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David Chandler

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, US | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Wade Davis
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers’ epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather.

    Tara says: "Really enjoyed it"
    "Amazing adventure."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's about men of uncommon valor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mallory, as he was a monumental figure.


    Which character – as performed by Enn Reitel – was your favorite?

    All. He made them come to life. He is a master of story telling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The title of the book. It is about so much more than just Everest and mountain climbing. It is about a time in the not so distant past that we tend to forget.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful on all levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Goodall, Gail Hudson (contributor)
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta, Rick Zieff, Jane Goodall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In her wise and elegant new audiobook, Jane Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give listeners a deeper understanding of the world around us. Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today. Seeds of Hope takes us from England to Goodall's home-away-from-home in Africa.

    David Chandler says: "Goodall makes a complex subject relatable."
    "Goodall makes a complex subject relatable."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely would recommend. I now have a much broader understanding of the world of plants and their importance to our environment. Goodall makes us understand in very clear and precise terms why protecting our plants is so important to our planet's well being.


    What other book might you compare Seeds of Hope to and why?

    I would compare this in quality and information to her other wonderful books. It provides an informative and cautionary tale not unlike Stephen Hawking's books. But on some level - more relatable.


    Which character – as performed by Edita Brychta – was your favorite?

    Jane Goodall, of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was particularly moved by travesties perpetrated on the planet by the large chemical companies Dow and Monsanto. Miss Brychta expressed true outrage and heartfelt disdain, as written by Miss Goodall, for the misdeeds of these chemical giants and the consequences of their actions. The greed without remorse is startling.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Miss Brychta's narration was excellent and made for easy and enjoyable listening. Miss Goodall continues to make very complex subject matters very accessible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (448)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Enables one to understand the roots of terrorism."
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    If you could sum up The Looming Tower in three words, what would they be?

    A primer in the roots of terrorism.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Looming Tower?

    All.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Sklar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too much to digest.



    Any additional comments?

    A well researched book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By William P. McGivern
    • Narrated By Kyle Munley
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Refusing to play along with the corrupt politics of mob-run waterfront, Steve Retnick is framed for murder, and after five years in prison, he returns to the docks for revenge.

    David Chandler says: "Dated but compelling"
    "Dated but compelling"
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    What did you love best about The Darkest Hour?

    The grittiness of the performance.


    Would you recommend The Darkest Hour to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe. But it is dated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really stand out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    None stand out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2688)
    Performance
    (2316)
    Story
    (2332)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Good but not as compelling as other Coban books."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It's a bit ordinary and predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harlan Coben? Why or why not?

    Yes, I usually enjoy his books more.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Do you think Six Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It ended where it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (3560)
    Story
    (3556)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "A thrilling triller from start to finish."
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, unusual story.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    I don't usually read thrillers. This was recommended to me by a friend and it didn't disappoint.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bonding between dog and man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but I was thoroughly engrossed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (785)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Our Greatest Founding Father"
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    If you could sum up Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Skilled, Brilliance Honesty


    What did you like best about this story?

    How impassioned he was.


    What does Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A richness of details.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    His integrity was the cornerstone of the republic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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