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B. P. Hoyer

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  • Major Taylor

  • The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame
  • By: Conrad Kerber, Terry Kerber
  • Narrated by: Barrie Buckner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In the wake of the Tour de France’s fallen heroes, the story of one of history’s most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world’s most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major” Taylor. In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, frustrating performance

  • By J. Danoff-Burg on 02-24-17

Great book terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Let me start by saying how much I loved this STORY! Major Taylor is one of the greatest cyclists and most influential African-Americans in history. The dramatic Flair and beautiful attention to detail bring Major Taylor back to life! I am unable to give it all the stars it deserves simply due to the narrator. I can forgive many of the mispronunciations of foreign languages, but it is much harder to forgive when the names and words are some of the most common and well-known in the cycling vocabulary. I suffered the butchering of words Peloton and the velodrome for chapters but was still shocked when the founder of the Tour de France had his name mangled beyond recognition. Things became even worse towards the end of the book when the narrator ceased to edit out his stumbles but left himself reading the same sentence three times trying to figure it out. I hope this book is re-recorded in the years to come as I would love to listen to it again, but that will have to wait until somebody else is reading it.

  • Short Course in Beer

  • An Introduction to Tasting and Talking About the World's Most Civilized Beverage
  • By: Lynn Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

Straightforward and opinionated, Short Course in Beer is designed to turn the novice beer lover into an expert imbiber and the casual drinker into an enthusiast. Readers will come to understand the beauty of beer and the sources of its flavor, as well as learn which beers are worth our time and which are not. With tongue in cheek, the author examines beer's historical connections to the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, and modern-day soccer riots. He talks frankly (and joyfully) about the effects of alcohol on the body and brain, he defends beer from its enemies, and ushers it out of the frat house and into the dining room.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Ok Beer Book

  • By AppleCedAR on 10-21-13

Outstanding Primer

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Short Course in Beer?

After completing this book I will definitely try creating a home-brew, and have already begun applying the theories to my beer tasting and buying endeavors.

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  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,955

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Different Books

  • By Roger on 02-11-14

Could not Complete

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

What disappointed you about Finding Ultra?

The book reads like a shrine to Rich Roll. I expected a book on fitness and achieving something, which may be in there after the 7 hours of listening to Rich Roll tell you how many opportunities he ruined.