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M. Clade

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  • Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Edward E. Leslie
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson to Alive! and Adrift, tales of survival have captivated readers. Here are the most remarkable stories imaginable of maroons, castaways, and other survivors from the 1500s to the present: their moral dilemmas, their personalities, and their influence on society, literature, and art.

    M. Clade says: "Reads like a text book"
    "Reads like a text book"
    Overall

    I believe this was written in 1988 but the tone and style seems more like an 1800's text book. It contains quite a bit of information, but I didn't find it at all "Fascinating, entertaining, and horrifying" as the review by Paul Theroux states. Nor can "I heartily recommend it". If you're interested in a study of the psychology and history of marooned people, go for it, if you're looking for facinatition and entertainment, pass on this one.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darrell Bain
    • Narrated By Lance McDayter
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    After a laboratory technician on the verge of retirement accidentally infects himself with blood from an emergency room patient, government agents swarm the hospital, confiscating every sample of blood taken from the patient at gunpoint. Deciding not to report the incident just yet for fear of being thrown into an isolation chamber, he goes homeand falls violently ill.

    M. Clade says: "Uninteresting"
    "Uninteresting"
    Overall

    I rarely leave reviews on Audible, because there are usually enough for a listener to get a feel of other's opinions before they download the book. In this case, there were none, so here I go. The plot could have been interesting, but wasn't developed enough. The characters were cliches, and the narrator was dreadful. His reading was not only monotone, it also seemed out of synch with the punctuation that must have been in the book. I'm not an english major, but I do like to hear words pronounced correctly by a professional narrator. (Marine Core man)not corpse man (felt my gorj rise) not gorg rise.... these are just two mispronunciations in the last few minutes of this book. There are many others that I can't recall, as it took me almost a month to bother finishing the book.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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