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Robert Patterson

Calgary, AB Canada
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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,818

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

Unexpectedly touching!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Though I expect great comedy from this crew, I didn't expect it to be so touching. I teared up (in a good way). This was simply wonderful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, comforting book on moon exploration

  • By Mark on 06-17-16

Enjoyable history.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I like the history in this book, but parts went on and on about religion, and ESP, and this just turned me off. Honestly, I skipped the last 1.5 hours because I just couldn't care about that stuff.

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,767

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

  • By C. White on 04-17-18

Simply superb sci-fi!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I can't get enough of this series. The premise and technologies are incredibly plausible. And "Head On" takes it to the next level! If human controlled robots become commonplace, of course we'll see an uber violent head ripping sport come out of that! mix that with good old fashion greedy butt heads, lots of twists and turns and great sarcastic humour, and you've got Head On. Simply great, and Wil Wheaton's delivery is just prefect.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,926

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Almost 5 stars... but for one fault.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

This started off real good. Some of Neil's explanations of known physics were the best I've heard. I went from 5 to 4 star at the end of the book. Sorry Neil, but a summary of astrophysics does not need a section for you to preach, even if your views are correct.

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,384

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

This book is outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I generally like Larry Correia's work, but this was a step beyond. It's a very original story, that totally grabbed my attention from start to finish. I couldn't stop listening. Get this book!

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
  • By: Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger MD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,194
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,120

From the physician behind the wildly popular website Nutrition Facts, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunningly important book

  • By Being on 12-29-15

Alternate title: Omnivore is a 4 letter word

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

I liked a lot of this book, and can actually recommend it even though I only gave 3 stars.

Why 3 stars?... My disbelief that every medical problem known to man is caused by our meat consumption.

Here's a quick summary of what you can expect.

Chapter title: "How to not die by X" (where X is Heart Disease, Cancer, etc)
Chapter summary: "Eat plants. Don't eat meat, or animal products"

Here's a quick summary of the kinds...
Plants are good (Yeah!)
Chicken is Evil
Eggs are Evil
Beef is Evil
Milk is Evil
Cheese is Evil
Pork is Evil
Bacon is extra Evil

You get the idea...

To repeat, a lot of this book is good, but it's also a Vegan Sermon.

PS. I thought the performance was quite good. I enjoyed hearing the tail from the authors own voice.

21 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,627
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,576

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

It felt predictable and then bam... awesome twist!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

This one started feeling predictable... but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It has some great plot twists that play out well, and really bring the book together in the end. I loved it!

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,465

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

A superb piece of entertaining fiction!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

I can't say enough good things about this book. As usual Wil Wheaton bring the material to life. And the material if great. Not only are the characters compelling, but the whole plot-line seams very plausible. For me, no suspension of disbelief required.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,883

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And I didn't think I liked fantasies...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-27-13

Just plain awesome!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

A fantastic combination of interesting storyline, great character, and laugh out loud moments of humor. Simply brilliant. Don't pass it up.

  • Churchill and Sea Power

  • By: Christopher M. Bell
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Winston Churchill had a longer and closer relationship with the Royal Navy than any British statesman in modern times, but his record as a naval strategist and custodian of the nation's sea power has been mired in controversy since the ill-fated Dardanelles campaign in 1915. Today, Churchill is regarded by many as an inept strategist who interfered in naval operations and often overrode his professional advisers - with inevitably disastrous results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and interesting throughout.

  • By Robert Patterson on 09-25-14

Insightful and interesting throughout.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-14

This is a great book for History buffs and Churchill fans alike. Quoting the writings and words of many historical figures, this work paints a vivid moving picture of the events unfolding in this time.

Narration was superb. Roger Davis does a wonderful "Churchill" during all the quotes (and this book is full of them). He's also pretty good with the American accent when required.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful