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Bruce

Portland, OR, United States
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  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

  • By Sara on 06-30-15

Fascinating and compassionate investigation

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

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

Absolutely. Eichar carefully reconstructs a fascinating tragic mystery and works toward a solution with integrity and a solid awareness of his own limits. It's educational in the best way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Mountain?

The vivid recreations of the lives of these Soviet students of the '50s, particularly the various ways music played such a large part in their individual and shared experiences.

What about Donnie Eichar’s performance did you like?

Hearing the Russian and scientific terms pronounced right.

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

I was very moved, appreciative of Eichar's interest in getting real answers and sympathetic to the conclusion he reaches about the calamity that overwhelmed the Dyaltov party.

Any additional comments?

Eichar's reading is very conservative in emotional terms - sometimes too flat and restrained. I get the sense that he strongly wants to avoid sensationalism, and I respect that, but it took a while for me to connect with the emotions as well as the data in his story.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll

  • The Mysterious Roots of Modern Music
  • By: Christopher Knowles
  • Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Sex. Drugs. Loud music. Wild costumes. Dazzling light shows. These words can all describe a great rock concert or a hot dance club, but they were also part and parcel of the ancient cultural phenomenon known as the "Mystery religions". In this book, author Christopher Knowles shows how the long-dead Mystery religions got a secular reincarnation when a new musical form called rock 'n' roll burst onto the scene.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading, disappointing book

  • By Bruce on 02-07-12

Excellent reading, disappointing book

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

Reviewed: 02-07-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Quinn does a fine job with the reading. One of my favorite things about audio books is getting the pronunciations of foreign and unfamiliar terms, and he weaves them in smoothly. His pacing and dynamics were both great. I'll be looking for more by him.

What was most disappointing about Christopher Knowles’s story?

Weak scholarship, distracting cutesy phrasing, and above all, deep tunnel vision, showing little awareness that anyone else's tastes could really matter as much as his or be nearly so interesting. Would have been a better memoir, maybe.

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

The first part, going over the existing accounts and physical evidence of the mystery cults of antiquity with an eye on possible similarities of practice with contemporary music and related celebrations, was fun. A lot of it's speculative, but he's clear about it, and some of the connections he traces intrigued me enough to suggest further reading. The farther his subject is from himself, apparently, the better Knowles is at writing interestingly about it for people who don't share his immediate tastes.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful