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Steve

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  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "Gripping"
    Overall

    Great story and engaging narration. A detailed and well-researched - though entirely accessible - account of the great whale-ship tragedy. Not for the faint of heart. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (712)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Amazing story; A little longer than necessary"
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    Amazing story about a little known slice of American history. It's also a great insight into one of the biggest environmental disasters in US history, and Egan brings us right up close to the families and farmers on the front lines. His narratives on the dust storms and the impact they had on the people of the great plains are top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloody Ground: Battle of Antietam, 1862: The Starbuck Chronicles: Volume Four

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Nate is given command of a battalion of undesirable soldiers—including deserters and murderers —and sent to join the action at Antietam Creek. There, during the bloodiest single day of the entire war, Nate and his men must find the courage to survive the brutal horrors of combat.

    Steve says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    Great read. Strong story, good character development and solid plot - all placed seamlessly and full of detail into historical context. Excellent narration is the cherry on top. A great way to obtain a riveting first-person account (albeit fictionalized) of the Civil War. This is the first Starbuck book that've I've read, and I definitely plan to pick up the other three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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