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  • Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-defying Adventures in Extreme Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Reed Timmer, Andrew Tilin
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Reed Timmer is one of the most successful and most extreme storm chasers in the world. His is a job that requires science and bravado, knowledge and instinct just to survive, never mind excel. It's a job some people would kill for. But most prefer to let Timmer take the risks while they watch from the safety of their homes. Reed Timmer is a star of Storm Chasers, one of the Discovery Channel's top-rated shows. Into the Storm is Timmer's dramatic account of his extraordinary profession.

    Solomon Rosenthal says: "If you enjoyed the show you will might like this."
    "Put on the helmet and googles and hang on!"
    Overall

    Weather” you watch Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” or “Weather” you don’t there is very little chance that you will be able to pick up this book & then put it back down. If you do happen to watch “Storm Chasers” you will recognize Reed Timmer as the energetic & animated meteorologist/videographer in the burgundy “Dominator” storm chase vehicle.

    Reed, as you will learn in this book is much more than an enthusiastic adrenaline junkie out for a fix. He chases for the science & the knowledge that is obtained by his adventures in the pursuit of his elusive prey, the tornado.

    Reed is obviously a very intelligent young man with many hunts still to go. His prey is the cyclonic warriors that attack Middle America each year & every year & rarely do they not take a life. In his efforts, Reed is not only trying to capture the powerful beasts on his video camera as they move across the grasslands, farmlands & wooded areas of the continent but he is also gathering previously unretrievable data that will be used to protect property but more importantly lives.

    This book will guide you through what drives him to make the next journey & it will show you the seeds that were sewn early in his life that kept him on the path that he has found to be fulfilling and exciting. As you read this you will find yourself in the back seat of the car wondering if you should close your eyes or open them to see these monsters take you with him. You're getting an education as well. Reed explains the ingredients that make for the perfect storms & he explains how your own previous weather observations make up both the dangerous & the spectacular.

    What I enjoyed the least about the book was the end. Because I chose the audio version from Audible.com, I was surprised when it was all over as I could not see the pages waning as the book was coming to a close. I want more.

    You will read the passion and compassion Reed has for his interests and the people they effect and assist.

    A MUST READ

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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10745)
    Performance
    (5614)
    Story
    (5661)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "This is not your "typical" Stephen King Book"
    Overall

    The Dome event starts immediately and you are quickly introduced to all the characters and the scenery. Both the writer and reader do a fantastic job of putting you there and you feel as if you are witnessing each action along the way. You will find yourself wanting to scream at some of the characters to do or not do what you "see" happening. Sometimes you wished you could be there just to kick some butt yourself or to tell a couple of characters to go straight to hell.

    After the initial introduction to the event and the characters you will find that the book moves along at a great pace. When you feel that the end is near you start wondering how this is going to be resolved. As it starts getting closer and closer you are more on edge as it is supposed to end and then it just does.

    The writer would have recieved 5 stars from me if the ending were 1/10th as good as the rest of the book. I felt it was very rushed. It was almost as if publisher had contacted Stephen and told him he was going to hurry get it finished or take a monetary hit or risk it not being published.

    The book could still be movie and I would probably watch just to see some of the characters come to life.

    Even though I am condemning the end I still recommend the book to others.

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