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M.L. Winters

Seattle, WA USA
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  • The Promise of the Grand Canyon

  • John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West
  • By: John F. Ross
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier - the final exploration of continental America. The son of an Ohio abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled its last uncharted feature - the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb History, but a bit too detailed.

  • By Joseph on 07-23-18

Fine addition to the Powell story

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

A worthy addition to the literature on John Wesley Powell's impact on the settlement of the American West. New material on Powell's early years, and in-depth assesment of his contributions as a Federal bureaucrat and visionary nicely suppliment the older works by Stegner and others. Powell's exploration of the Grand Canyon is covered but the book, fortunately, emphasizes his contributions after 1872.

  • Captiva

  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

 

Randy Wayne White is acclaimed as "wildly inventive" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), "a wonderful writer" (Paul Theroux), "a fine storyteller" (Peter Matthiessen), and "the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald" (The Tampa Tribune-Times). In his fourth Doc Ford novel, he delivers a wicked thriller that sends government agent turned marine biologist Doc Ford into dangerous new waters as a Florida fishing dispute escalates into a deadly war that reaches across the ocean...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooray!

  • By Carole T. on 04-25-18

Routine fantasy, elevated by the performer

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

The story is a routine fantasy of male prowess -- sexual, physical, intellectual -- and self sufficiency. Strong performance by George Guidall makes it listenable.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,262

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Anthropology? Ecology? Evolutionary Biology?

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

An inventive "what-if" story of alien cultures that takes up the question: "what if species other than humans evolved?" Earned an instant place on my mental bookshelf, right next to Mary D. Russell's "The Sparrow", and "Children of God".

Well performed as well. An excellent listen I'm happy to recommend.