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Roman A. Kobzarev

Lisle, IL USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 404 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "Outstanding work"
    Overall

    I am not going to bore you with book synapses. If you are at all interested in the conflict, this is a great listen. I think the narrator does this book justice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chronicles of Captain Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Further adventures from the much-loved Captain Blood, the 'Robin Hood' of the Spanish Seas. In his latest exploits, The Chronicles of Captain Blood takes Peter to new adventures with as much excitement and swashbuckling adventure as ever before. Winning invaluable treasures, rescuing his crew from almost certain death and saving an English settlement are all in a day's work for this remarkable hero of land and sea.

    Roman A. Kobzarev says: "Can't match the original"
    "Can't match the original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Two things. Reader is very interesting, which is great. However, he changes from being very loud to very quite. Very hard to listen.
    Secondly, the story is just week.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rafael Sabatini again?

    Probably not.


    Did Michael Maloney do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes and no. Good job with voices, however, he could have done with out major tone changes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1213)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "Waste of time..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is quite possibly one of the worst listens I have ever had. I have been a member, since Audible come to be. So, for me to say that takes a lot.

    Story:
    Shallow. Old. Literary awful. Take "Terminator" and dumb it down. You get this.

    Performance:
    Makes it worth.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20322)
    Performance
    (18089)
    Story
    (18054)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great narrator saves the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I should start with noting, that I am not a huge King fan. So, take my review with a "grain of salt".

    Good:
    The look at the 50s and human story is interesting and intriguing.

    Not so good (in my opinion)
    - The subject "wrapper" is not new. Time travel, butterfly effect etc. Has been told before and I think in some cases, much better...
    - No time spend on explaining the "wrapper". I walked away feeling cheated. ("Lost" finally Déjà vu)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2190)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (660)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "It reads like an adventure book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What makes this book stand out are three things:
    1. It is real story
    2. Writing style, makes it sound like a novel vs a biographical account. This is especially hard to accomplish with historical books.
    3. Story and Characters are equally captivating

    The author managed to create suspense and riveting character development.

    One of the best stories I have ever experienced!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30384)
    Performance
    (23868)
    Story
    (24090)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "There only should have been two books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Mockingjay better?

    I think, that content of the second and third books should have been combined into one.


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I believe the Author deviated from original flow and introduced to much unnecessary drama and inner mono logs.


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

    I think she has done a wonderful job bringing the story alive.


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

    It ended.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed to me that third book was very, very thin on the plot and very reach on an unnecessary inner turmoils and drama. The plot was rushed and disjointed.
    It did not do justice the the serious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3451)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1220)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "I expected more and was let down"
    Overall

    Great concept, that trails off into a mediocrity with unnecessary characters and dialogs then finishes off with a predictable dud. Now, if the writer were to shrink this into a short story, this would have been wonderful. I have a feeling publisher must have pushed him into this poor decision.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3963)
    Performance
    (1861)
    Story
    (1877)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This book is clever and filed with surprises. Outstanding prose. I only wish the movies would adhere to the "ending".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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