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  • Puerto Rico's Cordillera Central

  • Travel Adventures
  • By: Kurt Pitzer, Tara Stevens
  • Narrated by: JJ Bower
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

To find the real Puerto Rico - the one that shopping malls and condos have yet to reach - head for the towns and villages of the Cordillera Central, or Central Mountains. Bisected by the Ruta Panoramica (Scenic Route), the mountains provide a relaxing getaway with an atmosphere so unlike the coast that it feels like an entirely different island. The Ruta Panorámica is a driving adventure covering more than a hundred miles of countryside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful-a great resource for expats as well as the well informed vacationer

  • By Jeroid on 04-25-18

Insightful-a great resource for expats as well as the well informed vacationer

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

As someone who has lived on the island for more than a dozen years, I found the book to be insightful and accurate. I was able to glean some additional ideas for possible adventures and having such information about the topography, history, culture, plants, etc. all in one place makes this book a great resource. I don’t know that the title is entirely fitting as I thought the book would be specifically about the central mountain range of Puerto Rico, however they clearly spent much time exploring there. I also feel, as having read the book in 2018, it could stand to be updated and revamped. Overall though, I think it is worth a purchase, as it is insightful, both for anyone moving to or vacationing in Puerto Rico.

  • H. H. Holmes

  • The True History of the White City Devil
  • By: Adam Selzer
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

This is the first truly comprehensive book examining the life and career of the murderer who has become one of America's great supervillains. It reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before, including legal documents, letters, articles, and records that have been buried in archives for more than a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth

  • By Shaun Wheeler on 09-08-17

Comprehensive and captivating

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The book overall was so incredibly well written and researched. Adam did not sensationalize or exaggerate Holmes or his crimes, nor feel inclined to add to allure but based the writing on what could be backed up by evidence. I did not feel as if the book where truly leaning or inclined one way or the other throughout, but was a thorough summation of what could be backed up. Narration was also superb. Loved this book!

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  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,827

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

What you'd expect from David McCullough

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

Reviewed: 10-02-12

What made the experience of listening to 1776 the most enjoyable?

The details.

What did you like best about this story?

There were many quotes from letters which I felt brought a very real and true to life narration to the book. It also helps one to remember this war was one not easily won with odds stacked against the rebels. Interesting and thought-inducing.

Have you listened to any of David McCullough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps George Washington was almost deified and there weren't any humanizing comments about the man, who was most assuredly, merely a human.