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Mike W.

Really like non-fiction with a well told story

NE Ohio | Member Since 2007

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  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "More Than Lost in The Woods"
    Overall

    I've always been drawn to stories of survival so this book was a natural for me.

    Gonzales really brings out how we are all in a state of survival. That is in our personal lives, business/work, economic, emotional, .... So it is really wonderful to hear what it takes to come out the other end alive.

    Add good and appropriate narration and I'm telling all my freinds to get this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gretchen Peters
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Most Americans think of the Taliban and al Qaeda as a bunch of bearded fanatics fighting an Islamic crusade from caves in Afghanistan. But that doesn't explain their astonishing comeback along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Why is it that eight years after we invaded Afghanistan, the CIA says that these groups are better armed and better funded than ever? Seeds of Terror will reshape the way you think about America's enemies, revealing them less as ideologues and more as criminals.

    Matthew says: "Interesting topic, but an overabundance of detail"
    "More Information Than Story"
    Overall

    This book is interesting and narrated well. It is obviously well researched and an important topic. Even with all that I could not give it more than a 3-star.

    I think a really good audio book needs a bit more story to keep you listening and all the details like the Arabic names/places and dates (of course you need to include them) broke up the narrative.

    If you have an interest in the region it is definitely worth getting, just don't plan on it keeping you awake on a long drive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4907)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2679)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Great Story, Great Message, Great Information"
    Overall

    I've always run a little.

    With this book I found myself sneaking out of work with my iPod and running shorts to listen to and live this great story.

    It's not surprising Christopher McDougall made so many "crazy" friends on his journey, his writing style makes me feel like he's my old college buddy (might be the language). Fred Saunders narrating goes perfectly with this text.

    Based on this book I can't stop myself from telling people to throw away their expensive running shoes and run the way we were made to run. I've decided to go against the conventional wisdom and do MORE walking barefoot to get rid of my heel pain. I've gone from a mind set of "maybe I'm not meant to run so much to "I want to run for hours and hours, everyday and all the time" and I can't wait until I can.

    Usually I don't like a lot of "names" in a book (my simple mind has trouble keeping them straight) but, I loved meeting all these characters.

    I've got another hour left of the book that I'm saving for tomorrows "lunch". I hope the undercurrent of living "a good life" is what really makes a "good runner" carries to the end. Don't confuse "good life" with no partying 'cause there is plenty of that. This is the good life the prophets talk about with sharing, love, compassion and simple living.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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