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William

Anchorage, AK, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Isaac's Storm

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    Greg Mefford says: "A wonderful listen"
    "Isaac's Storm"
    Overall

    Somewhat disappointing but it's unfair to be critical of the author based on reading the abridged version. I would like to read the unabridged version because the characters are interesting and the facts related about the Galveston Hurricane were fascinating. The book just seemed disjointed and lacking in consistency.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aztec Autumn

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gary Jennings
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Kathy says: "Disappointing"
    "Aztec Autumn"
    Overall

    Quite disappointing compared to the original book, Aztec; although it could be because this version is abridged.
    I usually prefer unabridged versions. The plot on this seemed to jump around rather than flowing logically... there again, probably because it has been abridged.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    When the Shah of Iran is overthrown, that nation's turmoil captures the world's attention. Caught in this shifting world of fanaticism, ambition, duplicity, heartbreak, and violent death are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oilfields up and down the country. Their one objective is to make a bold, concerted escape, with their helicopters, to safety across the Gulf.

    Jean says: "The fall of the Shah"
    "Escape"
    Overall

    Escape is actually a sub-plot that is written in James Clavell's much longer book, Whirlwind, which I had previously read. In spite of that, it is not an abridged version but is interesting and fast-paced enough to stand alone.

    As always, the narrator, John Lee's facile use of so many foreign accents is amazing! His reading is inspired and gifted and he is certainly one of my favorite narrators.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4678)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1338)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Eat, Pray, Love"
    Overall

    The most positive thing I can write about this book is that Elizabeth Gilbert is a fabulous narrator.
    Now for the bad news. I obsessively finish all the books I begin, no matter how difficult, and this book was truly difficult. She is so totally self-absorbed, spoiled in the selfish sense, and narcissistic, that I could barely struggle through the chapters. I read this to discuss with my book group, but to be selfish myself, it was a total waste of time and money.

    38 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • The Highest Tide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Lynch
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (36)

    One moonlit night, 13-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak, and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity.

    J. Huebert says: "13 going on 30"
    "The Highest Tide"
    Overall

    Very well written and while told from the point of view of a teen-ager, seemed very convincing. The details of the Olympia tidal flats and the environmental concerns and interests of the main character were fascinating. It made me want to go explore tidal pools!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Company: An Alaska Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Henry
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Famed Alaskan "musher" Jessie Arnold thinks she's finally put her dark past behind her. But the excavations on her new cabin unearth a decades-old skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall, along with a butterfly pendant necklace worn by the alleged victim of a brutal serial slayer who preyed on area women 20 years earlier.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not one of the best"
    "Cold Company"
    Overall

    An interesting and exciting thriller with Alaska background and description accurately related. As an Alaskan reader, I found the details particularly interesting and relevant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Streets of Nice: The Bank Heist of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Follett, Rene L. Maurice
    • Narrated By Roddy McDowall
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Robert says: "Under the Streets of Nice"
    "Under The Streets of Nice"
    Overall

    Well written non-fiction... fast paced enough to read as fiction. Typical of Follett's well crafted story telling even though he is a partner author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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