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  • The Fires of Spring

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

David Harper is an orphan, seemingly doomed to loneliness and poverty. As an adolescent con artist and petty thief, David spends his days grifting at an amusement park, the place where he first learns about women and the mysteries of love. Soon he discovers that his longing to embrace the world is stronger than the harsh realities that constrain him. Featuring autobiographical touches from Michener's own life story, The Fires of Spring is more than a novel: it's a rich slice of American life, brimming with wisdom, longing, and compassion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Typical Michener Story

  • By Jay on 08-06-16

Good not great

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I love Michener and think he is a wonderful storyteller. You can tell this is one of his earliest works, it’s not as well organized as some of his later novels but he still does a great job of creating complex characters and fascinating stories.
Larry McKeever does another wonderful job when I think of James A. Michener it’s McKeevers voice I hear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Major Taylor

  • The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame
  • By: Conrad Kerber, Terry Kerber
  • Narrated by: Barrie Buckner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In the wake of the Tour de France’s fallen heroes, the story of one of history’s most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world’s most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major” Taylor. In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, frustrating performance

  • By J. Danoff-Burg on 02-24-17

Great Story, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This is one of the best cycling stories I have heard but the editing is just poor and narration is loaded with mispronunciations.

  • The Body Fat Solution

  • Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight
  • By: Tom Venuto
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

The Body Fat Solution is neither super low carb nor super low fat, and the author steers clear of demonizing entire food groups. Instead, Venuto shows you how to personalize an eating plan that takes into account your unique metabolism and calorie needs. He details the stumbling blocks we all face to success, and gives you the tools to overcome them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a sensible approach-food is fuel

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 09-15-12

Informative for the Newbie

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-10

This book is perfect for those who are struggling with weight loss Mr. Venuto lays out a simple yet very effective plan for creating a healthy lifestyle as a fitness professional I would recommend this book to any of my novice clients as a good first step in their education (which is the exact intent of this book). That being said I feel this would have been much better if it had been read by the author (he conveyed and actual enthusiasm for the material) the narrators voice was annoying and lacking in any kind of passion for the material he also mispronounced several words to the point I spent more time paying attention to him than to the material.
So if you are new to fitness and proper nutrition go ahead if not look up Mr. Venuto's ebook (which is more advanced and a must read for the fitness profesionals).