LISTENER

M. Gobet

  • 21
  • reviews
  • 11
  • helpful votes
  • 54
  • ratings
  • The Calculating Stars

  • A Lady Astronaut Novel
  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s drive to become the first lady astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super impressed

  • By Mean Jane on 07-27-18

good alternative timeline

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

this book has a good alternative timeline that gives an interest in woman's perspective. though frustrating to keep the old gender norms.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,564

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

makes you think

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-18

not my normal kind of book to read but I felt compelled to educate myself. this book surely did just that. Woodward's collection of relationships, conversations and sentiment has built a realistic picture of the 45th president. I appreciate his talent and efforts.

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,476

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and insightful

  • By Ms P Kelly on 06-26-17

left me looking for the actual book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

charming characters that made me want to learn more about this culture. The author allows me to set aside my american standards and invites me to understand a portion of the indian religion and homelife. The underlying story of following the windows discover of their power and desires makes me want to see if they actually published their stories. Fun book. glad i got it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

can't continue

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I gave it a good try, but the story is to scattered, time shifting and character shifting. Keep getting confused as to where I am in the story. Might have been better if I had read straight through. But I only get about 30 min reading time at any given day. Never did grab me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Starman Jones

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861

Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Heinlein Juvenile

  • By Got My Book on 08-22-08

never fails

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-18

never fails to entertain. good for all ages. now to introduce him to the next generation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Newfoundlander in Canada

  • Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home
  • By: Alan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Doyle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers "using Bob's belt and a rope found by Paddy's Pond" to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward, and everything in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Newfoundlander

  • By Deedra on 12-28-17

never better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-17

wicked, touching, and simply honest. Alan makes you want to explore Canada. But at the same time know that home is always the best. thank you for sharing your story, Alan, please write more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

history treated kindly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-17

I stumbled into the book with only the link to the history of the northwest as my link of interest. I'm glad to say the author has done a fine job of blinding fictional characters into the actual historical events and mood of the moment. this book has piqued my curiosity to do more research. well done overall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,124

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience

  • By Jim on 10-26-05

mixed feelings

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-17

The writing was well done and the narration was perfect. BUT the topic matter was too hard for me to listen to. I read this as a challenge to read the #1 best seller of the year you were born. Which for me was Lolita. I had always heard it was a salacious book but I thought that was because it was the 1950's. Well it still is salacious. Being a mother and grandmother of girls this was too hard for me to finish reading.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cheech Is Not My Real Name

  • ...But Don't Call Me Chong
  • By: Cheech Marin
  • Narrated by: Cheech Marin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America and became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Funniest/Intelligent Guys on Earth!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-12-17

I want to meet Cheech

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-17

This was so enjoyable and interesting. So many things to learn beyond the comic routines and what was splashed in the news in the 70's. And having Mr. Marin reading it was even better. Well worth my time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Air

  • By: Denise Kahn
  • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Terror at the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Hot Air, a thriller filled with passion, romance, survival and courage. Sean Sandoval, half Navajo, half Irish, has bravery in his blood and passion in his heart. From boyhood to one of the Air Force's elite pararescuemen, his path in life is always connected to air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hot Air

  • By Zoe on 05-09-17

wanted to like it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-17

As a hot air balloonist I thought I would like a story where that was the main focus. but this was so dry and I could not get past the second chapter. The writer should not have read this. I wanted to get to the mystery but it was taking too long.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful