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  • Vaquita

  • Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez
  • By: Brooke Bessesen, Carl Safina - foreword
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In 2006, vaquita, a diminutive porpoise making its home in the Upper Gulf of California, inherited the dubious title of world's most endangered marine mammal. When international crime cartels discovered a lucrative trade in the swim bladders of totoaba, illegal gillnetting went rampant, and now the lives of the few remaining vaquitas hang in the balance. Author Brooke Bessesen takes us on a journey to Mexico's Upper Gulf region to uncover the story. She interviewed townspeople, fishermen, scientists, and activists, teasing apart a complex story filled with villains and heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By J. Danoff-Burg on 01-11-19

great book

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Although the reader was quite melodramatic, the story was fantastic. I have now listened to this book twice in would recommend to anyone interested in conservation

  • Major Taylor

  • The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame
  • By: Conrad Kerber, Terry Kerber
  • Narrated by: Barrie Buckner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In the wake of the Tour de France’s fallen heroes, the story of one of history’s most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world’s most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major” Taylor. In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, frustrating performance

  • By J. Danoff-Burg on 02-24-17

Great book, frustrating performance

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Major Taylor's story should be a prime read for anyone who is interested in sports, race, American history, and our near-term future. Major Taylor struggles with all of these have sad echoes in our current situation in America. The writing in the book is a bit overwrought, and could have been a bit more straightforward. Also although the readers voice and method of narration was excellent, the frustrating frequency with which he would mispronounce even basic words, let alone place names and French words, was all too prominent. He's an excellent reader, with a great future, but needs to do a bit more research and preparation before the read. Similarly the editing of the performance left much to be desired. Nonetheless, with this set of caveats, I would strongly recommend this book!

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  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,453

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

a harrowing tale of the worst of American History

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

told by a master storyteller and read by a fantastic talent. absolutely worth the read.