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  • Ordeal by Hunger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach

    The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846, 87 people, men, women, and children, set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering.

    Gyropilot says: "Life Changing"
    "Life Changing"

    This book can be summed up in one word: WOW!

    Any problems you think you have just pale in comparison to what the Donner and Reed emigrant party suffered through in the winter of 1846-47. This story will haunt you and can almost be life changing. It really puts priorities in perspective.

    My only complaint with this audio book would be in the sound editing of the narrator's recording. Pauses (short gaps of silence) were apparently added between many of the paragraphs breaking up their natural flow. They're a tad annoying and unnecessary.

    The narrators reading was otherwise most excellent.

    I loved the book!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America's Open-Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard Rashke
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John “Iwan” Demjanjuk was at the center of one of history’s most complex war crimes trials. But why did it take almost sixty years for the United States to bring him to justice as a Nazi collaborator? The answer lies in the annals of the Cold War, when fear and paranoia drove American politicians and the U.S. military to recruit “useful” Nazi war criminals to work for the United States in Europe as spies and saboteurs, and to slip them into America through loopholes in U.S. immigration policy.

    Gyropilot says: "Interesting Book - HORRIBLE Narration"
    "Interesting Book - HORRIBLE Narration"
    What disappointed you about Useful Enemies?

    This narrator sounds like he's reading a news article in a monotonous drone with little inflection to make that material sound interesting. He has a staccato cadence with weird exaggerated pauses within sentences, but then his pauses are too short between sentences. It's excruciating to listen to and I have to wonder why anyone would choose him to narrate a book.

    Any additional comments?

    I find the book's subject quite interesting, albeit disturbing, but I had to READ the Kindle version instead of listening to the Audible version because I just couldn't stand the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Through Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John T. Halliday
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to Vietnam War literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606's night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday's writing illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.

    Craig says: "Flying Through Midnight"
    "Couldn't Stand the Whiny Tone!"

    As previous reviewers have noted, the author of this book often came off as being whiny and somewhat spineless. Being a former military helicopter pilot, I found the author's story very interesting and familiar... it's a great story overall. But the lavish, lengthy descriptions of the author's internal feelings, fears, and emotions were just way over done and almost nauseating to listen to. It's like he felt the need to stretch the book out by embellishing on his fears and doubts. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely no problem with a person being sensitive and in touch with their emotions, but way to much text and time was spent in this book on them almost making it unbearable to listen to. Yes tell us you were afraid, but like any well trained military pilot, just move on and tell us how you did your job. Sheez!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"

    I found the subject mattor of this book fascinating and very thought provoking. I enjoued it so much I intend to listen to it several more times to better absorb the complexity and depth of the subject matter.

    Richard Dawkins is a wonderful narrator with clear speech and impeccable pronunciation. As other reviewers have mentioned, I too didn't care for having two narrators jumping back and forth while reading, but it was quite tolerable and I got used to it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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