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Alexander

Jackson Heights, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Tabor
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover—to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison.

    RGH says: "Amazing Courage!!"
    "Makes it very clear whether caving is for you"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jack Coughlin, Casey Kuhlman, Donald A. Davis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    Now Coughlin has written a highly personal story about his deadly craft, taking readers deep inside an invisible society that is off-limits to outsiders. This is not a heroic battlefield memoir but the careful study of an exceptional man who must keep his sanity while carrying forward one of the deadliest legacies in the U.S. military today.

    Loyd Phillips says: "Definately worth reading"
    "An engaging book - and a funny reader"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "Self-indulgent ramblings"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Freewheeling Through Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Enfield
    • Narrated By Edward Enfield
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    When Edward Enfield decided to cycle around Ireland, he was enchanted by prehistoric fortresses, rugged landscapes, and landladies who insisted on washing his shirts. He takes you with him on a gentle ride up the west coast, eating fresh fish and enormous breakfasts along the way, and stopping to chat to peat-cutters, fishermen, eccentric tourists, and a famous matchmaker.

    MillenniumMike says: "Very charming, informative & entertaining narative"
    "Grandpa Got a Bike"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (101)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
    "A rambling but fun listen"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Selections from The Diary of Samuel Pepys

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys is perhaps the most well known collection of reminiscences. He maintained it, in secrecy, from 1660, the year of the Restoration, until 1669 when fear of blindness prevented his daily labours. Though it covers less than a decade, it offers a lively and detailed insight into a period and a personality, for he noted events in both public and private life. Famous passages include descriptions of The Plague and the Great Fire of London.

    Sparkly says: "Delightful."
    "A wonderful selection"
    Overall

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (338)

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "The ruin of Rome and the Rise of Europe"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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