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Edward C. Charbonnet

Memphis, TN
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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: James Frain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention - a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole... as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society. More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this is a perfect classic novel,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anthony Bonner!!

  • By Tad Davis on 08-18-11

Book was so much better than the disney movie

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Saw the Disney movie many years ago and loved it but the book has so many more fascinating stories and tells of the life and times of Captain Nemo so much better than the movie. They sail totally around the world (20,000 leagues - almost 70,000 miles) from the Pacific into the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and down to the South Pole. They discover a wide range of life forms and natural undersea formations. Jules Vernes must have done some incredible biological research in writing this book. The reader does an excellent job with a variety of voices so it was very easy to follow the story and I felt like I was listening to an old time radio broadcast, but in high quality sound. I highly recommend the book.

  • The Robots of Dawn

  • The Robot Series, Book 3
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some of Audible and Asimov's Best

  • By thomas on 08-12-14

Exciting Mystery with surprises at the end

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

The narrator does and excellent job with multiple voices making it easy to follow the story. Asimov writes a complex and exciting mystery taking you to a distant planet and looking at mankind through his unique lenses. I loved every minute being taken on a study of various aspects of human nature and the comparisons with robotic minds and past and present cultural norms. And I was not prepared for some of the surprises near the end. I highly recommend the book.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,224

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

very clever twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I so deeply enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot and the reader's excellent use of voices to help me easily track conversations and the people. Dan Brown does another fabulous job weaving a spiritual Mysteries novel. It's one of the fastest reads I've had because it was so good and the surprises in the last few chapters just added to the excellent quality of the writing.

  • Captain Blood

  • By: Rafael Sabatini
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, praises this hearty saga as "one of the great unrecognized novels of the 20th century." Doctor Peter Blood's quiet life is shattered when he is convicted of treason for helping a wounded nobleman in the 1685 rebellion against King James II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding rendition of classic swashbuckler

  • By Gary on 03-27-04

Listened to the book in 5 days - so exciting

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Normally an audible book lasts me close to a month but I couldn't wait to get back to this one so I finished it in 5 days. The various tales of Capt Blood were very exciting and the reader did an excellent job of changing voices to add to my clarity and interest. The various stories of Blood's adventures over the 4 year period were each unique and imaginative and hard to predict exactly how they would enravel.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,896

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

so enjoyable beyond words

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

It is rare that I find books I can't put down. But these three books have kept me enthralled. The storyline is so clever so full of surprises and good humor and excellent writing. The reader and the writer do excellent jobs of conveying emotions of excitement and tension and love.

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  • Switching Places

  • Steamy Gender Swap
  • By: Jezabel Foxx
  • Narrated by: Amber O'Rouarke
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Laura was tired of her husband constantly berating Suzy, their maid. She wanted him to learn what it was like to be treated harshly. Come along on a weird, wacky adventure as in one instant Laura, Stan, and Suzy's household is completely...changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but could have been better

  • By Edward C. Charbonnet on 08-08-17

Interesting but could have been better

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Where does Switching Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Below half way mark

Would you recommend Switching Places to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really

What does Amber O'Rouarke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a good job of expressing the wife's and maid's enjoying the husband's dilemma.

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

When the wife was getting excited as she planned her mischief.

Any additional comments?

In my humble opinion, I think the humor and tension could have been more exciting if the husband had not so quickly embraced his/her new role. As he began to believe he was always all maid, then the tension and humor were over. I wish he would have struggled more against the plot and the wife and maid would have spent more time making fun of his new role and what he had lost.

  • Hell's Heart

  • Prey, Book 1
  • By: John Jackson Miller
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

When Klingon commander Kruge died in combat against James T. Kirk on the Genesis planet back in 2285, he left behind a powerful house in disarray - and a series of ticking time bombs: the Phantom Wing, a secret squadron of advanced Birds-of-Prey; a cabal of loyal officers intent on securing his heritage; and young Korgh, his thwarted would-be heir, willing to wait a Klingon lifetime to enact his vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a series.

  • By alex on 02-18-17

Very exciting - could not put it down

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! The story is very exciting. The various plots full of well staged surprises. I love a book that has unpredictable twists and turns. The reader does an excellent job with the various voices.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In the early time-line, Spock is my favorite for his risk taking in trying to understand the "unsung". And in the later timeline, Warf is my favorite for his handling of capture and then escape.

What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His excellent various voices help me keep the characters straight and his inflections add to the emotion and excitement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but could not. But I listened to it in a few days and then ordered the sequel very quickly.

  • The Swap

  • By: Megan Shull
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Morris, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Ellie spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. Jack spent it training in "The Cage" with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they're both ready for a change. And just as Jack's thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie's wishing she could be anyone but herself. Then, BAM! They swap lives - and bodies!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best heartwarming story I have ever read

  • By Catherine on 07-18-15

Very entertaining - clever and funny

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

If you could sum up The Swap in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, funny, surprising

What did you like best about this story?

The two main characters learned much about the other and ended up helping each other in unexpected ways. I loved the way snobby Sassy got what was coming to her.

Have you listened to any of Cassandra Morris and Jesse Bernstein ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No - had not but I thought they did a very excellent job in the dramatic voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh and Cry.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,320

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Unable to put it down

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

If you could sum up For We Are Many in three words, what would they be?

I normally take 4+ weeks to read (listen to) a book this size but I did this one in just a few days. The story is so captivating and the writing so exciting but mixed with good humor and personal stories. The author does a great job of writing and leading you into unexpected and clever situations. The reader does various different voices that help you keep track of where you are and who is talking.

What was one of the most memorable moments of For We Are Many?

When one of the Bob's is falling in love with a human and realizes she needs to marry someone else who is human.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I almost did.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for book 3.

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,482

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're on the fence about whether to read this, get off and read it!

  • By I Don’t Need No Stinkin Name on 09-15-17

Very exciting - fastest I ever listened to a book

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of We Are Legion (We Are Bob) to be better than the print version?

I cannot judge. But the reader did a fabulous job with different voices to help enhance the book.

What other book might you compare We Are Legion (We Are Bob) to and why?

Asimov's Foundation.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Bob - of course. I liked all the Bob's.

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

When Bob 1 discovered that he could build a VR facility and regain much of his humanness.