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D.

Climbing since 1995

BURLEY, ID, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 41 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Adrenaline Series: High, Epic, and Rough Water

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Matt Dickinson, Sebastian Junger, Greg Child, and others
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    For fans of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and other T-type personalities, comes this collection of thrill-seeking adventures: Epic takes you to the world's most famous peaks, High confronts Everest and K2, and Rough Water brings you survival stories from the sea.

    Chris says: "Great read, but frustrating"
    "I disagree with the other two reviews"
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    One thing that the other two reviews didn't mention is you get all 3 (three) books for the price of one credit. You get the High, Epic, and the Rought Water series. I freaked out when I saw that I bought 3 books, but in reality its like getting a 3 for 1 deal.
    Ok about the books, yes its true that you only get snip its from the best parts of many books. For example you are read the best chapters from Shackelton's Voyage. The Best parts from "Minus 148 degrees below zero". After listening to these selections I went a bought more books so I could hear the whole story. Consider this the sampler plate of the out door world. I did not enjoy some selections and now I won't buy them. I also did not agree with the actor reading the words to you and forcing emotion on you. After reading the reviews I was listening for it and didn't hear it. Oh well. I loved these books. I felt like it was drinking from a fire hose because it was so much crammed into a short time. I enjoyed relistning to some selecions again and again. That said many selections are 15-40 minutes long. Just long enough for the drive to work, or the trip to town. I would definatly recomend this to any arm chair mountaineer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22031)
    Performance
    (13459)
    Story
    (13598)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "WOW I now feel like I'm in the CLUB"
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    This book is the GOLD standard when reading Sci-Fi. It seemed like everyone but me had read it. I loved the interpersonal conflicts between characters. I didn't like the language. I liked how new and original the war games were presented and battle techniques. The climax was a real treat, yet the ending dragged on. A family member said the ending set up the next book in the series which was a flop.
    Would I recommend this book? YES

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze
    • Narrated By Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

    Chris McKinney says: "Essential Parenting Advice"
    "Very Conservative which is what we all need."
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    "Where does money come from?" (Dad)
    "Work!" (Kids)

    "You knew you were in deep trouble when you hear Dad say;
    "You do not talk to my wife that way."
    I found this book refreshing. Sometimes on his radio show and in his books Dave can go overboard and get carried away with calling people "STUPID!" "IDOT!" However this book is told by a more tactful Rachel who says it like it is, yet with more care. Dave will occasionally add a comment here and there to keep things "Ramsey". There isn't much of a story line but rather a well thought out series of points that need be addressed when it comes to teaching children about money. Topics such as
    Child Spenders
    Child Savers
    Charity from your Children
    Saving for College
    Paying for a Wedding
    the First Car
    Going to the Fair
    and even Money to Married Children. With each point an entertaining story from Rachel's past is told. I have already started using some of these principles with my 4 children (my oldest is 9). Like much like Dave's other books, the concepts are simple and common sense, yet I'd not thought of that before. Think of this book like a Financial "Love and Logic". Use what you like and leave the rest on the shelf.
    Would I recommend this book? VERY YES! I have already told a few of my close friends.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3012)
    Performance
    (2628)
    Story
    (2668)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "X rated, way too graphic, for my taste."
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    Its one thing to talk about what would happen, its another to go into detail of the sounds, textures, and smells as people crush each others skulls for the last scraps of food. Yick. I could stand it for once or twice, but every 10 minutes or so it got too gorey for me. I also didn't care the fantacy side of things. The shapeshifting satan character, and the dream glass ball, were too dumb for me to enjoy.
    Here I am a grown man, father of 4 and I felt like I needed to take a shower after listening. I only got through 10 hours then called it quits. Don't know how it ends, don't care. Yick, yick, and icky.
    I will say this. The actor that read this book should get an award! So many voices, and with such natureal tallent. WELL DONE.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5183)
    Performance
    (3182)
    Story
    (3209)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Great Performance, Great topic!"
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    There were close to 20 different characters in the book and the reader had a unique voice for each. WELL DONE! This book makes me and my wife want to go buy our own personal Wal-Mart. It was well researched and I thought true to what would happen. I think sometimes we can get carried away and sensaionalize some things we fear, but I think this book was probably accurate to what would happen.
    Good luck to us all. If your reading this, we know it hasn't happened yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan
    • Narrated By Jim Davidson
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    On June 21, 1992, two best friends summited Mount Rainier. Within hours, their exquisite accomplishment would be overshadowed by tragedy. On their descent, Jim Davidson fell through an ice bridge on Rainier's northeast flank, plunging eighty feet into a narrow crevasse inside the Emmons Glacier and dragging Mike Price in after him. Mike fell to his death; Jim, badly injured and armed with minimal gear, faced an almost impossible climb back out of the crevasse, up a nearly vertical ice wall.

    Don Lance says: "Story Drags In A Few Places"
    "Just a great story and the effects of Mountains."
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    I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. I first read about this from an article I read in Climbing magazine. The whole time I listened I kept thinking, how would I react in this situation. I loved how the author scratched the blood off the wall in the cravasse because it was a false high point. SO COOL. Way to be true to your self.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Over the Edge

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Greg Child
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Early on August 12, 2000, four of America's best young rock climbers were sleeping in their portaledges high on the Yellow Wall, in the central Asian mountain range of Kyrgyzstan,. By daybreak, they would be taken at gunpoint by militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is linked to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. In a life-and-death journey over six terrifying days, they would be forced to choose between saving their own lives and committing an act none of them thought they ever could.

    David says: "Less Than Compelling"
    "Well I liked it.."
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    Yea there were a few parts that seemed to drag, but I listened as though I was in the story doing and being there with Beth and Tommy. There was a lot of comic relief too. Its not the best book I've ever listened to, but I'd still recomend it.

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

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Aron Ralston
    • Narrated By Aron Ralston
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Aron Ralston, an experienced twenty-seven-year-old outdoorsman, was on a days solitary hike through a remote and narrow Utah canyon when he dislodged an eight-hundred- pound boulder that crushed his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Emerging from the searing pain, Aron found himself completely stuck. No one knew where he was; no one was coming to rescue him. With scant water and food, and a cheap pocketknife his only tool, he eliminated his options one by one.

    Kacy says: "Better than the movie"
    "Couldn't watch the movie?"
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    It was neat to listen to the voice of Aaron retell his own story. That said, he isn't an actor, but the way it was told is true to character. I'd already read quite a bit about the story, I'd watched NBC's report with Tom Brokaw. This book made me feel like I was there in the slot with him. Small warning, about the use of the F*** word just after he gets trapped by the rock. Other than that I'd recomend it to any young reader.
    If you listen to the story with the intent to criticize the author for mistakes made, or to second guess him "Well I would have done....." then you will not get the most out of this book. Rather this book can teach how amazing the will to live, and explore really is. It is an inspiring book.
    I started competitive Rock Climbing in 1996, and since then have drifted between the worlds of bouldering, trad climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and even have a few big walls, under my belt. This book is fuel to get me home.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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