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Michael

Clovis, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    This riveting, true account of the 1929 race to build New York City's tallest skyscraper evokes the glory of an exciting time long past.

    Celia says: "Riveting (excuse the pun)!!"
    "Fennacy"
    Overall

    Thought this was to be just another intreting book, and ended up loving the whole thing. Great listen and full of histrory. Seeing through the eyes of the Architect and Building Owners offers a multi-viewed perspective. Great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Men: The Horrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kelly Tyler-Lewis
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed south aboard the Endurance to be the first to cross Antarctica. Shackleton's endeavor is legend, but few know the astonishing story of the Ross Sea party, the support crew he dispatched to the opposite side of the continent to build a vital lifeline of food and fuel depots.

    Michael says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    I have listened to a few books on the Antartic travel, and the ones that stand out include lots of bits, pieces and personal insights from the dairies of the men who did the travels. This book, albeit an intresting piece of history and endurance (no pun intended), just kinda plods along. This book focus's on Shackleton's adventure, but lacks a good deal of his views and comments. Oh humm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sole Survivor: The True Account of 133 Days Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    On November 23, 1942, German U-Boats torpedoed the British ship Benlomond, and it sank in the Atlantic in two minutes. The sole survivor was a second steward named Poon Lim, who, with no knowledge of the sea, managed to stay alive for 133 days on a small wooden raft.

    Michael says: "Suspensfully Calm"
    "Suspensfully Calm"
    Overall

    Thought this sound like a fun book to listen to, and was surprised by the details of survival. These details gave insight into the day-to-day struggle to live with some of the basic elements of life. This book created a sense of calmness, in that I too felt as if I was floating on a raft in the open seas. The suspense came almost in every chapter in not knowing hoe "poon lin" was going to keep surviving and figure out a way to live with the small scraps of materials he had.

    The end of the book came to a close to fast. That is fast when it is compared to the day-to-day comparison of floating on a raft with little unchanging scenery.

    This was a fun read, more than I expected.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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