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Daryl

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  • Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men vanished. In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing crashes and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors.

    keasha says: "Best book I've read in a long time!"
    "Great Telling of Little Known Event"
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    The title and subtitle are actually good descriptions of the contents of this book. The author does some exhaustive research for the noble purpose of "leaving no man behind." He uses the literary device of alternating chapters with one chapter spinning the historical narrative of what occurred on the Greenland Icecap in World War II, and the other chapter describing events that are ongoing throughout the book. The book was published in a timely manner to include the mission to locate a lost aircraft and the remains of the three men aboard it. As a side note, the author has a blog that keeps readers informed of ongoing developments since the publication of the book. The author does a fine job of reporting facts in a narrative format that keeps the readers' attention. The author is also the narrator of the audiobook. I am always skeptical when authors try to perform their own narrations, but I was pleasantly surprised. As much of the book is written in the first person, the author as audio narrator is natural provided that the author is a good reader - and he is. The story is one that is worthy of the telling and I'm so happy that I read the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10352)
    Performance
    (9851)
    Story
    (9870)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Perfect balance of suspense and subtle humor!"
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    I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. I guess I was expecting something like Extant or 2001 - something in science fiction. This book really isn't science fiction. No monsters or other stuff like that. It's about what happens when an astronaut that has been stranded on Mars survives one day at a time. Think Robinson Crusoe. The story is a perfect balance of suspense, technical resourcefulness, and subtle humor. The narrator is one of the best I have ever heard on audio! I hope the author writes another book - maybe even a sequel to this one. I was not ready for it to be over!! This is the perfect gift for anyone who is an engineer, scientist, or who just likes a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1036)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Fascinating and Inspiring!"
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    I read Unbreakable by Laura Hillenbrand and thought it was a great book. I was looking for something else that might be similar and I stumbled upon this and was not disappointed. This book is incredible and I use that word because had it been a novel, it would not have been believable. The story's focal point is the encounter between a German fighter ace and a young B-17 pilot on his first bombing mission over Germany. The author does eight years of research on the pilots involved and weaves a tale that is not only informative, but exciting and inspiring as well. In order for the reader to appreciate the full story of the one time encounter, ten minutes long, the author creates a context that gives the pilots' background and aviation experience. I loved the story and am very appreciative of the author keeping this event alive. In a world of violence and criminal evil, it is nice to read of decent men with ethics and morality that transcend their own time and place. I gave the performance only four stars. The narrator did a good job with the material and interpreted the voices of the characters nicely. There were times that his breathing was distracting. This surprised me as most of the narrators Audible or the publishers use somehow take out that distracting inhaling. It's not there the entire time, which is why I was even more surprised as to how the director let this slip through. But don't let that keep you from purchasing this book, the story more than makes up for a careless narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "History of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)"
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    This book has the eruption of Krakatoa as the focal event. However, the author spends most of the time creating a historical context of that day. He gives the history of vulcanism, plate tectonics, telegraphy, journalism, radical Islam, Dutch imperialism, East Indies anthropology, etc. So if you're looking to simply find out what happened on August 27, 1883, you may be disappointed. This book is very much like The Big Burn which also creates a context for the forest fires of the American west. If you like a lot of historical factoids and stories, then you will like this book. If you want a book that is simply about the eruption and the days just before and after, you may not like this book. I liked it because the history that the author weaves is rather fascinating as one can see the story being played out in today's world. I give it four stars, rather than five due to the author's way of running down rabbit trails with stories that don't really have anything to do with the eruption, but were interesting none the less. The author read his own material, and he did a very good job. Of course, there were no voices of different characters like a novel, so he did a good job of reading the material. I am glad that I read it as I know a lot more about that area now than I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation.

    John says: "Dripping With Local Color"
    "Decent Detective Story"
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    This is an all Australian production from the author and setting to the narrator. This author has a nice writing style that uses a lot of short phrases to respond to narrative or environment. I found that pretty funny at times and enjoyed it. The author's sense of humor was subtle, but it was there. I thought the story itself was drawn out and it started slowly. I suppose that it had to start out slow, but it really took a long time as I kept wondering what the dang book was about! But it did pick up and the story unleashed itself in the final few hours of the audio. The story seemed to reflect the main character's outlook on life as a generally burned out detective. The Australian dialect was key to the book, but was sort of hard to get at times. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to explore police procedurals from other countries. The narrator did a very nice job presenting the story and was easier to understand as I got more familiar with the Australian accent. I gave it four stars out of five.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Shores: Destroyermen, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (500)

    The long-planned raid on the heart of the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious - and dangerously ill-defined. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on its original intent. Many Lemurians see an opportunity to reconquer their sacred homeland, which was stolen long ago, and have no intention of simply striking a blow and then pulling back. Others, Lemurian and human, have their own agendas - which may not be in the best interests of the Alliance.

    Doug says: "Deadly Shores is another brilliant masterpiece."
    "Worthy of Favorite Book in Series!"
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    This series keeps "sailing" along. I am fascinated by the author's ability to keep it going with no depreciation in quality. This story was very action packed and I thought for a while it might be the last one, but the story will go on it appears. Some reviews complain of repetitions, but there are so many characters and places my memory needs to be refreshed at times. I wish there was a companion book or website that had a glossary of places and names. Maps would help as well. Now I am anxiously awaiting the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.

    Bill says: "More, please"
    "Icelandic Mystery"
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    I went to Iceland and toured it recently and I thought this would be a nice complement to that trip. I was right. I don't want to give away the story here - almost anything is a spoiler - but suffice it to say that the author uses seemingly unrelated incidents in the book to resolve the mystery. It's kind of quirky in that regard, but ultimately satisfying. Having been to Iceland it was easy for me to recognize the settings and appreciate the characters. Audible has this book a part of a series, but it seems to be a stand alone story in my opinion. The narrator did a nice job with the Icelandic names and place names. So the bottom line - this book is unusual for a mystery, but satisfying. I gave it four stars because the first half of the book was a bit confusing. I'm not sure if there was another way to write it, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circles in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Patrick F. McManus
    • Narrated By Peter Coleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, has dealt with small-town crime throughout his long, storied career. Now, contemplating retirement after years on the job, Tully is faced with perhaps his most perplexing case yet. When area bald eagles start getting picked off by a ghost-like killer, and when a prominent local rancher is murdered by an arrow with eagle fletching, things gets complicated fast. In this fast-paced whodunit, Tully has a vast array of suspects to choose from, including the rancher's gorgeous, bird-loving wife, who mysteriously leaves for a ranch in Mexico the day of the murder.

    Daryl says: "Still Good, But Not Great"
    "Still Good, But Not Great"
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    Although another reviewer spoiled the mystery, I read this novel anyway since I enjoyed the author's other works. This book was a bit different in that some of the characters I liked from past books were not in this one. For example, Pap was used as a tracker with no mention of Dave. I suppose the author is retiring the character although there is an opening to continue the series. The book did have the usual humor in it which made it worth reading. I hope Bo Tully returns with a new adventure as I already miss him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1860)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1125)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Great Historical Book About Medicine & Chemistry"
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    This book is not written just for chemists or physicians. It is written in layman's terms and the author simply tells a story. It's more like a novel than a history book. It is a fascinating look at what can only be described as a world spanning saga of the invention of the first antibiotics. The author looks not only at the main characters in the search for a miracle cure for bacteriological infection, but shows it all in the context of the world that we all live in. I really like nonfiction that reads like a novel because I learn so much along the way. I am not a scientist, but I can appreciate the scientific method much more now after this book. The narrator did a superb job and was not dull in the least. If you like nonfiction that really is stranger and more unbelievable than fiction, this book is for you! If you have a friend who is a chemist or physician, then you have a perfect gift!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1549)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Lost and Found Revisited"
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    This novel is based on actual events. The Holocaust provides the background to this story and it shows how so many millions of people were affected and those effects still condition our society today. I am sure that this story was repeated time and again as victims of the Nazis tried to reconnect to family members who were lost in chaos upon chaos at the end of the war and the following years. One thing that this novel has in it is art and how it was used as a weapon against the Nazis. If you are an artist or appreciate art and art history, this book provides an alternate path of interest for you other than the plot. I enjoyed this book as it reveals how our shared humanity forms a true bond with every person on the planet. There are two main characters who tell the story and the publisher wisely chose to use a male narrator for the man and a female narrator for the woman. This really aids in clarity to an audible book. If you're interested in the Holocaust and another "branch" of it, then this is a good book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tamarack Murders: A Bo Tully Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick F. McManus
    • Narrated By Peter Coleman
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Bo Tully, the renowned sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, has seen his share of small-town crime. And, he always gets his man, whether by the book or otherwise. Fact is, everyone in the area knows Tully, and his unique 'Blight Way' of doing things.

    When Tully and his deputy hike deep into the woods, tracking a suspected bank robber, little do they realize that they are about to witness a murder. Soon, the murder leads the Sheriff on a convoluted adventure, with a series of twists and turns, each demanding his utmost attention and keenest crime-solving abilities.

    Daryl says: "Another Bo Tully Success"
    "Another Bo Tully Success"
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    These shorter books are a great listen and worth a laugh or two. McManus has a knack for one liners that are really pretty clever and funny. As the series progresses, the reader learns to like the characters more and more. I was a little concerned that the latest narrator was different, but he got the job done and seemed to get in the spirit of things. This mystery is a little different than the others - simpler. If you're looking for a Nobel prize winner, you need to look somewhere else. If you're looking for a lighthearted mystery with some funny characters, then you've come to the right place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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