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  • Vicious Circle

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469

The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target. The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he'd always wondered if there'd be a day of reckoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Pickett returns! Terrific mystery!

  • By MidwestGeek on 04-03-17

Such a good author. Such tragic editors.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

CJ Box is awesome and Joe Pickett is too. So how was the wrong ex husband hanging from the wind generator? How did Dallas step over Cates body? is anyone paying attention?

  • As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey

  • By: Herb McCormick
  • Narrated by: Russell Stamets
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • splendidly written, beautifully narated

  • By Jeanne D'Arcy on 05-09-14

Great content, questionable packaging.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

You've got to love the story of a couple who lived a unique lifestyle, their way, and paved the path for a lot of aspiring world sailors. But wow, you have a to have a high tolerance for cliches and expressions for WW2 that were worn out by the 70s to get through this book. Unless you have a twisted sense of humour, in which case you'll get to add some lols to your sailing stories.

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  • Breaking Seas

  • An Overweight, Middle-Aged Computer Nerd Buys His First Boat, Quits His Job, and Sails Off to Adventure
  • By: Glenn Damato
  • Narrated by: René Ruiz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?" Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Bill S. on 07-18-15

Way more than a sailing story

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you're taking up sailing, and you've read a lot of inspiring stories about the lifestyle, you owe it to yourself to read this. Not that it's a total downer, but it's good to hear a different viewpoint.

What did you like best about this story?

This guy is honest with himself, to the point of cruelty. It gets existential. I like that.

  • The Almost Nearly Perfect People

  • Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
  • By: Michael Booth
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than 10 years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely audiobook, he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Anthropological, historical, entertaining

  • By Jay Friedman on 09-30-15

Funny and fair

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Would you listen to The Almost Nearly Perfect People again? Why?

Loved this book. The author stays within the authority he has to back his opinions, and is thoughtful while keeping it light. He gets to all the things you wonder about but doesn't overdo it or get too analytical.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really enjoyed the narration throughout. The performance seemed to perfectly capture the author's tone and humour.

Any additional comments?

I went to Sweden for the first time shortly after I read the book, and while I didn't necessarily see everything the way the author did, having listened to the book before I went definitely increased my enjoyment of the trip.

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  • No One Knows

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,742
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,106

The day Aubrey Hamilton's husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn't want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It's been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage - they were happy, weren't they? - screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy bad plot

  • By clifford on 04-07-16

I sure don't know ... why I listened to this book

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

What would have made No One Knows better?

If the author had an original idea instead of just trying to rip off Gone Girl. I kept reading, hoping that it would get better but it just got harder and harder to identify or believe in any of the characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. T. Ellison again?

No, not a fan.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Teri Schnaubelt and Nick Podehl ?

Yes, the narration was fine

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book was very disappointing because I felt the author betrayed the trust that should be there with her readers ... I felt tricked into assuming things about the characters, which has worked in other books I've read but in this case the way it was done didn't work for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unfinished Journey

  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • By: Public Radio International
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Narrated by award-winning actor Peter Coyote, Unfinished Journey uses journal passages written by expedition members and essays written by top scholars to illuminate the history of the American West from the perspective of the Lewis and Clark expedition. This multi-part series taps the latest scholarship about the Corps of Discovery, the voices of Native Americans, and two centuries of America's cultural history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yuck.

  • By A book reader on 06-18-06

Not what I expected but ...

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Any additional comments?

I was looking for first hand accounts of undeveloped North America through the eyes of the first Europeans to see it. There was only a little of that, but as I learned it is because there was never much of that recorded. Lewis was supposed to write a book but never did, so there are only journals he and others made which are thin in details and descriptions.

Instead this 'book' (a public radio series in fact) provides a lot of interesting and expert views on the journey, and what they did and did not accomplish.

There was also a lot of perspective on the impact of the encounters and what followed on the native people and their way of life. I found this fascinating, sad, and very thought provoking.

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