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Robert

FREEBURG, PA, United States | Listener Since 1998

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  • 8 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 532 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Labyrinth of Osiris

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Much has changed since Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police and hard-nosed Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben-Roi last met. Ben-Roi is about to become a father, and Khalifa is struggling with personal tragedies. But as they each work on their own - seemingly isolated - cases, the two investigations begin to entwine. They soon find themselves drawn into a sinister web of violence, abuse, corporate malpractice and anti-capitalist terrorism. And at the heart of the web lies the Labyrinth...

    Wayne Rogers says: "The Best Book I've Received"
    "Another dead author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Labyrinth of Osiris the most enjoyable?

    I keep finding great authors who have died. Paul Sussman is recently deceased, and now I discover him - same thing happened with Stieg Larssen, whose 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' hooked me. I'll read all of Sussman's books, and mourn when I've read the last of them.


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

    There's lots of detail of an historical nature, which I find enjoyable. The characters are compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4321)
    Performance
    (3285)
    Story
    (3263)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "A basic contradiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't much care for this book. There's a basic contradiction in an assassin known as 'the gray man', which implies someone known to few, who is described as 'legendary'. Real assassins are anonymous characters - this guy is famous, predictable, and not at all clever. I expected better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2532)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1261)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Joshua Kim says: "Valuable"
    "He practices what he preaches"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE?

    This guy walks the walk. He's convincing and well-documented.


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

    I've never heard of Chris Anderson, but I'll be looking for him in future - which would never have happened if I had to pay for this.


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

    No - too much to absorb in one sitting. But I'll listen to it several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't do many reviews, but felt compelled to honor someone who puts himself out there for free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    From Tokyo, to London, to Johannesburg, high-level bankers are being gruesomely tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Desperate to figure out who Volkov is working for and why, the CIA calls on the one man who can match Volkov's strength and cunning - Derrick Storm.

    Cris says: "Love the show..The book--Not so much."
    "Molotov Cocktails"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Author's use of Molotov cocktails was unworkable. He was using water bottles, which are made of plastic - these won't create firebombs when thrown, because they won't break on contact. This was something I felt he should have known. Also, I found the idea of Monex passwords silly - what system would have passwords that couldn't be cancelled? Aside from that, I'm a fan of the show - otherwise, three stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13513)
    Performance
    (11863)
    Story
    (11915)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    A whole lot of new characters without notable characteristics. Nothing much happens. Reminds me of a student trying to stretch a 500 word idea into a 10,000 word paper. Even Tyrian seemed lame. Dotrice didn't care enough to get the voices right, not even for the jester who keeps shouting "I know!, I know!" And considering the title, the dragons get short shrift. Way too much self analysis, way too little action.

    GRRM phoned it in. I won't hold my breath for number 6.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4270)
    Performance
    (2477)
    Story
    (2502)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I'm with all of the other negative reviews of this narrator. Clearly he didn't even read the first 3 volumes, as he pronounces imaginary words like 'vela morgalis' differently. He sounds overly dramatic and pompous, and his voice doesn't change with the characters.

    The book also sends the best characters into limbo, and introduces new, and not very interesting characters. According to Amazon, volume 5 will be released on July 11. I'm going to wait for reviews before I invest in it. It's been so long since this came out, I have to wonder if the author has run out of steam.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1048)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "good story but..."
    Overall

    Tom Clancy tells a good story, but I was alienated by his right-wing diatribes, and his rather juvenile descriptions of sex. In Clancy's world, every problem has a military solution.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At All Costs: Honor Harrington, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (600)

    What price victory? The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander."

    Sijia Huang says: "To Avid Harrington Readers..."
    "Fall asleep fast"
    Overall

    I couldn't take more than an hour of this, and I love long books. This was wordy, with ill-defined characters I didn't care about. This was my first listen by this author, and my last. An hour into it, I couldn't tell who the main character was. If you want science fiction with characters you can picture, try the Miles Vorkosigan series by Bujold - absolutely no comparison.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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