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Cymruken

Cymruken

Fort Collins, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1018)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Excellant true life story."
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    Would you listen to Lost in Shangri-La again? Why?

    This was a great story and well told. I also liked all of the background on the people who were involved in the event that happened just before the end of WWII. I will admit that it was especially interesting to me because I am a pilot and because I spent a little time in that part of what was Dutch New Guinea, in the mid 90's. I love books like this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2448)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Excellant Sci-Fi story out of the norm"
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    If you could sum up The Mote in God's Eye in three words, what would they be?

    Good characters and story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took me to possible places and events not of our time and place.


    What about L J Ganser’s performance did you like?

    The story kept me interested througout most of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No but I was interested throuhout most of the book up to where it ended non-difinitively (as many books do when authors want to leave a thread for the future.


    Any additional comments?

    For me it was well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (343)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "Very interesting adventure for a human being."
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    If you could sum up My Stroke of Insight in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating personal story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Right brained" Jill. She saw life from the mystics side and gradually returned to the normal way of life without loosing what she learned.


    Have you listened to any of Jill Bolte Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I wanted to absorb what she learned about living from the right brain and how to minimize the left brain's dominance.


    Any additional comments?

    The absoluely right person at the right time to have that experience (or, those experiences).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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