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  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (709)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Great adventure--poor narration"
    Overall

    I loved Krakauer's account of his Everest climb, however his choice to narrate his own book falls flat, the performance is boring and delivered in a monotone. It spoiled the audio version for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (542)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Grace says: "Great book. Very illustrative."
    "Marketing for their program"
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    This is just basically a promotion for their program or course, uninterestingly written and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Roberts
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp - the dogs were gone. Mawson plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizable, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"

    Jacqueline says: "Historic Death-defying Antarctic Expedition"
    "Not what I expected"
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    If you are a dog lover, don't buy this book, most of it is about how the expedition's dogs were starved, killed and abused throughout the ordeal. I was sickened by the accounts of mother dogs having to give birth under the most horrendous conditions and eating their puppies because they were so hungry. Just horrible and the story was equally morose. I really disliked this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chrystia Freeland
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (60)

    There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Alarmingly, the greatest income gap is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but within the wealthiest 1 percent of our nation-as the merely wealthy are left behind by the rapidly expanding fortunes of the new global super-rich. Forget the 1 percent; Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at break-neck speed.

    Alsherif says: "For me, good for reading not listening"
    "Narration killed it"
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    The book's content could be interesting, it's well written, but the narration is so annoying and dull, I could not listen to it. If you want to know what is inside this book, read it, don't buy the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2588)
    Performance
    (2257)
    Story
    (2255)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Melinda says: "Amazing Undertaking--Good Book"
    "Entertaining, but not a wilderness adventure"
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    I enjoyed this book, but had hoped for more about the PCT which she hiked alone, mostly it's about her interior life and experiences and how the hike affected that. The narration is OK but the tone didn't really match the subject matter in my opinion. This is a book for chics mostly, don't know if men would relate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touching History: The Drama that Unfolded in the Skies over America on 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Spencer
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Lynn Spencer takes listeners right to the front lines as the realization hits that multiple hijackings are underway - and then that the country is under attack. She follows the story all the way through the end of the day, when the fog of war had finally lifted and the country could assess exactly what had happened.

    Laura says: "Riveting book"
    "Riveting book"
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    One of my favorite 9/11 accounts from the perspective of ATC and pilots, this is so interesting and well done, I've listened to it about 5 times, never get tired of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (200)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "Fabulous book"
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    This is the best book I have read on the subject of what went on behind the scenes during the first two years of Obama's presidency, what happened with healthcare, the economy and why his popularity flagged. The narration by James Lurie is just superb, I have listened to it four times and always hear something new. It is very informative and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dr. Seaborn Beck Weathers, Stephen G. Michaud
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    On May 10, 1996, nine climbers perished in a blizzard high on Mount Everest, the single deadliest day ever on the peak. The following day, one of these victims was given a second chance. His name is Beck Weathers. The tale of Dr. Weathers's miraculous awakening from a deep hypothermic coma was widely reported. But the hidden story of what led the pathologist to Everest in the first place, and his painful recovery after his dramatic rescue, has not been told until now.

    Kathy M. says: "Interesting First-Hand Account of Everest Tragedy"
    "Not about Everest"
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    This book is about Beck Weathers marriage and family life, his depression and psychological problems and what led up to him climbing Everest. Very little is about the actual climb and subsequent events. The narration is very poor and the story boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Tabor
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover—to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison.

    R. Huskey says: "Amazing Courage!!"
    "Fascinating entrance into a little known world"
    Overall

    So few books are written about cave diving and exploration, this is a fascinating account and description of underground waterfalls and cave exploration that goes beyond imagination. I loved this book so much I've listened to it about four or five times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1206)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Too long, boring and low life"
    Overall

    Maybe if you're a musician you might be able to appreciate this book, but it is so long and drawn out with every pecuniary detail about nothing, mostly his drug addiction, women and music, every other word is f**k and after awhile it is just so degrading to listen to. I like the Stones, but this book is just listening to someone rap on about themselves forever, I couldn't finish it, it didn't connect to anything I could relate to and that's OK for a peek into someone else reality, but this qualifies as a monologue to infinity. I understand Mick Jagger had a similar reaction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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