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Glenn

Salinas, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The year is 1925. It is sixty degrees below zero. The wind sweeps tons of snow over the deep-frozen Alaskan landscape. The nearest railhead is seven hundred miles away. Airplanes cannot fly. The way to Nome is blocked by a treacherous frozen sound, an icebound port, and mountains to the west. But there is a diphtheria epidemic in Nome. The children need serum from the outside world if they are to survive. Their only hope is a few chosen Eskimo drivers and their teams of dogs.

    Susan Carter says: "The Cruelest Miles Makes Exciting Reading"
    "What We Need Now - A True Inspirational Story"
    Overall

    I watched a program on the Weather Channel ("Race to Nome". When Weather Changed History. The Weather Channel. March 23, 2008) which referred to this book. You can search Wikipedia to find the facts but it's not nearly as interesting as the story by Gay & Laney Salisbury. The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because there is too much detail and it's a bit long at 9.5 hrs. However, I'm one of those who couldn't get enough since I've listened to the book several times & gone back to the Internet for more. Highly recommended for the soul!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John R. Hale
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    The navy created by the people of Athens in ancient Greece was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world and the model for all other national navies to come. The Athenian navy built a civilization, empowered the world's first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history.

    Matthew says: "Sound narrative history"
    "Excellent naval history"
    Overall

    This is a naval history that I will listen to many times. It's like being a sports fan. There are certain team highlights that you want replayed. This book has many highlights of Athenian naval prowess.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (404)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "A maybe too-thorough history of the 6-day war"
    Overall

    Michael Oren is currently the Israeli ambassador to the United States. He was born in New York & grew up in New Jersey. His father was in the D-Day landing & the Korean War. This lays the foundation of who Michael Oren is which is what he does in his history. Two-thirds of his book are the preamble of events leading to the war. He tells it in such detail that it's obvious that he accessed sources from all sides of the war.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

    John says: "Outstanding"
    "A truly epic sea battle"
    Overall

    Barrett Whitener does a good job of narration but this book is too graphic regarding injuries suffered during battle to be an Audible Kid's Pick.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Seekers: How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Christopher McGowan
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, an extraordinary group of scientists struggled to make sense of a mysterious, prehistoric world - a world that they had to piece together from the fossilized, fragmentary remains of animals no one had ever seen.

    Glenn says: "Primer for books on Darwin"
    "Primer for books on Darwin"
    Overall

    This book presents the thinking & the groundwork for the period immediately before Darwin's 1859 book "On the Origin of Species". Darwin conceived his theory in 1838 but said that if he had published 20 years earlier the world wouldn't have been ready for it. The narration is excellent but even better are the short parenthetical explanations of technical terms which are slipped in as if they were a natural part of the writing.

    THIS TECHNIQUE WHICH SHOULD BE USED IN ALL AUDIOBOOKS WITH A TECHNICAL BENT.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Charles R. Morris
    • Narrated By Nick Summers
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The sub-prime mortgage crisis is only the beginning; a more profound economic and political restructuring is on its way. According to Charles R. Morris, the astronomical leverage at investment banks, with their hedge-fund and private-equity clients, virtually guarantees massive disruption in global markets.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Very Illuminating"
    "A Road Map for the Crises to Come"
    Overall

    I purchased this book and "The Subprime Solution" by Robert J. Shiller in late September. Both books were published before the financial crisis which started with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in mid-September. I've listened to both books several times and learn a little more each time. Both predicted the mess that we're in and others to come. If you only have time for one, this is the one to listen to. The subject matter is not easy to understand but Morris does the better job of getting it down to layman's terms while Shiller goes academic. Also Morris' book has a longer time horizon as to what other financial shocks we can expect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5503)
    Performance
    (3459)
    Story
    (3468)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "I hope there is a sequel to this book"
    Overall

    This was an excellent narration of a well-written story. Garth Stein uses auto racing as the backdrop yet you don't have to be knowledeable or even care about the sport to enjoy the story. As proof, I played it for my wife on a 5-hr trip to Lake Tahoe. Even though she didn't know most of the famous racers mentioned, she caught the meaning & was eager to resume the story on the return leg of our round-trip. We both teared up near the end as we were hooked by the powerful narration. When they make a movie, I hope it's as gripping as the book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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