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  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,912

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

If I could buy one book for the world right now...

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

If I could buy one book for the world right now, this would be it. I'm actually buying it for a half-dozen friends now because I think it's such an important book for the time that we live in. We are a nation divided, we are polarized, isolated, and starving for community and connection, yet even when we find other with the same thoughts and beliefs we have, somehow we still have this sense of longing and loneliness. This book starts the conversation. This book sets forth a brave path toward healing, reconciliation, conversation, and more than anything else, connection. I've longed for this book for years and it hit me right between the eyes this week. I'm in awe, inspired and full of hope going forward. Thank you Brene Brown, you knocked it out of the park.

  • Breaking Wild

  • By: Diane Les Becquets
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness, Amy Raye, mother of two, is compelled by the quiet and the rush of nature. But this time, her venture into a remote area presents a different set of dangers than Amy Raye has planned for, and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she's flirted with her entire life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read especially if you like the outdoors

  • By Dale on 03-29-16

Good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

There were a number of points where this book drew me in and a handful where it started to lose me. Growing up in Colorado, with time in both the Front Range and the Western Slope, I found the author's descriptions of the seasons, the terrain, the weather, and the hunt were well crafted and pulled me deeper into the story. Her use of some wildlife as the villain was a turnoff, as were a few other subthemes that didn't ring true (I don't want to give away too much). Nonetheless, the author has a good writing style and crafts descriptions that are enticing to the reader and create a vivid story landscape. The crafting of the psychological landscape was well written as well. I just found some elements were outside her wheelhouse and either a little more experience or more research would have crafted a more perfect book.

  • Red Platoon

  • A True Story of American Valour
  • By: Clinton Romesha
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Clinton Romesha
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 930

On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing...

  • By Rob on 05-01-16

Well written, well researched & interesting story

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

This isn't the first story to come out of Outpost Keeting, but to me, it's the best. Sharply detailed descriptions, built on incisive interviews with his comrades in arms, along with heroic action and no BS explanations of why things unfolded as they did. It is probably my favorite book of the year. None of the bravado and (IMHO) BS of Luttrell in Lone Survivor. This book is grounded in reality and openly exposes the soul of the men in Red Platoon. Respect.

  • Gut

  • The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain, yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author's wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Gut Microbe Book Around

  • By serine on 03-31-16

Fascinating, but a little thin on research

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

While I found the overall book interesting, along with the subject, the author comes to a great many conclusions with statements like "initial research is encouraging" or "future research might reveal" which is not science. I think the author's enthusiasm to contribute to a new and growing pool get in the way of sound and defensible conclusions that adhere to scientific method. What you're getting is her "gut" feeling on things a lot of the time. There are interesting studies and the science of gut bacteria is growing, but few conclusions in this book are backed up by real, hard science.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Last American Man

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Patricia Kalember
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

In 1977, at the age of 17, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad to Get to Know my Neighbor

  • By LucyLu on 12-28-13

Disappointing, especially from such a good author

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but maybe some general direction and purpose would have been a good start. While the story of this guy was initially interesting, the book didn't really go anywhere. The author drifts in a few directions, but in the end, I don't really like the person she's writing about. He's self-centered, not willing to learn about the social environment around him, and he's pretty sure everyone else is messed up. And hey, I'm not going to disagree that our society couldn't use some more strong spirited, independent, bold men, but not like this arrogant douche. No thanks.

There's so many better books out there about great men. Maybe pick up something like The Big Burn or something with Teddy Roosevelt. Those are characters worthy of respect.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

  • By: David Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but severely lacking.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-13

The best book I've read on thru-hiking

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

Regardless of what trail you're considering thru-hiking, consider this book. The author does an excellent job of describing the range of emotions, demands, and needs of a thru-hiker, from the start to the finish of their hike. I started listening while on my own hike of the Colorado Trail and I could completely identify with the author; far more than with Cheryl Strayed or Bill Bryson. His descriptions of day to day life on the trail more closely matched mine; I wasn't having a mid-life crisis or anything, I just wanted to go for a long walk. I didn't seek some grand epiphany, I wanted to enjoy exploring a beautiful state and challenge myself.

In the end, I think the author's personal accounts are the kind of information that a thru-hiker needs to prepare, both in terms of what supplies are important and as far as what to expect with such a long hike.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades Darker

  • Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,841

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Point, Well Made!!

  • By Moki on 05-04-12

No more shades of grey

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

I read the first book on paper and while I was extremely disappointed in the ending because it didn't fit the previous several hundred pages of character development for Christian Grey, I wanted to give book two a shot. I couldn't make it three chapters in before deleting it off my phone. The reader is horrible. It's simply unlistenable. The story isn't really all that much better. It's far short of the tension that was built in the first book.

Do your self a favor and stop at book one... and read it in paper format, not audible with this reader. She's seriously one of the worst readers for the genre ever. She might be ok for YA books, but never, ever for this subject material.

  • The Last Season

  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771

Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada - mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written Character Study of an NPS Ranger

  • By Kathy on 06-23-16

Sucked me in from the start

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

I like these kinds of books; starts off at the end and fills in the pieces, looks into the life of the missing person, looks at the search, the evidence, the slow reveal, and the leading theories. They draw me in and this book did it exceptionally well. The missing person is interesting, the circumstances of his disappearance could lead you in a lot of directions, but the author walks you through years of mystery slowly revealing a lengthy history. This was written very much in the style of Dead Run by Dan Schultz.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Born Heroes

  • How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541

After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Brian on 05-11-15

Missed in so many placed Born To Run was a hit

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

When I read Born To Run it was inspirational, educational, entertaining, and wove all those elements together beautifully. This isn't that. It's an attempt to re-create that formula verbatim and it fails pretty badly. It's to bad, too, because I agree with a lot of his arguments about changing our diets, the pushing of gatoraide and hydration to the detriment in performance (and even risk to health), and even some of the movement discussions. However, instead of focusing the book on science or finding a more relevant story to tie into, McDougall stretches to make the adventures of the British special forces and Greek resistance fit his research. The result is disjointed, sometimes makes bizarre leaps of logic, and made the book a struggle to read.

I really wanted the book to work and I think the information he presents on the failure of the USDA recommendations for the past 40 years is really important, but the British reader doesn't make sense for the story, the story line doesn't match the research and he's just trying too hard to re-create Born To Run. I can recommend a number of health tips that I pulled from the book, but I can't recommend the book. Go paleo, don't overhydrate and let thirst drive your drinking, and learn to move dynamically in the world and not in a gym. Take those three things away and you've got the gist of it without the hours of suffering through an meaningless story with a bad reader.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Taos Bank Robbery

  • And Other True Stories of the Southwest
  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

This classic collection of nonfiction essays about life in New Mexico by the great Tony Hillerman remains a must listen for anyone looking to understand the state's unique charm. The engaging pieces in The Great Taos Bank Robbery unveil the life and magic one experiences in the Land of Enchantment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining book for exploring the southwest

  • By Mark on 05-20-15

An entertaining book for exploring the southwest

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

A few months ago I stumbled upon Dead Run, which led me to Tony Hillerman as I decided it was time to explore and relearn the desert southwest I played in twenty years ago. The Great Taos Bank Robbery is a collection of essays that run the gamut of local politics, local history and modern epidemiology. Somehow the stories connect well because of the land they're centered on, despite exploring many different topics over many centuries (and millennia) of human history.

The author does a great job of keeping things light, entertaining, but still informs and educates. Gotta love that blend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful