between the cops is incredibly refreshing. Nice to see that people aren't afraid to 'cross the lines' because they know that it's all in good fun and embracing our differences as well as our respective stereotypes - can be exhilaratingly hilarious and freeing.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tongue-in-cheek take definitely created a different vision of the Hollywood Station books for me. It's hard to bring a character to life more than Joseph Wambaugh, but R.C. Bray definitely held his own - he fleshed them out nicely. The accents were great too!!!

    This is one of my things that borders on a pet peeve but it'd be great if there was some consistency in the narrator for the 'Station' books. Not knocking the others by any means, but if I had my say I'd nominate R.C. Bray!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - but having a full time job, and a family... kinda put the kaibash on that! HA!


    Any additional comments?

    A truly great listen - enjoy!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • TORMENT: A Novel of Dark Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeremy Bishop
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Jeremy Bishop's first pulse-pounding novel is a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante's Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who reads it--anger, excitement, and most of all: FEAR. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: Are you ready? Enter the mind of Jeremy Bishop if you dare. Share his nightmares. Experience the fear that shaped his life. You may never be the same.

    Mike Naka says: "a touch of lost and the twilight zone with zombies"
    "Call me a Fan!!!"
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    Where does TORMENT rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of all the audiobooks I've listened to throughout my life, it's hard to rank it among Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King and the like - but I have to say that despite all of the negative feedback this audiobook has gotten (which, I admit, made me think twice about getting it) - I definitely rank it among those I'd listen to more than once... happily. Being a fan of both Bishop (Jeremy Robinson) and narrator RC Bray ultimately won out over the naysayers.

    If you're looking for an awe-inspiring life-changer, this isn't it. It's an adventure with a really freaky take on the undead (I'm sooorrrry!!!) that proves to be highly entertaining and totally worth while. I definitely recommend it!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The undead/zombies. In most movies today they're portrayed as ravenous spider monkeys who come standard with parkour in their blood (not knocking it - totally love it!!) but what they have in Torment (without giving too much away) is a very unique twist.

    Also the journey from the beginning to the end. That's not me saying I "like the whole thing" - I'm just saying that from where it starts out to where it ends up is a great twist!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A couple come to mind (the McMansion at the beginning, finding the other crewman in the forest) but definitely the ones with Liz (the little girl) - very well written! (and hysterical to say the least!)


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

    Yes - but I think describing it would ruin it.


    Any additional comments?

    Jeremy Bishop (aka Jeremy Robinson) seems to put out a book every other day and, having read a bunch of them, I can't help but be amazed at how thorough he is with each. Nothing is sacrificed in his expediency. The storyline, the characters.... all fleshed out and solid. Outstanding work, Jeremy!

    Also, I've now listened to several audiobooks narrated by R.C. Bray and I have to say that he is definitely becoming one of my favorite narrators. He has a very approachable and personable manner of narrating and makes some very interesting character voice choices that really enhance the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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