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Keith

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11101)
    Performance
    (7109)
    Story
    (7141)

    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!"
    "Amazing story"
    Overall

    This story is absolutely fascinating, and is very well written and read. It is hard to believe that is not a novel. The author provides a very well organized description of this amazing story with an appropriate amount of detail at the right time. This story is a classic of WW II stories and would be of interest of non-history buffs as well. The story is written well enough to not need a good understanding of the history of WWII. Excellent listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (316)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "This event likely still has major influence"
    Overall
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    The organization and presentation of the major players that led up to the flood as well as the reaction of the aftermath is absolutely superb. This is another of McCullough's outstanding works. The narrator, Hermann, also definitely adds to the book with a outstanding performance.

    To the point of the headline of my review, I can still see how this book has effects of the hatred that is shown to the successful (rich) in this country, unfounded or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mowat: Never Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Farley Mowat
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves.

    Billy says: "wonderful"
    "Bring us more Mowat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

    This author is absolutely hilarious; it is hard to believe that the events are true.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

    When Mowat marked his territory and the wolves respected it. Also the dealings of Mowat with the beauracracy that he worked for are absolutely hilarious especially because they are so true.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Sims???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other performances by Adams Sims so cannot compare this one to others.


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

    Wolves... Not what you think they are


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeff Kinney
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (108)

    Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

    The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

    Book and Movie Lover says: "The 11 yr old at our house loves this series"
    "Another solid performance by de Ocampo"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever again? Why?

    Yes, I would; and have. My kids would listen to this book as many times as I would let them. Jeff Kinney writes another hilarious book about the modern day kid. All of the main characters, Rodrick, Greg, Fregli, and the rest, are back to their mischevious ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Greg Hoeffli, of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scene was any more favorable than another, that I remember.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Ramon de Ocampo does another wonderful job of narrating a book much like the other ones in the series. The actions of the kids in the book may not illustrate the best example for our kids, but they sure do seem to illustrate todays kids pretty well. I think that is what makes them popular; because they have an element of truth... sad but true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "Breaks down commonly held myths of this story"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Desperate Passage in three words, what would they be?

    Well researched


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Desperate Passage?

    The choices and consequences of the party that led to their situation. Although I knew some about the expansionist period and the Oregon Trail, this book filled in a lot of the details in a fascinating book that kept me interested throughout. No fiction could be more interesting than recounts of true story.


    What does Christopher Prince bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure if I paid attention to what the narrator brought to the story; I paid more attention to the story and listening to the events play out.


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

    No, this book was riveting and kept me interested,it was not quite good enough to make me listen to app 12 hours in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I mostly knew the fate of this party it was fascinating to hear about all of the details and events in a well-researched book and well-written book.

    The details in this book were kept to the ones that were important to the events described in that section.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Aron Ralston
    • Narrated By Aron Ralston
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told, Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

    Tim says: "Stunning and Emotional"
    "Riveting Triumph of Determination"
    Overall

    Absolutely riveting story of human spirit and determination. Have listened to this story multiple times and enjoyed it each time. The audio is easy to listen to, and the material is amazing to hear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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