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AUSTIN, MN, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 29 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated By Donnie Eichar

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    Madeleine says: "Engaging and Creepy"
    "Mystery solved?"
    What did you like best about Dead Mountain? What did you like least?

    I was fascinated by this story, even before I read the book. I didn't have a great understanding of the facts, and the author does a great job at laying out facts, and keeps the story line intact. To that point, I thought in many instances the author could have delved deeper into narratives, individual bios, etc. I also would have loved to have heard more on the other, more wilder explanations, and he does cover this briefly towards the end of the book. I just honestly think some of those would have been very interesting to hear about in-depth.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Donnie Eichar?

    He has a pretty dry narrative style, almost a monotone at times.

    Did Dead Mountain inspire you to do anything?

    I looked up the facts quite a bit while I was listening to the book, searching for images, clues, etc.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Mixed Review..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the philosophical parts of this book, and wished it would have stuck to those story lines. Instead, it spins off it's axis near the end and it really struggled to keep my attention. I found his descriptions of aliens fascinating, and the math behind his story intriguing. It had me rethinking a lot as I listened.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert J. Sawyer? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. I found the hard facts of the book intriguing, but his storytelling average at best.

    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Did Calculating God inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to think about the universe we live in and how the actual science of it all relates to my personal beliefs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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