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Paul

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  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (712)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Touching tale of tragedy on Top of the World"
    Overall

    Loved the reading!
    Jon Krakauer, eyewitness, author, and narrator, grabs the audience in a way which transports them with the doomed 1996 Everest expedition teams. We feel the camaraderie, exultations, and eventual tragedy while safely well below the "death zone". Having skimmed the printed edition, I finally purchased and listened to this title while commuting - for the first time I wished my commute were longer or the traffic worse!
    Jon reads with feeling, as he should; he was there and witnessed the events. His account is gripping and the unabridged version is well worth the additional investment of time!
    I see that The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev, a guide on Fisher's team, is also available on Audible - to better understand the events of mid-May 1996 one would want to listen to both titles.
    Having been an Audible listener for over 2 years, I have often relied upon reviews of other listeners when choosing new titles; this is my first contribution.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (538)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Laughing"
    Overall

    I tried the selection based solely on the reviews; I had an upcoming business trip and hoped to have a few chuckles while traveling. Little did I know, but I was on my way to becoming hooked on "Skinny Dip". I, like reviewers before, found myself laughing out loud. My wish list now contains more Hiaasen titles.

    Tool ended up becoming my favorite of the cast. Seeing his personal change as the story progressed was a central and enduring theme for me. This is NOT to discount the other fabulous characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Bryan says: "A book that draws you in"
    "Great Listen; Difficult Read"
    Overall

    After having attempted to read this title on numerous occasions (my wife loves the series), I was delighted to find a well read audio version which kept the story alive! I only wish it had been an unabridged edition.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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