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Ryan

Pursuing my MBA.

CHESTERTON, IN, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Last of the Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (278)

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

    George says: "Last of the Breed"
    "A Gold Medal"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Last of the Breed again? Why?

    I love this more modern story by L'Amour. It puts the reader directly into the frozen tundra of Siberia and takes him on a tremendous journey. This is a story to read again and again (and again).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible detail.


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

    Strathairn's voice is the perfect voice for the main character. Steady, yet with emotion and inflection, his voice adds to the immersion in the story.


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

    The book is of such quality that I wanted to wait until a chapter break if I had to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect story for a trip, commute, or around the house.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"
    "worth a thousand pictures"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Washington's Crossing to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the (militia) riflemen: these men were absolutely free and would die before seeing liberty taken from them


    What three words best describe Nelson Runger’s performance?

    mouth noise aaaarrrggggg


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

    I was anticipating the next battle, the next feud, the next crisis. Beyond that I grew frustrated at the narrators use of the dramatic pause for (seemingly) every mark of punctuation. Also, there was a tremendous amount of "mouth noises" i.e. loud sighing, smacking lips.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my frustration with the narrator, the writing quality coupled with the attention to detail made the book well worth the inconveniences. I commend the authors research and accuracy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19649)
    Performance
    (14507)
    Story
    (14573)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "An account that will stop your world"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    How much can a soul endure? This bitter-sweet book will take away any complaints you may have about your life. It is a documentation of how to destroy men and then how a precious few find a way to overcome unspeakable anguish.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    How the main character finds release from all his afflictions.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Louis, of course.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Over the last half of the book the antagonists go to such inhumane lengths to hurt and injure that you truly experience a deep, burning hatred for a time.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I find it hard to believe that anyone could go through so much. These men were made of a steel that is incomprehensible to today's video gamer generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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