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John S.

John S. Seattle, WA United States Member Since 2005
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  • "If you're into maritime adventure"

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    this is the book for YOU! I bought it as a general interest travel narrative, and it does work as that, although at some points better than others.

    Part 1 struck me as the least "general interest" section, as the author spends much of that time alone on the high seas in the middle of nowhere, although there are (eventually) stops in the Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, etc.

    Part 2 is largely concerned with Australia, both sightseeing on land, and sailing its vast coast, finishing up with the trip to Arabia, with a lengthy stopover in Sri Lanka.

    Part 3 covers the most in terms of miles - Arabia to California, via the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Panama Canal. Starts out with adventures in avoiding pirates (he never really is threatened, though friends have a lot less luck) from Arabia to Israel, through the Suez Canal. Stops, including sightseeing trips, in Israel, Italy, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, and Trinidad, until the not-so-simple Canal crossing, and home to San Diego.

    Michael's a really nice fellow, without being particularly sappy about it, making lots of friends along the way; he uses the convention of referring to them by their boats' names ("Beatrice" etc.) and as he meets up with some after a long absence from the story, that did get a tad confusing at times. He's also quite a foodie, so it wasn't exactly hardtack and sardines for him; at one point he has so much surplus fish he makes a quantity of "fish jerky" out of it all! He did a terrific job in picking out the highlights of the trip, so things never really dragged for me, as I'd feared they might.

    Parker's narration works quite well in terms of maintaining enthusiasm, although I wish he'd done (more) prep work in getting place names correct, as at times it was almost painful to hear him get some wrong.

    Final verdict: definitely recommended!

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    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World

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    • By Michael Salvaneschi
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    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

    John S. says: "If you're into maritime adventure"
  • "Perfect narration"

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    I'll admit I did tune out at times when the author went on for a while about minor historical points along the course of the river. However, the narrator does an outstanding job, personalizing the story so vividly that I still can't believe Graves didn't read it himself.
    I really fell for the antics of his traveling companion ("The Passenger").

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    Goodbye to a River

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    In this classic from the Lone Star State, John Graves learns that the river he knew and loved as a youth, the Brazos in north-central Texas, is slated to be dammed at multiple points - and he understands that things will never be the same. Goodbye to a River is a poignant narrative of one man's journey by canoe down the river of his memories. Along the way, he describes the colorful Texas landscape and recounts its rich history.

    John S. says: "Perfect narration"
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    Graham Greene, along with his cousin Barbara and a host of bearers, traveled through Sierra Leone and Liberia in the mid-thirties; seventy five years later, Tim Butcher followed their route (as closely as he could) to see what traces of their journey remain.
    At first, I felt that the story seemed a bit padded, as the actual trip didn't begin until he and his companions left Freetown almost a quarter of the way through the book. Sierra Leone proved a bit tricky to interpret, however, as the Greenes traveled via a railway that hasn't existed for over a generation, leaving Butcher to give impressions as best he could.
    The second half of the book, through Liberia with a brief cut through Guinea (as the Greenes had done) proved more ... swashbuckling, in that Liberia's chaos, while initially directed at the Americo-Liberian elite, quickly became a violent tale of inter-tribal conflict. Thus, the author manages to work in the Greenes' experience, as well as his own, filtered by the stories and visual evidence of warfare.
    Barbara Greene's book is harder to get a hold of, but I'd recommend (at least) reading Graham's book before tackling this one. A strong interest in travel narrative, or a background in West African history, would come in handy as well. Very good narration.

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    Chasing the Devil

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    • By Tim Butcher
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    For many years Sierra Leone and Liberia have been too dangerous to travel through. With their wars officially over, Tim Butcher sets out on a journey across both countries, trekking for 350 miles through remote rainforest and malarial swamps, pursuing a trail blazed by Graham Greene in 1935. Weaving history and anthropology with personal narrative - as well as new discoveries about Greene - it is as exciting as it is enlightening.

    John S. says: "Great historical footsteps coverage"
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  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    "Entertaining and very funny. A worthy read."

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    Having read Bryson's The Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home: A History of Private Life, this book was a surprise for me. This book was written well before those two, and was a huge departure from what I expected.

    This has a little history and a little science, but it is mostly the story if Bryson and a friend walking Appalachian. While that may not sound very exciting, it is! This story is never boring and will constantly make you laugh. It demonstrates a much different side of Bill Brysonthan I knew.

    Highly recommended.

    Also, whole many reviewers say they prefer when Bill Bryson reads his own work. I do not agree. At Home was read by Bryson, and it was ok. The narrator for this book is more than ok! He is exceptional and does an amazing job with the character voices. I don't think fans of the author will be disappointed with the narration!!

  • Scott’s Last Expedition: The Journals of Robert Scott

    "Very brave men..."

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    I've listened to multiple books about Scott's last expedition. Notably, Cherry-Garrard's book combines many journals to tell the full story of the entire expedition. I was disappointed with CG's account. It's very long and barely discusses the death of Scott's summit/pole team. So I found myself going straight to the source.

    Here is the actual journal of Robert Scott. It is so nonchalant about the deaths of the members that you can easily miss the extreme danger these men were in. But Scott was more honest in his journal, than other journals I've read about the expedition. When a man was slowing them down or becoming weak, he is quick to notice. He doesn't fake a pleasant demeanor; he is the leader of the huge team and is responsible for life and death decisions. Scott was very ambitious and competitive, as the leader of such an adventure would be. His writing may not demonstrate the ruthlessness of his mission, but it definitely brings my understanding full circle. Scott cut a team of men at the start of the summit/pole run for underperforming. (Perhaps he should have kept them longer.) His statements at the end of the failing mission while the men were dying, show that he expected his team to be healthy and self-reliant.

    In trying to figure out "what went wrong", obviously the weather was beyond their endurance or control! And I believe the race to the pole was physically far more taxing than anyone anticipated. I will never understand why he didn't have a rescue mission ready just in case. I just don't know what could have spared their lives.

    Speaking earlier of Scott's ambition and extreme competitiveness, I must point out that Scott writes, "The worst has happened!" when he sees evidence of that the Norway team beat him by nearly two months. He adjusts his statement, "well, almost the worst thing". Obviously, in his eyes at that moment, the only thing worse was death, or was it?

    I believe that his will to survive the terrible march back to the ship was greatly impacted by losing his race to the pole. From the moment he saw that Norway had beaten him, I believe his inner fight was greatly diminished. His life's ambition and dream was gone. For me this explains the ease with which he gave in to death. Losing the lives of his team for a forlorn mission of his own making was too much to bear on his shoulders. So it's sort of like he went down with his ship... Like a good captain.

    It is very sad, but told with utmost bravery.
    The narrator was great, but a pace too slow. I listened to this on 1.25x speed and it sounded perfect. Thus making it a quick but important ending to the mystery of Scott's last expedition!


  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    "Does it get better than this?? A+++"

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    One of my favorites. A must read NOW. Amazing writing, outstanding performance by Simon Vance, overall one of the most charming book I've listened to this year.

    It is a really interesting, quirky and, at times, laugh-out loud funny memoir of one couple's experiences living on tiny island in the South Pacific. I made my husband listen even before I finished.

    I don't know why I didn't listen sooner. Don't pass this up!

  • Into Thin Air

    "Exceptional! Authors tells the story as he saw it."

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    My god! What a tragic story! This is the story of most well-known tragediy on Everest in my living memory: the 1996 Everest attempts.
    Jon Krakauer was is a magazine journalist and an author of many excellent books. His story on Pat Tillman is fascinating, and his book Under the Banner of Heaven is a favorite of mine. Into The Wild received so much fan and critical success that they made a movie.

    This book is if different, though. He was on one of the two ill-fated expeditions that shared a common fate. An amazing story told by the author. I never really like to listen to the author read, but it definitely works here!

    Because Jon Krakauer wrote this only 6 months after the disaster, it has an intensity that is rare. Krakauer was dealing with a tremendous amount of survival guilt. I only hope he is me a man at peace.

    A must read!!

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    I just read Vowell's new book, The Wordy Shipmates, and loved it so much I immediately picked up the The Partly Cloudy Patriot. If Assassination Vacation was available unabridged at Audible I read that next.

    Partly Cloudy Patriot is good fun....but nowhere near as smart or well developed as her latest book. You can see her maturity as a writer between the books, as Vowell is finding her voice in Patriot. In Shipmates, Vowell moves from a humorist (or essayist) to a historian.

    Still....I enjoyed spending a few hours with Vowell - and came away feeling better about my own geek, history loving cred.

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    The Partly Cloudy Patriot

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    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"

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    Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan.

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    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
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    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir (






UNABRIDGED) by Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett Narrated by Amanda Lindhout

    A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
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    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
  • A Walk in the Woods (






ABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Bill Bryson

    A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
  • Assassination Vacation (






ABRIDGED) by Sarah Vowell Narrated by Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, Jon Stewart

    Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
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    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
  • 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.

  • Alaska: Travelogue by State, Experience Both the Ordinary and Obscure (






UNABRIDGED) by Amber Richards Narrated by Kris Price

    Alaska: Travelogue by State, Experience Both the Ordinary and Obscure

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Amber Richards
    • Narrated By Kris Price
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    More than just travel guides, these state-by-state editions, dial-in to the locales, the events, the goods, the foods, sights, sounds, and characters you must experience if you want the right to say, "I've been there!" It is not a typical travel guide, in the sense that the focus is not about where to eat and where to stay, but rather on where to go and what to experience to get an authentic sense of Alaska. In this edition, Amber collaborates with a local Alaskan to pop the cork on America's true wild frontier.

  • Fright Night on the Can't Miss (






UNABRIDGED) by Larry Jarboe Narrated by Ward Paxton

    Fright Night on the Can't Miss

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Larry Jarboe
    • Narrated By Ward Paxton
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    What could go wrong when two young couples join a charter boat full of senior citizens on a trip to visit Fort Jefferson in the Florida Keys?

  • Under Asian Skies: Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Manicom Narrated by Sam Manicom

    Under Asian Skies: Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sam Manicom
    • Narrated By Sam Manicom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia.

    Jim Foreman says: "A charming and insightful tale of motorbike travel"
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  • Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park: Rancho of General Mariano Vallejo  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park: Rancho of General Mariano Vallejo

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    • By Patricia L. Lawrence
    • Narrated By J. D. Streeter
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    Audio Journalist Patricia Lawrence explores Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in Petaluma California, the early 19th century Mexican rancho and primitive factory of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. General Vallejo is a prominent figure in California's Mexican history. A California State Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.

  • Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana: 19th -Century Life in Rural America  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana: 19th -Century Life in Rural America

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    • By Patricia L. Lawrence
    • Narrated By J. D. Streeter
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    Audio Journeys from Travel Radio International, exploration into destinations around the world. Patricia Lawrence is exploring Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana. Located in what was once a major wheat producing region, the expansive living museum keeps history alive with 26 historic buildings, tools, farm equipment, barns, and thousands of other artifacts from 19th-century Anglo-Saxon life in rural America.

  • Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Where Rescued Wildlife Receives Care  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Where Rescued Wildlife Receives Care

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    • By Patricia L. Lawrence
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    Audio journalist Patricia Lawrence tours the Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center near Pendleton, Oregon, with Lynn Tompkins, founding director of the educational nonprofit, where injured wildlife are given veterinarian treatment and lovingly cared for. The center is an important source of education and information about western wildlife.