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Tom S.

Park City, Utah
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  • Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic

  • A Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book
  • By: Karen Oslund, William Cronon (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Wallace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 30

Iceland, Greenland, Northern Norway, and the Faroe Islands lie on the edges of Western Europe, in an area long portrayed by travelers as remote and exotic - its nature harsh, its people reclusive. Since the middle of the 18th century, however, this marginalized region has gradually become part of modern Europe, a transformation that is narrated in Karen Oslund's Iceland Imagined. This cultural and environmental history sweeps across the dramatic North Atlantic landscape, exploring its unusual geography, saga narratives, language, culture, and politics, and analyzing its emergence as a distinctive and symbolic part of Europe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good information poorly presented

  • By David on 04-13-15

Mish mosh and academic gobbledygook

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

My wife and I are going to Iceland this year, so this book should have been a good backgrounder for our trip. It was terrible. I don't know how it got published, let alone recorded as an audio-book.

It had thousands of worthless facts and no useful information. I did not learn anything useful or interesting about the Icelandic people or their country.

History should be a story, not a recitation of random facts and academic references. There is nothing that could have improved this book short of a different author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Lion

  • Andrew Jackson in the White House
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When the time for action has come, stop thinking.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-18

Too many facts and figures without enough story

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

A history such as this, in particular a biography, should be "his story". I began this book with very little knowledge of this period of American history. Now I have a greater understanding of Jackson's contribution to American government. But I would have preferred the book to have been written as a story rather than a recitation of dates times places and people.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,163

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn't get all the humor.

  • By Jason P Gossen on 02-18-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-21-11

What disappointed you about Bossypants?

Great on SNL, great on 30 Rock, but really disappointing in print. I expected to laugh until I cried, but only moaned. Sorry, Tina.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • China Road

  • A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
  • By: Rob Gifford
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-20-07

One sided protrait of a young new nation...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-09

Yes, China is a totalitarian state with many flaws, but I spend a month there and saw a different side of China. Optimism, entrepreneurship, growth and a much better standard of living for all have come from the heavy-handed government who are trying to do right by its citizens.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Tuesdays with Morrie

  • An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • my favorite book

  • By Christal on 06-09-04

Sophomoric

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-06

What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of death? Friends and family are central in life, but this is way too simplified. "Tuesdays" just didn't do anything for me.