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T. Chambless

Dallas, TX
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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,461
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,419

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like I was there...

  • By Linda Ottey on 08-19-18

12 hours straight through

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I listened to this book while driving, returning from a vacation,and listened to it straight through. I couldn’t stop. It was so interesting, suspenseful, and poetic. Kya is independent yet yearns for human interaction. She’s uneducated yet so very intelligent and a self taught biologist and artist. She’s innocent and yet guilty. Such contradictions make for a great story that I’ll be thinking about for years. I highly recommend it.

  • The Frackers

  • The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters
  • By: Gregory Zuckerman
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Balanced approach on controversial topic

  • By Chris on 01-02-14

Excellent Book but Mispronunciations Abound!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

A true story of good ol' American ingenuity solving problems to make a buck and in the process did away with the concept "peak oil". The narrator is excellent and very easy to listen to, but there was a fatal flaw. I cringed every time he said Chiniere or Schlumberger. Mr. Pratt, please look up the pronunciations before you go and narrate and entire book and mispronounce the names of the primary companies in the book. Chiniere is pronounced shin'-uh-ree not shin-aire'. Being connected with the oil industry, these names are available on the internet or just listen to CNBC for a few hours and you'll hear these pronounced correctly. Chiniere is pronounced shin'-uh-ree, not shin-aire'. Shlumberger is pronounced shlum'-ber-zhay not shlum'-burger. Otherwise, the story is fascinating, and the author did a fantastic job of showing a few pieces of the puzzle of how the process of fracking opened new energy to the US in a modern equivalent of finding the new world.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered Air

  • A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome
  • By: Bob Madgic, Adrian Esteban
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite's fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night's end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me on the edge of my seat

  • By T. Chambless on 08-16-08

Had me on the edge of my seat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-08

This book is the best read I've had in a while. I like adventure stories and nature and this combines both. Yosemite, lightening, hiking, rescue are all involved and makes for a good listen.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Year

  • A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
  • By: Mark Obmascik
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ultra Birding - Competive Bird Watching

  • By Chauncey on 03-13-04

I choose this book on a lark (get it?)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-05

I'm not a birder. In fact I didn't even know such people existed. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but the competition drew me it, and by the end of the book I wanted more. I recommend this book whether you are a birder or not. It's very entertaining and educational. Since I read this, I have gone out and bought my first pair of binoculars. Now if only I knew what a lark looked like.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Year

  • A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
  • By: Mark Obmascik
  • Narrated by: Del Roy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the Birds

  • By Anonymous User on 09-18-04

Not a birder - Loved the book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-05

I bought this book with some skepticism, but after I got into it, I loved it. There is a lot of name dropping about birds - bird names - but it didn't really get in the way of enjoying the book. I even looked up some of the birds on the internet to see what they were talking about. It's a play by play of 3 people who set out to see how many birds they could see and identify in a year. I had no idea people did this. I had heard about the Christmas bird counts, but didn't know that people did this year round. I found it a very interesting and informative book. I didn't know Audobon killed all those birds that he drew pictures of. They would have kicked him out of the Audobon Society today! I was rooting for the guys who were competing, and thought some of the stories were hilarious about one guy who would leave a "hello" message for the other two birders just for fun. There are some Audible books that leave me wanting more when they finish and this was one of them. It would be fun to count how many birds are named in the book - to see if it coincides with the number of birds viewed that year by the winner. Try it and let me know!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Looking for Alaska

  • By: Peter Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jenkins, Rebekah Jenkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Looking for Alaska is Peter's account of eighteen months spent traveling over twenty thousand miles in tiny bush planes, on snow machines and snowshoes, in fishing boats and kayaks, on the Alaska Marine Highway and the Haul Road. Hearing and living the amazing stories of many Alaskans from Barrow to Craig, Seward to Deering, and everywhere in between, Peter gets to know this place in a way that only he can.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good yarn, poor delivery

  • By KPS on 05-14-05

Best Travel Journal I've Read in a Long Time!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-04

Every once in a while I run across a book that I download on a whim, hoping that it will be good. This one was a gem! I couldn't stop listening to it, and it kept me thoroughly entranced and entertained during a long drive over the holidays. Peter Jenkins narrates his and his family's journey through various experiences in Alaska during a year's visit. He includes excerpts from tapes that give you a feel for the sounds and his excellent descriptions of the beauty, the life threatening experiences, and the tender moments with his family make you feel you are a part of the experience. As a lover of the outdoors, but with too little time to take to enjoy it in person, I love finding books like this that capture the experience. I highly recommend it. His daughter's narratives are also very enjoyable. You hear the experience from Peter's perspective then from Rebecca's. Keep writing Rebecca! We want to hear more! I'm definitely going to check into Peter's other books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this book with your kids!

  • By Robert on 08-30-03

Wonderful to Listen to

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-03

I enjoy reading light scientific books, and this one is a great one. This book takes each of several scientific subjects from their beginnings to the latest discoveries and theories, giving an interesting overview of that science. Each subject is presented in a clear and precise way, and the knowledge is put into perspective with clarifying analogies and fresh new ways of looking at complex subjects. NOW I finally understand what quantum physics is about.

I highly recommend this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. I only wish that it was not an abridged version. I'd like to hear more.

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,008

David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subtly Funny Musings on Life Experiences

  • By FanB14 on 09-03-12

Sedaris is great!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-03

I was not familiar with David Sedaris before I bought this book, and I absolutely loved it. The stories are heartfelt and funny. The audio delivery is superb. I now keep an eye out for anything Sedaris has written knowing I will enjoy it. Keep the books coming! I can't wait to hear more.

40 of 51 people found this review helpful