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Eric Schurr

Boston, MA | Member Since 2012

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  • 23 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Warren Fellows
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted of heroin trafficking between Thailand and Australia. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Bang Kwang prison - better known as the Bangkok Hilton. It was the beginning of 12 years of hell in a place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, where prison guards laugh as they deliver pulverising blows, and where the worst punishment is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.

    Grandma says: "Foreign Prison Systems are Brutal"
    "Remarkable -- in every way! Every minute is great"
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    This may be the best book i've listened to all year. It is truly remarkable in every way: the story is gripping, horrifying, and illuminating; the writing is tight, to the point, and creative; and the narrator is one of the, if not the, best i've ever heard -- his timing and intonation is perfect.

    Ever wondered what it's like in a prison? How about the worst one in the world? This guy describes the unbelievably inhuman living conditions and torture that the Thai prison system put him through. And he explains how it was not only hell to live through, but how it has scarred him for life.

    I listened to this book during my commute and i actually looked forward to it every day (how often can you say that?). I was actually happy when there was a traffic jam or slowdown because i got to listen to more of the book. I was really disappointed when it was over.

    Listen to this book -- you will be captivated from start to finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oscar Goodman, George Anastasia
    • Narrated By Oscar Goodman
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In Being Oscar,one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. The Mafia’s go-to defender, he has tried an estimated 300 criminal cases, and won most of them. His roster of clients reads like a history of organized crime: Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, and "Lefty" Rosenthal, as well as Mike Tyson and boxing promoter Don King, along with a midget, a dentist, and a federal judge. After 35 years as a defender, he ran for mayor of Las Vegas, and America’s greatest Mob lawyer became the mayor of its sexiest city.

    Eric Schurr says: "Not as good as I expected"
    "Not as good as I expected"
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    This book is moderately interesting, but I got bored with it and returned it. After a while all the stories pretty much sounded the same, and his voice isn't the easiest to listen to after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Rosolie
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon - a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

    Eric Schurr says: "Mesmerizing story!"
    "Mesmerizing story!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It's interesting and educational. The story is mesmerizing: after being addicted to the outdoors (trees, plants, snakes, spiders, etc.) his entire life, an 18 year old guy makes a trip to Peru to journey into the Amazon and becomes even more addicted to it. He makes local friends and learns to survive in the Amazon. He tells of many journeys, some with others, and some solo, in which they see all kinds of wild animals and capture enormous snakes ("...as high as my knees."). His passion for the protection of wildlife and the untouched wilderness is noble and motivating.

    My only disappointment was the reader. I thought his voice was just a bit too slow and deliberate. He tried to put some emotion into the story, but I found him a bit flat. My wife listened to him for a bit and said he sounded fine, so maybe it's just me.

    That didn't ruin the book for me. It's a great listen, and I've recommended it to others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (233)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Shocking! Incredible! Revealing!"
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    I was mesmerized by this book. I'd heard bits and pieces about North Korea before, but i had NO idea that it was anything like this book describes. If you want to learn what life is like in that insulated, dictatorial culture, listen to this book! It combines a harrowing near-death story with information about North Korea's bizarre world. I can't say enough good things about this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Owen - known to his family as "little buddy" or "Little B" - has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi - an adorable Anatolian Shepherd puppy - was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But kind-hearted Will and Colleen Howkins, Little B's father and step-mother, decided to introduce the big dog and the little boy to each other, and an unbelievable bond was formed that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways.

    Joy says: "Excellent! A must listen!"
    "Makes you remember there is goodness in the world"
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    Be prepared to laugh, cry, and be inspired by exceptional people. This book is moving and touching. It's amazing how this enormous disabled dog and this little disabled boy have changed each other's lives. And the couple who care for them are truly the most selfish and remarkable people.

    Listen to this book. You will love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Newton
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (241)

    Now considered a classic in the field, this remarkable book was the first to fully explore the mystery of life between lives. Journey of Souls presents the first-hand accounts of 29 people placed in a "superconscious" state of awareness using Dr. Michael Newton's groundbreaking techniques. This unique approach allows Dr. Newton to reach his subjects' hidden memories of life in the spirit world after physical death.

    John says: "Invaluable info - Horrible presentation"
    "Great content but better to read than listen"
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    This book has some really great content if you like books about reincarnation and life after death. But i would recommend reading it instead of listening to it. Why? Most of it's written in case study format, which i imagine looks like this (what i've written below is meant to be illustrative and not actual quotes):

    Dr. N: "Tell me what you saw."
    Patient X: "A bright white light and people."
    Dr. N: "Did you recognize any of them?"
    Patient X: "Yes. I saw my father and my uncle George."
    And this goes on and on for each case study, of which there are well over 20.

    While this format is fine for reading because your brain just sort of skims over the "Patient X" and "Dr N" parts, it is rather annoying to hear the narrator constantly say "Patient X: blah blah....Dr. N: blah blah....Patient X...blah blah" And so on.

    The narrator does a fine job with what he's given, but it's just not good for an audible book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (411)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "This will leave tattoos on YOUR heart"
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    I'm not even done with this book and I feel compelled to write about it. It's really great. My wife is listening to it, too, and she feels the same way..

    First, this guy's voice is FANTASTIC. Because he wrote the book he tells it with his own personal inflections and emphasis, and he's a GREAT story teller. You feel like you're in the room with him.

    And his stories are really moving and touching. I am so impressed that someone would dedicate years of their life to helping gang kids like this. I can only imagine how rewarding and uplifting it must be.

    Want to be reminded of the goodness of the world? Want to have clear evidence there are incredible people who put others ahead of themselves? Want to see how one person can change so many others' lives? Want to just FEEL GOOD after listening to a book?

    Listen to this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton: The Gruesome True Story of a Man Who Survived Thailand's Deadliest Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By T. M. Hoy
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Prison is harsh enough, but as a foreigner (farang) in a strange land, jail time is an even more horrifying reality. Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton is a collection of short stories chronicling T. M. Hoy’s descent into the harrowing world of Southeast Asian prison life. Through his eyes, listeners will experience the bizarre events of daily life in a Thai maximum security prison: feel the weight of the chains he wears; the stomachaches from lack of food; witness the murders, drug overdoses, torture, and unbridled cruelty that ensues.

    Eric Schurr says: "Extremely well-written, very captivating"
    "Extremely well-written, very captivating"
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    If you'd like to know what life is like inside what is considered to be the worst prison in the world, listen to this book.

    The stories in it are truly remarkable. So disgusting and revolting there are sometimes hard to believe.

    The author has an exceptional grasp of the English language. The writing is really creative and superb. Sometimes it's so good it's a bit over the top.

    I didn't give it a 5 overall because the book is a series of stories, rather than one story. As such, it can feel a bit disjoint at times. For example, you won't find out why the author is in jail until the end of the book. I personally didn't like that.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2371)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2223)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Nothing short of incredible"
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    This book will rivet you and keep you dying to hear the next minute. Although the thrust of the story is about Luttrell's incredible experience in the Afghanistan mountains after being separate from this SEAL brethren after a brutal shootout with the Taliban, it's also about the preparation he underwent to be there. It's truly hard to believe what SEALs go through to be a SEAL. You not only have to be a rare physical specimen, but you have to also be a little mentally crazy. That is not a disparaging remark. You have to be able to withstand an impossible amount of suffering and abuse. You'll understand when you listen to the book.

    My only disappointment is with the narrator. He does a really good job, but at times he's just too *dramatic* in his verbalization. By the end of the book I grew a bit weary of his drama. But it's still really good and I highly recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Hero Speaks Out About What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Benfante
    • Narrated By Chris Ruen
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like he had day after day, at his office on 81st floor in the World Trade Center North Tower. Moments after the first plane struck, just 12 floors above him, Benfante organized his terrified employees, getting them out of the office and moving down the stairwells. On his way down, he and another co-worker encountered a woman in a wheelchair on the 68th floor.

    Eric Schurr says: "Gripping account of 9/11 and the lessons learned"
    "Gripping account of 9/11 and the lessons learned"
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    I'm sure we've all wondered what is was like to "be there." This book will help you understand -- as much as any of us can -- what it felt like to be in the middle of the chaos and carnage; a first-hand account of the worst terrorist attack on US soil.

    Although the book isn't superbly written in the purest sense, it makes up for any linguistic deficiencies with its honesty and openness. The writer describes, in intimate detail, the personal downward spiral he experienced as the result of the 9/11 disaster he lived through. He is very honest about the impact such a trauma took on him and how it affected his behavior and relationships. It's both moving and gut-wrenching

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1217)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
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    I love books that are about real-life situations that are hard to believe, frightening, or otherwise amazing. This is one of those books. They story itself is enough to make you want to listen, but you can tell the author is a journalist because the writing is exceptional -- very tight, very descriptive. And the woman who read the book is perhaps the best I've ever heard (even with her attempt to imitate the accent of a middle eastern man!).

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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