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James

I love trees!

Sooke BC Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Dharma Bums

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's bohemia, with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in "yabyum", and other non-ascetic pastimes.

    HankieG says: "No Slouch This Dharma Bum"
    "loved It!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Dharma Bums?

    every thing!! the story, narrator and most of all.... the characters!! This book spoke to me mostly I think because there are a lot of parallels with my own life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dharma Bums?

    when ray comes to stay at Sean Monahan's


    Which character – as performed by Tom Parker – was your favorite?

    Loved Japhy Ryder!!


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

    No I took my time and listen to it over a week or so. then I listened a couple more times. theres a lot being said.


    Any additional comments?

    any body who loves the outdoors,nature, free spirt lifestyle, buddhism will dig this book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4569)
    Performance
    (2339)
    Story
    (2374)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Prepare for an incredible trip!!"
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    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    Already have..... 4 times!! Its such an inspiring great awesome book!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Where to begin? The characters mainly, Caballo Blanco (RIP) The Story, The science, history....every thing!!


    What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's great!! He very expressive and easy to listen to.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Lots!! Our own evaluation, and how we truly are born to run!! so much more... you just have to experience it for yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    fantastic incredible book!!! so AWESOME!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1540)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Overall

    The best audio book ever! Had me right from the start. so well written... and as a lot of others have said before Mr.Humphrey Bower is simply amazing!!!! He makes the characters come to life. Loved it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "great book!"
    Overall

    I loved this story! I didn't realise that this was the original scroll when I downloaded it. But I'm so glad I did, It was so great hearing the real names of the characters from Kerouac's famous book (on the road). The narrouter did an excellent job as well.I had some great laughs!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (502)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "great storey!!!"
    Overall

    I saw the movie first on line off of i tunes, and loved it! I couldn't get enough. Chris McCandless was such an inspiration to so many people, including myself. His desire to live his life on his own terms and with such enthusiasm was something I could really identify with. I too felt that the letter to the old man was great.

    Just to live life to the fullest and follow your dreams. That's what I took away from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard Preston
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    The biggest redwood trees are over 1,000 years old, rising more than 35 stories in what's left of the once-vast, ancient redwood forest. Believed to be impossible to ascend, these majestic giants have remained unexplored until recently, when a tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists discovered a lost, dangerous, and hauntingly beautiful world high above California.

    Cris says: "Great book!"
    "love the trees"
    Overall

    I loved the story. I found it exciting and accurate.
    Richard preston's description of what it's like to ascend high up in the canopy was right on! All of us tree climbers should give this one a listen. Two thumbs up!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Over the Edge

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Greg Child
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Early on August 12, 2000, four of America's best young rock climbers were sleeping in their portaledges high on the Yellow Wall, in the central Asian mountain range of Kyrgyzstan,. By daybreak, they would be taken at gunpoint by militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is linked to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. In a life-and-death journey over six terrifying days, they would be forced to choose between saving their own lives and committing an act none of them thought they ever could.

    David says: "Less Than Compelling"
    "blah blah blah"
    Overall

    too much about politics in this story. I ended up fast forwarding a good part of it. The last hour is a little hard to take as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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