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Robert G.

DFW, TX, United States
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  • 100 Sideways Miles

  • By: Andrew Smith
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It's how he makes sense of the world and how he tries to convince himself that he's a real boy and not just a character in his father's best-selling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly insane but definitely excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he's ever loved. Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Warning foul language.

  • By Robert G. on 02-08-19

Warning foul language.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Just a warning, this is listed as a middle grade / young teen book for 11-13 but in the first couple minutes there was the S word and F word. Now some people might not care about this, but I just thought this should be disclosed since it is listed as an ages 11-13 book.

  • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

  • Gallagher Girls, Book 1
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school for spies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!

  • By Autumn on 04-09-09

Wanted to like it, but it's not like the prequel

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

First I have to say, I'm not female and I'm not a tween/teen either. I got the prequel simply because it was a free book from Audible Originals for the month. I had enjoyed the Spy School series, so I got the prequel and I was pleasantly surprised.
Unfortunately, this one isn't like the prequel. First the narrator isn't as good as Rebecca Solder's job in the prequel, and in spots just gets plain annoying. Also, the story was a lot more tween soap opera on this one as well. There was a lot of character development in the short prequel but everything is more flat here. While the prequel showed good morals, camaraderie, and friendships, this one seemed to just be about a bunch of boy crazy girls basically stalking some poor guy. Overall the story here is even more cliche and predictable. While I thought the prequel was a good book for everyone, this is really just for boy crazy tweens.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,676

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

Good YA Spy Book

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

First I have to say, I'm not female and I'm not a tween/teen either. I got this simply because it was a free book from Audible Originals for the month. I had enjoyed the Spy School series and this seemed like it could be similar. I was pleasantly surprised.

The reader does a great job with all of the characters and it is a fun light hearted story. Yes the story is a bit cliche and predictable, but it was still fun. Part Spy School, Part Harry Potter in an all girls school. I haven't read/heard of the Gallagher Girls books other than seeing them pop up in my recommended list from time to time. The only issue with this book was how short it was.

  • Masterminds

  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo, Kelly Jean Badgley, Tarah Consoli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. In this idyllic place, every lawn is perfectly manicured, and everyone has a pool and a tree house. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The 30 kids who live there never lie--they know it's a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places. Then one day Eli bikes to the edge of the city limits, and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, terrible ending.

  • By Susan on 05-18-16

Great book with mostly great narration.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The book is interesting and has a story that, while a bit predictable, has a couple of twists to it to keep it interesting. The narration is mostly good, but the narrator that does Malik's POV is just annoying. That is the only think keeping the performance from being 5 stars. If you can get past his chapters, it is overall an excellent performance.

  • The Dirt Bike Detective

  • By: Douglas L. Hoover
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

When Oliver's great-grandfather's pocket watch is confiscated at school, Chase, a budding detective, vows to help him get it back. A self-proclaimed authority on paranormal activities, Chase convinces Oliver and his friends, Eduard and Gio, to go along with investigating the curious happenings at their school. What begins as the simple task of reclaiming Oliver's pocket watch swiftly turns into a full-fledged investigation into the paranormal happenings at Raven Ridge Academy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🏆🎧 ABR Reviewer's Choice Award Winner

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-08-18

Okay, but twice as long as it probably should be.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Overall this isn't a bad book. Ramon de Ocampo does a great job as always with all of the voices. Overall the characters are unique, well developed, and have their own personalities. Only problem is this book seems like it is about twice as long as it probably should be. Sections just seem to drag themselves out without moving the story along. Overall a fairly good book though.

  • Poached

  • By: Stuart Gibbs
  • Narrated by: Gibson Frazier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Teddy Fitzroy's back for another zoo mystery this time it's a koala caper in this action-packed follow-up to Belly Up, which Kirkus Reviews called great fun. School troublemaker Vance Jessup thinks Teddy Fitzroy's home at Fun Jungle, a state-of-the-art zoo and theme park, is the perfect place for a cruel prank. Vance bullies Teddy into his scheme, but the plan goes terribly awry. Teddy sneaks into the koala exhibit to hide out until the chaos dies down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Robert G. on 11-20-18

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Great fun book with a light mystery to it. Gibson Frazier does a great job with the characters. I only wish the first book "Belly Up" was available on audible.

  • The Hammer of Thor

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Kieran Culkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

Thor's hammer is missing...again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon - the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki - and the price he wants is very high.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It feels like pandering...

  • By Ryuhi on 10-09-16

Bad Narration!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

What disappointed you about The Hammer of Thor?

Kieran Culkin! The Hotel Valhalla Guide he narrated wasn't bad, but man this one was. I had this pre-ordered and was looking forward to it but as soon as I started it, I had to keep checking to see that the playback wasn't sped up. The story starts in a cafe, and it sounded like he had drunk about 12 shots of espresso before doing the narration.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kieran Culkin?

Almost anyone. Christopher Guetig was okay, though many didn't like him he was 100 times better than Kieran Culkin.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't get far enough to see.

  • Shadowguard

  • Pharim War Book 1
  • By: Gama Ray Martinez
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Sponsored by a rich patron, Jez attends the Carceri Academy, where many of the country's elite go to study. Though his patron forbids him to study it, Jez finds he has an aptitude for battle magic. When a sleeping sickness sweeps the land, Jez begins experiencing strange visions of the creation of the world. He investigates them and discovers a trail of dark magic that indicates his patron may not be as benevolent as he originally believed, and Jez himself may be much older than anyone suspects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Great Narration!

  • By Robert G. on 12-27-15

Great Book, Great Narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Great book! Great back story and an interesting new world to explore. The book is kind of part Harry Potter and part Percy Jackson. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer, especially in the middle section about the Academy. Can't wait for the second one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Southtown

  • A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Award winner Rick Riordan is a master of Texas crime writing. In Southtown, maniacal convict Will Stirman escapes from the state penitentiary. With his gang of murderous thugs, Stirman pursues Erainya, the boss of college professor turned P.I. Tres Navarre. Erainya’s husband Fred helped put Stirman behind bars, and although Fred is dead, Stirman wants his revenge. Now only Tres can stop him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Going downhill.

  • By Robert G. on 04-09-13

Going downhill.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-13

If you've been listening to this series thus far, one thing you will notice about this book is that it's about half the length. Personally I feel as this story isn't as up to par as the earlier books in the series. Again great performance by Tom Stechschulte.

  • The Widower’s Two-Step

  • A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

Rick Riordan’s first book in the Tres Navarre series, Big Red Tequila hit the mystery market like a Texas tornado. Readers couldn’t get enough of its hero’s offbeat combination of academic degrees, tai chi skills, and nose for danger. When the second adventure, Widower’s TwoStep, was published, it quickly earned an Edgar Award.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fav Tres Navarre Story so far!

  • By Robert G. on 04-09-13

Fav Tres Navarre Story so far!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-13

I've so far listened to the 5 of the books, and am in the middle of the 6th book. I must say that this was my favorite out of the bunch. Great story, with great tension. Shows how different City and Country life in Texas can be.

Again with all of the books, being a Texan sometimes the immersion in the story is broken with all the mispronunciations. Like someone said on a review of a previous Tres Navarre book, you would think it wouldn't come up too often... but it does more often than you think. Like Gruene Hall is pronounced "Green," and there are other mispronunciations of other cities.

However even with this, it is a great story with a great narrator that really brings the characters alive.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful