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Luis

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  • The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anatoli Boukreev
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
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    (16)
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    (15)
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    (15)

    Anatoli Boukreev’s first-hand account of the worst human disaster in the history of Mt. Everest will hold listeners spellbound. A top-rated guide and high altitude climber, Boukreev dictated the raw and powerful details of this ill-fated trek from memories and notes recorded just five days after the catastrophe. In May of 1996, 33 people went up the mountain, but only 28 returned. As two commercial expeditions climbed the world’s highest peak, poor planning, miscommunication, and an unpredictable blizzard conspired to defeat them.

    Luis says: "A must read if you already read Into Thin Air"
    "A must read if you already read Into Thin Air"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Climb to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Climb?

    The rescue efforts by Anatoli


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same


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

    The survival of the few left on the open on that night


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By R. A. Dickey, Wayne Coffey
    • Narrated By Ben Hunter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    >The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues. An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport - and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other.

    Anthony says: "Marred (for me) by unfortunate performance issues"
    "A very good story, made me happy."
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    I really found this book to be entertaining and inspiring. Specially since he now is an accomplished major league pitcher and won de NL Cy Young in 2012.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2020)
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    (837)
    Story
    (853)

    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"
    "Awesome book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Thin Air to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What other book might you compare Into Thin Air to and why?

    The Climb by Anatoli Bukreev. They talk about the same season on Everest.


    Have you listened to any of Jon Krakauer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes, it made me cry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (633)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "Should've had a chapter on Copper Canyon race."
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    If you could sum up Eat and Run in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, entertaining and helpful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isn't it obvious, this is an autobiography.


    Have you listened to any of Quincy Dunn-Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's a very good book and the stories on Scott's races are great. But it would've make it better for me if he'd talk mora about races were he didn't win. Specially the races in Mexico with the Tarahumaras. As a reader of Born to Run I kind of was expecting a little of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
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    (698)
    Story
    (694)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Great book, emotive performance!"
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    If you could sum up Calico Joe in three words, what would they be?

    Emotive, entertaining, baseball


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calico Joe?

    Don't like spoilers


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

    Intonation. And the Calico Joe and Waren impressions transport you there.


    Who was the most memorable character of Calico Joe and why?

    Calico Joe. Outstanding character.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a baseball fan, but I don't know every statistic and history. So, I don't know the accuracy of the facts, but I don't care. They are todl in such a way that it's pretty exciting,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4669)
    Performance
    (2429)
    Story
    (2466)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "It got me pretty motivated for my training!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    It's a great book full of good stories as well as great data nuggets. A very good read in general, a great read for all runners and a must read for people who want to run injury free.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    The narration of the different races. Specially The Leadville 100's


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

    Emotion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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