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  • Mind of the Raven

  • Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
  • By: Bernd Heinrich
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Bernd Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can be spied on only by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father", as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines and, in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis we become their intimates, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 16+ hours of Ravens, great stories & narration

  • By Diana on 11-09-16

Raven

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Lots of detailed information about the birds but difficult to stay focused on text because the narrators voice nor his tone did justice to the words written. Was very difficult to listen to him. After listening to as much as I could I came to fully believe understand the importance of the fit between voice, subject and ability to nuance the topic

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,818
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,766

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Boys in the Boat to be better than the print version?

Same. Different experience....

Which scene was your favorite?

Certainly the olympic race was great!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Loved reading about the unknown Seattle area and the characters of each boy that rowed. The Nazi's curtain covering the reality of what they were doing was disgusting.

Any additional comments?

Great read or listen, enjoyed it very much. Kept updating my husband, finally said, just read it!

  • Assembling California

  • By: John McPhee
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates—plate tectonics—evoked more scorn than serious research. Today, this revolutionary theory continues to dazzle and challenge geologists and laymen alike. Assembling California explores an area uniquely demonstrative of the plate tectonic theory: California, which according to “tectonicists,” is breaking apart at its seams.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Idea, Great Prose, Difficult Listen

  • By Colin on 06-22-13

geography jargon

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you try another book from John McPhee and/or Nelson Runger?

yes

Would you recommend Assembling California to your friends? Why or why not?

not sure, there is a lot of geography terms used that I did not understand so I got bored. I have enjoyed other books by John McPhee more.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nelson Runger?

sure

1 of 2 people found this review helpful