Extreme kayaking involves huge risks. This book transmits those risks viscerally, along with the thrills that come with successfully navigating previously unpaddled rapids.
Group expeditions multiply all the talents and complications of their members. This book whisks readers along as armchair members of a quest full of larger-than-life personalities.
Tibet fascinates. This book translates that fascination well. The author understands the country, conveying its complex philosophies elegantly.
Full disclosure: This audiobook appealed to me at first because the author and I attended college together. Then I heard reader’s voice, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Peter’s. Deal sealed.
The narrative builds well toward a tense, suspenseful event near the end of the book. Then it fizzles a little. Oh, well. Life is sometimes like that.
This three-way biography of U.S. President James Garfield (1881), his assassin, and Alexander Graham Bell tells just enough to be gripping, leaving aside academic details that would slow down all but the most serious historians.
At a time when Americans are disillusioned by their politicians in record numbers, it's refreshing to read about a president who was almost universally trusted to do and say the right thing.
Garfield had political opponents, to be sure, but his strength of character, remarkable rise from humble origins, and--alas--his suffering at the hands of both a crazed gunman and a team of stubborn physicians united the country in ways we can only dream about today.
The author of "River of Doubt" once again brings alive an era--helped ably in this case by reader Paul Michael, whose command of accents animates the story in fine style.
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