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  • Trapped!

  • The Story of Floyd Collins
  • By: Robert K. Murray, Roger W. Brucker
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The sensationalism and hysteria of the rescue attempt in early 1925 of caver Floyd Collins generated America's first true media spectacle and one of the seminal events of the century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real gem of an audio

  • By John on 11-29-09

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Any additional comments?

Less about caves, and more about the people and the media frenzy. Still, it made an entertaining read.

  • Blind Descent

  • The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
  • By: James Tabor
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover—to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Courage!!

  • By RGH on 11-07-10

Interesting story marred by overblown description

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Any additional comments?

The constant puffed up description really ruin this story. In particular, the authors fawning over the "christ-like" Bill Stone is ridiculous (he seriously used the words christ-like to describe Bill). If this wasn't non-fiction I'd assume Bill Stone would be the author's self-insert wish-fulfillment fantasy character. Instead, I have to assume it's just Tabor stroking Stones ego.

  • The Burglary

  • The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
  • By: Betty Medsger
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Betty Medsger
  • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

The never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists - quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans - that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget Ocean's 11

  • By Susie on 02-06-14

15 hours too long.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A great story that was flooded with inane details.

Not only that, the Author spoiled the entire book in the first chapter. I get it, its non-fiction, but it was a dumb decision to outline EVERYTHING in the first chapter.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Surrender

  • My Thirty-Year War
  • By: Hiroo Onoda
  • Narrated by: Lane Nishikawa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

In the Spring of 1974, 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine army and police, hostile islanders, and eventually successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and waiting for the day when his fellow soldiers would return victorious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story!

  • By Erik on 04-13-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-20-14

What did you love best about No Surrender?

I had wanted to read this for years and was really excited to see it has been made into an audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Surrender?

This story held me for the whole six and half hours. It was fascinating but frustrating to listen to. Hiroo's stubborness makes you want to scream.

Which character – as performed by Lane Nishikawa – was your favorite?

It was great that the reader was also japanese. It brought Hiroo's story to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,741

The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

Superficial story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-11

It was an interesting concept but none of the characters or situations went beyond superficial descriptions to advance the lackluster relationship story. The ending was ridiculous and completely forced, That is to say it did not fit at all with the characters personality and simply came out of nowhere to end the book and link the two time-lines. A poor read overall, I don't recommend it.