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Stephen

Retired Neurologist. Age 67. Prefer longer unabridged works. Hobbies include flyfishing, gardening, birding, photography. Enjoy a mix.

Green Bay, WI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (956)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "River of Doubt"
    Overall

    This work is a must listen for anyone interested in TR, Amazonia, tropical diseases, eqauatorial rainforests and the living things in them. In retrospect, this beautifully read work is brilliant because of its sheer depth and breadth. Every wound, sliver, bird, native and whitewater rumble is there for the listener to imbibe. Nearly every unique personality of the expedition party is woven into the this tale of naive and brash exploration. If you listen carefully you can be with them in the jungle without risk.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

    Johnnie Walker says: "Outstanding Reading"
    "Legends"
    Overall

    As another reviewer noted, this is fun stuff. The reader should engage in funseeking rather than typical spy gazing so as to enjoy it along with the author whose name has, by some coicidence, two "T's"and two "L's",similar to the doubling of letters in his Legends' names.
    Masterfully read

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Dante Club

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    In Pearl's stunning debut, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell join forces to catch a serial killer whose gruesome murders are modeled on the torturous punishments of Dante's Hell. "Absorbing and dramatic...Pearl has proven himself a master." (Library Journal)

    Pamela says: "Join the club"
    "The Dante Club"
    Overall

    Rather than repititious characterizations of the poets more energy should have been spent moving this mystery along. Was Longfellow really like that? This was for me a little known era and scene with great potential getting poorly stirred with the mystery, though scenes of immediate post-Civil War Boston were interesting. I did manage to get to the end, I think. I am aware it was fictional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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