One thing that the other two reviews didn't mention is you get all 3 (three) books for the price of one credit. You get the High, Epic, and the Rought Water series. I freaked out when I saw that I bought 3 books, but in reality its like getting a 3 for 1 deal.
Ok about the books, yes its true that you only get snip its from the best parts of many books. For example you are read the best chapters from Shackelton's Voyage. The Best parts from "Minus 148 degrees below zero". After listening to these selections I went a bought more books so I could hear the whole story. Consider this the sampler plate of the out door world. I did not enjoy some selections and now I won't buy them. I also did not agree with the actor reading the words to you and forcing emotion on you. After reading the reviews I was listening for it and didn't hear it. Oh well. I loved these books. I felt like it was drinking from a fire hose because it was so much crammed into a short time. I enjoyed relistning to some selecions again and again. That said many selections are 15-40 minutes long. Just long enough for the drive to work, or the trip to town. I would definatly recomend this to any arm chair mountaineer.
This book is the GOLD standard when reading Sci-Fi. It seemed like everyone but me had read it. I loved the interpersonal conflicts between characters. I didn't like the language. I liked how new and original the war games were presented and battle techniques. The climax was a real treat, yet the ending dragged on. A family member said the ending set up the next book in the series which was a flop.
Would I recommend this book? YES
"Where does money come from?" (Dad)
"You knew you were in deep trouble when you hear Dad say;
"You do not talk to my wife that way."
I found this book refreshing. Sometimes on his radio show and in his books Dave can go overboard and get carried away with calling people "STUPID!" "IDOT!" However this book is told by a more tactful Rachel who says it like it is, yet with more care. Dave will occasionally add a comment here and there to keep things "Ramsey". There isn't much of a story line but rather a well thought out series of points that need be addressed when it comes to teaching children about money. Topics such as
Charity from your Children
Saving for College
Paying for a Wedding
the First Car
Going to the Fair
and even Money to Married Children. With each point an entertaining story from Rachel's past is told. I have already started using some of these principles with my 4 children (my oldest is 9). Like much like Dave's other books, the concepts are simple and common sense, yet I'd not thought of that before. Think of this book like a Financial "Love and Logic". Use what you like and leave the rest on the shelf.
Would I recommend this book? VERY YES! I have already told a few of my close friends.
Its one thing to talk about what would happen, its another to go into detail of the sounds, textures, and smells as people crush each others skulls for the last scraps of food. Yick. I could stand it for once or twice, but every 10 minutes or so it got too gorey for me. I also didn't care the fantacy side of things. The shapeshifting satan character, and the dream glass ball, were too dumb for me to enjoy.
Here I am a grown man, father of 4 and I felt like I needed to take a shower after listening. I only got through 10 hours then called it quits. Don't know how it ends, don't care. Yick, yick, and icky.
I will say this. The actor that read this book should get an award! So many voices, and with such natureal tallent. WELL DONE.
There were close to 20 different characters in the book and the reader had a unique voice for each. WELL DONE! This book makes me and my wife want to go buy our own personal Wal-Mart. It was well researched and I thought true to what would happen. I think sometimes we can get carried away and sensaionalize some things we fear, but I think this book was probably accurate to what would happen.
Good luck to us all. If your reading this, we know it hasn't happened yet.
I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. I first read about this from an article I read in Climbing magazine. The whole time I listened I kept thinking, how would I react in this situation. I loved how the author scratched the blood off the wall in the cravasse because it was a false high point. SO COOL. Way to be true to your self.
Yea there were a few parts that seemed to drag, but I listened as though I was in the story doing and being there with Beth and Tommy. There was a lot of comic relief too. Its not the best book I've ever listened to, but I'd still recomend it.
It was neat to listen to the voice of Aaron retell his own story. That said, he isn't an actor, but the way it was told is true to character. I'd already read quite a bit about the story, I'd watched NBC's report with Tom Brokaw. This book made me feel like I was there in the slot with him. Small warning, about the use of the F*** word just after he gets trapped by the rock. Other than that I'd recomend it to any young reader.
If you listen to the story with the intent to criticize the author for mistakes made, or to second guess him "Well I would have done....." then you will not get the most out of this book. Rather this book can teach how amazing the will to live, and explore really is. It is an inspiring book.
I started competitive Rock Climbing in 1996, and since then have drifted between the worlds of bouldering, trad climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and even have a few big walls, under my belt. This book is fuel to get me home.
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