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Bill Kloss

Stanton, CA
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  • The Bourne Ultimatum

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

The world's two deadliest spies in the ultimate showdown. At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know that the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was the Movie supposed to be based on this book?

  • By Tim on 02-04-10

Definitely worth more than 1 star.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-09

I wasn't going to review this book, but after reading the 1st review, I just have to speak up. It's Bourne, Robert Ludlum and Scott Brick!!! That is more than enough for listening entertainment. I was going to give it 4 stars but I'm doing what I can to right a 1 star travesty. Not as good as "Identity" and "Supremacy" but still a GREAT listen. I'm glad to have this third book of the trilogy, even at 2 credits.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Bourne Supremacy

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 27 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity, a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage, an exotic world filled with CIA plots, turncoat agents, and ever-shifting alliances, all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and the answers to his own fragmented past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 Stars!!!

  • By Bill Kloss on 02-27-09

Wish I could give it 10 Stars!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-09

Fantastic listen: Entertaining, Exciting and Captivating. Better than 'Bourne Identity' (didn't think that was possible}. Can't say enough. Don't expect to hear what you saw on the screen (two different stories - both unbelievable). If I sound like a Bourne enthusiast, you're right. Wish that Ludlum were still alive and writing.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Bourne Identity

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Darren McGavin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

He is a man with an unknown past and an uncertain future. A man dragged from the sea riddled with bullets, his face altered by plastic surgery - a man bearing the dubious identity of Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life, the target of professional assassins, at the center of a maddening, deadly puzzle. Who is Jason Bourne? Listen to the sample below to hear Ludlum explain how an event in his life gave him the idea for The Bourne Identity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Then Bourne Identity

  • By Franklin on 12-09-03

Awful!!!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-08

This abridged version and the other two narrated by Darren McGavin are a waste of time, and money too. I just finished listening to the NEW unabridged version, and it was wonderful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ben-Hur

  • By: Lew Wallace
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

An American classic, Ben-Hur is both a vivid historical epic and the powerful story of one man's spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption. Born the son of a Jewish nobleman, Ben-Hur is condemned to the galleys for life for accidentally dislodging a piece of tile that falls on the Roman procurator. He is betrayed by his best friend, manages to escape his imprisonment, and gains revenge and glory before the cheering multitudes in the chariot races at the Roman circus in Antioch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful & Thought-Provoking

  • By Stephanie on 12-10-09

Still A Great Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-07

A great story when first written and still a great story to listen to. Audible offers two unabridged versions; listen to both samples and dertimine which you would rather listen to. One with a Bostonian accent and one without. I first read this story as a teenager, and now in my sixties, it still remains one of my all time favorites. If you're not in for over 20 hours of listing, get the unabridged version. It's an action adventure at 2 1/2 hours and I have found it to be a favorite of mine to fall asleep at night listing to (spurs some interesting dreams).

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,619

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Thoroughly Enjoyable!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-07

Unlike Issac Asimov's "Foundation", this production of "Dune" is Thoroughly Enjoyable Listening. The full cast production brings the pages of this book to life. The music track is subtle in the background and enhances rather than detracts.

I've been waiting for this for over 5 years and I look forward to the next 6 in this anthology.
If your a lover of "Dune", you won't be disappointed. If not, Try it, good chance you'll like it.

54 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772

An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Anonymous User on 01-14-05

Boreing!!!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-07

Not Asimov, not Heinlein, and not Herbert. Good story, but bores you to death with WAY TOO MUCH narrative.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stop read

  • By /Colin on 10-31-06

Disapointed!!!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-06

I,ve been reading Science Fiction for over 40 years, now, and The Foundation Trilogy and it's sequels and prequels have been my all time favorite stories. So, when I saw it in your library, I was overjoyed and looking forward to hearing it. Even though it was an abridged version I still wanted to hear it. Boy was I disapointed!!! Someone thinks that extensive music and background noises would enhance one of Science Fiction's all time greatest stories ever.
I gave it three stars because of the story and author, but I plan to re-record it and delete the DUMB, IRRITATING and DISTRACTING music!!!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Pelican Brief

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Late one October night, Justice Abe Rosenberg, at 91 the Supreme Court's liberal legend, is shot to death in his Georgetown home. Two hours later Glenn Jensen, the Court's youngest and most conservative justice, is strangled. The country is stunned; the FBI has no clues. But Darby Shaw, a brilliant law student at Tulane, thinks she has the answer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly Abridged

  • By miyaker on 10-20-03

Captivating and riviting!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-03

An excellent yarn. Better than the movie, and the reason I purchased the audio book was because of the movie. Its the type of story that leaves you wishing that it hadn't come to the end yet. I'm a Science Fiction, Tolkien, Mystery and Classic addict. This is one story that will have me returning to hear it again, whereas, most Science Fiction listining is enough to hear once.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful