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Robin in Alaska

Kenai, Alaska, United States
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  • Syria and the Assad Family: The History Behind Bashar al-Assad's Rise to Power and the Civil War

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Phillip J Mather
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

The events of the Arab Spring have come to be overshadowed by the civil war in the Arabic-speaking nation of Syria, which has been ruled throughout the 21st century by Bashar al-Assad. Though he had not planned on ruling Syria, several events conspired to make Bashar the successor of his father, Hafez. Though the West frequently looked for signs that Bashar might be a reformer, due in part to his formerly popular Western wife, Assad remained part of a critical alliance with Iran and the sub-state groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting.

  • By Susan Keefe on 08-28-15

Narrator's Mispronunciation of Words is Awful

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The narrator speaks painfully slow and in an Alfred Hitchcock voice that is reminiscent of an arrogant king addressing his lowly serfs. But the worst part is his disagreeable habit of randomly adding an "r" to the ends of many words, while with equal randomness deleting the "r" from other words. For example:
he says "Syriar" (for Syria) and "idear" (for idea)
he also says "wahh" (for war) and "powwh" (for power)

On the positive side, there is some worthwhile factual information providing insight into the difficulties of longstanding political unrest among the religious factions in this part of the world.

  • Classic Krakauer

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

In these fascinating essays, Jon Krakauer shows why he is considered one of the finest investigative journalists of our time. The articles, gathered together here for the first time, take us from an otherworldly cave in New Mexico to the heights of Mt. Everest; from the foot of the volcano Mt. Ranier to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska; from the notebook of one Fred Becky, who has catalogued the greatest unclimbed mountaineering routes on the planet, to the last days of legendary surfer Mark Foo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • <br />great book

  • By TScales on 04-25-18

I'd Read Everything Krakauer Has Ever Written

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

What did you love best about Classic Krakauer?

The variety of stories he writes about mountain climbing is unparalleled. It's not just "baloney" either............he has been there on those climbs.

What other book might you compare Classic Krakauer to and why?

Krakauer's classic "Into Thin Air" is a lengthy account of horror on Everest.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick enunciates well and speaks very clearly. His tone of words and emphasis rises and falls inappropriately at times.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I loved every single description and story in this book. Krakauer has an incredible way with words that I find utterly captivating.

Any additional comments?

Jon Krakauer---- I sure hope you continue writing. I believe I've now read and/or listened to every one of your books. PLEASE don't stop writing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Build a Fire

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Peter Husmann
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

"He travels fastest who travels alone...but not after the frost has dropped below zero 50 degrees or more." (Yukon Code) Jack London’s best short story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • never go alone in -50°

  • By Aaron on 02-21-14

Classic London

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This story never grows old. Jack London’s tale narrated with excellence! Worth re-listening to many times over.

  • Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War

  • By: David Fisher
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

From the birth of the Republican Party to the Confederacy's first convention, the Underground Railroad to the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War reveals the amazing and often little-known stories behind the battle lines of America's bloodiest war and debunks the myths that surround its greatest figures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By JoeNañabusiness on 07-17-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Well the narrator of this book did an excellent job, the only thing I believe that would've made it superior would be to have Bill O'Reilly himself perform the narration. I have read at least a dozen books about the Civil War, and I can honestly say this one is the best.

  • The Oresteia

  • By: Aeschylus, Yuri Rasovsky - adaptation from translation, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

In The Oresteia, Aeschylus dramatizes the myth of the curse on the royal house of Argos. The action begins when King Agamemnon returns victorious from the Trojan War, only to be treacherously slain by his own wife. It ends with the trial of their son, Orestes, who slew his mother to avenge her treachery - a trial with the goddess Athena as judge, the god Apollo as defense attorney, and, as prosecutors, relentless avenging demons called The Furies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dramatic Trilogy for Both GODS and MEN.

  • By Darwin8u on 06-19-12

Absolutely terrible sound quality

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

This audiobook appears to be a recording of a classic play. I would love to hear it but the quality of the recording is such that the decibel volume rises and falls so dramatically that one moment it provides an assault on your ears that is so loud and painful you immediately have to turn the volume down only to soon hear a timid whisper and consequently turn it back up. The cycle was repeated so often in the first 20 minutes of listening that I couldn't stand it any longer.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written

  • By: Lennard Bickel
  • Narrated by: Scott Slocum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Mawson's Will is the dramatic story of what Sir Edmund Hillary calls "the most outstanding solo journey ever recorded in Antarctic history." For weeks in Antarctica, Douglas Mawson faced some of the most daunting conditions ever known to man: blistering wind, snow, and cold; loss of his companion, his dogs and supplies, the skin on his hands and the soles of his feet; thirst, starvation, disease, snowblindness - and he survived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mawson's Will of IRON!

  • By Kath Gilliam on 09-17-18

Classic story of grueling survival in the Antarctic

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

I read this story about Antarctic survival many years ago, and found it absolutely captivating. I just listened to it on audiobook and once again appreciated the comfort and leisure of my own life while having the privilege of listening to a story by a truly great explorer. It really is one of the greatest survival stories ever told.

  • In Trump We Trust

  • E Pluribus Awesome! (That Was the Easy Part) and Is Fighting for US
  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Ann Coulter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

Donald Trump isn't a politician - he's a one-man wrecking ball against our dysfunctional and corrupt establishment. We're about to see the deluxe version of the left's favorite theme: Vote for us, or we'll call you stupid. It's the working class against the smirking class. Now Ann Coulter, with her unique insight, candor, and sense of humor, makes the definitive case for why we should all join his revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Reminder!

  • By So. Cal. LEO on 04-23-17

An excellent narration by the author herself.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Ann Coulter is one very sharp reporter. Her ability to articulate facts, and narrate the story in a very engaging manner is impressive. Whether you like Trump or dislike him, really makes little difference to her as she blazes through a huge volume of quotes, facts, and statistics. The arrangement and presentation of this data I personally found to be far more interesting than I ever would have expected.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Survival

  • True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death
  • By: Laurence Gonzales
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not sure it can get better than this

  • By Betty on 10-02-09

Superb!!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I've read dozens of survival stories and this is one of my favorites. I own Deep Survjval in hardback and have read it twice. I just finished listening to it on Audiobook and loved the tone and cadence of the narrator. A superb work by Gonzales and equally worthy narration by Rudnicki. Highly recommended!!

  • Three Cups of Deceit

  • How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children's crusader, and he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How Greg Mortenson F**ked w/ the Wrong Journalist!

  • By Shiran on 03-06-13

Krakauer is a captivating author!!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

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

Yes. The story is woven with articulate facts in an engaging style.

What other book might you compare Three Cups of Deceit to and why?

All of Krakauer's other books-----------in a word = superb.

Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

N/A

Any additional comments?

I will continue to read anything that Jon Krakauer writes. His style is captivating. The ONLY thing that would improve this audio-book would be if Krakauer himself would narrate it.

  • The Diabetes Solution

  • How to Control Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes Using Simple Diet and Lifestyle Changes - with 100 Recipes
  • By: Jorge E. Rodriguez, Susan Wyler, MD/RDN
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In The Diabetes Solution, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and dietitian nutritionist Susan Wyler tell you everything you need to know about this increasingly common disease - from diagnosis to treatment - including the difference between prediabetes and diabetes, ways to prevent serious complications, and the most effective medications and when to start taking them. Many studies prove that a minor weight loss of five to seven percent can make a huge difference in blood sugar levels and diabetic status.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, educational and very informative

  • By Robin in Alaska on 01-04-16

Excellent, educational and very informative

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Would you listen to The Diabetes Solution again? Why?

Yes. It is packed with useful information about diabetes and overall health.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that Dr. Rodriguez is very objective (ie uses data, research and science) to explain his thought process. Not just popular (subjective) opinion based nonsense.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I was just recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and wanted to learn all that I can--quickly.

Any additional comments?

I never expected to really enjoy (and actually find entertaining) a book about diet, exercise and diabetes. But I did!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful