File Size: 321 KB
Print Length: 166 pages
Publisher: Christopher David Petersen; 1 edition (March 17, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
X-Ray: Not Enabled
From my Twitter conversation with Christopher David Petersen:
@MyPassionsBooks to @ChrisPetersenTX – Finished Hidden Courage! Very good indeed! Informative, suspenseful, adventurous! Worried about Jack several times!
Isn’t it great to be able to converse with writers online while reading their books!
I couldn’t put down the last half of the book. Except once — had no choice, had other things that I needed to do — and I kept thinking about what was going to happen next in the book the whole time, until I got back to the book! Especially after Jack did a nosedive off of the mountain snowfield with no power! This was the area he landed his special little plane on the side of the mountain below Destination B. I was on the edge of my seat!
The hero, Jack Roberts, is very surprising at first. He seems like a very nice, mild mannered young man, but his hidden depth of courage to overcome his fear — which is of course the true meaning of courage — is truly amazing.
The original title for this book was Destination B: An Adventure in the Andes, but it was later changed to Hidden Courage. I really like Hidden Courage because it is so true.
I loved the story line. I was surprised just how much detailed information about climbing and flying the writer was able to get into the book and so conversationally! As well as lots of great information about the places that Jack visited along his journey, some of which he just flew over all along his trip from Connecticut in the Northeast of the United States across and down to Latin America and parts of South America to his destination B peak in The Andes in Peru.
I found out another interesting item when I looked up and was reading about The Andes. It is the longest continental mountain range in the world. See, he even got me to go looking stuff up too. I love research!
Christopher David Petersen included technical information about flying along the journey, and about climbing as he went up against the elements to reach Destination B, and I just drank it all in. I love techie stuff like that! Nothing like a great story to glue together wonderful and useful information about interesting subjects, and to get suspense and thriller at times to boot.
Thanks Chris! I will soon be reading Tomb of Atlantis too. Already purchased the Kindle Edition after reading the very interesting ancient historical first chapter at the end of Hidden Courage. Can’t wait to see where Jack Roberts will come in on that story!
You can also read this review here:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am enjoying this book so far. Great detail on flying a small plane by yourself in interesting locations. I am at the point where Jack landed on the snowy flat area high in the mountains after flying about a week alone from the United States to The Andies in Peru.
Now, he he is looking up at the mountain he chose to climb two years ago…scary looking! There are two more books about jack, so I know he will be OK, but life sometimes gets in the way!
I hate to put it down, but very busy times right now and I need to do so. But, I will be able to read some on the Ferry…
OK, now that I have finished the book, here’s my review that I put on MyPassionIsBooks.com blog…
Thank you Mr Anderson to kindly allow us to reprint your MrAnderson.info article about Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card:
I’m a newbie when it comes to the wonderful world of audio-books. I’ve enjoyed a few to wet my appetite. Currently I’m in the middle of 4 books! I know! One that gets a bit more play/reading time is Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card.
I’m not quite done with the book yet, but I’ve gotten through enough to give initial thoughts…
Each chapter has two parts to it, two stories, that no doubt will continue to converge at some point. Each section, at least at the beginning of the audio-book was read by a different narrator. I’ve now run into a few chapters where there has been a completely different narrator for the main part of the chapter… which totally kills the flow, especially when I find the new narrator’s voice annoying!
Seriously, check Audible’s site for Pathfinder: Book 1, it has five, yes FIVE different narrators listed!!! Not cool.
P.S. The way that I’ve been listening to the audio-books, is while I’m reading them on my Kindle. I know kinda strange, but I enjoy reading along.
Audible: Pathfinder: Book 1 (17 hrs and 46 mins)
- by Orson Scott Card
- Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie,Kristoffer Tabori, Scott Brick
Only a single acronym removed from Mr. Anderson’s republished article at his suggestion.
I can totally understand Mr. Anderson’s concerns about how it was recorded. He mentioned to me that there were some chapters that were apparently redone after the fact for some reason. Or had to be finished by another narrator for some reason. But this happened late in the book. Of course, I could only listen to the sample at Audible and it sounded like I heard two different narrators in the sample playing different parts; which would make sense and that sounded really good. One of the narrators was Kirby Heyborne who I really enjoyed when he read Little Brother (YA book) by Cory Doctorow.
I have read some audiobooks with multiple narrators/readers, but they each played different parts which made sense.
We are all anxiously awaiting Adam/ross549′s review of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, but until then, I must say I have read all three books in the trilogy, and I very much enjoyed them. The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
The Hunger Games was first published in hardcover on September 14, 2008 by Scholastic, featuring a cover designed by Tim O’Brien. It has since been released in paperback and also as an audiobook and ebook. After an initial print of 200,000, the book had sold 800,000 copies by February 2010. Since its release, The Hunger Games has been translated into 26 languages, and publishing rights have been sold in 38 territories. The novel is the first inThe Hunger Games trilogy, followed by Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010). Afilm adaptation, directed by Gary Ross and co-written and co-produced by Collins herself, was released in 2012.
More recently, Divergent (Book 1) by Veronica Roth was recommended to me (thanks MrAnderson). I just finished reading it and have to say, I very much enjoyed this one as much as I did Hunger Games. I can’t wait to read Insurgent (Divergent Book 2), the second book in the trilogy.(1)
Divergent is the debut novel of American author Veronica Roth and is the first installment in a trilogy. Set within a dystopian Chicago, the novel has been compared to similar young adult books likeThe Hunger Games because of theme and target audience (young adults). Roth revealed that the ideas for the series were born while she was studying in college. Summit Entertainment purchased the media rights to the book and as of October 2012 is in the process of casting the film, also titled Divergent. The second novel in the trilogy, Insurgent, was released in May 2012. The third book is to be released in the fall of 2013.
Divergent is also a GoodReads 2012 Choice Winner.
So it looks like we will have another very interesting movie young adult (YA) movie. Divergent is very different from Hunger Games, but it is also the first book in another YA trilogy set in a dystopian era. I have already seen the Hunger Games movie and I am looking forward to seeing what Lionsgate does with the Veronica Roth‘s book, Divergent. Here’s what Lionsgate has to say about the movie, Divergent:
“We have established ourselves as the No. 1 studio in young adult franchises,” he said during the call.
Feltheimer listed other Lionsgate young-adult projects in development, based on Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series, Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” and Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy.
Feltheimer also revealed that Lionsgate is working on developing TV series based on a pair of Summit properties — the “Step Up” and “Red” franchises. He did not elaborate.
What are your audiobook sources?
Due to my business, I spend quite a bit of time on the road. I want to make sure the time goes by pleasantly and make sure I stay alert, so I often listen to audiobooks on the road.
For driving, I find that engaging fiction, science fiction and criminal drama audio books are best for me. I make use of audiobooks from all kinds of free sources as well as paid sources for my hours and hours of driving for appointments.
Just a few places I get audio books are: Podiobooks.com (accepts donations for book or site), archive.org (audiobooks and poetry, free and public domain, accepts donations), librivox.org (free public domain, can become a volunteer), Project Gutenberg (free public domain, search audio, I prefer the human read ones, donations accepted), LearnOutLoud.com (Free Audiobook Friday is great as it introduces you to their audio books and introduction to the audiobooks of other companies too. They have some great deals on some wonderful audio books. speeches, all kinds of audio spanning many subject areas. They have a free section as well.).
If you are into YA audiobooks, YA Sync/Audiobook Sync is great (2 audiobooks for free each week in the summer over the last 2 years, hopefully they will continue that next Summer) and ideas and links to some very good audiobooks for pay throughout the year). Of their Sync partners, I have bought ones on sale from most all of the ones they list. I prefer the mp3 audio books. I really hate DRM’d audiobooks although on sale I have gotten some over the years through the iTunes Store and Audible.
I have purchased from others too, but this is a decent list to get started.
Do you read/listen to audiobooks? What audiobook sources do you use?
From the Wikipedia article on Dame Agatha Christie:
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 66 detective novels and more than 15 short story collections, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence.
I started reading the Queen of Crime‘s books when I was a young teen and thoroughly enjoyed her works.
Today, Septemeber 15th is Agatha Christie’s birthday anniversary. She has been gone these long years now since January 12th 1976, and the world has felt her absence. Rest in Peace Agatha Christie!
Agatha Christie’s books have been read by billions!
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies, and her estate claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the world’s most widely published books. According to Index Translationum, Christie is the most translated individual author, and her books have been translated into at least 103 languages.
Might also enjoy watching the Murder on the Orient Express movie gain too – which is still 7.7/10 Stars on IMDb.
Or maybe better yet, my all time favorite, And Then There Were None.
Rest in Peace, Agatha Christie!
Those of us who love to read, particularly crime and detective stories, will never forget the wonderful contributions by the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie.