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ken

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  • A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andres Resendez
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separate the men from their ships, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival. Of the 300 men who had embarked on the journey, only four survived - three Spaniards and an African slave.

    David says: "Superb telling of a foundational New World story"
    "Educational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was a very cool story. Learned a bunch about the history of the continent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Good driving fodder."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was an interesting story. I always wondered about the Yugo. How did it get here.
    Why was it so bad?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vietnam War: A Concise International History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Atwood Lawrence
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" (Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war.

    Nancy says: "Highly recommended"
    "Good story good history."
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    Good history told in a good story. I would recommend it for commuting.
    And now I am adding words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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