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James

oakdale, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Salvaneschi
    • Narrated By Andrew Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (43)

    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

    John S. says: "If you're into maritime adventure"
    "Edit the Narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Islands, Oceans, and Dreams better?

    The first 2 parts of the narration were not edited. The sounds of the narrators slapping his tongue, swallowing, sighing, re-reading sentences is ridiculous (and quite disgusting at times). The 3rd part had the problems edited out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information about the voyage


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew Parker?

    Scott Brick


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

    Interest, funny, sad at times.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3118)
    Performance
    (2846)
    Story
    (2829)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Didn't Want a Political Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less reference to olitics


    Has Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe David Sedaris’s performance?

    Funny, descriptive, political


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I laughed out loud on several parts


    Any additional comments?

    My views are mostly conservative, so I'm probably more sensitive to the small amount of political jabs that he takes at this group.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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