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Matthew

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NEW CUMBERLAND, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "I do LOVE this book!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ultramarathon Man the most enjoyable?

    Dean inspired me to make the move to ultrarunning! I had been a runner and completed many races including marathons, but until I read this I did not think I was capable of running more than 26.2 miles in one shot. I have done this several times now and have my first 50 mile race in a few months. Dean is a very down to earth guy (I have met him) that tells his story of running and life. He is modest and simply wants everyone to know the joys of running and the benefits it can bring. SO inspiring!!!!

    I have listened to this book more times than I can count, all while training. When you run for four or five hours at a time, it's easy to listen to this book many times over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dean's approach to running and his ability to inspire all those around him.


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

    I have read the book and I don't know that James does bring anything unique to the story.


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

    It made me run 31 miles through the woods - jumping logs, running through streams, slopping in the mud, and dancing on rocks the whole way!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this and get outside!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (804)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Teddy and his explorer spirit!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The River of Doubt the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed listening to Teddy's adventurous spirit and tales of near death experiences - for EVERYONE in his party! I think he was an amazing man that snatched life up and lived it to it's fullest every day! This story has so many interesting events that will keep you listening, it did for me! Some people might find it a bit slow and repetitive, but he accomplished something truly amazing here and knowing just how dangerous and deadly this adventure was is imperative.


    What other book might you compare The River of Doubt to and why?

    Hmmm, maybe Into Thin Air - both have elements of near death experiences, adventure, and perseverance.


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

    No, I haven't.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not really. I did enjoy going back to it each time though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (697)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Listening to Rich can be boring, but..."
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    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    I enjoyed listening to his story and the changes he made in his life; specifically going to a vegan diet and finding how it benefits his performance as an athlete. I am an ultra runner who is a vegetarian and moving towards vegan each day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    I don't want to give away my most memorable moment, might spoil it....


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His expression is very flat! It was distracting at times and I had to really ignore his voice and listen to the story he was telling. I have listened to it twice, so it must not have been too awfully bad though!


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

    I don't think so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (450)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Kept me listening, but that's about it."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The events in the story were not amazing or inspiring - just one mans story about his trip. I laughed a few times and listened to the entire book, but I wouldn't recommend it or listen to it again.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    You can't change his experience - there just wasn't very much to maintain my interest. I kept listening hoping something amazing would happen...


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

    This is the first of his books I've listened to.


    Did A Walk in the Woods inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10779)
    Performance
    (6810)
    Story
    (6840)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Listen to it over and over! AMAZING story!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I enjoyed listening to it more than ready it.


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    I cannot think of a comparable story, this is one of a kind for sure!


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice and took me in with his reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pushed to the edge, but never BROKEN!


    Any additional comments?

    Never before have I heard such an amazing story. Louis Z is a hero of perseverance and triumph. I would love to meet him and be in his presence for just a moment. TRULY inspiring!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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