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Nancy

Vancouver, WA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Rising From the Plains: Annals of the Former World, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Rising From the Plains takes McPhee to the high country of Utah along the Continental Divide. His guide is David Love, "the grand old man of Rocky Mountain geology". Helping McPhee see the physical changes that have shaped this region over millions of years, Love also traces his own family's history in this oil-rich, windswept land.

    Nancy says: "Terrific Read"
    "Terrific Read"
    Overall

    This book is an extremely well-written & informative blend of science and history. While Wyoming geology is the book's primary focus, the story has a profoundly human quality, tracing as it does the 100-year history of a lively and memorable family of Wyoming homesteaders. If you are scientifically curious and love good writing, you'll treasure this one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "A Bit Tedious, But Well Worth It"
    Overall

    This is a delightful book that works far better in audio than it could ever work by reading a hard copy. After all, it is about story-telling, and the story-telling in the audio version is fabulous! The reader, with his authentic Irish accent, casts a magical spell through his intriguing tales that enliven the history, myths and national character of Ireland.

    The book, however, is over-long. It could be 15% to 20% shorter with no adverse impact. A tour-de-force that is a bit tedious, but still worth the effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

    Amazon Customer says: "Alternative Entry Point"
    "Entertaining & of Historical Interest"
    Overall

    This is a great read. It was a lot of fun. The real "plus" on top of the excitement goes to those who are interested in the history of naval warfare and also of early British/American relations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "A must-read for conservatives and liberals"
    Overall

    Two reasons this book is an absolute must-read for conscientious conservatives and liberals alike: The first is, whether you ultimately agree with Ann or not, you will have to concede that her most important conclusions are based on primary research (by Ann and others, all cited), such as the Venona Project and the original research behind the McCarthy hearings. Her conclusions are not derived from a pile of contemporaneous and biased newspaper clippings, nor are they based on endless recitations of third-party experts (though these all appear). Because of this, her work does way more than provide talking points for cocktail party arguments: It provides brand-new credible evidence. The second reason to read her book is that, even if you throw out her primary research--on the grounds that if it were true it would already be in the history books--it is difficult to argue with her thesis on why things actually turned out the way we all know they did. Ann's biggest faults are her gross selectivity in the choice of topics, her shrill qualities, and her loose-wristed use of the term "liberal". However, the proper response is to conduct one's own primary research and prove her conclusions false. If you are not going to do that, then would you just get the rest of us a cup of coffee? This is a fabulous book. Every voter should read it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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