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  • Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Si Robertson, Mark Schlabach
    • Narrated By Si Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (227)

    The brother of patriarch Phil Robertson, Uncle Si has a limitless supply of stories about his childhood, duck hunting adventures, his days in Vietnam, and everything in between. Now the best of those tales are gathered into this roaring collection.

    Si shares stories of the more than 25 marriage proposals he's received in the mail (some with photos!), how he came to use a green Tupperware cup for his ever-present sweet tea, and how his cigarette smoke made a deer cough (he's since quit smoking).

    Woody says: "Audible's description inaccurate"
    "Should Have Been Si"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Si-cology 1 to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Si-cology 1?

    His stories of Vietnam--particularly the story of the missing engine.


    What didn’t you like about Si Robertson’s performance?

    The narrator did a good job. However, I would have appreciated Si reading the whole book--not just the opening and closing chapters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (546)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Outstanding Story and a Great Listen"
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    What did you love best about The Big Burn?

    Egan's story of the 1910 Big Burn is an outstanding tale of a pivot in American History--the industrialization of American resources in the Gilded Age.

    Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot were radical (Progressives) in their ideals and wanted a "reserve" and preservation of the West as well as the East (if it could be spared).

    The Burn occurred when few took the fledgling Forrest Service (USFS) seriously, nor really wanted it, because it stood in the way of progress.

    Egan gives a full account of the idealism and politics previous to the fire, and a full account of the fire--its mechanics, the heroes, the tragedies, and its hidden backstories.

    Although he lingers with the injustice and lack of credit the US Government gave to Pulaski and others, at the end of the book, Egan does provide a balanced view between what the USFS became, and the role of wildfire as it is today ("fire is neither good nor bad, it just is").

    Robertson Dean provides a worthy listen in his narrative, and he is worth listening to on any audio book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Demott (editor), David Smith (editor)
    • Narrated By Bryan Brendle
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about every outdoorsman’s favorite and most loyal hunting partner: his dog. For the first time, the stories of acclaimed writers such as Richard Ford, Tom Brokaw, Howell Raines, Rick Bass, Sydney Lea, Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Phil Caputo, and Chris Camuto come together in one collection. Hunters and non-hunters alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of owning dogs.

    L. Smith says: "Fair Story, Narration Lacks"
    "Fair Story, Narration Lacks"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The narrator definitely speaks with emotion / passion, however he is intense ALL the time. Thus, his tone becomes a monotonous, intense, drone. Furthermore, it is very obvious he's reading the text. This is underscored by several mispronunciations that are common to the hunting world and / or wouldn't have been mispronounced in regular conversation. The effect was the narration was just too wearisome to listen.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bryan Brendle?

    David McCullough. This story needs an easy going voice of an old bird hunter who's sitting on a rocking chair in front of the Feed Store.


    Could you see Afield being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it's not set up like that. It's a series of stories, not one continuous story in itself. Also, it's too philosophical to create into a TV series / movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to Afield before I've read it (I haven't read it yet). It sounds like a good story, thus, it may be better to read it than listen to this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (Midland Book)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Raymond W. Thorp, Robert Bunker
    • Narrated By Don Coltrane
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The true story (on which the film Jeremiah Johnson was partially based) of John Johnson, who in 1847 found his wife and her unborn child had been killed by Crow braves. Out of this tragedy came one of the most gripping feuds - one man against a whole tribe - in American history.

    L. Smith says: "Thankful for the Telling of This Tale"
    "Thankful for the Telling of This Tale"
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    What did you love best about Crow Killer?

    The explanation of why Johnson is one of our great American mythic heroes and the comparison of Johnson to other mythic heroes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crow Killer?

    The tale of the biscuits for Blackfeet!


    Did Don Coltrane do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Coltrane did a fair job in differentiating.


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

    No, no extreme reactions to this book


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book several times over the years (6 or 7).

    This tale is the basis for the movie "Jeremiah Johnson" and the novel "Mountain Man" by Vardis Fisher. But the REAL Johnson makes both Jeremiah and the Fisher mountain pale in comparison. There's nothing like the real tale. Johnson should be more familiar to us than Bridger or Buffalo Bill Cody. His story is a rich tale of the West and should be treasured.

    Am VERY thankful for the telling of this tale on Audio Book so I can listen to it while driving. Yet, Coltrane is a very static reader with predictable tone and cadence. So, his voice was folksy, yet was flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sand County Almanac

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Aldo Leopold
    • Narrated By Stewart L. Udall
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Not since Thoreau took us to Walden Pond has there been such an important work on the natural world. A Sand County Almanac is Aldo Leopold's simple expression of feeling for the environment at his weekend farm along the Wisconsin River. It is an inviting, gentle world - one that is rapidly disappearing.

    Megan says: "Good book, but..."
    "Half the Story, Ok Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's just a great listen. Really appreciate Leopold's style and content.


    What three words best describe Stewart L. Udall’s performance?

    Good voice, but I could tell he was reading. A good narrator should be effortless as if he's talking to you.


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

    Loved the sawing of the oak and the last chapter is a tear jerker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Here are American author Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws, who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor - and deserved misdeeds to the pompous and haughty rich.

    Damon D. Hickey says: "Great presentation of a classic story"
    "Good Rendition"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood the most enjoyable?

    The depth of characters the narrator accomplished


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robin Hood--well acted and read.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    David Thorn sings the songs in the book. Although not sure where they got the tunes from, he did very with that.

    The Pyle story of Robin Hood drags in the middle--the adventure, rob, resolution stories get tiresome. However, the story picks up action toward the end and does end well. Thorn brought out the ending very nicely too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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