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  • The Jaguar's Children

  • By: John Vaillant
  • Narrated by: Ozzie Rodriguez, David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers' money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesar's phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Storytelling and Shocking

  • By Carl on 02-29-16

I had to struggle to finish this book.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-17

I absolutely love John Vaillant's other 2 books but this book was too sad and difficult to follow.

  • The Golden Spruce

  • A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed
  • By: John Vaillant
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island, they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest. Five months earlier, logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin had plunged naked into a river in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands, towing a chainsaw. When his night's work was done, a unique Sitka spruce, 165 feet tall and covered with luminous golden needles, teetered on its stump. Two days later it fell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story but ??

  • By robert on 01-11-14

One of my all time favorites!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-16

What made the experience of listening to The Golden Spruce the most enjoyable?

I love this audio book! It's easily one of my top 5 favorites. The story is terrific, the writing is wonderful and the performance is a perfect match for the text. This is one of the very few audio books I have listened to 3 times.

What other book might you compare The Golden Spruce to and why?

Boy's in the Boat. Unbroken. Seabiscuit. The Tiger

What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

His voice is wonderful and he seamlessly takes the listener into the world of the story.

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

not quite

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,461
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,531

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Amazing book, fantastic story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-11

In 10 years of listening to audio books this is one of the best. Seabiscuit was a great book and this was even better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Liar's Poker

  • Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time. In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • okay at best

  • By David on 06-01-10

okay at best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-10

great book but abridgement ruined the audiobook

31 of 31 people found this review helpful