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Zack

Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (112)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Fun and Interesting Adventure"
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    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a great book if your looking for a little bit of humor and adventure. While Peter Allison is no Bill Bryson, his stories are still well written and pretty humerus. This book shows a very interesting perspective on Africa and paints a wonderful picture of a wild life preserve. The narrator was not my favorite but true to the Authors country of origin and his performance was smooth. Very good book overall, so definitely give it a shot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7495)
    Performance
    (6757)
    Story
    (6852)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "How do you review a classic?"
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    The Hobbit is a fantastic journey and undoubtedly a classic. The story is wonderfully written and the narration is fantastic. The songs are very well sung and there is enough variation in tone and accent to keep the listener entranced. This is truly a masterpiece and I can give it no end of praise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By George M. Taber
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History houses, amid its illustrious artifacts, two bottles of wine: a 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. These are the wines that won at the now-famous Paris Tasting in 1976, where a panel of top French wine experts compared some of France's most famous wines with a new generation of California wines. Little did they know the wine industry would be completely transformed as a result....

    Zack says: "First 1/2 Fantastic but Second 1/2 Drags"
    "First 1/2 Fantastic but Second 1/2 Drags"
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    I am a huge fan of the movie Bottle Shock, so I had high expectations for this book. The first half of the book was an excellent set of vignettes and histories that describe the events and people which culminated in the Judgement of Paris. The story of the judgement was also well told and highly interesting. Unfortunately, after this point the book begins to loose its way. It becomes less focused and more of a general discourse on the world of wine. While interesting, the story became a little to loose to keep me interested. So I would say definitely give the book a chance, but don't feel bad if your not riveted by the second half.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "Great Book and Great Reader"
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    This book is perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of humor and a lot of adventure. Troost depicts his island life in vivid and hilarious detail. This book will keep you interested throughout and will transport your spirit to the islands in no time. I can not give enough praise to this fantastic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Guide to Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julian Curry
    • Narrated By Julian Curry
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine. The whole subject is introduced and explained – how wine is made, the different grapes, the different blends, vintages, wine-growing areas and types. In an entertaining and informal style, he also teaches how to taste wine, and how to choose and store it.

    Laurence says: "Comprehensive overview"
    "Great Primer on Wine"
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    This book provides the perfect amount of information that anyone would need to start appreciating wine. The book is well organized and allows the gradual building of a wine oriented vocabulary. Although the amount of time given to tasting wine is limited, there is a wonderful explanation of various popular grape varieties. This section may go quickly for some, but it is a good way to get acquainted with some basic facts about grapes. I believe that the section devoted to wine regions greatly added to the quality of this book. It provides a country by country comparison of wine and the quality of various grapes. The author seems to enjoy the subject but does not take wine too seriously. This seems like an excellent first book on wine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Florence Williams
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon's office, where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas, to the laboratory, where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk.

    aaron says: "Every Person with Boobs Should Read This!"
    "Interesting Book but Overall Unsatisfying"
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    This book presents a lot of great information, but overall lacks the cohesion to make it a great read. Although the author does an excellent job grabbing the readers attention in the beginning of the book, she slowly departs from the main topic and leaves the reader wondering where she is going. Everything she speaks about is loosely relevant to breasts but in certain parts, she focuses far too much on the sub-topics and only touches on how they relate to breasts. While this provides the reader with a great deal of information on topics such as fire retardant materials and plastics, it takes time and attention away from the main topic.

    Kate Reading is an interesting choice for narrator. While she is one of my favorite female readers, having her read this book is like talking about breasts with a favorite aunt, slightly awkward.

    I believe that the information on breast cancer alone makes this book worth reading. The books agenda in promoting awareness of breast cancer is admirable and a great plus. Unfortunately the chaotic and loosely organized structure of the book bring it down from a great book to simply mediocre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Making Sense of Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Matt Kramer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Since its first publication in 1989, Matt Kramer's extraordinarily accessible guide to wine has become a classic. Where others talk jargon about centrifuges, steel tanks, and acidity levels, Kramer talks about wine itself. The result is an enriching experience that goes far beyond knowing how to read a label or impress a waiter.

    Zack says: "Good but Not Great"
    "Good but Not Great"
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    First off I would say that this is NOT a bad book. It is a reasonable guide to wine and will give you some basic facts. My main complaint is that while the book gives you a comprehensive overview of wine regions, storing wine, and pairing wine, it barely touches on grape varieties and actually tasting wine. It would be a very good book for an aspiring connoisseur, who wishes to go above and beyond simple tasting. For those who wish to receive a basic understanding of main grape/wine varieties and how to taste/classify wines, there are much better books available. The book has some very useful knowledge and discusses the intriguing topic of connoisseurship, but lacks the essential background information for anyone starting out in the wine world.

    The narrator is a bit stuffy, but matches the overall tone of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary science, and zoology, they break down the walls between disciplines, redefining the boundaries of medicine.Zoobiquity explores how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species. Both authoritative and accessible, offering cutting-edge research through captivating narratives, this provocative book encourages us to see our essential connection to all living beings

    Zack says: "Fascinating Book on Human & Animal Medicine"
    "Fascinating Book on Human & Animal Medicine"
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    This book is incredibly well written and the material it covers is fascinating. Although I was hesitant at first about the main idea of this book (that animal and human medicine could be intimately connected and have a great deal to offer each other), the authors make a persuasive argument and have thoroughly convinced me! The book presents the connection between animals and humans in a very entertaining and often amusing way. All of the claims that the authors put forward are backed up by very reasonable research and examples, which only adds to the value of this book.

    There is definitely a lot of medical jargon, but the authors do an excellent job in explaining any scientific terms that they use. I will be recommending this book to medical students, veterinarians, physicians, pet owners, and anyone interested in medicine. I am sure that they will not be disappointed.

    My only complaint is that the reader mispronounces several words, but otherwise the performance is very good.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4127)
    Performance
    (2948)
    Story
    (2968)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Amazing Book in Every Way"
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    The Lost Gate is a spectacular book with a great set of characters and wonderful plot. It has characters who are highly realistic and a protagonist which almost any reader will like. The book's character development is out of this world, which provides a pleasurable balance between characters and plot. It is highly entertaining and the narration is fantastic, particularly the performance of Stefan Rudnicki.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21409)
    Performance
    (15516)
    Story
    (15570)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Favorite Book of All Time"
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    This book is a captivating introduction to the Song of Ice and Fire series. It literally brought me to a whole new world and I believe that I have been there ever since. Having listened to over 200 audio books, this is by far my all time favorite! If you love Epic Fantasy, this book is for you.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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