I liked the book, but cracked up listening to the reader. He has a speech defect and cannot properly pronounce letter "R". "I laised my lifle and squeezed my tligger". His reading gave a nice soft delively to an othelwise shalp-edged book.
I bought this audiobook on a friend's advice - and it made me clearly realize that caving is not for me (I had gone cave diving in Mexico). While the book was pretty clear in its description of competitive caving, I had to deduct two stars from its rating: one for a stolen title (from a book by a different author from 1999) and the other for its reader. Half of the book takes place in Russia, and they got a reader who rapes every Russian word he tries to pronounce.
Mr Rackoff is the most intelligent man in the world. He uses long words and turns many clever phrases. He is also a very unfortunate man whose life is undeservedly harsh and he is keenly aware of its bleakness.
if this engages you, the book is definitely for you.
I listened to the first few chapters, then began skipping and taking a brief listen to every episode, then deleted the whole sad mis-shapen opus from my ipod. I thought I heard it say thank you.
Two eggs for breakfast or one; noisy or quiet neighbors? This ia a retired guy's travelogue of his 2-week ride through Western Ireland. He rambles through pedestrian details and when he runs out of material (which happens quickly), he chats about his army service where he met some Irish people, etc. He comes across as a harmless but boring old drone, and listening to him is like being in a room with the TV on in the background. As another reviewer had noted, his voice is quite pleasant, but I put this audiobook aside after about 2 hours to move onto something with a little more content than this aimless chatter.
Not just the Irish - the entire medieval history is fair game for this meandering but intelligent and fun author. I listened to it at a faster speed to save time.
Beautifully read - listened to it at a normal speed, no way to rev this one up! The diary entries are complete but only a selection of entries is presented. Afterwards googled Pepys and found several sites dedicated to him.
Very informative - shows how the barbarians who ruined Rome organized themselves on the ruis of the old empire. I listened to it at a faster speed to save time.
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