Every once in a while I run across a book that I download on a whim, hoping that it will be good. This one was a gem! I couldn't stop listening to it, and it kept me thoroughly entranced and entertained during a long drive over the holidays. Peter Jenkins narrates his and his family's journey through various experiences in Alaska during a year's visit. He includes excerpts from tapes that give you a feel for the sounds and his excellent descriptions of the beauty, the life threatening experiences, and the tender moments with his family make you feel you are a part of the experience. As a lover of the outdoors, but with too little time to take to enjoy it in person, I love finding books like this that capture the experience. I highly recommend it. His daughter's narratives are also very enjoyable. You hear the experience from Peter's perspective then from Rebecca's. Keep writing Rebecca! We want to hear more! I'm definitely going to check into Peter's other books.
A true story of good ol' American ingenuity solving problems to make a buck and in the process did away with the concept "peak oil". The narrator is excellent and very easy to listen to, but there was a fatal flaw. I cringed every time he said Chiniere or Schlumberger. Mr. Pratt, please look up the pronunciations before you go and narrate and entire book and mispronounce the names of the primary companies in the book. Chiniere is pronounced shin'-uh-ree not shin-aire'. Being connected with the oil industry, these names are available on the internet or just listen to CNBC for a few hours and you'll hear these pronounced correctly. Chiniere is pronounced shin'-uh-ree, not shin-aire'. Shlumberger is pronounced shlum'-ber-zhay not shlum'-burger. Otherwise, the story is fascinating, and the author did a fantastic job of showing a few pieces of the puzzle of how the process of fracking opened new energy to the US in a modern equivalent of finding the new world.
This book is the best read I've had in a while. I like adventure stories and nature and this combines both. Yosemite, lightening, hiking, rescue are all involved and makes for a good listen.
I'm not a birder. In fact I didn't even know such people existed. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but the competition drew me it, and by the end of the book I wanted more. I recommend this book whether you are a birder or not. It's very entertaining and educational. Since I read this, I have gone out and bought my first pair of binoculars. Now if only I knew what a lark looked like.
I bought this book with some skepticism, but after I got into it, I loved it. There is a lot of name dropping about birds - bird names - but it didn't really get in the way of enjoying the book. I even looked up some of the birds on the internet to see what they were talking about. It's a play by play of 3 people who set out to see how many birds they could see and identify in a year. I had no idea people did this. I had heard about the Christmas bird counts, but didn't know that people did this year round. I found it a very interesting and informative book. I didn't know Audobon killed all those birds that he drew pictures of. They would have kicked him out of the Audobon Society today! I was rooting for the guys who were competing, and thought some of the stories were hilarious about one guy who would leave a "hello" message for the other two birders just for fun. There are some Audible books that leave me wanting more when they finish and this was one of them. It would be fun to count how many birds are named in the book - to see if it coincides with the number of birds viewed that year by the winner. Try it and let me know!
I enjoy reading light scientific books, and this one is a great one. This book takes each of several scientific subjects from their beginnings to the latest discoveries and theories, giving an interesting overview of that science. Each subject is presented in a clear and precise way, and the knowledge is put into perspective with clarifying analogies and fresh new ways of looking at complex subjects. NOW I finally understand what quantum physics is about.
I highly recommend this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. I only wish that it was not an abridged version. I'd like to hear more.
I was not familiar with David Sedaris before I bought this book, and I absolutely loved it. The stories are heartfelt and funny. The audio delivery is superb. I now keep an eye out for anything Sedaris has written knowing I will enjoy it. Keep the books coming! I can't wait to hear more.
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