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Linda

Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1207)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Stunning!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this on my iPod.
    An excellent tale (true) of an Englishman in Africa who is a conservationist and finds himself suddenly the owner of a herd of 7 elephants. Well written and well narrated. My only comment has to do with the last 5 minutes of the book in which, I believe, the author attempts to state uncategorically that his goal was NEVER to relate to the elephants on a personal level, but to allow them to remain uninfluenced by humans so they would remain true wild animals. To that I say, "A likely story! Who among us could resist befriending one (or more) of those huge behemoths." But I suppose rather than wishing to promote ownership of wild animals, he decided, in the end, to pretend this was a cautionary tale!

    Truly impossible to put it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1678)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Who is this narrator?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I've listened to every Harry Bosch book and loved it. The narrator on this was a super-enunciating, non-performer. It was like listening to someone who felt they were reading to someone who couldn't hear well or was from a foreign country. "Let-me-e-nunce-ee-ate this-for you." It was mind-bogglingly boring and I could not follow the story because I was so distracted by the narrator. Perhaps someone thought that a hard-boiled detective story needed a no-nonsense, non-performing narrator, but I don't agree. I love the old Bosch narrators who had the ability to change tone, change voices so you could differentiate who was speaking and didn't sound like computerized robots. Next time I'll check who narrates before I order the book! What a difference this made ---- but not in a GOOD way.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael McConnohie?

    Len Cariou or the other gentleman that has narrated the Bosch books. For that matter, Grover Gardner, Scott Brick, or George Guidall could have narrated circles around McConnohie.


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