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Carl Belso

Centreville, VA | Member Since 2006

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  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (224)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "Karno - Running hero or madman (or both)?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a runner and marathoner, I found this book to be both enjoyable and inspirational. Dean is not the fastest or the best - he is just a man with an extreme passion for running. With that passion, he takes the reader on his journey into the world of ultramarathoning. If you are a runner you will most likely enjoy this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The transformation from a working stiff to a running madman.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As a runner I found this book to be an excellent source of motivation. Whenever my runs became challenging, I would simply evoke the though of "what would Dean do?"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2702)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1420)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "First read, A Short History of Nearly Everything"
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    Bill Bryson's style is one of guided exploration into the topic. One of my favorite books of all time was "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and this book pretty much follows that format. The topic is a bit odd, but the guided tour is a both entertaining and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (2802)
    Story
    (2801)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Hitchhikers Guide with a 5th element mash-up"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Android's Dream again? Why?

    This is one of those humor-Sci-Fi stories that is a fun read and a good way to spend some free time. I typically prefer some hardcore Sci-Fi, but this story was a good break and did make me chuckle a couple of times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love the sheep. That did come out the way I meant.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12084)
    Performance
    (10975)
    Story
    (11002)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A good Sci-Fi / Mystery with a twist"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Every now and then you read a book that is different in a good way. This is one of those books. A mystery with a strong Sci-Fi element that takes you an a trail of discovery that ends in a bizarre twist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    A building is not always just a building - and the discovery of all of the elements of the mystery is a fascinating adventure.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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