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  • Across America by Bicycle

  • Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels
  • By: Alice Honeywell, Bobbi Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Biking from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite listeners to follow their ride by bicycle across the United States, as they face scorching sun, driving rain, buffeting winds, equipment failures, killer hills, wild fires, and even a plague of grasshoppers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What an experience - inspirational!

  • By Holly on 04-27-14

should have sampled the narrator before buying

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Wasted a credit on this book. If I had sampled the narrator first, I would not have bought this book.

  • Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge

  • The Gripping True Story That Inspired the Movie
  • By: Booton Herndon, Les Spear - prologue, Max Cleveland - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris George
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn't fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. "You're nothing but a coward!" they said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill. When Desmond knelt by his bunk to pray, his fellow soldiers hurled boots and insults at him. Even his commander wanted to throw him out of the army. But when his unit arrived on the battlefield, the intrepid medic quickly proved he was no coward.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring Story, but agonizing Narrator

  • By Donald Haynes on 08-09-17

Powerful story weakly written and poorly performed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Written in a passive voice interspersed with trite dialog. Read in a clipped manner. Character acents sound like villains from early Disney cartoons. Truley the worst attempt at accents that I have ever suffered. The narrator's repertoire ranges from Popeye's Bluto to a drunken Col Sanders.

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  • Billy Budd

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Michael Lackey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

In 1797, young Billy Budd is impressed into naval service. It is a perilous time for a British Royal Navy still reeling from mutinies and marauding French ships. When Billy is forcibly transferred to HMS Bellipotent, he evokes the wrath of John Claggart, the ship's master-at-arms. Claggart falsely accuses Billy of conspiracy to mutiny, a charge that will have a profound effect on the fates of both seamen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • H2O here isn't wide, but deep w/ strong currents

  • By Darwin8u on 12-04-13

TraFALgaaar

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-16

The narrator pronounces Nelson's great battle TraFALgaaar. He also pronounces forecastle just like it is spelled in contradiction to the pronunciation used by every sailor ever. Kind of hard to get past this in a book about sailing....by Melville.