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Alan

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (1993)
    Story
    (2001)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    If this was a fictional tale, it would have been unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (602)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Who Knew?"
    Overall

    An enthralling story of mystery, purpose, sadness, and daring. The author's timing is precise and the real-life characters remain unaltered by his hand. As always, Mr. Prichard's narration makes the story breath, while giving the characters their individuality. Well worth the credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Impact

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (393)

    A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

    adam says: "Not good"
    "Impacted"
    Overall

    Meteoroids are not the only objects colliding in this 'work.' Apropos coincidences ad nauseam, characters bereft of depth, and a seemingly manic-induced storyline all collide to make you wonder if it was 'Bring Your Preschooler to Work Week' at St. Martin's Press. Rife with adverbial and adjectivally sophomoric wordage, "Impact" reads like a Penny Dreadful without the excuse of being inexpensive. Even the wasted talents of the narrator could not save this one from what it is. Silly.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tobruk

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

    J B Tipton says: "Fair dinkum"
    "Tedoius"
    Overall

    Pluses for other reviewers were annoyances for me. The attempt at novelization, in conjunction with the seemingly random insertion of "personal stories," detracted from the actual account of the Defense of Tobruk. The continuous employment of superlative and antiquated colloquialisms were enough to make the my stolid eyes roll in exasperation. Descriptions of fortifications, unit arrangements, opposing commanders, strategic and tactical planning, gave way to whole sentences of unquoted feel-good blustering and mirth. If you want to hear an history made nice, this audiobook is for you. If you want an concise account, sans the tummy rub, it probably is not for you.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (381)

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    Ron says: "Great courtroom thriller"
    "Contrived"
    Overall

    I have to agree with Richard from an earlier post. Not only did the story crash faster than the chopper did, the tying-up of the mystery was so contrived it belied comprehension. As with Richard, I could not wait until it was over.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Abandon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (214)

    On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote mining town will disappear, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone will be found - not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. One hundred and thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened.

    Janet says: "Disturbing"
    "Fair"
    Overall

    The story was mildly interesting; the collinear aspect between the 1890 and 2009 sections being the highpoint. The low point: anachronistic dialogue. The narration was well done, with one exception. I usually avoid audio-books where the narrator makes a habit of performing a sharp loud inhalation before every few sentences. This one slipped by me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Vincent Marzello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1970, the future of one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courtroom, but it came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him.

    Maria F says: "Great listen"
    "At Home"
    Overall

    If you are from a small Southern town, this story will allow you the chance to laugh at, and appreciate, your own existence. If you are not, you can see what you are missing. Although Mr. Marzello made the female characters sound like badly programed automatons, he did a passable job with the males.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3945)
    Performance
    (2259)
    Story
    (2312)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "A Classic"
    Overall

    A classic story, read by a narrator with class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (353)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

    Nelson Mostow says: "True classic"
    "A Classic"
    Overall

    The story is timeless. The rest is up to the narrator. To this, Mr. Lee is in a class by himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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