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Peter Gales

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 193 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Best listen in years"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The story was gripping. I couldn't stop listening.

    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is a great narrator. Sounds almost identical to Richard Matthews.

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

    The story has many cryable moments. I'm easily moved, true, but there were so many authentic connections between Lawrence Anthony and the animals that I cried. Not only his connection to the matriach nana, but the bull elephant that came with the original herd.

    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't recommend this more highly. Apart from the entertainment it connects you emotionally to the plight of wild animals in Africa. If we don't get involved our children will inherit a world without elephants and rhinos. We can't let that happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Must listen at least twice"
    What did you love best about Team of Rivals?

    It gave a real sense of what went on behind the scenes and even in the minds (thanks to their letters) of many of the players at the time.

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

    She was able to capture the 'maleness' of the characters, and create appropriate tones to match the context within which each historical character spoke. At times it felt like I was watching a TV mini-series about actual events.

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

    Not the first time. Having to listen to all of the stories behind each 'rival' was tedious at the first listen because I wanted to get to the great man immediately, but months later, coming back to the story I could appreciate the relevance and role each story played in the greater story about Lincoln's political and human genius.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Unbiased view of a brilliant but flawed man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Can't say. I listen to audio because I can

    Which character ??? as performed by Dylan Baker ??? was your favorite?

    Steve Jobs himself was very compelling. It's amazing how manipulative and destructive he was to people around him. The guy lacked the empathy gene and was focussed entirely on getting what he wanted. Lucky for us, what he wanted was to build great products.

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

    The ending where Jobs gets to say his piece.

    Any additional comments?

    I was quite disappointed that the book did not include his actual passing. Given how close he was to going at the end, it's a pity that they didn't hold off to include one final chapter. An updated edition is warranted to include his last days, the impact on his family, friends and the world.Great book and very well researched and written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Best audio book I've heard in a long time"

    This man's life was truly amazing and the book is so well written (and read) that I was always engaged. The survival at sea was a story by itself, but then to learn of what he experienced after ... well that was unbelievable. The treatment of his transformation with Billy Graham was well handled I thought. For a second I was concerned that the author might have been intending to proselytize but it was handled in the same matter of fact, but hugely engaging way she handled all significant details of the protagonist's life.

    The only other audio book I enjoyed so much was Memoirs of a Geisha.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"

    Very disappointing for me. Felt dated. Had difficulty engaging with the main character, perhaps because he is a precocious child.

    Would not recommend it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Truly enjoyable and educational listen"

    Can't tell you how much I enjoyed the English accent and humor; while getting a history/science lesson at the same time. Hard facts with interesting and amusing trivia that had me laughing out loud at some parts. Much of it due to the way the stuff is read.

    Alas, it is not that way in it's entirety and there were some segments that I zoned out in boredom. Overall though, it's perhaps the best audio book I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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