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  • The Kings of Big Spring

  • God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream
  • By: Bryan Mealer
  • Narrated by: Bryan Mealer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history. They eventually settle in the small town of Big Spring, where fast fortunes are being made from its own reserves of oil.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By J on 08-17-18

Weaving Family History into the history of the land

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

This story goes far beyond just a genealogy of a family , it weaves together their unique history with that of a city, a state, and a country.
My family originated in the same place and the same time, so I found it personally interesting, putting detail to the old family stories about drought, plenty, and always the struggle to survive.
My grandfather’s family took a different path after selling much of the family farm to the refinery that figures so prominently in the story. I still have “cousins” working in the refinery.
A story that everyone should use as a model for their own family history.

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  • Into Thin Air

  • A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,794

The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible. Horrifying. Amazing.

  • By karen on 06-06-16

A Study in Critical Decision making

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

If you could sum up Into Thin Air in three words, what would they be?

A great story on many levels. On one level there is the story of the thrill that comes with pushing yourself to the limit. There is the story of the group dynamics and the stress when this group includes highly motivated people. There is the story of strict planning required for an assault on Mt Everest. Then finally there is the story of how these stories collide when disaster strikes, and the ultimate struggle for survival in the most inhospitable environment on earth.