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BILL GARVIN

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  • Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eric Jay Dolin
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Here is the epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats" who built an industrial empire through the pursuit of whales. This absorbing history demonstrates that few things can capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. This sweeping social and economic history provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men themselves, who mutinied, murdered, rioted, deserted, drank, scrimshawed, and recorded their experiences in journals and memoirs.

    Jesse says: "NOT JUST BLUBBER"
    "Bad Narrator"
    Overall

    The text is quite interesting. However the narrator is terrible.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (77)

    You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).

    James says: "Take in the Meat and spit out the bones."
    "Horrible Book"
    Overall

    The subject matter is very interesting, but the snide tone of the narrator and text made me wonder whether the information was credible. This topic should be of interest to everyone who wants to understand current geopolitics, but I would look elsewhere to get information on Islam. Don't waste your time on this one.

    24 of 64 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
    (2099)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (580)

    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!"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I have listened to over 30 audio books from Audible. This is the most engorossing story and best narration I have encountered. Well organized and captivating. A "must hear".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Drawing on historical documents and contemporary accounts and on exclusive interviews with Carlsen's family, Delaney opens a window into the world of the merchant marine. With deep affection, and respect, for the weather and all that goes with it, he places us in the heart of the storm, a "biblical tempest" of unimaginable power. He illuminates the bravery and ingenuity of Carlsen and the extraordinary courage that the 37-year-old captain inspired in his stalwart crew.

    Andrew says: "Well written and read"
    "No Courage"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed by this book. It is a routine maritime disaster with none of the heroic survival attempts that one would have expected. It is no Perfect Storm or Endurance.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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