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Robert

Maple Grove, MN, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (820)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "A great story brought to life by superb narration."
    Overall

    Not Stephen King's usual horror story (although there is some supernatural). A vividly told story, with a narrator that puts you right there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

    Robert says: "A good introduction"
    "A good introduction"
    Overall

    A good introduction to that famous formula and related concepts. After listening to this, if you want more science for the layman you want to listen to the excellent "The Fabric of the Cosmos".

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roy Strong
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Sir Roy Strong, author, broadcaster, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, tells the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times to the era of Margaret Thatcher. The story is an exciting one, peopled with great characters, huge events, and turbulent dramas affecting the Monarchy, Parliament, the law, and the Church.

    Karen says: "A marvelous listen"
    "A great presentation of the history of Britain"
    Overall

    The history told here is clearly presented, and the historical forces at work concisely examined.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (398)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Even better than the first book!"
    Overall

    A rivetting story, with very good historical detail. It spends quite a bit of time on shore at the start of the book, but the historical setting is marvellous, and the story told there essential for the rest of the book, and the next books too. Make sure you listen to the unabridged book (you don't want to miss anything), with Patrick Tull reading (an excellent reader).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (343)

    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

    Bob says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "A superb series"
    Overall

    A rivetting story, with very good historical detail. Make sure you listen to the unabridged book (you don't want to miss anything), with Patrick Tull reading (an excellent reader).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill on the American River, it completely transformed the territory of California. Hundreds of thousands of people sped to California by any means possible, and small cities sprung up to service their needs as they sought the precious metal. By 1850, California had become a state; it had also become a symbol of where the nation was going.

    Claire says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Engrossing and informative"
    Overall

    Again, the author brings history to life! A gripping telling of the stories behind the historical period.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.

    Pamela says: "Robert Littell is no amateur"
    "No surprises"
    Overall

    Unlike Littell's very good book "The Company" this book has no surprises in it - one can see the end from the beginning. Not very believable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    An elite plan is afoot, a plan so secret and dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within the innermost core of the CIA. There is virtually no paper trail - but somehow the plan has sprung a leak and the plotters must urgently plug it - or face deadly consequences.

    Kay M says: "A Challenge and it's worth it!"
    "Not his best work"
    Overall

    Not Littell's best work by any means, but tolerable if you've got nothing else to listen to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • DNA: The Secret of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Watson, Andrew Berry
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA structure, gives this authoritative yet personal account of the course of modern genetic research and the technological and ethical challenges unleashed by it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A view from within."
    "Engaging and informative"
    Overall

    A very informative treatment of genetics and the history of its science. I was worried that Watson would focus solely on his own work - but no, he gives the listener a wide view of the field.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5073)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2165)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "You'll wish it were longer than 40 hours!"
    Overall

    A great spy novel - broad and deep treatment of many characters. If you need to take a 40 hour car drive, this is the perfect company. The narrator is fantastic - you should try other books he's read.
    Based on this novel I tried some of the author's other books - I wish I hadn't - this is by far his best work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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