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EASLEY, SC, United States
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Sunrises to Santiago audiobook cover art

Quite good, especially compared to some others.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

Does capture quite a lot of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the Camino. Really, the only kink in the story is how someone that intelligent could take so long to realize that their hard 30 day limit should be "busted".

I particularly like the clear, enunciation and the sort of "staccato" narration. A little less smooth for native speakers, but I bet people that speak English as a second language will be able to understand the story with much less effort.

La hija del boticario (Narración en Castellano) [The Apothecary's Daughter] audiobook cover art
  • La hija del boticario (Narración en Castellano) [The Apothecary's Daughter]
  • Una joven herbolaria se abre camino en el Londres del siglo XVII [A Young Herbalist Makes Her Way in 17th-Century London]
  • By: Charlotte Betts
  • Narrated by: Irene Miras

Bueno, pero definitivamente un libro para mujeres.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Bien escrito, I expertamente narrado pero...

Como dicen en Ingles, este libro es un "Chick Flick". Obviamente escrito por una mujer, con las preocupaciones de una mujer en mente. Un poco aburrido para un hombre.

The Camino audiobook cover art

10% Wisdom lost in 90% Crazy talk.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

If you can survive listening to A LOT of crazy talk, there are some nuggets of wisdom. Honestly, I barely could finish it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Walk Quietly: 58 Tips to Help You Prepare to Walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain audiobook cover art

Unnecessary insertion of Gayness in a useful guide

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-19

Why is the author compelled to insert his sexuality in a book of tips?

If it was a Gay guide to the Camino, fine, he is what he is, BUT this is about equipment. technique, planning, strategy etc.

His husband this, and his husband that, adds *absolutely nothing* to the publication.

If I had read in the credits after all the good advice that the author was gay, I would have thought "Cool, this guy is really brave" Instead they try to *force* straight people to accept that homosexuality is absolutely mainstream by inserting it in material where it's totally irrelevant.

I'm honestly not anti-gay, but it did ruin the book for me.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

Neverlost4good on the Camino de Santiago audiobook cover art

Depressed snowflake Camino...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

A woman complaining about every hardship that there is on the Camino, when the whole trek is about overcoming hardship.

Nobody speaks English! Farm animals poop out in the country! Public hostels have paperthin walls! Everybody snores! Not everybody is friendly!My pack was heavy! My feet hurt!

On the Road audiobook cover art

Cool at the beginning, then all the same.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

At the beginning it's cool to listen to the lingo of the time period the book plays out in. I kept waiting for the whatever the big deal was about the book, but chapter after chapter it was the pretty mundane misadventures of a young guy over and over and over. Hitchhiking, conversations, drugs, girls, wild behavior, over and over and over.

It's as if you kept a diary of everything you did for a year, hour by hour. When you woke up, what you ate, who you met, in very fine detail. It would be interesting to YOU, but it would really try the patience of anyone else. Very much like your neighbors showing you 100 pictures of their recent vacation, with a LONG explanation after each one. 44 chapters of the same thing. If you listen to every 5th chapter, you would get the gist of the book and save yourself a lot of time.

Having said all this, the narrator is awesome. A true artist. One of the best I've ever heard.



Artemis audiobook cover art

A showcase for identity politics

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

As if someone made a list of all the members of the perfect liberal utopia, then, after the list was complete, wrote a plot that would systematically include them all.

Not a terrible plot if you can swallow the artificial ultra-diversity.

PS nothing against diversity, but this book is the equivalent of a conservative writing a book where everyone was a white successful religious professional. It would be just as ridiculous, and I wouldn’t like it either.

Fata Morgana audiobook cover art

Masterful blend of history and science fiction.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-17

It took me a while to get warmed up to the book, but the authentic military history and period perfect slang kept me listening. After that it shifted gears and I started to get the spirit of the book. Very good overall.

Los ritos del agua audiobook cover art

Super Buen Libro como el anterior de la serie.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

No se que decir. Una novela fantastica. Una narracion fantastica.

Es un poco raro que empieza con una larga serie de descripciones de sitios historicos. Despues de eso empieza la novela. Una vez que empieza la novela, es fantastica.

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Insane City audiobook cover art

Confuses popularity with license to preach.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-17

No doubt Dave Barry is a talented writer (narrator, not so much). But I'm really disappointed that he (like many talented authors I have read lately) decide to shove down people's throat their liberal agenda by deeply weaving it into their stories.

Characters that think we should have open borders, especially if it involves breaking immigration laws = GOOD! HERO!
Characters that have any reservation about uncontrolled immigration = BAD! VILLAIN!

According to the most recent estimates, in 2013 (when this book was written), 10.7 percent of the world’s population lived on less than US$1.90 a day.
That's 10.7 % of 7,136,796,000 = 76,363,717 million people. That's not counting hundreds of millions that live under oppressive regimes.

Even if writers are not good at math... we can't take ALL of them. Telling everyone that it's evil if we don't, is just liberal BS; it can't be done. I shouldn't have to read that, when I picked up a Dave Barry book expressly for the purpose of relaxing and having a good laugh.