I have no doubt that this is an interesting, compelling book, but I had a hard time with it in the audio format. I hope the book has pictures, because it felt incomplete without them. I know very little about kayaking and found it difficult to follow the author's descriptions of situations the kayakers were in, though I have to say that I think he did about the best he could have done. There were quite a few people involved and I had a little trouble keeping them straight. To sum it up, it couldn't hold my attention to the end, and it made me feel like I was missing out because I couldn't see any of the scenery the author described. An abridged version might have been a little better - there was just too much information to absorb during daily commutes. It's a fascinating story, but maybe not one for an audio book.
...it's a bit of a snoozer. The premise is good, but by the end I just wanted it to be over. I was a bit tired of hearing about the ordinary characters and the scientific details of their deaths.
I bought this book because I heard bob Edwards interview the author. I thought it was very interesting, but hearing about the book was much better than actually listening to the book. First of all, the narrator is extremely annoying. He sounds like he's trying just a bit too hard to sound like a professional. Secondly, the book is very hard to follow. It might be easier in print, but listening to it gets a bit confusing because it jumps around chronologically, plus most of the characters have cartoonish mob nicknames that I had a hard time keeping straight. That's of course unavoidable, since it's non-fiction, and maybe that's just my taxed brain, but the fact is that I'm disappointed in this book. I think what could have been a really interesting story is bogged down in details. I think it would probably be much better in an abridged version, though I wouldn't want to listen to that either if it were the same narrator.
I stuck with this through to the end, but there were times when I felt like fast forwarding. It's probably better in the abridged version. The story is good, but it goes on for too long, and the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic to me.
This book is fantastic! It's entertaining from start to finish. I've long been a fan of Ruth Reichl in print, and the audio book gives her writing added life. The story is great, the narrator is just about perfect, and you'll frequently find yourself hungry. The ONLY drawback is that she peppers the book with recipes - that's the one part it would be preferable to have in print.
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