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  • Spirit of Steamboat

  • A Walt Longmire Story
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946

"It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Holiday Diversion

  • By Carole T. on 01-01-14

Rating by a pilot and cop

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

I love the Longmire series and I love the narration style of George Guidall. This book, however, struck a chord with me. The story feels real and the technicalities of the flying are dead on. A couple of times Guidall spoke "aviation" in a way that didn't sound like an aviator was saying it (pronunciation). It was not distracting, however - even to a pilot. This is a great story, just the right length, and well worth your time...aviator or not.

  • Grandma Gatewood's Walk

  • The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Ben Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than $200. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine's Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of "America, the Beautiful" and proclaimed, "I said I'll do it, and I've done it."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'd like to walk with her...

  • By Jan on 01-09-15

I learned a lot from Grandma

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

The best books build characters we come to love or hate and give us the reasons why. In this book two characters are beautifully developed...Grandma Gatewood and the Appalachian Trail. I came to love them both.

The story is well written and wonderfully descriptive. The main characters (the trail and Grandma) are both fully developed through description, adventure and the history that made them who they were.

Well worth the listen.

  • The Running Revolution

  • How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free - For Life
  • By: Dr. Nicholas Romanov, Kurt Brungardt
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

The Running Revolution provides both beginning and experienced runners with everything they need to know in order to safely and efficiently transition to and master a safer and more biomechanically efficient way of running that is guaranteed to improve performance and minimize wear and tear on the body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This audiobook needs a PDF for the figures

  • By Kazuhiko on 12-18-14

This is not good as an audio book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

I found this audiobook difficult because there are so many exercises and illustrations that are needed to make sense of the techniques. It is more of a workbook than a listen. However, the information is valuable for every runner, so just get the real book.

  • Make a Choice

  • When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair
  • By: Jeff Benedict
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

New York Times best-selling author Jeff Benedict has seen both good and bad in his career as a journalist. Some of the best are the extraordinary people he has met who have made deliberate choices to live happier lives despite the extreme hardship that each of them have faced. Although life will knock us down from time to time, this book is an important reminder that we all can make a choice to get back up, brush ourselves off, and keep pressing forward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get inspired and go make the right choice

  • By Russell Bernard on 07-19-17

Great true stories, unique style

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

As a fan of Jeff Benedict's writing, I have always known him for his hard-hitting investigative reporting into powerful corruption. This most recent book, however, is an inspirational (but still tough) look at the unsung heroes who face the worst of situations then choose to make good of it. The writing style is still uniquely Benedict, with actual conversations and scene descriptions that challenge the best fiction … but this is all true.

These are very real people, suffering very real tragedies, who's choices made all the difference.

I first listened to the book on tape and then bought hardback copies to give away. It will change how you choose to deal with hardship.

  • You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

  • By: Jeff Goins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Goins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge. This audiobook is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Author is someone I'd like to have a beer with

  • By Jennifer S. Leblanc on 04-21-15

Great book for writers (like me)

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

This book is a fairly short inspirational read - short on specific advice and long on how to develop the attitude of a writer. This is the type of book you actually read, cover-to-cover, put away, then read again next month when you need some inspiration.

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  • The God of the Hive

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative and engrossing listen

  • By connie on 05-01-10

Another really good story

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

This Mary Russell story is excellent as always. It is a little different as she and Holmes spend a fair amount of the time apart - but at this point their relationship is solid and it works well. I especially liked some of the new characters such as "the green man."

It is a hard one to put down.

  • Out There

  • A Story of Ultra Recovery
  • By: David Clark
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

David Clark went from the rock bottom of bankruptcy, addiction, and obesity to becoming an accomplished athlete. In this compelling story of his life, he not only shares his journey with complete honesty, but he also lays out a blueprint for change that anyone can use to redefine what is possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of ultra recovery

  • By med c on 08-06-15

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

This book could have been so much better (for me) if the writer had condensed the first half about his years of drug addiction down a little. Actually by about 2/3. After the first ten chapters (that's right I said ten chapters) of explanation we finally get to the running part. However, the writing overall and the narration is excellent and made even the first ten chapters bearable. I have to admit, I got this book for its running theme, not the addiction stuff.

My suggestion: If you want to read about running, skip most of the first ten chapters and just take my word he had a bunch of addiction issues. If you are interested in his addiction days, read (or listen) to it all. I don't think you will be disappointed either way.

I listened to it all and gave it a four star overall...but it could have been better

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run Barefoot?

  • Sorting Through the Myths and Facts of Barefoot Running
  • By: Chas Gillespie
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Two million years ago, Africa: A skinny, long-limbed creature who walks on two legs, can’t sprint, and has no weapons turns away from his under-nourished friends, and runs down a much stronger antelope. Dinner. Over succeeding generations, this creature evolves into one of the best distance runners on the planet: the human being. Yet in the age of modernity, we find ourselves unable to run without more than half of us suffering injury. This book looks at the injury epidemic in running and what the barefoot running movement believes are the causes of injury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, but to the point.

  • By Mila on 07-20-15

Save time, read Born to Run again and skip this

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

Reviewed: 09-14-14

What would have made Born to Run Barefoot? better?

The main problem with this book is that he misrepresents McDougall's advice in Born to Run. He Keep saying that McDougall is suggesting that we go out take off our shoes and start running barefoot. That simply is not true. In fact, McDougall was very clear that while he believes that the running method of the Tarahumara Indians is a more natural way to run, and much more likely to be injury free, to switch over to this style of running without a very deliberate, careful, and probably time-consuming effort would be foolish.

What could Chas Gillespie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Gillespie did not present a good case against barefoot running. His science was almost nonexistent (except for anecdotal cases) and in those cases the problem was not the style of running but it was how the athletes who decided to adopt the style moved in to it too quickly. I felt the book was disconnected in that for a while it was about Born to Run, then it switched over to the sociology of running (to find fault again with McDougall's over romanticizing of the Tarahumara culture) and then spent a little bit of time explaining Gillespie's proposed methods of injury free running. Which, by the way, I would bet McDougall would agree with almost 100% since they were basically just everyday common sense ideas.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The writing style is good it - keeps your interest. The narration is excellent. Too bad the content could not keep up.

Any additional comments?

If you are considering reading this book here's my advice, if you've not yet read Born to Run, read it and skip this book. If you've already read Born to Run, read it again and skip this book - you will get nothing new.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Life Without Limits

  • A World Champion's Journey
  • By: Chrissie Wellington, Lance Armstrong (foreward)
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee, Chrissie Wellington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, across the finish line. A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind her success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chrissie winning, on repeat

  • By Mona on 03-13-13

Great story, well told

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

This is a great story about how to live life completely. Chrissie is a champion on and off the track and an inspiration to runners and non-runners alike. Very enjoyable read.

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,711

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

Adventure+science+running equals a great read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-09

I came to this book expecting a great adventure story about an isolated tribe of Indians. It delivered on every count with a bonus. The history and science woven into the story captivates and inspires the reader in a way most non-fiction can never do. Get this book, get inspired, you were born to run, and here's the proof.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful