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Howard Houchen

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  • Erebus

  • One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time
  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Former Monty Python stalwart and beloved television globe-trotter Michael Palin brings the fascinating story of the Erebus and its occupants to life, from its construction as a bomb vessel in 1826 through the flagship years of James Clark Ross's Antarctic expedition and finally to Sir John Franklin's quest for the holy grail of navigation - a route through the Northwest Passage, where the ship disappeared into the depths of the sea for more than 150 years. It was rediscovered under the arctic waters in 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it.

  • By Curt Walker on 11-13-18

FANTASTIC!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Palin does a superb job at hitting all requisite details and facts to provide the reader (listener) with background and follows with well researched insight into the epic history of HMS Erebus with much attention to her sister-ship, HMS Terror.
One small drawback (for me) the narration seemed to quiet in volume in many areas which became slightly frustrating. Again, for me, this is perceived as a minor flaw.

  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 630

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Men Who Saved 1968

  • By Gillian on 04-04-18

Kurson Belts Another One Outta the Park

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This Kurson kid has established himself as one of the most meticulous reaearch based authors of his time. Impeccable research and attention to detail couple with his magnificent ability to paint pictures with words to produce present day masterpieces.

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  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

  • By: Dr. Joseph Murphy
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

One of the best-selling self-help books of all time, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind has helped millions around the world achieve remarkable success, simply by changing the way they think. Dr. Murphy's mind-focusing techniques are based on a simple principle: If you believe in something without reservation and picture it in your mind, you can remove the subconscious obstacles that prevent you from achieving the results you want and your belief can become a reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Mulima Chibuye on 08-16-17

Interesting but Sub-par Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

For me, the narration itself made the book a struggle to get through. His voice trails off to inaudible in hundreds of instances.

  • On the Bottom

  • The Raising of the Submarine S-51
  • By: Edward Ellsberg
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The sinking of the submarine S-51 was one of the greatest tragedies in American naval history. Due to a miscommunication and subsequent collision between the sub and a passing steamship on a September night, the S-51, including 33 of its crew of 36, sank to the ocean depths. The tragedy of the S-51 captivated the nation, and was a fixture in the pages of American newspapers. The story took on a whole new dimension when the navy decided to take over the salvage of the 1,000-ton behemoth from a civilian company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FASCINATING!

  • By Howard Houchen on 08-17-17

FASCINATING!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

An brilliantly written and narrated tale of men improvising and overcoming seemingly impossible conditions and odds.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,398

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already Purchased Two Copies for Friends

  • By Anthony A. on 07-13-13

Fascinating and enlightening!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Yet another Audible book you will not want to "put down". Extremely well written and perfectly read.

  • The Last Dive

  • A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths
  • By: Bernie Chowdhury
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading title

  • By Carl Schumann on 01-02-17

Very Good Book!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Loved every paragraph of every chapter. The author writes about somewhat technical details of sport diving in ways that explain while capturing attention.

  • Shadow Divers

  • The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING!

  • By Douglas on 07-03-04

A Masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Absolutely one of the finest researched, organized, and written books I have read (listened to)

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  • Scuba Professional

  • Insights into Sport Diver Training & Operations
  • By: Simon Pridmore
  • Narrated by: Simon Pridmore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Scuba Professional is not only for professionals. Serious divers who take more than a passing interest in their hobby and want to know what goes on behind the scenes will be fascinated by the topics addressed and the insights offered. From a dive safety point of view, Simon looks at the bigger picture and, in a series of chapters on avoiding and handling accidents, sets out a framework for developing the safety culture within our sport.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great book, Simon is a Dive God!

  • By Ryan on 11-18-17

A MUST Read if Considering Becoming a Dive Pro

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

Simon covers, in detail, the highs and lows of what it means being a dive professional in today's environment.

  • Scuba Confidential

  • An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver
  • By: Simon Pridmore
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Scuba Confidential is a unique audiobook packed full of valuable tips and expert advice, giving you unprecedented access to the secrets of dive professionals and technical divers. With Scuba Confidential, you will learn how to master skills and techniques that will make you a more confident, capable, and safe diver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for all divers

  • By Michael H Gabrielson on 02-25-15

Good for Beginning Divers through Advanced

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

If you are thinking of becoming a SCUBA diver, a beginning diver, or an avid recreational diver...this book has enough of the myriad facets of diving to keep you more than interested! Well worth money and time spent. You will not disappointed.