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  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (954)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Melinda says: "Heavy Load"
    "This book is great and Bryan Cranston is awesome."
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    Would you listen to The Things They Carried again? Why?

    In fact I've already listened to my favorite chapter "On the Rainy River" again when I played it to my wife. Would I listen to the whole book again? — I doubt it... it's great, but there are of course so many more that I haven't heard yet. I will however most likely read/listen to more by Tim O'Brien.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The chapters have recurring characters and there are connections, but each works as a stand-alone. The book is captivating from start to finish with many great moments, but my favorite chapter was "On the Rainy River" which is before the war. I found that one to be most stirring and emotional.


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

    I suspect I'd enjoy Bryan Cranston reading yellow pages. He does an amazing job here.


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

    When listening I actually forgot that there was an additional reading by the author at the end. So I was a little disappointed when the book was over all of a sudden with the next chapter being that additional recording. I felt a little cheated and robbed of savoring the ending had I known it was coming. But that aside the "The Vietnam in Me" read by the author is very moving and was a welcome addition.


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  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (1697)
    Story
    (1715)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Great!"
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    If you could sum up Flash Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Unbelievable it's non-fiction


    Any additional comments?

    Journalism, story, writing, narration — everything is superb! This is an amazing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

    Ann says: "Bought this three times, worth every penny"
    "Fascinating."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. Hadfield does a great job allowing you to get a glimpse of what it may be like to go into space.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the entire book is very interesting, the parts about being in space expectedly are much more so.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend Hadfield's interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It may be available here on Audible or on NPR or elsewhere. Terry Gross is great and that interview inspired me to get the book. Also, Hadfield has a number of really cool short videos from ISS on CSA's youtube channel. Search for Chris Hadfield, and they should come up somewhere close to top.

    Although, I'm not pointing this out as a reason not to listen to this book, I wish the recording quality was better. The sound is muted between the phrases probably by some auto-cleaning audio tool and there is some unnecessary reverb.

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  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (553)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Well written, but not fascinating"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm on the fence about it. I was captivated by the book, but not fascinating. A pretty simple story — a man denounces the civilization for a few months, goes to Alaska, and doesn't make it back. There's more to the story — insights into mountaineering, hiking, Alaska, etc, but I don't think it's enough. I don't regret the time spent listening to the book, but I probably wouldn't give it a very high recommendation. Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" moved me much more.


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

    Good narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio chapters annoyingly don't match the book chapters. Once in a while the audio would repeat a few phrases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1098)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Struggled through and enjoyed it"
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    What about Jay O. Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Very elaborate performance crafting every character. I enjoyed listening, although someone who prefers a more neutral delivery might not.


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

    Most definitely not. In fact this is probably the book that took me the longest to read/listen to. Started a few years ago, left it alone, then came back to it a number of times. The book is like the story itself — I had contradictory feelings both struggling through it and enjoying it.


    Any additional comments?

    Second time this happened to me — the end came sooner than expected. Last chapter was the additional reading by Heller. A welcome addition, but I wish Audible named the chapters accordingly, so that it's clear where are the chapters, and where's additional material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (864)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Great book!"
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    What about Jon Krakauer’s performance did you like?

    It's great to hear author's own narration. Makes the reading more personal and intimate.


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

    Fascinating subject that I knew little about. After listening to this book I went online to find out more about Everest, Sherpas, and mountaineering in general.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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