charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
I would put it near the top of my second tier. I thought it was really good and I plan on reading the rest of the series.. I purchased it based on recommendation from an audible listener I follow (Michael) and I agree with his overall assessment. Initially I thought it was a bit juvenile but as the story went on I found myself contextualizing it in the era it was written and found it to be charming and entertaining. Not heavy handed or dark, but well plotted, clever and a lot of fun.
This is my first reading of Varley and overall II thought it was great. You just have to realize that this is classic, Sci Fi from the 1970's and though I wouldn't cal it dated it is emblematic of that classic period in Sci FI. Good stuff.
Sciraco is probably the template for many strong female leads. I grew to like her and she really drives the whole story.
She was stunning in Hyperion, and she is equally good here. the material is less heavy, almost light hearted and she does a great job.
Read the book instead!!!!!!
Great production, Good story, well worth the credit. Escapist Sci Fi at its best.
If you are a fan of Dan Simmons or Peter Hamilton I think you will like this book. It is similar in terms of complexity, story development, pace and characters. Very well done.
The sweep of the story, its implications at a galactic level are entertaining. Plus Reynolds has a clear foothold in the science behind the ideas, which makes the book a primer on physics and quantum theory. Very well thought out.
John Lee always does a fantastic job. His work here is solid and true to the material. I have heard some comments that the production doesn't give much room between sections but you get used to it. With a book this length, with this many story lines, I am sure the decision was made that saying "Section 52" would be tedious. I think they made the right choice.
Good solid space opera. Highly recommend.
No but it has peaked my interest on other historical books covering the same era.
Astoria, another book in the Audible Library that describes the population of the American Northwest.
Hard to say...he had an over the top narration style that I really enjoyed. He gave characters an inflection and style that made me laugh sometimes. I read books for entertainment and Bernard breathed life into characters that would be unbelievable expect for one thing. They all really existed.
"People Were Tougher Than You in the 1800's"
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in American History.
I like history books that are told from a narrative perspective. The riveting story of how the richest man in America and one of our most famous presidents teamed to explore and colonize the Northwest was fascinating. Like America itself the story is big and contains the best and the worst of the American experience.
Gold Rush, another Audible title that works well in the same way. Great narrative, terrific historical perspective and solid narration. There is no ideological bent to these stories, the facts are conveyed and conveyed in an entertaining and thought provoking manner.
He did a book job. He was a bit understated, but that did not bother me in the least.
Probably not, but that does not diminish the power of the story or my respect for the people who actually lived it.
An Audible subscription is a great way to fill in science and history information that you may not have paid attention to in school, or needed for your career. I prefer these types of books Great Courses books. This is not a lecture but a narrative that fills in the gaps you may have had about the early 1800's and how America fought for legitimacy. Good stuff, highly recommend.
I am an amateur Obstacle Course Athlete and Martial Artist. I recently participated in the Battlefrog Series Obstacle Course Races organized by the Navy Seals. I highly recommend this race series. I purchased this book to get insight into Seal training and to prep for my race mentally. To say that these men are fitter than any pro or amateur athlete I am aware of would be an understatement. This book is a daily diary of the Navy Seal training, and the regiment dwarfs any NFL training camp or fighting routine. If you are interested in understanding what it really takes to being shape, both mentally and physically this book will provide some context. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Running with the Kenyans, Life on the Run, Inside Seal Team Six.
Military personnel will enjoy this book and it is accessible to non-military (like myself), who are just interested in how Seal train and become Seals. Eye opening.
He did a good job. With this type of material it is possible to sound condescending or fawning in praise. He did neither. He delivered the facts so taht the listening can absorb and understand the materiel in a clear manner.
What these men endure is very impressive. As a civilian I came away with respect but also some life lessons. Everyone can give their best and dedicate themselves to their goals. This book may not be template for the average athlete but it is very inspirational.
If you are interested in this material, I highly recommend the Battlefrog Race Series organized by navy Seals. It is a way to interact with these men and gain insight into what we could all be if we applied the navy Seal attitude in our personal lives.
Mann is not a historian, as a result this book is accessible for the layman. His journalistic approach to explaining the history of the Americas is understandable and fascinating. His approach is offer a survey of different options on the subject and as a result it is devoid of agenda or revisionism. I enjoyed it immensely.
The entire book laid waste to fallacies about what I was taught in High School about Indian life prior to English settlement. This is not an idealized view of Indian life, rather a thorough explanation of how people developed on a continent that was free of outside influence for millions of years. Fascinating.
He could be a bit dry at times but that could be a result of the material. Since there is not real plot in this book, major portions are multi subject lectures on a topic. Not a criticism but a challenge for a narrator. I thought he did a very good job.
I rarely do that, but I did find I was listening to it when I normally would have turned it off. I think this is a good indication that it held my interest and proves how well it was done.
I prefer these types of book to the Great Course series. I find the book format on history and other foundational subjects is better done using this approach. i recommend this book to anyone interested in supplementing their current knowledge of history. Very well done.
Maybe not again, but it has inspired me to learn more about the Inca's Aztecs and Mesa-American cultures. Fascinating.
In the later part of the book the author describes the yearlong trek of several ship wrecked Conquistadors that were the archetype of "going native". I found this particularly interesting and provided a lot of insight into the daily lives of native people.
I thought he did a great job, and he added to the story in many ways. His British accent was well suited to the primary material and his Spanish affectations were helpful in distinguishing Incas rules in particular. Well done.
I am not really a movie fan. This book is broken into 3 primary stories, all of which are well known through historical documentation. the author travels to these areas and brings the stories to life through his first person account of the terrain and people he encounters. I have a novice interest in anthropology and this provided a great introduction and overview into this subject.
This book is not revisionist history, nor does it attempt to rationalize European colonialism. It is a fair account of a difficult period in world history, but one that had some level of inevitability. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding more about how the Americas were formed. Very well done.
Well John Lee is one of the premier narrators, he could read the phone book and probably make it interesting. In fact, I am not sure I would read the book, but listening to it was gratifying and I enjoyed it.
There have been some recently quality books about exploration recently. This book compares to the River of Doubt and The Lost City of Z favorably. it puts the exploration story within the context of colonization and race relations. This story however is not written as a first person account, rather as a researched narrative. I don't think it detracts too much from the story, but first persona accounts are always more compelling.
I have heard some reviewers criticize the Scottish accent on Livingston, I thought it was fine. It certainly didn't distract from teh story. I would say Livingston was my favorite, Lee has just the right inflection to make him someone that we admire yet not quite the heroic peson we might have heard of in school.
This book helped fill me in on details that I only knew tangentially. I am glad I read it. this is not powerful story, mostly because I found some of the characters distasteful. but that is the history is in reality.
Audible has a good collection of exploration books. This book fits nicely into any reading list that concerns itself with world exploration and the subsequent problems it has caused to the present day.
From beginning to end it grabbed your attention. It was well documented, yet had a narrative that was compelling and character driven. If you can put aside that it is about a famous Roosevelt adventure this would be one of the most dramatic stories you can imagine. Cultural and economic implications that can still be felt today. Now interject one of our most famous presidents into the story and well...you have to read it to believe it. I have listened to about 150 books on Audible and I have enjoyed all of them. If don't like a book I stop listening to it and never write a review, so every book I finish I enjoy. The River of Doubt might be my favorite of them all.
I don't want to give anything away but every minute of this story is interesting. From the time they are planning the journey to the back story of what happens 30 years later. I particularly enjoyed the section about Rondon, a man I never heard of prior to listening to this book. His story alone is worth listening to this book.
Superb job. John Lee and Scott Brick are among my favorite narrators and Paul Michael is now in those ranks. He was serous without being maudlin, dramatic without being melodramatic.Great job.
Not in one sitting but I got through it very quickly.
This book is a good example where a narration can be better than a reading of the book. Fantastic job audible. Thank You.
This books tells the fascinating story of world famous explorer Fawcett and his numerous treks to the Amazon. Part history book, cultural analysis and the description of a man whose maniacal quest that put himself and his entire family at risk. Fascinating.
It has to be Fawcett. The term obsessive-compulsive gets thrown around a lot today, after reading this book your definition will change. I guarantee it.
No but I thought he did a good job. This is fundamentally a fist person account, and the author is a relatively young man. the author captured his enthusiasm and perspective very well. Solid job.
It cannot be discounted how much courage it took the author to do what he did. From an apartment in NYC, to a trip to a sporting goods store to going to the Amazon... wow. the authors journey was fascinating and added to the back-story of Fawcett and his maniacal quest.
The style of the book is essentially reporting based. There is no real narrative, but several levels of history, current events and historical documentation. If you are interested in learning about this fascinating region, and the efforts to understand it over the years, you will enjoy this book. I did ad I highly recommend it.
I think so, narrator was very good.
I am an avid runner and the life Yasso has lived is extraordinary. Every one of his stories would be enough for one person alone. But if I had to pick just one it would be Antarctic Marathon. I have run races with Thom Gilligan of Marathon Tours and and it was great to hear about the essence of these tours, which are geared toward the average person who wants to do something different on a running vacation. the camaraderie with the Russian people was heartwarming. Yasso is a great guy and running brings regular people together in a wonderful way.
Yasso is the star. A life that could have gone a different direction. he has given back many times over to people who also wanted to find a different path, and become the athlete in all of us.
I felt a deep connection with all the stories. If you have run for any period of time, either a 10k or a marathon you will immediately understand the community portrayed in this book.Yasso never comes across as boastful, he comes across as a genuine person who loves what he does.
This is more of a memoir. It is not overly "written" and it is not int eh same category as Born to Run or Running with the Kenyans. However if you want to understand how running became the sport it is today you have to understand how Yasso fits into that history. This is his story and every running should know it.
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