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Darrin

Ridgefield, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 114 titles in library
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  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4663)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2460)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    This is a very easy read (listen). Narration was clear and with emotion. Book was motivational and made me want to train for an ultra marathon.

    I have seen some complaints that there was too much on bare foot running, but it fit in with the over all theme of the book, and the author makes a point.

    The only thing that I found wanting is that I enjoyed it so much, I wanted an epilogue to tell me what happened to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (553)

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Enjoyable, but celeb narrations are distracting"
    Overall

    At first, I found the author's voice a bit distracting, but over time, I came to enjoy her voice, especially when she was doing dead pan irony. What became painful as the book progressed were the celeb readings of a sentence to a paragraph. There would be a lead up to a quote, a lengthy pause and then a quote read by a celeb. Sometimes the pause seemed to go on and on with a tiny section (7 words or so) read by the celeb. These became so distracting, and were often times difficult to hear due to difference in volume, that I just tuned them out. The use of celebs to read quotes seemed to be too gimmicky.

    All in all, I enjoyed the book and the author's voice. I have stopped listening to a small number of books because of painful narration. The negative reviews seem too harsh especially the ones that complain of "America is always the bad guy." Looking back at this period through modern perspective makes it hard to justify our prior actions. One just needs to accept the difference in perspectives and move on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11453)
    Performance
    (7437)
    Story
    (7471)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I learned of this book from Runner's World and am glad that I purchased it. Good story and good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4227)
    Performance
    (2393)
    Story
    (2395)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Some books take me days/weeks to get through and I become concerned about unused credits piling up, but not this book. This is a book that I would sit in the driveway listening too and I watched the time remaining indicator count down with regret. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    On a hot June morning in 1975, a fatal shoot-out took place between FBI agents and American Indians on a remote property near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in which an Indian and two federal agents were killed. Eventually, four members of the American Indian Movement were indicted on murder charges in the deaths of the two agents. Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance, brilliantly explicated by Peter Matthiessen in this controversial book.

    Darrin says: "Good Story But Too Much Detail"
    "Good Story But Too Much Detail"
    Overall

    Very interesting story on a matter that I had not previously heard of, but the book dives into way too much detail on minor points that might be important in a court case, but are not needed for the story or to believe the veracity of the author. Not only does the author state his bias, but it is clear from the start. I have hit the fast forward button several times and was amazed that it left no gaps in my understanding even though I zoomed through a good hour of audio at a time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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