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James

Tucson, AZ, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Drayton says: "This Book Delivers"
    "Good Material, Disorganized Story"
    Overall

    Lots of good, interesting material, but Winchester's presentation of it is disorganized. Some of the material is irrelevant. There is a "horrible" Wal-Mart in the Yukon Territory. What does that have to do with anything else in the book?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sandra Day O'Connor, H. Alan Day
    • Narrated By Sandra Day O'Connor
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This fascinating glimpse of life in the American Southwest in the last century recounts an interesting time in our history, and gives us an enduring portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor, the independent young woman who became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court - and one of the most prominent figures in America today.

    R. Strauss says: "It's just like she said!"
    "Listened to it twice"
    Overall

    I first listened to this a couple of years ago. Last month I was caught overseas with no new books to listen to, so I listened to this again and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I had the opportunity to visit the area of the Lazy B a while back, and it was really nice to fit the story into the places I had been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Overland: From London to Singapore by Land Rover

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Slessor
    • Narrated By Sir David Attenborough, Antony Barrington Brown, Patrick Murphy, and others
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Why not? After all, no one had ever done it before. It would be one of the longest of all overland journeys, from the English Channel to Singapore. Several expeditions had already tried. Some had got as far as the deserts of Persia; a few had even reached the plains of India. But no one had managed to go on from there, over the jungle-clad mountains of Assam and across northern Burma to Thailand and Malaya.

    James says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    One of those stories where you are sorry to reach the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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