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  • When Violence Is the Answer

  • Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake
  • By: Tim Larkin
  • Narrated by: Tim Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 310

In this essential new book, self-protection expert and former military intelligence officer Tim Larkin changes the way we think about violence in order to save our lives. By deconstructing our assumptions about violence - its morality, its function in modern society, how it actually works - Larkin unlocks the shackles of our own taboos and arms us with what we need to know to prevent, prepare for, and survive the unthinkable event of life-or-death violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare Yourself

  • By Jim Capps on 11-28-17

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Where does When Violence Is the Answer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this book is at the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of When Violence Is the Answer?

Painting a clear picture and helping to define what violence is.

Which scene was your favorite?

I have two daughters so the young college girl who is attached in her dorm room. they will defiantly be attending Tim's training before college.

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

the young girl who was attached and then took the training, was attached again and successfully defended herself.

Any additional comments?

The distinction between social and a-social violence. Always try you best to walk away from social and if you encounter a-social act fast and with conviction.

  • The Worst President in History

  • The Legacy of Barack Obama
  • By: Matt Margolis, Mark Noonan
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

As Barack Obama's presidential failures keep adding up, remembering them all can be a challenge. Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan have compiled everything you need to know about the presidency of Barack Obama (so far) into one book. Now you can easily find all the information that was ignored by the media and that Barack Obama would like you to forget.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The worst book in history

  • By Chris Birge on 05-09-17

A lot I didn't know

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

What made the experience of listening to The Worst President in History the most enjoyable?

I learned a lot about what Obama really did.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Obama is a very deceiving person, even if half of the book is true.

Which scene was your favorite?

too many to name one.

If you could give The Worst President in History a new subtitle, what would it be?

The real Obama.

Any additional comments?

everyone should get this book.

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  • Destiny Disrupted

  • A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
  • By: Tamim Ansary
  • Narrated by: Tamim Ansary
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains the clash between Islam and the West

  • By Blake on 03-26-10

Eye opening

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

Where does Destiny Disrupted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A very interesting book, as a typical American I didn't know a lot about Islam or the middle east. Tamim tells a great story from beginning to end and I would highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the middle east.

What other book might you compare Destiny Disrupted to and why?

A people's history of the United States.

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

I have not but this was great.

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

no.

  • My Friend the Mercenary

  • By: James Brabazon
  • Narrated by: James Brabazon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence and political intrigue.He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Phil on 07-24-11

Great book

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great book, it's hard to believe what really happens in some corners of the world.

What other book might you compare My Friend the Mercenary to and why?

A crazy thing to do film a war in the bush of Africa.

What about James Brabazon’s performance did you like?

I can't believe that did it

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Some places in the world are very brutal.

  • Alone on the Ice

  • The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
  • By: David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp - the dogs were gone. Mawson plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizable, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Historic Death-defying Antarctic Expedition

  • By Jacqueline on 01-30-13

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

If you could sum up Alone on the Ice in three words, what would they be?

A great adventure that I'd never heard of before, Mawson and the AAE was a completely new story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mawson, he never gave up

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

Great story teller.

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

I did to the hardships they had to endure, as an outdoors person I've said to myself "is this worth it".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Attainment of the North Pole

  • Being the Record of the Expetition that First Reached the Boreal Center 1907-1909
  • By: Frederick Albert Cook
  • Narrated by: Andre Stojka
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

A wild epic journey by an American with two Inuit companions, struggling to be the first humans to reach the North Pole. After reaching the Pole, the struggle continued with a year-long, near death journey back to civilization, without supplies, competing with animals of the wild without defensive weapons, crossing a shifting sea of ice and struggling for life during the long winter night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok

  • By Bradley on 12-20-13

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

What did you like best about My Attainment of the North Pole? What did you like least?

the adventure to the north pole, I've listen to the all of the Antarctic books.

Has My Attainment of the North Pole turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andre Stojka?

not sure.

Could you see My Attainment of the North Pole being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

Any additional comments?

the story wasn't believable.

  • Eiger Dreams

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Jon Krakauer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, Krakauer explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has himself battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, Eiger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Where Krakauer got his start...

  • By Steve Anderson on 01-03-05

Excellent mountaineering book

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

Reviewed: 09-18-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, The book is great at describing the obstacles people face when climing , struggles against nature and yourself.

What other book might you compare Eiger Dreams to and why?

Boys of Everest, Ed Viesturs K2, they are very descriptive about the journey and you get a clear picture of what it might be like.

What about Jon Krakauer’s performance did you like?

The flow of his and description of his stories.

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

Yes, the final 3 minutes of the book is great.

Any additional comments?

I think it's great that he reads his own stuff.

  • The Boys of Everest

  • By: Clint Willis
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

This gripping story of courage, achievement, and heartbreaking loss tells of Bonington's Boys, a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. Chris Bonington's inner circle included a dozen of the most renowned climbers, who took increasingly terrible risks on now legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks, and paid an enormous price. Most of them died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read by James Adams

  • By Suzanne on 05-23-11

Great book

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

Reviewed: 04-10-13

What made the experience of listening to The Boys of Everest the most enjoyable?

I thought this was an excellent book, it took you through the lives of Chris Bonington and a group of climber as they grew up and became mountaineers.

What did you like best about this story?

The detail

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

my first

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

yes

Any additional comments?

no

  • K2

  • Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
  • By: Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

In K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time he probes K2's most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering - questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Makes You Want to Climb K2... Almost

  • By JJ on 12-30-15

Good book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A good book on K2 from the point of history and climber prospective. I would read it again.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

good close

Which scene was your favorite?

The summary of the 2008 tragedy

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

no

Any additional comments?

no

1 of 2 people found this review helpful