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MabelLou Brown

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  • 8 reviews
  • 17 ratings
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  • 63 purchased in 2014
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  • One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

    Reuben says: "Fantastic"
    "Really enjoyed listening to this book"
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    What did you love best about One Man's Wilderness?

    I truly enjoy books about people living in the wilderness, the ways they adapt and problems that they have. This book was a very truthful account of this man's time spent in a harsh environment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author truly enjoyed living in the wilderness and took in the beauty and found ways to endure the hardship nature can bring


    Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

    There was only one main character in this book though a few others visited him


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

    I always looked forward to pick up where I left off and wanted to hear more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3373)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (2978)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "I loved this book and the Author is great"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wild the most enjoyable?

    Such a well written book that I did not want to put it down. The book made me relate so well and made me laugh at times


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild?

    At the beginning of her hike she had no idea what she was getting into and was so funny when she described what all happened to her.


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Cheryl Strayed


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

    The passing of a loved parent is so hard especially at such an early age. I have also lossed a mother at an early age and could relate


    Any additional comments?

    I loved her personality and she was so crazy and fun loving too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Million Steps: Adventure Along the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lon Chenowith
    • Narrated By Mark McDevitt
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Hiking from Georgia to Maine sounds incredulous to most. To Lon Chenowith, it is a journey that calls him into the wild - a journey that reveals true tests of faith and will in the direst circumstances. What began as a dream in his teens to trek the Appalachian Trail takes flight with a preliminary hike with his two young boys from Amicalola Falls to Unicoi Gap. The initial intrigue wears off, and Lon quickly realizes he will be making a long, arduous journey alone, save for a few hiking partners and unique characters met along the way.

    Brian says: "Really hard to get through"
    "This book was ok and liked much of it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are pretty religeous it may be good and would recommend it for those who are


    Would you recommend Five Million Steps to your friends? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend it for my friends


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like the stories about the Appalacian Trail. I would have rated it much better if there was not so much about his religeous talk. I am not against religeon at all but I did not buy this book for that purpose.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Lon Chenowith’s life?

    Nothing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have Backpack Will Travel: How to See the World on a Shoestring Budget

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Dr. Earl E. Paul
    • Narrated By Dr. Earl E. Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Who doesn't like to travel? Traveling the world opens new vistas and experiences to all who undertake it. But when roaming abroad, to make the trip more pleasurable and successful, an in-depth knowledge of backpacking allows trekkers to avert mishaps and problems. In this information-packed audiobook, Have Backpack Will Travel, the author provides detailed information in numerous critical areas related to seeing the world as a backpacker.

    MabelLou Brown says: "Not a book for trail hikers"
    "Not a book for trail hikers"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is ok for vacation backpackers but of little use for trail hikers


    Has Have Backpack Will Travel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I like tails of backpacking trails and was hoping to learn something from this book but it did nothing for me


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was ok just the information was not great


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Have Backpack Will Travel?

    Entire book. Wish I had not spent the money


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous: Fighting to Save a Way of Life in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ken Wells
    • Narrated By Chris Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The true story of a resilient circle of shrimp boat captains who faced and withstood the wreckage of Katrina but now find their courage tested by a greater threat: the disappearance of their livelihood and their centuries-old bayou culture.

    Martha A. Murray says: "It Puts St Bernard on the Katrina Map"
    "Well written book but not what I expected."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book if you are interested in what happened during the Hurricane Katrina. This book is about what it was like for some of the people that went through the Hurricane and what happened to them. I


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Even though this book was not what I expected I still enjoyed hearing about what the people endured during the hurricane and some of what life was like before and after. I was expecting it to be more about the normal life of the people in the Bayous.


    What about Chris Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I had no idea what it was like for the people living in Louisiana that lived in through the hurricane and how it affected their lives. This book made it very interesting and enjoyable to read


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

    I always looked forward to going on from where I left off


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across America by Bicycle: Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alice Honeywell, Bobbi Montgomery
    • Narrated By Rosemary Benson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Biking from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite listeners to follow their ride by bicycle across the United States, as they face scorching sun, driving rain, buffeting winds, equipment failures, killer hills, wild fires, and even a plague of grasshoppers.

    Johnald2 says: "Does EVERYBODY have to write a book???"
    "Very inspiring book. Enjoyed this book so much"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Across America by Bicycle to be better than the print version?

    This audio book was such a joy to listen to. I was so inspired to hear about the stories of their feelings and joys and sorrows during their trip. I hope to someday take a trip like this and enjoy it like they did


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the honest description of their journey


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

    I was listening to this book as I was running and it inspired me so much that I wanted to do this myself


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

    I like to savor my audio books and listen to them traveling and on my runs. It was hard to turn off though after getting to my destination


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in bicycling should read or listen to this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bicycle Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Byrne
    • Narrated By David Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Since the early 1980s David Byrne has used a bicycle as his primary form of transportation, both at home in New York City and while on tour throughout the world. Initially drawn to cycling by the convenience and sense of liberation it affords, Byrne found that it also provided him with a varied perspective on the world—faster than a walk, slower than a train, slightly higher than a person. Narrated by Byrne, the Bicycle Diaries audiobook presents these collected accounts alongside original music and location sounds.

    matthew says: "Not at all what I thought it would be"
    "This audio book was very disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was so disappointed in this audio book. I was expecting it to be about bicycle riding and trips that have been taken on bicycles. It was instead about one man's philosophy which I did not care to hear. Very little about riding a bike


    What was most disappointing about David Byrne’s story?

    I wanted to hear about the joys of bicycle riding not his views on life


    What didn’t you like about David Byrne’s performance?

    Was ,,misled by the title


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bicycle Diaries?

    The word bicycle should be cut from the title


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Penn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late 20s, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling.

    D. Littman says: "terrific book about bikes & history"
    "Good information on bicycling"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of It's All About the Bike to be better than the print version?

    Don't know never read the print version of this book. Did enjoy the audible version but do not want to read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It's All About the Bike?

    I liked the planning and building section of the book and the feelings that it all brought


    What about Jonathan Cowley’s performance did you like?

    Yes he put much feeling into the book


    What did you learn from It's All About the Bike that you would use in your daily life?

    I have biked for many years and have gotten away from it and more into running. My later years the running is taking a toll on my knees and want to do more bicycling and this book has inspired me


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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