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Robert

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Bootlegger: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (403)

    When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs - and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.

    Heather says: "You will not be disappointed in this one!"
    "Another solid offering in the Isaac Bell series"
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    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I like Scott Brick's narration better than some folks. I think some find him a little too melodramatic. I find if I listen to him at a faster speed it makes it a much more enjoyable listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Takes place during Prohibition and examines the complete disregard many had for that particular law, and how *gangsters* got rich because of it.

    A typical Cussler yarn, but from me that's a compliment. The historical setting is interesting as well.

    An easy listen, but worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7094)
    Performance
    (6748)
    Story
    (6760)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Perfect blend of Narrator and character"
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    Just excellent.

    The narration was perfect for the main character Mark Whatney.

    It gets a little technical, but you don't have to be a technical person to appreciate the challenge and the logic Whatney is using trying to survive.

    In attempting to leave Mars, after each setback is resolved, you're wondering, "What else can go wrong?"

    Stay tuned, because you'll soon find out..



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5983)
    Performance
    (2784)
    Story
    (2808)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "I simply don't understand the attraction"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't get it.

    The protagonist is pretty one dimensional, he's mildly sympathetic but he's not interesting. All the other characters are cardboard cut outs and, four hours into the story, I have no idea why I'm supposed to care what happens to this little troupe of people.

    Gaiman's narration is good, but his story is missing, well, anything of interest.

    Not sure why everyone likes it, but I was really disappointed and am returning it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (325)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a disappointment!"
    "Part one of two"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Had I known it was going to end with the criminal mastermind and Wells still mano y mano I would wait for the next one to come out before starting it.

    Feel kind of cheated.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not until the sequel was already out.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (518)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Eric says: "Just could not get this engine to rev...."
    "For those who don't ike Scott Brick ..."
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    Any additional comments?

    ... listen to the book on a faster speed.

    I think Brick is a great narrator, just way to deliberate. I know they tell you in public speaking to go slower than you think you need to go, but Scott is just too much.

    If I listen to him on 1.5 times speed on the Audible app on my iPhone, it's perfect.

    Try it, see if you don't like it better.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (881)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    LL says: "Big let down"
    "Preachy Ending"
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    Typical Thor/Horvath, so if you liked it before you'll like this one.But the last chapter was too preachy for me.I understand stories need to condense timelines and maybe skip a process or two, but without spoiling, the actions taken by the President at the end of the book just ask us to stretch credulity too far.Like having a pretty good meal with burned crust on the apple pie.Good overall, but the last impression left a bad taste in my mouth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (522)

    Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect. District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul....

    OLIVIA says: "Sandra Brown at her Best!!"
    "Just not plausible"
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    Any additional comments?

    So this tough business woman accused of murder basically allows the detective (actually, DA) to basically live in her back pocket without charging her?I usually like Sandra Brown, and I'm willing to allow some artistic license (like a district attorney who seems to be able to spend 24/7 on one case in which there hasn't even been an arrest made).But the way she acts after being essentially physically assaulted by the DA (not in a romantic way) is just not believable.I got through it, but I wasn't happy about it. I kept saying to myself, "There's just no way this person would act like this."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. Harv Eker
    • Narrated By T. Harv Eker
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (248)

    In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: "Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!" Eker does this by identifying your "money and success blueprint". This blueprint determines your financial life. If your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money, and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it!

    Robert says: "He's in your face . . ."
    "He's in your face . . ."
    Overall

    But he acknowledges that.

    I really liked this book. I'm not sure if it will help me get rich or not, time will tell, but I think it will help regardless.

    One thing he says repeatedly that I agree with - whether I do get rich of not - it's up to me.

    This is not a technique book, i.e., a book that says this is how you buy real estate or stocks or own a business or whatever.

    What he says is that you need to program your mind to allow you to be successful in doing those types of things, or whatever vehicle it is that you choose to get rich.

    One point he brings up[ continually is that he's rich, you're not, and this is the foundation he set up for himself and other rich people have set up for themselves to get rich.

    The people who didn't like the book I suspect are not rich, and so have no basis to claim that what he says isn't true.

    In fact much of what he said rings very true for me, in that it's more about attitude and desire rather than technique.

    In fact, he claims that all the technique in the world won't help you get rich without the proper attitude towards money and making money.

    Witness lottery winners who can't hold onto their money - they don't have the "rich" mindset, and most times find themselves back to the level of wealth that they had before their lottery winnings.

    The book is about the Millionaire mind, not the "Techniques and strategies that made millionaires millionaires."

    I highly recommend it. Even if in the end you choose not to get rich, I think there are some valuable life lessons that apply to everyday life regardless of one's aspirations.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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