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Jon

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  • Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nando Parrado, Vince Rause
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help.

    KHarrang says: "A Must Listen"
    "Inspired"
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    What did you love best about Miracle in the Andes?

    This story is very interesting and inspiring. To think that it is a true story is incredible and I cannot imagine such an event taking place.


    What other book might you compare Miracle in the Andes to and why?

    This reminded me of Endurance by Ernest Shackleton. The will to live and press on is an incredible feature.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Movies usually ruin a books story.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listen and something that can impart a good qualities

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13684)
    Performance
    (6073)
    Story
    (6153)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "An amazing adventure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this because it is captivating all the way through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story wasnt so far fetched that it was impossible follow but still pulls at the imagination


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I wont give away any scenes but the majority of the story takes place on a train which makes it a little more magical because of how little they are used anymore.


    Who was the most memorable character of Water for Elephants and why?

    August, the antagonist. His bi-polar personality makes each scene he is in interesting because you dont know what (or who) to expect.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one that I would recommend for sure. I havent watched the movie yet but I hear that it is good as well, but, like most novels-turned-movie wont be as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (628)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "For those who truly enjoy Tolkien"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has read/listened to Tolkiens other books and not just The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The story is very rich with detail and starts out by diving right in to who is who and how they are related. Tolkiens way of character development can be abrasive to some who are not used to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked this book because it was something very new (to me). Original characters, plot, and the good guys didnt end up on top in the end. It also set up the feeling among the various races towards each other which helps to explain some things in some of his other writings.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A curse torments the family children.


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you have enough time to dedicate to listening to this. Its a great story but if you have a lapse in listening its easy to forget a twist. I listened to the first half on a business trip and went about a week before listening to the rest and had to jog my memory on what was going on. But I guess thats pretty much true in every story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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