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Robin Åhman

Spånga, Sweden | Member Since 2009

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  • Norwegian Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    Toru Watanabe, approaching middle age, hears The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood" in an airplane and, with Proustian vividness, it transports him back to his student days in Japan with Naoko, Midori, and Storm Trooper.

    Tim says: "Wistful, magical, poetic, touching"
    "Not my favorite Murakami"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No I wouldn't really want to change anything, it is what it is.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't think it should be changed. There is nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't for me.


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

    I don't think I have listened to any other of his performances.


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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10221)
    Performance
    (9352)
    Story
    (9373)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Not what I hoped for"
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    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    I had heard so much about this book so I wanted to give it a shot. I haven't read or listened to any of Donna Tartt's other books. But this book wasn't for me. It was too long, the story was progressing too slowly and the main character was annoying. The best thing about the book was Boris.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It wasn't what I was hoping for.


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

    No I don't think so. If this book was made into a movie it would have to be four hours long to manage to fit everything, and that would be one slow and boring movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't believe the hype. This book was not for me and I won't be reading any of Donna Tartt's other books.

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  • The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (216)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

    Anne says: "Another great mystery with Cormoran Strike."
    "This is turning out to be a great series"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story and the characters. Strike and Robin make a great team and I am looking forward to more books and see their work evolve.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silkworm?

    I think the most memorable part was when Strike entered the house and found the body.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Strike was my favorite, but that is understandable, since he is the main character. Another good charcter was Christian Fischer.


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  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2935)
    Performance
    (2697)
    Story
    (2705)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Good narration, boring story"
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    What did you like best about Influx? What did you like least?

    The idea was kind of cool, that there is a government agency collecting scientific advances that would be too early to introduce to the world. Everything else was dull.


    Would you recommend Influx to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend Suarez's first book Daemon, not any of his other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to all of Daniel Suarez's books and they keep getting worse. The first book Daemon was great, then the books started getting more boring by each book released.It is also very irritating that the resolution is so short. The book is almost 14 hours long. The tensions builds up during the whole book and then the end and conclusion is something like 15 minutes. It is like Suarez has thought about the beginning and middle but not the end. Don't just give me the "they lived happily ever after" ending, give me something more.

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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2143)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "What a performance!"
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    What did you love best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    I had no idea that Elijah Wood was such a good voice actor. Sometimes I forgot that it was him. I had to remind myself sometimes that it was actually Elijah and not the slave Jim.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The best part was them trying to bust out Jim from the Phelps' and Tom coming up with all the crazy ideas to make it match books he had read. The least interesting part was some of the stories about the King and the Duke.


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

    I tried reading it on my Kindle but it was quite difficult and slow just because of the old style of writing and of the slang used. Elijah did it flawlessly.


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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10486)
    Performance
    (9981)
    Story
    (9999)

    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"
    "What a ride!"
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best audio books that I have ever listened to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part was when he was growing potatoes on Mars. That just seemed like a crazy idea, but he got really in to it.


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  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7219)
    Performance
    (5417)
    Story
    (5411)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "It's not getting any better"
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    What did you like best about Grave Peril? What did you like least?

    I liked the narrator best, he always does a good job and really acts out the characters. The thing i liked the least was the story which was just like the other books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Butcher before, how does this one compare?

    Yes this is the third Dresden book I listen to, since it is the third in the series. They are all structured the same. Harry is in trouble, Harry doesn't know why, Harry gets hurt, Harry fights, Harry finds out who is behind all the trouble, Harry wins.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He becomes Harry and really acts out his emotions.


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  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2786)
    Story
    (2787)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "What a performance!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, but I would recommend the audiobook, not the print version, simply because of the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had an air about it, it is hard to put my finger on, but I liked the atmosphere. The characters were interesting, the story was good and had a nice pace.


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

    Yes I have listened to him reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods and that was also great.


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  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (336)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "Interesting but not gripping"
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    Would you try another book from Russell Shorto and/or L.J. Ganser?

    Maybe, if the subject was interesting enough.


    Would you recommend The Island at the Center of the World to your friends? Why or why not?

    If that friend was really interested in the subject I would recommend it, but for someone wanting some history of New York City I think there are other books that are more interesting.


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

    There was nothing special bout the narrator.


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

    It reminded me a bit about the movie Gangs of New York.


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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1052)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Great narration but slow story"
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    What did you like best about Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry? What did you like least?

    The best thing was the narrator, Tim Curry. I love his voice and he is a perfect narrator. The part I liked the least was the part when they were traveling from Germany and up until they found the entrance of the cave, that felt like just a long boring wait.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was what I had expected, no surprises really.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    I would say the professor. Tim Curry makes him sound crazy and excentic.


    Do you think Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really a book, but maybe some pages about other travelers following in their footsteps later on and how it went for them.


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  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (797)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "I had expected more"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, there are other Stephen King books that are better.


    Would you recommend Salem's Lot to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I think that they should listen to other Stephen King books before, like The Shining for example. I listened to this one because it is part of the Dark Tower saga in some way and I want to listen to them all.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator that you hear when you listen to the sample is not the "real" narrator who reads the rest of the book. What you hear is Stephen King himself reading the preface.

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