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heber, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Vaillant
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
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    (127)
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    (129)

    When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island, they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest. Five months earlier, logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin had plunged naked into a river in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands, towing a chainsaw. When his night's work was done, a unique Sitka spruce, 165 feet tall and covered with luminous golden needles, teetered on its stump. Two days later it fell.

    robert says: "Interesting story but ??"
    "Interesting story but ??"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved John Vaillant's book "the tiger" . This book, does not match up to that book in my opinion. He does a great job telling the story, but it's just too long. There is way to much bashing of the logging industry. I am a tree hugger by nature, I believe trees have spirits, and I liked how he discribed this, the First Nation people, and all the characters. He also does a good job discribing the horrible practices of some in the logging industry. But he keeps going back to bashing the logging industry. Toward the end of the book, I felt like he was trying to manipulate the reader and fill pages. Get his book The Tiger, but wait on this one until it's discounted. Then listen to the first 75% and move on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steve Silberman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (1019)
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    What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

    Gadget says: "Good Contrast to "In a Different Key""
    "Good at 1.5 speed"
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    Disclaimer, I'm on the spectrum. Overall this is a pretty good book. For some reason, I found it hard to get excited about listening to the book. It was always just good enough for me to keep at it. I am a creative type and while the stories are informative, the delivery and writing style are a bit dull. I found at 1.5 speed the information is easily processed and the pace picks up slightly. There are no easy answers provided, which is how it should be. Overall the author was a fair, although his praising things like higher minimum wage etc..for autistics is not good and has the exact opposite "Jenny McCarthy effect". The babying of kids in general has gone way to far. I've had parents offer to pay me to let their kids work in my shop. Work meaning "teach my kid some skills". Unfortunately the law prevents me from this. note*My huristic bias colours this review. So take it with a grain of salt.... but for myself having a hard "slave driving mother" who wasn't my favourite person growing up, was the best thing that happened to me. The weaknesses she forced me to face enabled me to overcome them. Enough so as to not be a hinderence in life. She spanked and threw shoes all to great effect! God bless that dear woman. Clearly the author is an academic. He and I speak different languages. For this reason I would recommend Temple Grandin's book (s)? over this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ronen Bergman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
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    The news-breaking inside account of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs, from the man hailed by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter."

    Corina says: "Massacres names"
    " Very Good... but..? "
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    This is the most compelling account of the sheer ineptitude and arrogance perpetrated by the brilliantly effective Mossad agency. In it the author lays bare the multitude of dastardly murders committed by these highly trained self sacrificing agents. The sheer brilliance of the Palestinian leadership is explained (most of whom we learn were peaceful determined child prodigies) . They are a stark contrast to the Israeli war criminals like Ariel Sharon. One unnamed source has stated about the author "the innocent Palestinian people have no better friend, the IDF no worse enemy".
    This review so far is an exaggerated style of b.s. let's say a bit of a parody of the book. Joking aside this was a good listen. The story was an extensive account of the Mossad and other military and intelligence arms of the Israeli s. The writing style is good and feels like that of a left leaning journalist who'd rather let others do the fighting. Listening to this book (which i will admit is a page turner) I couldn't shake a quote from C.S. Lewis " it's wicked arrogance for individuals sitting at home in ease and comfort to judge men in the front lines". One other uncomfortable reaccuring thought was ; why would a Jew (I'm assuming here) tell secrets and strategies which will help the enemy kill more Jews ? I seriously question these types of books. It's becoming more prevalent. American Journalists given the choice between a scoop and a few Marines, will usually publish to further they're career. The writing style is fast paced and engaging. The author is excellent at keeping the story moving and doesn't get overly sidetracked like myself in this rambling review... The author gives by all accounts facts, and many at that, but critical thinking still needs to be applied. One should be aware of the literary tricks used in this book. . I'd highly recommend the book, given the aforementioned disclaimer. The author is obviously very talented and informed about the IDF, Mossad etc.. . I also agree with some of the interviews & conclusions of some of those quoted , namely that bombing and injuring civilians can lose a war very quickly. I'm also glad that there's a conversation about things like drone strikes, civilian casualties, and how far a country is permitted to go to defend itself. Books and articles are necessary , but I just don't think a chair jockey like myself or the author have the credibility to really tell the correct story. That's my own opinion however and regardless I would listen to other books from the author. Narrator was fine, sounded like how the author would sound in my mind. Overall 4 stars

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALs, the Medal of Honor, and a Story of Extraordinary Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Norris, Mike Thornton, Dick Couch - contributor
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
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    Story
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    In April of 1972, SEAL Lieutenant Tom Norris risked his life in an unprecedented ground rescue of two American airmen who were shot down behind enemy lines in North Vietnam, a feat for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor - an award that represents the pinnacle of heroism and courage. Just six months later, Norris was sent on a dangerous special reconnaissance mission that would take his team deep into enemy territory. On that mission they engaged a vastly superior force.

    A. L. DeWitt says: "A Hero's Story"
    "The real deal"
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    Having just returned from Vietnam and wanting information about some of the seal missions that took place there, I purchased this book. I'm glad I did. The book in plain language describes the actions of these two men. Both medal of honour winners. The one highlight of the book is the story about them having been dropped off (inaccurately) in North Vietnam. The fight out is quite simply one of the most incredible tales I've heard. The naval academy background was an added bonus. If you're looking for a tale woven back and forth in time with facts bent and shaped for effect... pass on this, there are plenty of novels out there. If you want to hear an accurate account of slightly flawed, mortal men who have done unbelievable things for you and their country, then I highly recommend this book. The other book which is slightly better is called "fearless" it's also about a navy seal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tim Marshall
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (475)

    Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question.

    Sherry says: "It's a Book about Maps! Please provide the Maps!"
    "Nothing new"
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    This is a very basic primer on geography. If you've studied this topic before you might want to save the credit. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent book. The writing style is plain and easily understood. The narrator sounds like the same guy who's done work for Disney land.. specifically the haunted mansion or the late tower of terror... I might be wrong?? My take is the author did the work of a manager type and basically compiled readily existing material down into an easily digestible dose of basic information. There are numerous quotes, many of which are becoming tiring. ... "speak softly and carry a big stick " for instance. I kept waiting for an original idea, for something new that could help shape my current understanding of geopolitics. I think I'll try one of Kaplan s' books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (1399)
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    (937)
    Story
    (932)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Tim says: "Really 2 Books in One . . ."
    "Balanced"
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    This is an even handed account of the circumstances that led up to, the battles, and post negotiations of the 6 day war. The author was a member of the IDF yet renders what is considered the best account of that war. Narrator was very good, story is solid history with no fluff or hyperboly. Definitely worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge M.D. - foreword
    • Narrated By Jordan B. Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11112)
    Performance
    (10084)
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    (9995)

    What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

    Bobby n. says: "This is my favorite self-help book I have ever read!"
    "Instant Classic"
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    This book is an antidote for aimlessness. The author takes his many years of study, experience and learned wisdom and yeilds it like a sword. I found myself bookmarking every 5 minutes or so. There are some unique perspectives in this book. One thing that sets it apart is the fact that he uses evolutionary biology to back up his views. At the same time he deepens ones faith in a supreme being and a supreme goodness. He describes present threats such as "victim hood" and using history and logic places them in a proper perspective. He has what Orwell called "a power of facing". He avoids all the simple minded cliches on the right and left and makes the listener really think. I found his descriptions of Dostoyevsky and Nitzche to be very enlightening. He brings together Jung and Freud and makes their profound ideas easily understood. I learnt much from this book. One example is when he describes the paranoid personality type.. I actually just had a bad interaction with such a person and would have handled the situation differently had I listened a week ago. The audio is heartfelt and the slight Canadian accent is actually refreshing. Anyone who has seen Jordan Peterson on Joe Rogans' show and found themselves nodding in agreement will like this book. Anyone who seeks truth... how things really are, and is okay with self evaluation will like this book. Highly recommended!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (146)
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    (146)

    In this Pulitzer Prize - winning biography, Barbara Tuchman explores American relations with China through the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe", Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of the National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."

    Charlotte says: "A period that directly affected our world today"
    "Solid account"
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    This is an accurate account of Stilwell. I'm still trying to decide how much I liked the narrator. The only downside is the sheer length of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zimmermann Telegram

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (542)

    In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

    Mike From Mesa says: "US entry to World War I"
    "excellent"
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    I went into this book blind and I was pleasantly surprised. The author has a certain wit and charm to her writing style. The narrator does a wonderful job as well. The details were spot on, and not over bearing. The didactic approach of Woodrow Wilson, who thought he could lecture things right... reminded me of a recent president. Good history tends to do that. That's the thing most impressive about this book, if feels like it was just written. If you like history, get this book. I will be getting more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bruce Henderson
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
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    In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos". He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp.

    Stevon says: "the will to live"
    "excellent"
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    This is a must hear. Overall it's a good book. The story is one of the most compelling I've heard. I do have a few quibbles, why are known details absent? There's a Werner Herzog movie about this called "little Dieter wants to fly". I highly recommend watching it after you read this book. There are fascinating things in the movie which aren't covered ( one concerning his father that is not quite right in this book). I wonder why the author left these out? There's a part of the movie where Deiter talks about doors, the ability to open doors etc... Werner Herzog gets inside the subjects head much better than this author does. Sorry to complain, because this is a more complete telling of the story, but it's compelling because Deiter is compelling. It's good despite the author and his incomplete account.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (271)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Bryan says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "10 yr old same story"
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    This book is 10 years old as of 2017,. yet it doesn't feel old. There are new developments like the ghost cities, the renewed tensions with neighbours etc... but for the most part this is highly relevant. story flows well. There's absolutely no humour in this book, of course what do you expect from an npr corispondent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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