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rob

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  • 55 reviews
  • 204 ratings
  • 398 titles in library
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  • The Siege

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students - including the sons of both the secretary of the army and newest Supreme Court justice - may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team.

    L. Edgar says: "Hunh!!!??"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book looks at the potential evolution of terrorism into something even more scary and dangerous. For the first half of the book you see the story unfold through three different perspectives. I don't read many like that so I found it interesting. The characters were very real. People whose lives had taken unexpected turns, people who were vulnerable yet very strong. And the narration was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble Is My Business

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Private eye John Dalmas sets out to rescue a rich young playboy from the clutches of a fortune-hunting redhead and a blackmailing gambler. But as he through the seamy underside of L.A.'s wealth and glitz, he keeps bumping into dead bodies.

    rob says: "Ok"
    "Ok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was ok. A very short book so there isn't much time to develop characters or plot. The narration was awful. Very monotone. The same voice for all of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David S. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The years from 1815 to 1848 were arguably the richest period in American life. In Waking Giant, award-winning historian David S. Reynolds illuminates the era's exciting political story alongside the fascinating social and cultural movements that influenced it. He casts fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, as well as John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation's territory and strengthened its position internationally.

    Tad Davis says: "Lucid narration"
    "Informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read mostly fiction, but I enjoy history. I was expecting a political history but I was pleasantly surprised that it also covered religion, science and medicine, technological advances, entertainment and even art (painters and authors). It was a very thorough look at life in the early 1800's. What I took away most was the mood of the country leading up to the civil war. You could see that early on in our country's history, slavery was going to a huge issue for us to deal with. You could also see how our founding fathers laid the groundwork for the next generation to deal with it. Would make a good reference book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (881)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Eisler used to be great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the John Rain series. Until now. In this one the author decided to cloud the story with his own political views. It was just a huge conspiracy that would have made the lunatic fringe proud. The only thing missing was black helicopters and foil hats. The plot didn't have the edge that it should have either. And the narration was marginal at best. It made me sad thinking how excited I was that a new book in this series was out. If you want a good book, go back to any John Rain story written before this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3569)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1757)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Baldacci is always good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's Baldacci. That means it has a riveting, fast paced story that twists and turns and you will have trouble putting it down. He has never disappointed me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill All the Lawyers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Paul Levine
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    They are the legal world's oddest couple: a shorts-and-sandals beach bum and a Coral Gables blue blood. The only thing keeping them together is that they're on the same side.

    Janels says: "Should be funny--isn't !"
    "Fun book"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this. It would make a good summer beach book. The author allowed his political views to come out too much. but in spite of that, I still liked it. The Solomon character was not politically correct, which for me makes him interesting. He is the polar opposite of the Lord character and that allows for colorful interaction between them. I need to go back and read the earlier books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1059)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I haven't read many fantasy books so I may not be the best person to review a comedy fantasy. I found the story a bit hard to follow. A readers guide to discworld would have been helpful. I will continue with this series. Perhaps it will grow on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (684)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took a while to get used to the story being in such a depressing place. But the characters were interesting and the story was intriguing. Considering this was his first book, I have high hopes for the next one. I plan to read the rest in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11398)
    Performance
    (8266)
    Story
    (8272)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Recommend it."
    Overall

    This was my first Jim Butcher book and I can't wait to read the next one. I love the imperfections in Harry Dresden and that he runs a struggling wizarding business. What a great idea. The character is unlucky in business, unlucky in love and has a fantastically dry sense of humor. The narrator was perfect. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Genesis Code

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Case
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    In a suburb of Washington, D.C., Joe Lassiter's only sister and her young son have been killed in a sudden fire that engulfs their home. The police believe it was arson; they soon discover that mother and child were brutally murdered before the blaze was set. As Lassiter tries to find out why they were killed, he comes to believe others may have been murdered in similar fashion. And still more people may die if he cannot discover the elusive connection that links the innocent victims together.

    Mobilis says: "Not bad, but not great, either"
    "Enjoyed it."
    Overall

    I went into this with no expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At times I thought that I was listening a James Rollins book, then a Michael Connelly book. A suspenseful story, a good cast of characters (scientists, assassins, priests, detectives), the plot moves at good pace and the book takes you half way around the world. I definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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