You no longer follow Roman

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Roman

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Roman

ratings
10
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18274)
    Performance
    (16307)
    Story
    (16359)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Just Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    No chance


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    The story line was hackneyed, boring and cliched. I only decided to read this book based upon its (unbelievable) ranking on recent fiction---so, lesson learned for me.


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

    It was so boring and, at times offensive, that I couldn't finish it. I think I probably got through a third of it. I suppose I liked parts of the female story---somewhat interesting and credible, but the male part was a loser in so many respects. I'm not sure which was more loathsome---the character or the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry I read this book and will never read another from this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term - until televised Watergate hearings revealed his White House as little better than a mafia den. The next president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our long national nightmare is over” - but then congressional investigators exposed the CIA for assassinating foreign leaders. The collapse of the South Vietnamese government rendered moot the sacrifice of some 58,000 American lives.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant"
    "Good story but too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Invisible Bridge better?

    Despite the interminable (and perhaps unnecessary) length of this book, I enjoyed listening to it. The author is a good story teller and the reader performed a decent rendition. I must however agree with some of the reviewers who cite bias on the part of the author. Actually, mere "bias" would be a considerable understatement. I have never been a fan of Nixon or Reagan but was nonetheless taken aback by the palpable bias of the author toward both----and especially Reagan.
    This is where the reader did a creditable job---you could actually hear the author frothing with contempt at many of Regan's initiatives. In some cases, despite the author's attempt to the contrary, the positions that Nixon and (especially) Regan were advocating came across as very persuasive. Another peculiarity I noticed, which initially surprised me, were the little shots he took at the Catholic Church; but I soon understood that his venom was directed against the traditional Catholic Church of all times and that he in fact seemed to favor some of the more outrageous manifestations of the post 1968 Vatican II church.
    In summary, if you are interested in this period of history, or lived through it as I did, you will enjoy this book as I did. On the other hand, if you are offended by blatant bias and/or are big advocates of Nixon and/or Regan, you might want to stay away from it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Conceit

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    After the New York grand jury indicts the national presidential campaign chairman and the NSA spymaster for the murder of the CIA chief, Karp engages in an unforgettable courtroom confrontation with the defendants who have the full weight of the US administration, a hostile judge, and a compliant media supporting them. These sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent Karp from bringing out the truth, even if they have to resort to murder.

    David Costello says: "good read"
    "Another good tale of Buch Karp and company"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Fatal Conceit? What did you like least?

    What I liked best was Tannenbaum continuing his use of the same characters present since the beginning of the series and his use of real current events to enliven the story. What I like least is his consistent error in his references to St. Teresa of Avila. I find her apparitions to Lucy clever and amusing, but the credibility would be enhanced if he discontinued referring to St. Teresa as a martyr. She was a virgin (V); not a virgin/martyr (VM). I also think he could have shaved off a couple of hours by cutting back on a lot of unnecessary and frankly uninteresting details on some of his sub-plots involving secondary and tertiary characters.


    What other book might you compare Fatal Conceit to and why?

    I would compare it with all the books in the Butch Karp/Marlene Campi series. All of the great characters are present in their typical form.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bob Walter?

    Yes, I would. He did an adequate job and also got an extra star from me for not making any blatant mispronunciations which are (regrettably) typical of so many readers---even some of the better ones. Nothing against Mr. Walter, but authors should stick with the same readers when they are writing books that are part of a series. People get used to particular voices and associate them with the respective characters.


    Do you think Fatal Conceit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It doesn't "need" one but I'm sure it will get one.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter Kreeft
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    An enthusiastic admirer of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, professor and philosopher Peter Kreeft details the rational thought and precise literary talent that established Aquinas as the foremost thinker of his time - and as the most important philosopher for the almost 200 years between Aristotle and Descartes.

    criticaltom says: "Just what an introduction to Aquinas should be."
    "An Extremely Valuable Contribution"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

    St. Thomas Aquinas, is without any doubt, the most brilliant human being who has ever lived. He completely systemized theology (as well as philosophy). He built upon and corrected such giants as St. Augustine, the great pagan philosopher Plato, and completed what was left to us by the greatest of all pagan philosophers, Aristotle.
    St. Thomas Aquinas' most important body of work, the Summa Theologiae, while intimidating to modern readers, is brought to life and made readily understandable by Peter Kreeft. I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with this with this book!


    Any additional comments?

    My only additional comment is to encourage any reader/listener with an interest in theology, philosophy/epistemology to read or listen to this book. No prior education or training in philosophy is required to understand and appreciate it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tim Donaghy
    • Narrated By Chris Della Penna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Personal Foul takes an in-depth look at former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and the betting scandal that rocked professional basketball. This is the decisive book that reveals exactly what was done and how it all happened. Which games were affected and how? Did referees target particular players or teams? Just how much did the NBA know and when? How did the mafia get involved? The book answers all of these questions and more.

    Roman says: "The Disgrace that is the NBA"
    "The Disgrace that is the NBA"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Personal Foul to be better than the print version?

    Not at all. The reader sounded like he was in a hurry and his pronunciation was atrocious----a problem, unfortunately all too common in audio books. Initially, I thought that the mispronunciations were limited to proper nouns (players' names), which while still inexcusable, would at least be tolerable. But alas, that was not the case.


    What other book might you compare Personal Foul to and why?

    I can't think of another book with which to compare Personal Foul, but I found it to be an honest and candid representation of the circumstances leading to the problem----i.e. no whining or constantly making excuses, blaming others etc. In fact, to my shock, I found myself empathizing with the author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, primarily with the plethora of mispronunciations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by learning the extent----not the existence--of corruption and incompetence in the NBA management and officiating. If I continue to watch NBA games, and I still haven't decided upon that, it will certainly be with a jaundiced eye. Is pro basketball a sport, like college basketball where fouls are called on the basis of objective criteria, or a "performance," where the object is to keep high profile players on the floor "no matter what"? Clearly it's the latter, and this is evident across the board.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 12.21: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (235)

    For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

    cristina says: "Three stars, but enjoyable"
    "Way Overrated!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I should have learned by now to take endorsements from otherwise credible sources with a grain of salt. The best I can say about this overrated/overhyped book is that the story line was interesting and character development good, however it quickly became disjointed and, frankly, boring. The primary narrator was pretty good---in fact he should have done the entire recording, because the second narrator, assuming the role of the scribe, was just awful----to the extent that I couldn't stand to listen to it. Thankfully, it was a short book but I was still unable to stick with it to the end.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7090)
    Performance
    (3454)
    Story
    (3459)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Another post apocalyptic disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Passage?

    Despite the typically brilliant performance (reading) of Scott Brick, this book was a major disapointment. I had hoped that old age would make me more discerning, but it seems to have made me more stubborn, as I stayed with this interminable tale way too long. Speaking of "long," there are way too many extraneous and irrelevant narratives in this book. Based upon some of the more positive reviews, I had hoped for something approaching The Stand---maybe too high an expectation----or Swan Song, but alas, it didn't come close.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose 93 kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. But Nick is suspicious and asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data.

    Steven says: "from a former MOS8541 and Hunter reader"
    "Stephen Hunter Has Never Failed to Deliver"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about I, Sniper? What did you like least?

    Until now. I have to take issue with other reviewers on a couple of points. First of all, I have not observed any regression in the quality of his Swagger novels (prior to this one). Although Hunter presents a good and plausible story line, the level of meaningless detail on relatively insignificant matters almost seems like he's trying to


    Would you recommend I, Sniper to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I would not, for reasons evident in my review.


    What three words best describe Buck Schirner’s performance?

    Schriner does well with accents.


    Did I, Sniper inspire you to do anything?

    I, Sniper inspired me to read a summary and some reviews of the next Hunter novel before purchasing.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.