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Marci

Marci portland, OR, United States Member Since 2006
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  • "I Miss Her"

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    Now that the book is over, I miss Cheryl Strayed. I loved having her in my life for 13 hours. She is so honest. She shares her dirty laundry and the good times too for the world to judge. I have a ton of respect for her. I was so impressed with every aspect of this book. I laughed and cried and gasped from shock.

    Not everyone will love this book. It's very raw and without the fluff and floweryness of something like "Eat, Pray, Love."

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    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

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    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
  • "Wonderfully told true story"

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    Too often, books written based on a true story include too much hyperbole in turning the main character into a hero that did nothing wrong. This story is raw, and honest, and believable, and really well told.

    The best part about this story is that it's true. No really, it's true. As you join Simpson in this tale, you'll find yourself saying "no way," but wow, it really happened.

    The end of this story wrapped it up so well for me. I won't spoil anything in case you don't already know what happens, but I'll say, that any questions I had were answered by the end.

    Whether you are a skier, a hiker, a mountaineer, or just love a great story about human strength and endurance, you'll love this story.

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    Touching the Void

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    Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured.

    Marci says: "Wonderfully told true story"
  • "Fascinating, inspiring story"

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    I discovered this book when I attended the traveling version of the Banff Film Festival, which is all about "outdoor" themed films and literature. This book won several awards, and it deserved them.
    Tim Cope is a writer who takes this journey, not a dude who stumbles through the desert and then writes about it. The fact that he is a writer makes this book good. The fact that it is such a personal story makes it great.
    This story is raw. Cope is super passionate about the nomads and the countries he visits. He really puts everything on the line for this experience.
    I loved how he writes about the people he meets, his relationships with his animals, and his personal life. He also throws in a lot of historical facts about the regions he visits. The great thing is how they all work together. Some of the topics, like what the horses eat every day, could get dry, but he mixes it up with the other topics and it all just comes together so fluidly.

    The narrator only gets three stars because he's way too dry. Cope's passion, and fears, and joys were sometimes lost in this reading. I think I would have enjoyed this story more if I'd read it instead of listening to it.

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    On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

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    Guided by a Kazakh aphorism - "To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes" - adventurer Tim Cope undertook a journey not successfully completed since the days of Genghis Khan: He traveled by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary.

    Marci says: "Fascinating, inspiring story"
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  • Roughing It: A Personal Narrative

    "Hilarious"

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    For some reason I missed "Roughing It" in my earlier attempts at reading all of Mark Twain. My loss: it's an absolutely hilarious journey, part factual reporting, part tall tale in the best western campfire tradition. (If you're familiar with the omitted "raft chapter" in "Huckleberry Finn," you know what to expect.) One of Twain's greatest strengths is his willingness to include himself among the objects of genial mockery. This is Mark Twain the Humorist at his best.

    I didn't find the problems with audio quality that others reported. I agree that Fraley's recording of "Huckleberry Finn" is a superior piece of work, but Norman Dietz does a great job on this one. He's droll, unassuming, loquacious, and endearing, and he adopts one of a variety of other voices at the drop of a hat. My one complaint would be a certain breathiness of delivery -- occasional rapid delivery punctuated by sharp intakes of breath. I think this is partly a matter of recording age and technology: I find that occurring less often on more recent audiobooks. In any case, for an audiobook that gave me this much pleasure, I have to give it five stars.

  • A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

    "Tasty, but abridged"

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    An interesting travelogue. It's billed as "unabridged," but it isn't, really. The publishers have combined parts of Johnson's "Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland" with parts of Boswell's "Tour of the Hebrides." Both books tell the story of the same journey, from very different points of view. The editing has been done carefully, so there's little overlap; when Johnson and Boswell both relate the same anecdote, one or the other has been chosen for this presentation. But a good bit of both books - especially Johnson's, the more discursive of the two - has been omitted; and the audiobook ended so abruptly that I wondered if part of it was missing.

    On the other hand, taken for what it is - an invitation to sample the works of these two excellent men - it's a lovely and lively four-hour treat. Alexander Spencer is a creditable Boswell, and Patrick Tull, ever the gruff, gravelly narrator, is a wonderful Johnson. I would go so far as to say that if you want to stick your toe in the Johnson/Boswell stream, this is a good place to start.

    I would love to see an audiobook based on the same idea - intertwined selections from the two books - but with fuller selections. The great thing about Johnson's book is that you really feel like you've been to Scotland; the great thing about Boswell's is that you really feel like you've been there with Johnson.

    Footnote: with the exception of this audiobook, both men have been somewhat poorly served in audio. Boswell's life of Johnson is available in either a well-produced but massively abridged version, or a massively complete version with mediocre sound quality. What's needed is a well-produced, well-performed, and sensibly abridged version: 15-20 hours, maybe: enough to linger over some of the famous episodes but not so much that the pace lags. (There's a BBC dramatization available on Audible that I hope to review soon. It's a great listen, but again, it's mostly a "greatest hits" version.)

    Johnson has been served even worse - in quantity, not in quality. Apart from this book and a recording or two of his novel "Rasselas," there are no audio editions of Johnson's prose. And Johnson's prose is brilliant: rolling, thunderous, incisive, honorable, and wise. His preface to Shakespeare is one of the greatest pieces of criticism ever written. His essays for The Idler, The Rambler, and The Adventurer are full of awesome turns of phrase and "aha!" moments. Couldn't somebody be persuaded to put together a 15-20 hour anthology of Johnson's writings? Patrick Tull is no longer with us, but maybe Kenneth Cranham could be persuaded to do the honors.

    As it stands now, once your taste has been whetted by the "Hebrides" audiobook, there's nowhere much to go for more of the same except print. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

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    "Channeling Mark Twain"

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    Robin Field comes about as close to channelling Mark Twain as it's possible for someone to do in the electronic age. Contemporaries described Twain's voice as a somewhat high-pitched drawl, and Field's reedy voice comes close to matching that description. He delivers Twain's observations on the Mediterranean world and the people who travel to see it with mostly deadpan humor, occasionally pausing slightly for timing or not-quite-clearing-his-throat for emphasis. For a long time, the only version of this book available on Audible was narrated by Flo Gibson; and while Flo Gibson is always a delight to hear, this reading is clearly more Twain-ish.

    The book itself poses some problems for the reader in the 21st century. Twain spares no one his satiric eye; the "quaint" customs of Old Europe come in for particularly acidic commentary, as do the fawning antics of the New World travellers. But it's when the book veers out of Europe and into the Muslim worlds of Turkey, Syria, and Palestine that Twain's voice becomes a bit grating. Twain had few equals when decrying the ravages of poverty close to home, but for some reason when he got to the Middle East, his usual compassion deserted him, and the behavior of people trapped in brutal poverty -- alternately begging, feuding, and slumped in despair -- seems to have aroused a sense of moral indignation at the victims.

    Still, Twain was a hard-nosed reporter to his core, and it would be difficult to find more precisely-observed pictures of unfamiliar sights than the ones he sets forth here. This isn't the funniest of his travel books, but it's a good place to start.

  • A Tramp Abroad

    "A hoot"

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    This is a hoot, as Mark Twain goes on a "walking tour" of the forests of Germany and the mountains and lakes of Switzerland. ("Walking" is in quotes because he spends most of his time on trains or cadging rides from raftsmen on the Nekar River.) There's quite a bit of real history and folklore here, as well as some beautiful travel writing; but Twain can't resist the temptation to pad his mountain-climbing and forest-browsing exploits with tall tales worthy of ... well, Mark Twain. It's hard to imagine that anyone could listen to Twain's description of arduously "climbing" one of the Swiss Alps -- actually, tracing the view to the top of the mountain by means of a hired telescope -- without roaring with laughter. His travelling companion, in real life the pastor Joe Twichell, here referred to as Twain's "agent, Harris," gets to play the straight man for much of Twain's humor. It's not as well known as some of Twain's other travel books, but it's as funny and delightful as the best of them. Grover Gardner gives his usual outstanding performance.

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    I loved this book. The title intrigued me but with a new author you never know, especially with no ratings. The book grabbed me right from the beginning and never let go. It is very well written. It is funny, interesting, quirky, just an overall good experience. If you want to go on a road adventure through the back roads of America and into local peoples homes and lives try this book. I do not think you will be disappointed.

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    Blue Highways: A Journey into America

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    Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

    Mr. says: "A new Mark Twain... this is a great book"

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    RGH says: "Amazing Courage!!"
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    In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident.

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  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey (






UNABRIDGED) by Candice Millard Narrated by Paul Michael

    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

  • Made in America (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    Thomas S Kovacs says: "Bryson OK Roberts not so much"
  • Scotland's Argyll, Loch Lomond, & Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Li Narrated by Jack Chekijian

    Scotland's Argyll, Loch Lomond, & Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Li
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    Argyll is the strikingly beautiful and unspoiled mountainous region that separates the Scottish Highlands from the Lowlands. Sea lochs break up its deeply indented and exceptionally scenic Atlantic coastline. Inland shimmer numerous freshwater lochs, including world-famous Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, and the picturesque Loch Katrine.

  • Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Pisani Narrated by Jan Cramer

    Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Pisani
    • Narrated By Jan Cramer
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    Bewitched by Indonesia for twenty-five years, Elizabeth Pisani recently traveled 26,000 miles around the archipelago in search of the links that bind this impossibly disparate nation. Fearless and funny, Pisani shares her deck space with pigs and cows, bunks down in a sulfurous volcano, and takes tea with a corpse. Along the way, she observes Big Men with child brides, debates corruption and cannibalism, and ponders "sticky" traditions that cannot be erased.

  • California's Wine Country: The Napa Valley (






UNABRIDGED) by Lisa Manterfield Narrated by Leesa Williams

    California's Wine Country: The Napa Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa Manterfield
    • Narrated By Leesa Williams
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    The valley is just 25 miles long from Napa in the south to Calistoga in the north. Highway 29 runs up the west side of the valley, with the Silverado Trail running parallel to the east, and dozens of small roads connecting the two. The bulk of the 400-plus wineries in the region are neatly gathered along these routes and in the surrounding hills, so you can easily visit any number in a day.

  • Western Colorado: Grand Junction, Durango, Telluride, Mesa Verde & Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by Curtis Casewit Narrated by Wayne Hughes

    Western Colorado: Grand Junction, Durango, Telluride, Mesa Verde & Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Curtis Casewit
    • Narrated By Wayne Hughes
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    Vast expanses of wild, rugged hills make up this country. The city of Grand Junction - so named for the confluence of two rivers - is the gateway to the wilderness and Utah's rugged terrain. Just east of Junction is Palisade, a valley lush with peaches and pears that abuts the 50-mile-wide flat-topped Grand Mesa, bursting with recreational activities. To the north are the Book Cliffs and eventually Dinosaur National Monument. Grand Mesa National Forest boasts 300 lakes and reservoirs.

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  • The Top 10 Things to Do in Paris: The Ultimate Guide to Make Sure Your Trip to the City of Lights Includes the Best in Culture, Site Seeing, Shopping, Eating, Souvenirs, and More! (






UNABRIDGED) by Xavier Zimms Narrated by Emily A. Tuckman

    The Top 10 Things to Do in Paris: The Ultimate Guide to Make Sure Your Trip to the City of Lights Includes the Best in Culture, Site Seeing, Shopping, Eating, Souvenirs, and More!

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Xavier Zimms
    • Narrated By Emily A. Tuckman
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    The Top 10 Things to Do in Paris is your ultimate guide to explore the City of Lights and world capital of shopping and style. It is an easy to understand tour guide to one of the enthralling and sprawling cities of the world. Every traveler needs to prioritize his options and time whether he is visiting Paris for one day or for one month, and this guide helps tourists to do exactly the same by providing information about must-see places in the city and top class activities to partake in.

  • Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Keesee Narrated by Lloyd James

    Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tim Keesee
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    China, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq...God is at work. Christians are testifying. The gospel is advancing. In this captivating travelogue, a veteran missions mobilizer leads listeners to experience global Christianity, exploring the faith and lives of Christians living in some of the world's most perilous countries. The incredible accounts recorded here - stories that span the globe from China to Afghanistan - highlight the bold faith and sacrificial bravery of God's people.

  • The Virgin Islands: A Walking & Hiking Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Leonard Adkins Narrated by JoBe Cerny

    The Virgin Islands: A Walking & Hiking Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Leonard Adkins
    • Narrated By JoBe Cerny
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    From easy walks along sandy beaches to rugged overnight hikes to quick uphill treks with stunning vistas en route, this guide has something to suit every member of your family. Walking times for each hike are given, along with descriptions of the route. Points of interest are highlighted, including plant and animal life you might see. An introduction to each island offers tidbits of the island's history, tourist information offices, air travel details, and hiking organizations you can contact ahead of time.