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Anthony

Lincoln Park, MI, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Journalist Susan Casey was in her living room when she first glimpsed this strange place and its resident sharks, their dark fins swirling around a tiny boat in a documentary. These great whites were the alphas among alphas, the narrator said, some of them topping 18 feet in length, and each fall they congregated here off the northern California coast.

    Brian says: "Romance novel + diary + shark?"
    "Enjoyable listen that ends unexpectedly"
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    What did you love best about The Devil's Teeth?

    The interplay with the biologists and the sharks was the most engaging part of the story to me. I found it fascinating and wished there was more of it in the book (couldn't get enough of it)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of the islands was fascinating. It is well served to be intertwined with the story than presented separately


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the reader's voice. I found it engaging and conveyed the timbre of the story without over dramatizing.


    Any additional comments?

    I was left with a mixed reaction to the book. The results and consequences presented at the end changed my view of the author I had held for most all of the book. I would still recommend this listen to my friends that are interested in sharks or nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
    • Narrated By James Andrew Miller, Matt McCarthy, Joan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (210)

    ESPN began as an outrageous gamble with a lineup that included Australian Rules Football, rodeo, and a rinky-dinky clip show called Sports Center. Today the empire stretches far beyond television into radio, magazines, mobile phones, restaurants, video games and more, while ESPN's personalities have become global superstars to rival the sports icons they cover.

    Bernie says: "A Compelling Story Made Less So by the Narration"
    "Meh Story, rough narration"
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    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narration suffered from stiff timing and over pronunciation. The female narrator was the most trying of the bunch but they were all poor.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Those Guys Have All the Fun?

    Too much time spent on the business side and not enough on the on-air or even production staff. I really was looking forward to this and the whole execution of the idea left me more glad to be done with it. Several times I wanted to abandon it but plowed ahead anyways in some masochistic stupor


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric A. Johnson
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Who were the Gestapo officers? Were they merely banal paper shufflers, or were they recognizably evil? Were they motivated by an eliminationist anti-Semitism? Did the average German know about the mass murder of Jews and other undesirables while they were happening? Exactly how was Nazi terror applied in the daily lives of ordinary Jews and Germans? Eric A. Johnson answers these questions as he explores the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work.

    Christian says: "Not very good"
    "Annoying narration and a tedious writing style"
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    What disappointed you about Nazi Terror?

    The first hour of the book is excruciating. The topic for this section is how this researcher performed his research and a seemingly endless recitation of other author's works and the conclusions the other authors reached. This book is an academic exercise, not an effort to engage the listener in the narrative. Coupled with the author's tedious style, the narrator has a fast paced monotone that had me fighting to stop until I finally became able to tolerate it enough to get through the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Spike Walker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, Washington, to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska's Aleutian Islands on December 8, 2004, during a brutal storm, leading to one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time. Two Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters lifted off immediately from Air Station Kodiak during the driving storm, in an effort to rescue the ship's 18 crew members before it broke apart and sank in the freezing waters.

    Christine says: "Real Tough Guy Stuff"
    "Outstanding Listen. worth the time"
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    Where does On the Edge of Survival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It goes in my heartily recommend file. A gripping story well read as usual by Robertson Dean.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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