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wsudu

LENEXA, KS, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Gerchick
    • Narrated By Michael Butler Murray
    Overall
    (18)
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    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In Full Upright and Locked Position, former FAA chief counsel and senior aviation policy official Mark Gerchick unravels the unseen forces and little-known facts that have reshaped our air travel experience since September 11, 2001. With wry humor and unique insight, Gerchick takes us past the jargon, technicalities, and all-is-well platitudes to expose the new normal of air travel: from the packed planes and myriad hassles of everyday flying to the alchemy of air fares, the airlines' endless nickel-and-diming, and the elusive hope of escape from steerage.

    wsudu says: "Too negative."
    "Too negative."
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    What aspect of Michael Butler Murray’s performance would you have changed?

    The book in my opinion is a downer. We all know air travel is stressful and can be difficult but it seemed to just stay in that realm the entire way through. Honestly it might be different if it was read from another narrator, I can't really say but from the beginning it's just a downer. There were some interesting things about pilots and aircraft procedures midway through the book but overall, it just wasn't for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some interesting facts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregory Zuckerman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

    Chris says: "Balanced approach on controversial topic"
    "Loved this book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Easy listening and easy to understand.


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    Smooth narration, very easy to listen to. Not too negative or overly positive sounding.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an unexpected delight. I've always been interested in the topic of hydraulic fracturing after watching the documentary film Gas Land, but for it to be a story about several different people and their paths in history, it was something I didn't want to stop listening to. It was also very even keeled since he points out all aspects of it, especially around the Dimock, PA wells.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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