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Michael

Cary, NC, USA

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  • 223 titles in library
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  • 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Aron Ralston
    • Narrated By Aron Ralston
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told, Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

    Tim says: "Stunning and Emotional"
    "Definitely worth a listen"
    Overall

    I picked this up as a shorter book, given some very long listens lately (see Jonathan Strange!). Even in abridged form the listen can be a bit monotonous, with extreme detail, much like it must have been out there suffering minute by minute. For anyone who doesn't often do adventure books, this is a great one to check out. For someone who does read a lot of mountaineering or other adventure books with the complexities of teams, people, weather, days of tension, etc, this one might be a bit slow. End analysis though: worth a listen for sure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Tearing open the deepest wound in professional sports, Feinstein uncovers the secrets of the NBA before and after that fateful moment in December of 1977 when the face of professional hoops was changed forever.

    Michael says: "Needs tons of editing"
    "Needs tons of editing"
    Overall

    An interesting book, however if you read the reviews at any of the on-line bookstores, you'll hear the same complaint: this book dramatically needs editing. It is understandable that the author will view the incident from multiple angles, but the simple repetition of the same quotes, and near exact passages of text render this a frustrating listen. With better organization, this book could have been 1/2 the length and twice as good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5999)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (575)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Mostly common sense"
    Overall

    Briefly, for anyone who has any experience in business, most of the conclusions in the book are going to be predictable and considered common sense. I can't say that any of the book was particularly enlightening, and the very long section on name popularity at the end was excruciating.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    He was one of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend, and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life.

    Joseph says: "Very revealing"
    "A bio, not a baseball book"
    Overall

    This is a great book on Ted Williams the man. If you are looking for a book that centers around baseball, there are many better books to purchase. But as a bio, this is one of the best bio's I've listened to, a very revealing look into who Ted Williams really was. A very worthwhile listen, if a bit of investment of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2890)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1072)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Feels like Confederacy of Dunces"
    Overall

    Not a bad book, though I got to about the 5 hour part before I really felt like I was engaged in the book. I'm glad I stuck it out, in the end I did really enjoy the book. Consider what types of books you like to listen to, and buy based on that. BTW, don't skip the interview with the author, it was actually quite good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foucault's Pendulum

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, a carefully groomed mustache, wears maroon socks, and who once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan book editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge, a plan to tap a mystic source of power far greater than atomic energy.

    Kenneth says: "too much missing"
    "Couldn't follow the plot - abridgement problem?"
    Overall

    First, be aware that the audio quality isn't super, being a conversion from Format 1, but I got beyond that without issue. The big problem I had with this audio book was that it was near impossible to follow the story. I can only suspect that the abridgement of this book took a lot away from the flow of the story. The entire time I listened it seemed like there were meaningful details and scenes just plain missing. By the time I was finished I really had very little idea of what was the significance of the ending. A colleague read the book, and listened to the audio version later, and enjoyed it immensely so I can only suppose that the abridgement had something to do with it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Could not stop listening!"
    Overall

    Having read The Last Dive, I downloaded this on a whim. I'm so glad I did, this ranks in the top 10 of historic books I've read in my life. Excellent writing, excellent reading, and a gripping story to say the very least.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

    Brent says: "Most inpirational!"
    "Incredible, if you can appreciate the context"
    Overall

    Being a runner, and being a fan of Olympic/amateur athletics, to me this was an increble listen. Well written and read, it is one of my favorite Audible listens to date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey Into the Heart of Fan Mania

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Warren St. John
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Warren St. John decided to find out why people care so much about the outcomes of games they're not playing in by joining a group where the particulars of the fan psyche would show themselves in sharp relief: the caravan of hundreds of RVs that follow the Alabama Crimson Tide across the South, taking over college towns with a moveable feast of Weber grills, karaoke machines, Igloo coolers, and fast-draining liquor bottles.

    James says: "Well done"
    "SUPERB book!"
    Overall

    Say what you want about this being one-sided, that is what college sports and fandom is all about. If there is a current book out that better describes what it is truly like to be part of a passionate fan base, I don't know of it. For anyone who loves college athletics, this is a must listen. Don't be surprised to see a bit of yourself in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    Overall

    It's rare that I'll rate higher than the majority, but boy, this is one. Having listened to Davinci Code and read Angels and Demons, I always thought Dan Brown was interesting, but a bit "pop literature". Rule of Four was better thought out, and much more interesting, even if it didn't have the 'car chase' effect of massive surprises, plot shifts and other devices that Dan Brown uses. For my money, I recommend Rule of Four over Dan Brown every day. I thought it was superb.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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