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Tom

sailor tech

NJ, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (487)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
    "Well told story"
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    This is a well read story. The action of the story is compelling and the descriptions of World War I are horrifying. The book moves along quickly and leaves you with the sense of disgust that is intended. One of the best pieces of literature that shows the horror and helplessness of war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Godforsaken Sea

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Derek Lundy
    • Narrated By Michael Tezla
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The Vendée Globe, a grueling four-month sail around the world, traveling through the wild waters of the Southern Ocean, is the most demanding and dangerous sailing race on the planet. In November 1996, 14 men and 2 women competitors set out on this ultimate human endeavor. Godforsaken Sea chronicles their solitary battles to stay alive against 6-story waves, bone-chilling cold, ice-laden seas, and their own physical and mental limitations.

    R. Barton says: "Race or survival"
    "Thrilling Tale of the Sea"
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    This was a fantastic book. It transports you from boat to boat, describing the trials that these solo sailors face in this great race. When the author opens a window to a particular incident, he does well to close it out. You really get a feel for the race and what drives these sailors to make the toughest passage around the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Seas: An Overweight, Middle-Aged Computer Nerd Buys His First Boat, Quits His Job, and Sails Off to Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Glenn Damato
    • Narrated By René Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?" Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.

    Michael says: "If it fly's floats or f.... - its cheaper to rent"
    "Pointless and Condescending"
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    This book was the worst I have ever listened to. From the start, the author is condescending to everyone that is not presently mirroring his thinking. His descriptions of the people around him are mostly negative and he tries to portray himself as superior to everyone else. He often talks about his desires in life and within minutes is criticizing the people that live the way he just claimed to desire.

    I was able to persevere through the arrogant ranting in the first half by waiting for his failures to come out. I laughed at the author, not with him when he made mistake after mistake.

    If you are a sailor there is very little to get from this book. What he writes about is usually wrong. His disasters at sea (if you call cruising along the West Coast at sea) end when he has to get the boat back to San Diego alone. Somehow with a crew all his mistakes are made and when he is alone he becomes some sort of sea dog. It makes the whole book suspicious when his best moments come without a witness.

    There is no sailing knowledge to be gleaned from this book. If you think eating an overcooked hamburger and drinking a lot of coffee is an accomplishment, this book will give you plenty of similar feats. If you are looking for a book where the sailor respects the sea and longs to be part of it, you will not find it here.

    I wish I could purge this book from my memory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Cosgrove
    • Narrated By Peter Powlus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the age sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the world. In spite of his romanticized vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realizes that sailing around the world isn’t going to be as easy as he’d imagined.

    Krishna Murphy says: "Feeling dirty after reading this book"
    "Conquering the Seas"
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    This book is about a man who has a crisis and decides to sail. I did not like how this was just a thing to accomplish for him. He often would say things like conquering the storm or achieving the tough passage. I definitely would not want to be this guy’s friend. He is arrogant and always right. He even talks about hitting a right of way boat and then says that the other boat set him up. That is a convenient excuse for being negligent and then running away from his responsibility.

    He does have an interesting story to tell. His descriptions of the sailing experience and some of the tough parts were well written. He has some epiphanies that are worth hearing about.

    His story was inconsistent at times and barely believable. Read this book with caution. This is not about someone who loves and appreciates the sea. He is not very knowledgeable about sailing. It is a sixty year old man who decides to sail away and considers any accomplishment as conquering something. The book focuses more on his thoughts than the sailing I was hoping to read about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (596)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Dry reading of a story that seems stuck"
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    What did you like best about The Sun Also Rises? What did you like least?

    I liked the characters and the story setting. The descriptions of bullfighting and scenery were great. Really got a feeling I was there. On the bad side, I did not know why I was there. The whole story kind of seemed aimless.


    Would you recommend The Sun Also Rises to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The reading of the story was too lethargic. Made the whole story just seem listless. I much prefer the other Hemingway books. For Whom the Bell Tolls was fantastic.


    What didn’t you like about William Hurt’s performance?

    Too lethargic. Seemed like all the characters were William Hurt. Other narrators seem to do a better job making the characters more unique in the reading.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. I would like to see the scenery in a movie. Despite the light plot, Hemingway paints with his words and the beauty of the places shine through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    K. Knutsson says: "Best book ever!"
    "Fun, filled with facts, good performance."
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    This was just a great story. I love the periodical facts that go along with the story. I love this author and the performance keeps the book intact.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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