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Bruce McClenahan

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  • The Promise of the Grand Canyon

  • John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West
  • By: John F. Ross
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier - the final exploration of continental America. The son of an Ohio abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled its last uncharted feature - the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb History, but a bit too detailed.

  • By Joseph on 07-23-18

Parallels

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-19

A daunting adventure, but more interesting was Powell as the head of the USGS. The attacks on science and the roll of government in the 1890's is not unlike today. Powell the scientist was on the right side of history.

  • The Age of Eisenhower

  • America and the World in the 1950s
  • By: William I. Hitchcock
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower's accomplishments were enormous and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Thorough and Balanced Biography

  • By John on 05-28-18

A much overlooked president.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Learned a lot about the early years of the cold war and the civil rights movement. Ike had his flaws but he is under rated as a president, should be in the top five or six.

  • Jungle of Stone

  • The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya
  • By: William Carlsen
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

In 1839 rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world's most intrepid travelers. Seized by the reports, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood sailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What they found would rewrite the West's understanding of human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unsung Explorers at the Heart of History

  • By thomas on 01-10-17

An extraordinary adventure by two incredbible men.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I wished there was more about the Mayan culture , but Stevens and Catherwood were two incredible men. An enjoyable read.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • A New History of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "The Rise of the Scientists Who Study Dinosaurs"

  • By Daniel Powell on 09-16-18

Tough translation on Audible

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Does not translate well as an audio book. Really wanted to have a dinosaur family tree in front of me and be able to see drawings of dinosaurs. To his credit , Brusatti gives a shout out to every paleontologist that ever lived, but it bogs down the book. otherwise very enjoyable.

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  • American Wolf

  • A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
  • By: Nate Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Nate Blakeslee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Epic American Story

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 10-17-17

A must read for anyone who loves the outdoors.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

A must read for anyone who loves nature and calls themselves an environmentalist. Science vs politics, the argument will never end.

  • Wild Horse Country

  • The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang
  • By: David Philipps
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

In a powerful blend of history and contemporary reporting, New York Times reporter David Philipps traces the rich history of wild horses in America: their introduction by the Spanish conquistadors, their role in the epic battles between Native Americans and settlers, their vital place in American self-mythology. He travels through some of the most remote parts of the American West, known as Wild Horse Country, to investigate the wild horse's current dilemma, caught between the clashing ideals of ranchers, scientists, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done and unbiased.

  • By K. Parker on 11-13-17

Fair and Balanced

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

A well researched, balanced and fair look at the wild horse of the west. A great read.

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  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,326
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,296

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Another masterpiece from Ron Chernow.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Thoroughly enjoyed every page. I gained a new understanding of Grant, the execution of the war effort and the failure of reconstruction. The narrator was the best I have heard.

  • The Invention of Nature

  • Alexander von Humboldt's New World
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant origin story

  • By Jeremy Fairbanks on 03-03-16

A great read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-17

An extraordinary man who we have chosen to forget. A must read for anyone who loves the natural world.

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,907
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,350

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Soul baring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

A soul baring autobiography; probing ambition, music, the demons in your head and love conquering all. A beautiful poetic read that is hard to put down.

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