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Gene Bowker

Rusted Rail Images

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  • On Photography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Sontag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (40)
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    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

    Debbie says: "I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews"
    "one of the classics on photography"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an easy listen and is one of the most important books on Photography


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm.. it is a selection of essays. The author (not a photographer) was able to write about how photography has influenced the world and been influenced


    What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

    She has an easy voice to listen to


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

    Photography's influence on the world


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie the Pooh on Management

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Roger E. Allen
    • Narrated By Bob Davis, Shirley Venard
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In this clever business primer, author Roger E. Allen uses the characters in A. A. Milne's classic children's story to illustrate such fundamental principles of good management as leadership, communication, organization, motivation, delegation of authority, and the importance of setting clear objectives.

    Gene Bowker says: "A quick business course from a VIB"
    "A quick business course from a VIB"
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    I had read this book years ago and recently ran across it on audible.

    The book is a quick refresher course on what management is and how to be a good manager delivered by the cast of Winnie the Pooh.

    The length makes it perfect to listen to on a short flight or even sitting around the airport.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    John Feinstein is one of the most influential sportswriters of the last three decades. In his masterful new audiobook, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Feinstein delivers a fascinating account of the mysterious proving ground of America’s national pastime, pulling back the veil on the minor leagues of baseball.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Living on the Cusp of a Dream"
    "Life in the minor leagues"
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    What did you love best about Where Nobody Knows Your Name?

    The variety of players covered from stars to people most folks have never heard of


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author obviously loves the minor leagues and was able to convey that through the stories of the players, managers, and umpires he covered


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was amazed at how few umpires that make it to AAA ever make the big leagues. I also never realized that if they don't get promoted in a few years they are basically fired by MLB.

    Makes me appreciate what they go through to become big-league umps, just like the players.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Mark Kurlansky's new book takes us back to the food of a younger America. Before the national highway system brought the country closer together, before chain restaurants brought uniformity, and before the Frigidaire meant that frozen food could be stored for longer, the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional. It helped to form the distinct character, attitudes, and customs of those who ate it.

    Sparkly says: "Perhaps better in print."
    "Great for history buffs and foodies"
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    Would you listen to The Food of a Younger Land again? Why?

    Yes, I'd listen to it again as I'm sure there are parts that would sink in better on a second listen.


    What other book might you compare The Food of a Younger Land to and why?

    Any of the WPA writers guides to the states.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to. Good pronunciation


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

    yes. I found the history of the project fascinating and a great way to learn about food history in the US. I'm surprised how many foods which were common in the late 1930s are unknown today and how much food in the US has become homogenized over the last 70 years.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Paul Hendrickson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    An award-winning historian and author, Paul Hendrickson here turns his attention to one of America’s most cherished literary icons, Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat, Pilar. On this vessel, Hemingway would entertain and travel, but it would also be the scene of some of his greatest tragedies.

    Sonoma says: "He manges to make Hemmingway boring"
    "Great story focused on his boat"
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    Where does Hemingway's Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a big Hemingway fan so this sounded like a good choice to listen to on some road trips for work.

    Its not really a Hemingway Bio, but it uses his famous fishing boat (now exiled in Cuba) to tell the stories of some of the people who came into his life and also offer insight into his life.

    The narrator has an easy to listen to voice and I found this book a quick listen even at its length.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Railway Bazaar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto, and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

    David says: "Just about as good as it gets..."
    "must listen for any Theroux fan"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The GRB is one of the classics in travel books. If you are a railroad buff like me, it is almost "required" listening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Railway Bazaar?

    Theroux has a way to making the people he meets on the trains into unforgettable characters


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    He has an easy to listen to voice. In my mind he is the voice of Theroux now, even though I don't know what he really sounds like =)


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

    Umm.. a little too long for that =) Great for a road-trip


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident.

    Ravenmaster says: "Peter Berkrot Again?"
    "Life in rural china through a westerner's eyes"
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    Would you listen to River Town again? Why?

    Yes, I found it fascinating. The characters are engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How you experience the change in the author's attitude towards the Chinese and living there during his time as a teacher.


    What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Easy to listen to voice for narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (138)

    In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

    BARRY says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "discover China through the eyes of an insider"
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    What made the experience of listening to Country Driving the most enjoyable?

    The tidbits of daily life in a completely different culture. Learning more about what has happened to the author since his first book


    What other book might you compare Country Driving to and why?

    Any of Hessler's other books on his China experience


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it gave me a new appreciation for what life in China must be like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new audiobook he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic maglev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil.

    Gene Bowker says: "Travel the world in your car"
    "Travel the world in your car"
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    What did you love best about Train?

    The descriptions about train travel around the world


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author describes the good and bad of different travel experiences.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He has an easy to listen to voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself enjoying the descriptions of the different folks he met on trains. You always find characters


    Any additional comments?

    It's basically a travelogue of the authors train rides. If you have wanted to ride the trains of the world, here is what to expect along with some history of famous events mixed in.

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  • Railroads and the American People: Railroads Past and Present

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By H. Roger Grant
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad's "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation's railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics - trains and travel, train stations, railroads and community life, and the legacy of railroading in America. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals.

    Gene Bowker says: "great history of railroad life in America"
    "great history of railroad life in America"
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    If you could sum up Railroads and the American People in three words, what would they be?

    History, Railroads, Culture


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Railroads and the American People?

    I enjoyed the history of depots and the agents who lived there


    Which character – as performed by Todd Barsness – was your favorite?

    Not really in characters in this one


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

    How railroads created America


    Any additional comments?

    Great history of railroads and life in America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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