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  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Adams
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911—but which reputation is justified?

    Thelma says: "Now I'm ready for Machu Picchu"
    "Interesting but condescending."
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    Story

    The reader was very good. Easy to listen to and he didn't try to "act out" the different characters with make-believe voices, although he did use an Australian accent for one of the leads. This actually worked pretty well, however, because it helped to differentiate between the two leads and he didn't overdo it.

    Although I learned a lot about Machu Picchu, a place that has long fascinated me, I found the author wrote in a subtly condescending voice, as though his level of comfort was his highest priority. His job had always been, as an editor, to send true adventurers out to get the stories. For once, he wanted to be the adventurer, but, frankly, he should have stayed back at the office where he would have plenty of hot and cold running water, good Scotch in the desk drawer, and people around him who spoke English as their first language.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Selby, Greg Campbell
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. They did so without tripping an alarm or injuring a single guard in the process.

    morton says: "An Exciting, Terrific, Nail Biting Ride!"
    "Fair to middlin'"
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    Performance
    Story

    What I thought was going to be an exciting thriller, advertised as "the largest diamond heist in history", was rather flat both in story and in the reading. The details of the planning and the heist itself were described as if our "school of Turin" was a crew of plumbers off to replace the fixtures in a customer's bathroom. And to have the apparently successful heist come undone within twenty-four hours because the masterminds were careless about their trash was disappointing. Even I know to be careful of my credit card receipts before they get tossed into the kitchen waste basket. The narrator's voice was pleasant enough, and he read clearly, but even he seemed a little bored by the mechanics of the operation. Interesting, to a point, but definitely not thrilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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