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Christopher

Greenville, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 109 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Steven Callahan
    • Narrated By Steven Callahan
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the great sea adventures of all time. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is now an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived for more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized.

    Christopher says: "I listened all the way through"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    The story keeps you listening from start to finish. I would recommend as an excellent book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Batavia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

    Hugh says: "Great Australian History"
    "Wow! What a story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, One of the best stories I've ever heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a true story that just keeps getting better through the listen. If you read, be sure to view the location on Google Earth. You can still see where the ship hit 400 years later.


    What about Richard Aspel’s performance did you like?

    Great reader. Ability to pronounce Dutch terms and names added greatly to the listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The treatment of the women.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend. If you like true adventure, this book has it all. I've read most, and this is the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jose A. Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques....

    Rebecca says: "Not politically slanted as I expected"
    "An American Hero"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Hard Measures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard Measures ranks in the top 10 books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jose Rodriguez because he is a sane voice in an insane government.


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

    He has a great reading voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Rodriguez received his letter of reprimand.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book written by a true American hero.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin F. McMurray
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    At more than a hundred feet deep in the frigid Gulf of St. Lawrence, diving the Empress is like trying to navigate an unfamiliar sixty-story building lying on its side at a forty-five-degree angle, in pitch blackness with only a flashlight. In Dark Descent, Kevin McMurray takes us deep into the bowels of the lost ship, first to relive her tragic death and then to join the divers who have probed the wreck's secrets. It's an adventure from which some divers don't return.

    William says: "Poor Descent"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't wait to get home each evening to continue listening to the adventure. Similar story to Shadow Divers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (436)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "Fantastic Book!"
    Overall

    This is a well written book from beginning to end. Michael Prichard's narration puts you in the march and in the prison camps. Money well spent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (543)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Beautiful!"
    Overall

    A beautifully written and well read story that is hard to put down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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