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  • Nature Noir

  • A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra
  • By: Jordan Fisher Smith
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

A nature audiobook unlike any other, Jordan Fisher Smith's startling account of fourteen years as a park ranger thoroughly dispels our idealized visions of life in the great outdoors. Instead of scout troops and placid birdwatchers, Smith's beat - a stretch of land that has been officially condemned to be flooded - brings him into contact with drug users tweaked out to the point of violence, obsessed miners, and other dangerous creatures. In unflinchingly honest prose, he reveals the unexpectedly dark underbelly of patrolling and protecting public lands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • narration deplorable

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-19

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

a book more about the history/non-history of the Auburn dam than about patrolling park rangers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness Wore Red

  • The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice
  • By: Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Musser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and emotional read

  • By Briley on 10-08-13

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

amazing story. narrator has a pleasant voice and good diction but a strange tendency to inflect as if she were a robot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Running on Red Dog Road

  • And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood
  • By: Drema Hall Berkheimer
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave through Drema's childhood in 1940s Appalachia after her father is killed in the coal mines, her mother goes off to work as a Rosie the Riveter, and she is left in the care of devout Pentecostal grandparents. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that feels like a novel with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and indisputable charm. Drema's coming of age is colored by tent revivals with Grandpa, poetry-writing hobos, and traveling carnivals, and through it all, she serves witness to a multi-generational family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story

  • By brooksie on 03-05-18

Sweet story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

great slice of light story with delightful narration. Heartwarming and fun. Makes you long for those days...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful