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cantslowdown

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  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Charles says: "Cringeworthy"
    "Nice Hiking Companion"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Interesting stories about rangering in the national parks. The narrator had a pleasing voice and told interesting stories. I learned quite a bit about the life of Rangers and gained a ton of respect for the job they do. Backpackers will porbably enjoy the audible version while hiking. I know I did.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1782)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1258)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "So dry I gave up within an hour"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bonhoeffer?

    Within the first hour of the book, at least 20 character introductions are made without any context of why or any unique development of any character. There is not a single "scene" in the first hour of the book. It sounded like the narrator was reading an appendix or a chart, or at very best, a wikipedia page. Why introduce so many characters who had no direct role in the opposition during the first few chapters?


    What could Eric Metaxas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not start the book by introducing 20 characters in the first 30 minutes and including a reference to every character's birth and death years.http://www.audible.com/write-review?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Malcolm Hillgartner’s performances?

    No


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

    I gave up before getting to a single scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This sounded like a compelling story about a noble man, and I wanted to immerse myself in it, but a frankly could not find any thread of creativity or imagination that went into telling this story. Admittedly, I had to simply give up before the first hour was complete.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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