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Robert

pittsburgh, pa, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Twilight Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (258)

    They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

    Joe says: "Highly Entertaining"
    "Fine Narration, Just a Bad Story"
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    A was a huge Dean Koontz fan for a long time. Every writer has a few misses to go with their hits. Dean's winning streak TO ME is over. He still gets great reviews from his die hard fans. But I won't give 3 stars to his dribble. He is a hack and I am sorry I wasted my money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1020)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Expected Better From Grisham"
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    What would have made Gray Mountain better?

    I have read a lot of reviews. The fans that defend this book call it an "issue" book and compare it to Pelican Brief. Pelican Brief had strong characters and a plot. I kept trying to figure out where Gray Mountain was headed when it came to an end.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    After over 14 hours of story Samantha finally grows a spine and makes a stand. Samantha is not a totally unlikeable character nor is the book totally horribly.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Catherine Taber seems to be getting a lot of the blame for this flop. If I had this book on my Kindle or hard cover, it would still be a poorly written book.

    Catherine did an alright job narrating this book. I have heard far worse.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only real redeeming value this book had was the spot light on the issue of strip mining and mountain top removal. The same could have been accomplished with a wee bit of plot mixed in.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Intensity: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity.

    Connie says: "One of the best Koontz Books!"
    "Dean Koontz, at his best."
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    If you read my reviews of Dean Koontz's vast library, you would know I am a former fan of Koontz's work. Most of his books are redundant and inane, however this book is one of his finest.

    This book is one of the best edge of your seat books that I have ever read and listened too. The narration also gets top marks,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9241)
    Performance
    (3451)
    Story
    (3532)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "A Watered Down DaVinci Code"
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    I was blown away by Angels and Demons and then again by the DaVinci Code. I am sure it would be hard to write a 3rd book to match the first two. This book is still entertaining, but not the same quality as the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1093)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "A Great Biography"
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    I am not a big fan of entertainer's biographies or biographies in general. I generally prefer fiction to real life. After getting hooked to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, I decided to give his biography a listen.

    I grew a much greater respect for the man a watch every night on TV. If you are a fan of The Late Late Show or just love a good Bio give this one a listen. It is surprising one of the best bio's I have listen to/read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (777)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Koontz has lost his magic!"
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    The only good thing about this audio book is the narration.

    Koontz's books are beyond tired. I cringe every time I read about the rich bougainvillea. His plot have become moronic. In this case, a spirit that has been dead for 20 years knowing how magically create word docs and pics out of thin air then making them

    His plots are as bag as the rug on his head. I know koontz has a lot of die hard fans, and I used to be one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Sladen
    • Narrated By Caroline John
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    When Elisabeth Sladen first appeared as plucky journalist Sarah Jane Smith in the 1973 Doctor Who story "The Time Warrior", little did she know her character would become one of the most enduring of the series’ long history, and one of the all-time favourite companions. She left the TARDIS in 1976, but reprised the role of Sarah Jane many times, as well as touring the world of ‘Doctor Who’ fandom.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Life Story of an Unexpected Celebrety"
    "Goodbye, My Sarah jane"
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    I am not one for autobiographies of celebrities. I made an exception in the case Of Elisabeth Sladen. After learning of Liz's death, I wanted to know more about my first crush.

    I became a fan of her character, Sarah Jane while watching my first episodes of Doctor Who way back in 1976. Sarah Jane and the 4th Doctor gave stellar performances while dealing with low budgeted special effects and monsters.

    After Sarah Jane left the Doctor, I continued watching sporadically. Then in 2007, when Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith joined the 10th Doctor in the episode School Reunion, I fell in love with her all over again.

    When I learned of Liz's passing before the 5th season of the Sarah Jane Adventures was completed, I was devastated.


    What about Caroline John’s performance did you like?
    Caroline John sounds like Elisabeth Sladen a lot and she capture a lot of the emotion that Liz would had she been the narrator of the book. However, she did mispronounce a few names which reminded me that my beloved Sarah Jane had passed.

    Since I recognized Caroline John's name from the Who-universe I had to googled her. Carolina passed 6 months after recording this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (633)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "A Must Read For Comic Book Lover"
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    What did you love best about Hero?

    This book is a must read for comic book fans. It has action, humor, and a coming of age story. A lot is made of the main character being gay, but it reads as a young man becoming a hero and just happens to be gay.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rest of Thom's team of heroes. Ruth was my favorite and the comic relief of the story.


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

    Michael did a good job with all the characters.


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

    This book had me wanting a sequel. I was saddened to learn that Perry Moore, the books author, had died of an overdose.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10549)
    Performance
    (5437)
    Story
    (5479)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Great Story, Bad Ending"
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    What did you like best about Under the Dome? What did you like least?

    The narration was the best part of the story.


    Would you recommend Under the Dome to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to someone unless they are a diehard fan of King's. This was an interesting story, but a rushed trite ending.My 20 y.o. son read the book and came to the same conclusion. However, he also noted that the Simpsons; movie had the exact same plot and a more believable ending.


    What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

    What can I say, an outstanding performance.


    Did Under the Dome inspire you to do anything?

    No, and it almost stopped me from reading 11-23-63 (One of his best)


    Any additional comments?

    If you bought it listen to it. It has likable characters and the standard King 2 dimensional bully-turned killers. But for the most part not totally formulaic. The ending isn't that aweful to waste a credit, but you may be shaking you head thinking is this the same guy that wrote the Stand, Cujo, Pet Semetary, and Misery? This book reminds me of IT. A great story until I got to the end. I reread the end thinking really, a spider. That's the best he could do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel: Eleventh Doctor, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jonathan Morris
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    The past is like a foreign country: nice to visit, but you really wouldn’t want to live there. In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband, Mark, is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years ago, containing a set of instructions with a simple message: "You can save her." As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it’s up to the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon.

    Geraldo says: "Time travel at it's finest."
    "One Of The Best Doctor Who Books I have Heard/Read"
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    Where does Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best to date. Usually a book based on a TV show is a watered down story that doesn't affect the shows continuum and steers clear of the big villains. This would have made an excellent episode of the series. It personally had an impact on me because I listened to this book, around the time of the Weeping Angels offed Rory and Amy from the show.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When the Ponds are around, Rory gives the doctor a run for his money


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

    If I may quote the Doctor, She was brilliant. This was my first Clare Corbett performance, but not my last. Many because I have two more Doctor Who audios with her as the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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