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Robert

Old World Traveler

Member Since 2011

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  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2650)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1762)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "More twists and turns than a cork screw!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Echo Burning to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audio version is easier on the ears than the eyes. I think I suffer from a new addiction called Audible Dot Com and may need counseling. Echo burning has you going from the very beginning. Dick Hill does a great job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is impossible to figure out. Every time I thought I knew something, I didn't. Reacher is the only fictional character who rides off into the sunset by hitchhiking! This story has some nasty characters who get their just desserts in the deserts or is it deserts in the desserts...who knows? The grit was palpable.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is a tough one. When I read the book I don't hear Dick Hill in my head? Hill plays the role.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tag line? Hmmm.... The sound of bones crunching....?


    Any additional comments?

    I will wait a month or two and listen to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ward Larsen
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A top-secret drone crashes in the lawless Horn of Africa. The CIA is prepared to write off the loss, until evidence surfaces that the wreckage of their prized aircraft is hidden in a hangar outside Khartoum's main airport. The hangar is owned by a shady cargo airline that flies ancient DC-3s across Africa and the Middle East. The name of the company does nothing to still concern: FBN-Fly by Night Aviation.

    Robert says: "Good story"
    "Good story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this, but was often put off by the voice. At times there would be this awkward "he said" as if added later. The voice inflection at times was distracting. That said, it was a good story. I enjoyed some of the details. Having been a diver years ago I was a bit skeptical that Davis could go down 50 feet and scout a sunken C-47 (DC-3) on the bottom of a sea. That is fiction, I guess.


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

    Somewhat.


    Did Tim Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    So, so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (2138)
    Story
    (2149)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "How much pain can one man endure?"
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    Would you listen to Ballistic again? Why?

    In this Gray Man novel our hero endures beatings, tortures, bullets, knives, being blown up, and fortunately did not get bitten by an alligator. I love these books because they remind me of the fact that my aches and pains are nothing. In fact, I thought of the Gray Man the other day while in China as my bowels gave way to some bad food. My will was strengthened and I pressed on toward my target.... a local outdoor toilet and two immodium tablets!

    I can't get enough of this series and I think we should all start an ACGMN or Adult Children of Gray Man Novels.


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

    Well, in a manner of speaking it kept me on the edge of my seat. Some parts were so good I took another immodium and then re-listened to the same part of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where the woman he thought he loved or might love wanted to become a nun! I can only assume that God was protecting her from sins of the flesh with a guy that can turn killer bees to his whim.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, cry? Hell, no! Every time he blew up some bad guy I was cheering. Uh, then I went back to the edge of my seat!


    Any additional comments?

    As a member of ACOAC (Adult Children of Audible.Com) this was a fun listen while trapped in the bathroom for days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1012)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Smooth and very well done!"
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    What did you love best about Red Sparrow?

    You have to love a book that bashes President Putin of Russia. This one has likely been banned in Moscow. It is a great spy novel with all of the cruelty one might expect of the ex-KBG crowd. When one realizes what Putin is doing right now to Ukraine this book certainly contains some remarkable parallels to our current situation.

    Oh, and wait until you copy down the recipes. You'll see. This audiobook is a good listen with a great reader.


    What other book might you compare Red Sparrow to and why?

    I'd have trouble doing that. This books is unique in many ways.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    I'm not one for Russian, but he sounded convincing enough for my hearing.


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

    No, I would not want to listen to this book for 14 hours. It was much more delicious over a period of 14 days. Like a good box of chocolates, why would you want to eat the whole box at one sitting? I did everything I could to draw the experience out. Sorry it is over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

    Sandy says: "We have found the perfect narrator for Zen and..."
    "If new to Audible.com, get this book free!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the Dibdin books. The version of this book says it is Michael Kitchen speaking, but it is not. Even so, this is a superb listen. In fact, I have already been through the three other Zen books and thought there were no more. Suddenly, I find this one.

    This book is rich. It is like listening to flan with a very subtle caramel sauce dripping off of the edges. There is this rich mixture of Italian mixed in with passionate swear words. There is the elegant analogies. I found myself going back and listening to sections 2-3 times to pick up on the changes in the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon?

    Hey, I am not going to spoil it for you. Aurelio is not really Italian. He is Venetian!


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

    Yes. The problem with sitting for 13 hours would be blood collecting in your legs and getting deep vein thrombosis. I'd suggest savoring this listen. Do it 45 minutos a night. You'll enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    Laguna Morto è delizioso!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1721)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Neat Story and a good listen"
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    What did you love best about One Shot?

    This book has some good technical information in it about guns, being a sniper, and thinking through the details of a crime. It also speaks to the way in which some things can be used for good (defending your country) or for evil (as in the case of this story). While in China I listened to this book at night because there was no television or radio -given where I was working. I would get lost in it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher, of course. But the scary Russian/Ukrainian guy was good too...or bad as the case may be. There never seem to be any good Russians or Ukrainians.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is very good. Yes, I have heard him before.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The puppet master could make you wet your pants!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll wait a few months and listen to this one again. Because...with Audible.com.... they are always on your Kindle Fire shelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Piano Tuner

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Daniel Mason
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    "A seductive and lyrical novel that probes the brutalities and compromises of colonization, even as it celebrates the elusive powers of music and the imagination," says The New York Times about Daniel Mason's extraordinary debut novel. The Piano Tuner is a hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery: the unforgettable story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the 19th century.

    John Peter says: "One of the very best"
    "Superb mixture of story telling and mystery."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended it to several.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Piano Tuner - of course!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it to be a "I can't wait to listen to what happens next" sort of book. The imagery and story are superb.


    Any additional comments?

    The pronunciation of Burmese is worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6447)
    Performance
    (4441)
    Story
    (4419)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Edge of your seat story"
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    Where does Killing Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am selective in my choices of stories so this is a hard to answer. Dick Hill is a superb story reader. Match him with a great story and you get great listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher - honorable and not given to Miranda rights!


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Reacher


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

    No. It was a book I wanted to listen to and savor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Whilst attending a conference on newly-opened Soviet archives, Fluke Kelso is approached by an old NKVD officer who knows where Beria hid Stalin's private papers. What begins as an academic curiosity turns into a murderous chase across Russia.

    Michael says: "Uneven thriller and recording, great performance"
    "The Whole Story and Presentation are Fantastic"
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    Where does Archangel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Certainly, one of the best.


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

    You always ended up surprised.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kitchen – was your favorite?

    All of them...but probably Stalin.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    After his adventures in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment - to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family.

    Denise says: "Not a long finish"
    "Michael Kitchen is Perfect as Aurelio Zen"
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    Where does A Long Finish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The rank is top 5%.


    Any additional comments?

    I am on my second run through of this story. Kitchen does a superb job of reading this story and the character voices are fantastic. This is a very enjoyable story that holds your attention at every turn. The story has numerous subplots as well so at times you gain these interesting insights into Dibdin's view of Italian life. This is a Five Star book and I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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