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Erik

Sooke, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 136 reviews
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  • The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna - the World's Deadliest Peak

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Roberts, Ed Viesturs
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    The best-selling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made - or attempted - the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges.

    Lori says: "Great overview of Annapurna climbing history"
    "Inspirational!"
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    I found this to be an excellent story as it tells more than just the story of the featured climb. The author does a great job of describing the history of climbing this mountain, and of the personalities of those who climb the mountains.

    The author was also a decent narrator, and it’s always good to hear the words from the source.

    Others have criticized the author for being to self-absorbed. I don’t agree. Mountaineering is, by its very nature, a relatively solo pursuit, so I think it natural for the story to reflect this.

    I highly recommend this read for those interested in the outdoors, mountaineering, or in the personalities and nature of those who chose to put themselves at risk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (486)

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "A Masterpiece"
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    I can't really say much more. A novel that garnered multiple awards for one of America's top authors, paired with one of the best narrators in the business. This book sells itself.

    My only criticism is one that is common to "high literature", and one that concerns over descriptive sentences. There are many occurrences of similes used to paint a picture of another simile in this book. That's a pretty picky point to raise, and it's a point you can easily get over as you listen to the story.

    So, if you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (1389)
    Story
    (1410)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "A gripping story and masterful performance"
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    I picked up the book not knowing what to expect. Based on the description I expected the story of a young man captured and adopted by a Native band. Well, it is this and much more, as the story traces the effects of migration and exploitation in Texas from 1830 through to the present.

    While this may seem overly ambitious, the use of the characters through different generations is very effective. At first, as with many novels employing this technique, the switching of multiple view points and periods of time can be challenging. After about a quarter of the book, as you get more attuned to the various characters, it does become more readable.

    While the characters were were interesting, they definitely weren't characters that endear themselves to your heart. Greed and ambition are the underlying threads to the individual stories in the book. It may well be a work of fiction, but the events portrayed within probably aren't too far off the mark as to how events were galvanized over the past century and a half.

    My only criticism that stopped me from giving 5 stars was the last quarter of the book. The ending seemed rushed, and the characters at the end, those of the next generation, seemed less developed and hurried. Perhaps this was intentional, or maybe the author faced a deadline. Regardless, it detracted from the story a bit.

    The multiple narrators were excellent. Each character had it’s own voice and cadence, which made switching between people and time easier than in print.

    If you’re interested in American history and enjoy the western setting, then this book should appeal to you. This audible experience was definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (1616)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1431)

    Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

    Charles says: "Magnificent"
    "An excellent second book in the series"
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    I'll start off by saying that you really need to read the first book of the series before tackling this one. Golden Son would not be good as a stand-alone work.

    As for the story, I must admit that I was worried. Many follow on books in a series have a difficult time following an opening story as good as Red Rising. Lucky for readers, Golden Son doesn't fall into this category, and the story moves onto the next part of this epic tale seamlessly.

    The story is not without it's faults. Some of the flash backs and "inner torment" of the lead character starts to wear thin at times, and there are some story-line synchronization issues that won't escape an attentive reader, but these are minor faults when compared to the gripping plot and engaging characters.

    While the majority of the audience will be Young Adults, this is a book that should also entertain a more mature audience. If you enjoyed Red Rising, you won't be disappointed in this second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Jasper Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (257)

    Treasure Island must be the most enthralling adventure book ever written. As we listen to the voice of Jim Hawkins telling his extraordinary tale, and later that of his companion Dr. Livesey, we are plunged into a world of pirates, buried treasure, mutiny, and deceit.

    Jason says: "Rousing tale"
    "A brilliant performance of a classic!"
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    Wow! This is the quintessential pirate. It has stood the test of time and is still as accessible and entertaining as it was centuries ago.

    What made this version special was the outstanding performance by Jasper Britton. This was my first experience with this narrator, and his inflections, voices, and cadence were flawless. It really made for an exciting listen and I will definitely search out more of his performances.

    So, even if you read this years ago, give it a listen. I think you'll find this format and narrator brings the story to life like never before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "You'll Love it or Hate it"
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    In reading other views, and thinking about the book afterward, I realized that you must read this book and form your own opinions. I don't think many will take a middle ground on this novel. You'll either love it or hate it.

    For myself, I wasn't really into it for the first half. The book seemed more about the dog's owner Willie, than about Mr. Bones (the dog). To top it off, Willie's monologues were the rantings of a madman, which is what he was. I understood the authors intent of showcasing the mentally ill and their challenges, but it seemed to go on too long.

    For the second half, it was more about the dog, as told through his thoughts and actions. This drew me in and eventually complemented the first half.

    While not a perfect work, I thought about the story for days afterward. This, in my mind, is a hallmark of a top notch novel.

    Joe Barrett did great job with all the voices, inflections, a cadences. I'll listen to him if afforded the opportunity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (440)

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
    "The start of the Sharps series"
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    Like many, the character of Sharpe was not new to me, but I had always seen and read various stories in an order very different than the series progressed. This book is where it all starts, and it is a must read for those interested in the series and the character of Sharpe. As with most, if not all, of Cornwell's works, this is well researched and written.

    Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where the narrator detracted from the story. I found his cadence disjointed, with frequent pauses in areas that interrupted the flow. Inflection and modulation was also missing, no matter how urgent the action or scene. Maybe it was just me, but I found the audio version hard to listen to.

    My final recommendation: read the book. The book itself is a "must" for fans of the series, but avoid the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1235)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "Some brilliant moments, but many bad ones..."
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    I wasn't all that familiar with George Carlin before this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and I certainly wasn't let down by high expectations. In the end, I didn't find this work all that funny or engaging. There were some very funny and pertinent commentaries that showed a clever brain behind the man, but the in-your-face blustering wore me down.

    It was well read by the author, but his voice enhanced the feeling I had that Mr. Carlin is a curmudgeon. I'm not sure this is a person I'd want to meet in person.

    So, if you like Howard Stern or similar comedians, then you may like this book. For me, I'm just glad I got it on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (625)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Dated yet still engaging"
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    With the cold war 20+ years past, this novel is starting to show it's age. Who knows, perhaps with the rise of Putin, we'll see a return to this type of east/west relationships.

    Old school soviet politics aside, this novel was still very entertaining. I haven't read Gorky Park nor seen the movie, but that didn't prevent this novel from being excellent on it's own accord. Frank Mullers deadpan inflection matched the somber "grey" Soviet era atmosphere created in the book, and greatly enhanced the listening experience.

    Of course, as in most thrillers, there are some incredible leaps of logic on behalf of the hero in order to solve the mystery, but these were easily overlooked and is a minor criticism. Only one other complaint, and that is that this author, like so many before, felt the need to write in a "sex scene" for no apparent reason. I'm not a prude and I understand the need for these in some story lines, but in this story it seemed placed specifically for a certain demographic, but not to enhance the story.

    So, if you like a solid thriller/mystery that is outside the standard US major city setting common to most of these stories, give this novel a try. It's worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (920)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Hard to remember this is fiction"
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    This book, for the first 90%, was very well written and, as indicated in the title, I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction. The author did a first rate job of creating a set of characters and describing events and conditions so that the entire story seemed very real.

    My only criticism comes towards the end. It almost seems like the author was rushed to complete the story. There is a contrived coincidence that allows the hero to confront the antagonist and a quick wrap up with an escape across the border. The final few chapters deal with highlighting how insensitive the USA was to the plight of those in the death camps during the war. Not the best ending for what had been one of the best books I have read in quite a while.

    These criticisms are minor, however, when compared with the excellent work that is the majority of the novel. This work was greatly enhanced by the narrator whose inflections and accents were well acted. The cadence could have been a bit faster, but that's likely my personal preference.

    In summary, this book is highly recommended. It paints an excellent picture of life in the death camps of Nazi Germany while keeping the reader engaged from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2645)
    Performance
    (2403)
    Story
    (2404)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "A top pick of the Zombie genre"
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    Zombies that are sentient! That should scare you. Actually, this book really wasn't that scary. What made it so interesting were the unique concepts in this work. From the origins of the "zombie disease" through to the concept of zombies evolving and being very smart, this book kept you engaged.

    Another interesting aspect of the book was the exploration of human conduct under duress. The comparisons of the monster like actions of the researchers to the innocent demeanour of the zombie children made me cheer on the infected.

    The narrator was very good and enhanced the work. With the majority of the characters being female, the narrator was a perfect match for this book.

    To sum up, this book is very much worth your credit. Even if you aren't a fan of the zombie genre, I think you'll find this book moves beyond the stereotypes associated with the majority of these types of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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