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Bernie

Adamsville, TN, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Bloody White Baron: The Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In the history of the modern world, there have been few characters more sadistic, sinister, and deeply demented as Baron Ungern-Sternberg. An anti-Semitic fanatic with a penchant for Eastern mysticism and a hatred of communists, Baron Ungern-Sternberg took over Mongolia in 1920 with a ragtag force of White Russians, Siberians, Japanese, and native Mongolians.

    David says: "Truth is stranger than fiction"
    "Good Listen in spite of the annoying accents"
    Overall

    I found this to be an interesting book, and as one who lives and works in Outer Mongolia, it brought to light some essential history. The author did a good job on his research, and writes in a way that captivates interest in not only the main character of the book, but also a unique historical era in central Asia.
    The only thing I found distracting was the way the reader of the book utilized accents. When reading direct quotes from various historical figures, the reader would take on some kind of strange sounding Germanic accent. It was a tad distracting, if not annoying during those portions.
    In spite of this, however, I do recommend this for anyone with any interest in Mongolian or Central Asian history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    In K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time he probes K2's most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering - questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory.

    Steven says: "Great!!!!"
    "Thoughtful and Interesting"
    Overall

    Viesters writing voice is down to earth, informative and human. He does an excellent job mixing the climbing history of K-2 with his adventures on and off that particular mountain. When relating to the people and lives described in the book e strikes a good balance between "tell all" and "face saving", giving a realistic portrayal of the human drama and characters of K-2.
    The audio book was easy to listen to, as Fred Sanders does a great job making the narrative come alive.
    In the end, the star of the show is the mountain, and I left listening to this book wishing Viesturs and Roberts had actually written a longer version which included more of the fascinating stories of attempts to climb this "savage mountain".
    For any and all climbers and outdoors adventurers, this is a must read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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