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David

Hillsborough, NJ, USA
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Less Than Compelling

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-03

Subject Matter: A retelling of the brief (6 days), less than harrowing adventure of four American climbers who come off more as spoiled whiners than victimized hostages. Yes, they did endure cold, hunger, thirst, and fear, but not to the degree that makes for a truly compelling narrative. There is so little content that the author seems forced to insert a lengthy recap of the unsettle politics of the region. If you want to explore true heroics, try ?Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage? by Alfred Lansing. Now that?s an adventure!

Narrator: Greg Child - Excellent; he handles the difficult pronunciations well and provides convincing accents when needed.

Audio Quality: Reviewed-Format 4 Excellent, distortion-free with consistent sound levels

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

Captivating and Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-03

Subject Matter: A compelling story rich in detail and historical perspective. The retelling builds slowly as the author first details the socio-economic background of the period. The accounts of the attacks are dramatic with a "you are there" feel. Although this is a documented historical event, there is most certainly some literary embellishment, as the author was obviously not a witness. A captivating story written and read well, none the less. The terror of the events is amplified by the intimate examination of the personalities involved, both the victims and the pursuers. Once the shark enters the creek you will be hard pressed to turn your player off!

Narrator: Len Cariou - Excellent; the perfect commanding voice for a story such as this.

Audio Quality: Reviewed-Format 4 Excellent, distortion-free with consistent sound levels

9 of 9 people found this review helpful