LISTENER

Anonymous

  • 3
  • reviews
  • 5
  • helpful votes
  • 4
  • ratings
  • Black Potatoes

  • The Story of the Great Irish Famine
  • By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people. Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the facts

  • By Tina on 05-04-12

A must read on the Irish Potato Famine!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Any additional comments?

The narrator does an incredible job of recounting the actual events of the Irish potato famine. The author is wonderful about including first hand accounts of the famine and referring to England's role, (i.e. their lack of help) without being conspiratorial or biased. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Irish history, England landlordship or just cares about being educated on major historical events.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Merle's Door

  • Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
  • By: Ted Kerasote
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to

  • By John Bonkowski on 07-15-07

Kerasote's Ability to Describe Man-Dog Relations

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Any additional comments?

Kerasote did an excellent job in this book. I am genuinely surprised, (Sorry Ted, but I thought this was going to be terrible). It was, however, extremely descriptive, well-written, and beautiful. Kerasote's ability to describe the human-canine relationship through his own experience and the historical aspect is wonderful. The book alternates between Merle and Ted and the dog throughout history. I've learned a great deal regarding the behavior of dogs throughout this read.

The audio of this book could be sped up. I actually listened to it three times faster than the recorded speed. Perhaps not for everyone, but a 1.5 speed increase would probably suit most folks out there.

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,392

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

A drawnout hike

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

This book starts out fairly interesting, but drugs on and on going over the exact same idea over and over. By the end of 14 hours I was ready to drive off a cliff. I don't care for this new modern approach to writing where art is lost and speech is

4 of 5 people found this review helpful