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placencia

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  • Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Richard Gilliland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    placencia says: "Where to begin?"
    "Where to begin?"
    Overall

    While listening to this piece of "investigative journalism", I was constantly dumbfounded by the idiotic attacks on Disney's character. I expect somewhat of a balanced view out of a reporter but he doesn't even try. I've listened to the Walt Disney biography, "Triumph of an Imagination" and , "Disney War" about the Eisner years, both included many many valid criticisms, any of which Heiaasen could've expanded on. He skillfully avoided almost any real substantive crticism and instead blamed Disney for esceped lions from private zoos to greedy reporters. I found that last attack particularly ironic. He attacked the ethics of reporters on junkets to Disney meanwhile showing absolutely no journalistic integrity. The book focuses mainly on the Eisner years and Eisner was a horrible CEO. He could've creamed Eisner for most of his management but somehow attacking Disney for helping to clean up Times Square seemed more important to him.

    As other reviewers have written, if you hate Disney and don't care whether criticisms are valid or not, then you'c enjoy this. If you're looking for the real "dirt" on Disney, you won't find it here.
    Hiaasen needs to grow up and perhaps stick to fiction. Maybe his next book will focus on blaming Disney for 9/11...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holding Their Own V: The Alpha Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Nobody
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Word of Alpha's recovery spreads throughout the region. The news is welcomed by most - but not all. Some see the small Texas town as a threat, others want to dominate the prosperous community. Often, it's difficult to discern friend from foe, and miscommunication can be deadly.

    placencia says: "Decent story, questionable narration..."
    "Decent story, questionable narration..."
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    The story itself is decent, it's short on many of the elements that make the previous volumes of the series entertaining and educational. You won't learn as many tricks of survival. Still, it advances the story and overall I enjoyed the story.

    The narration on the other hand..,

    The narrator had a pleasant enough voice but I found it both hilarious and annoying at times. He had a knack for making every character seem like a whiny English-dubbed Kung-fu movie character. The ex-green beret sounds transgender. I did find that if you set your listening speed to 1.25 X it helps a lot!

    I believe it was just poor casting and not the narrator's fault. His voice is more suited to children's books than post-apocalyptic books. I just muddled through it. Thank goodness the next installment has a different narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captivity of the Oatman Girls: Among the Apache and Mohave Indians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lorenzo D. Oatman, Olive A. Oatman, Royal B. Stratton
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In 1851, nine members of the Oatman family, on their way by covered wagon to California, were savagely attacked by Apache Indians. Two girls in the family, Olive Ann, 14, and Mary Ann, 8, were taken captive by their attackers. An older brother, Lorenzo, 15, was gravely wounded and left for dead, but managed to make his way back to civilization. The rest of the family had been brutally massacred.

    placencia says: "If you're a history buff..."
    "If you're a history buff..."
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    I bought and downloaded this title because I recently listened to THE CAPTURED by Scott Zesch, a great book about Apaches and Comanches capturing white settlers and the white indian experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book that seemed to be about the same basic story and it was written by the victims themselves.

    I do have some experience reading other white indian narratives and I knew that most used ghost writers and I assumed that was the case here. This presumed ghost-writer seemed to take particular delight in using as much language as possible to describe just about everything. It got pretty ridiculous! One does have to take into accont that hte book was written a long time ago and it's clear the author was trying to paint as detailed a picture as possible but I found myself quite frustrated at times and fast forwarded much of the book in order to move the story along. When I missed things, I just figured it out as I went along.

    It's still a fascinating page in the history of America and I'm happy Audible has this important book but be prepared to make allowances for the author's verbose style. The narrator is ok. he certainly doesn't try to add any feeling to the reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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