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Marilyn

Valdez, AK, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "overexcited"
    Overall

    Ms. Kolata has too few facts and too many superlatives. Her writing style is labored, sprawling and cliched. Worse, her voice is not suitable for narration as she has a strong accent and slurs her words. I am very interested in this issue, but this book is intolerable.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Roberts
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1743, a ship carrying 14 Russian sailors was headed for whaling grounds near Norway when a violent storm blew it far off course, where the ship froze into the ice. Some of the sailors remembered that other sailors had erected a hut on a nearby island and spent the winter there. Four sailors volunteered to go ashore to look for the hut in hopes of finding supplies or using it as a refuge should the 14 sailors be forced to spend the winter before the summer thaw could free their ship.

    Anne says: "Not about the four"
    "one against the bureaucracy"
    Overall

    An impressive tale of survival is fatally flawed by the author's approach. This is a tedious and repetitious recitation of the ardours of research. With a background in mountaineering, but no scholarship, he is badly prepared for the difficulties he faces. He hires a small army of researchers, translators and guides who actually do the bulk of the work. Throughout the narrative of his efforts to unearth this interesting story, he stultifies the reader by relentless focus on his own conquests. It is a shame that this remarkable account of desperate courage has been drowned in petty academic oneupmanship.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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