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Ajax, Ontario, Canada
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  • Lost in the Wild

  • Danger and Survival in the North Woods
  • By: Cary J. Griffith
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage - and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened from a fall with a lump on his head and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused. Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest's solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great listen!

  • By Maria on 04-13-18

Great account of two true survival stories.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

It's well written and well read. Factual, yet. suspenseful. I think, it very well conveys the message of how little it takes to move from being in control of your situation to being highly vulnerable, or even helpless.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30,639

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

naive

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I found the story native and the main characterst times times annoying. it could have been a great read if it was more realistic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dodgers

  • A Novel
  • By: Bill Beverly
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Dodgers is the story of a young man named East who works for an LA drug gang, sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys - including East's hotheaded younger brother - to kill a witness connected to a major case, who is hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, and over the course of his journey the book brings in elements from a diverse array of genres, ranging from crime fiction to road narrative to coming-of-age novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgers leave L.A!! What's the world coming to?

  • By Clodhopper on 04-23-16

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

not bad, but at no point was I taken by the story. it felt a little luke warm to me.

  • Mafia Prince

  • Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra
  • By: Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, Christopher Graziano
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history - "Little" Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s - written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, "Crazy" Phil Leonetti. The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty pleasure.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 03-28-14

Not bad, not exceptional

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Nothing wrong with it, but it's not a book I will remember. It's an OK mafia story, well told, but it wasn't, in any aspect, outstanding.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Call of the American Wild

  • A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska
  • By: Guy Grieve
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears. Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe not really kinda true?

  • By colleen on 06-01-13

4.5 out of five in my books

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

Reviewed: 03-20-13

What did you love best about Call of the American Wild?

Exactly the kind of story I was hoping for - man against nature in the positive meaning of the phrase. Interesting, captivating, well read. It didn't leave me breathless, or changed my life, but I have really enjoyed listening to it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful