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Dennis

Ellisville, MO, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4902)
    Performance
    (2631)
    Story
    (2675)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "The Long Tail of Running and Athletics"
    Overall

    This is just a plain good book for anyone interested in endurance athletics - the long tail of running and cycling. I have read all the running books, and they all seem to be about the author. While the author of this book plays a role, the book is more about running and challenging yourself to limits you never thought were possible. I was disappointed when I finished the book, and it will probably become the first book I ever listen to twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

    Sharon says: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep"
    "One 20/20 episode"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Walter Kirn and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    Never ever.


    What was most disappointing about Walter Kirn’s story?

    It was Walter Kirn's story. I wanted to read more about the subject the book was supposed to be about. Please retitle this book "All about Walter Kirn and How He was Duped". Do you really think it was significant to the story of Clark Rockefeller that Walter Kirn was married to Margot Kidder's 19 year old daughter when Kirn was 35?

    The book read more like an angry letter from a jilted girlfriend. The lack of knowledge about court proceedings doesn't drop Kirn from talking about them. He just repeats what the knowledgeable court reporters told him..

    If you saw this story on TV and want to know more, don't buy this book. Terrible, simply terrible.


    What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

    He conveyed the bitchiness of Kirn's writing very well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid this book. Wait for the sequel, "More about me" by Walter Kirn. And if you ever have dinner with Kirn, make sure you pay your half of the bill, or he might write a book about you.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10353)
    Performance
    (9852)
    Story
    (9871)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "An "Apollo 13" story of the future"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Technical, interesting, great


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book. Most books like this have you saying to yourself, "why didn't they just . . . ". This book addresses those issues. The reactions of the people at NASA and the media reaction seems to be right on. I didn't know if I would like this from the Audible blurb, but the book is much better than the synopsis. Book is very technical in spots, but I think that is what it gives it the realistic feel.

    I don't want to get out of my car when I get home, because I want to know what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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