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  • Ranger Confidential

  • Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks
  • By: Andrea Lankford
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing from Cover to Cover

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 04-13-15

Ever wanted to be a Park Ranger? This is the book!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

If you could sum up Ranger Confidential in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, informative and surprising. Think that being a National Park Ranger is an easy gig? Guess again. This book celebrates the natural wonders of the largest U.S. national parks and the tragedies that can take place in them. The story was very engaging, in large part due to the outstanding narration of Julia Motyka, but informative. I have a much better sense of the parks after having listener to the book. Beware, however, that just as the author notes in the beginning, this tell all book spares no detail about many of the bad things that happened in the park including some pretty gory details.

Any additional comments?

If you liked Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, this is a good follow up book.

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  • Wide-Eyed and Legless

  • Inside the Tour de France
  • By: Jeff Connor
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Named ‘The No. 1 Cycling Book of All Time’ by Cycle Sport, Wide-Eyed and Legless is a fast-paced, fly-on-the-wall story of courage, endurance, bungling, rows and cheating in sport's greatest marathon. In 1987, the Tour was won by Irishman Stephen Roche. It was the first time the champion had hailed from outside the Continent or the States and the first time in 20 years a British team - ANC Halfords - had competed in the world's toughest and craziest race.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Who gave Connor this assignment?

  • By Claire on 02-11-17

Into the Tour de France? This is your book.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

Would you listen to Wide-Eyed and Legless again? Why?

For anyone who enjoys watching cycling and especially the Tour de France, this book is one that should not be missed. It is a bit dated, but the classic nature of the book fits nicely with the traditions of the great race. A bit hard to follow at times, this books may be a bit of a bore to a regular sports fan. This is a book about cycling for cycling fans.

Who was your favorite character and why?

More than just going into the peloton, this book takes the the listener into team meetings, team cars and the dynamics of how teams are started and sustained. The characters in the book are, in fact, true characters, and the authors does an outstanding job in introducing the listener to them.

What aspect of Ben Elliot’s performance would you have changed?

The narration is good, just, apparently, a bit dated. I got used to the unclear recording in time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a short book that covers a lot of ground. It is one that requires listeners' attention. It can easily be listened to in one long setting.

Any additional comments?

If you are in to the great race, this is a must read. Wish I had listened to it long ago.

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  • Rich Dad Advisors: Run Your Own Corporation

  • How to Legally Operate and Properly Maintain Your Company into the Future
  • By: Garrett Sutton
  • Narrated by: Garrett Sutton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

"I've set up my corporation. Now what do I do?" All too often business owners and real estate investors are asking this question. They have formed their protective entity - be it a corporation, LLC, or LP - and don't know what to do next. Run Your Own Corporation provides the solution to this very common dilemma. Breaking down the requirements chronologically (i.e. the first day, first quarter, first year), the audiobook sets forth all the tax and corporate and legal matters new business owners must comply with.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good general overview; author is a bit nutty

  • By Joe on 07-18-14

Good general overview; author is a bit nutty

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

Reviewed: 07-18-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is a good book for someone who is new to running their own cooperation or for someone who wants to brush up on corporate governance. The author is clear, the book is tight and the examples are engaging and informative. I will note however, that as a general book, it doesn't get into a great deal of detail. Also, I found it strange when, in the middle of the book, the author delves into what amounts as a nutty anti-government example and weird followup. Finally, all of the Rich Dad books overly reference other books in the series, something that is irritating and, I believe, serves only to undermine the books. That said, conspiracy theories and smarmy sales tactics aside, this is a good book

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Again, this was informative as a general overview.

Which scene was your favorite?

The book does a god job of outlining the legal and financial pitfalls related to corporate governance.

What did you take away from Rich Dad Advisors: Run Your Own Corporation that you can apply to your work?

The author lays out in a very clear way to run a corporation in terms of governance. He should keep his nutty anti-government rants to himself. They are distracting.

Any additional comments?

No book can cover all topics of running a corporation. But this is one of several books on business that entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs should own.

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