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Joshua Tretakoff

San Rafael, CA United States | Listener Since 2000

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  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

    A. Millard says: "Good Book, Poor Narration and Audio Quality"
    "A tragic waste"
    Overall

    What could have been a truly fascinating book is, als ruined by the pairing of this narrator. The same man read Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and was excellent, but this material and his style are a recipe for droning disaster. I love other books by this author, and am fascinated with railroad lore, but this was a trial to endure. Imagine endless shopping lists being read by a calm, even tone...it was a tragedy. One notable exception in otherwise excellent work from both the author and narrator.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (321)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "Not Crichton's best venture"
    Overall

    Look, I love Michael Crichton. Timeline kept me captivated. And Jurassic Park? Amazing. This was a humdrum story of corporate espionage with wooden two dimensional characters and read like a screenplay. The glimpse into the inner working of aeronautics was the only thing that made this not a terrible book. The narrator was a little flat and detached here, which only added to the workmanlike quality of this book. Prey, another Crichton novel, was almost the same feel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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