In Life Without a Net, author Don Severance has drawn upon interest in music and sports to present seven stories of challenge and compassion. The adventures are realistic and entertaining. Dr. Severance begins each story based on his life experiences, then enlarges the themes into dramatic works of fiction. The listener will encounter many interesting characters and the challenges they face. Love of humanity is expressed in the genuine compassion that is offered to heroes and villains alike. His maturity and breadth of education allow him to weave important life lessons into each tale. Out of respect for the hundreds of students who have enriched his life, Dr. Severance has written this collection to be enjoyed by teens and adults equally. It only remains for you to come along for the ride.
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Excellently performed tales of a charmed life
James Oliva's narration was top notch, and made what were somewhat vanilla, very PG stories more enjoyable. The added vocal production effects were a nice touch, not sound effects, but things like reverb when someone's on a microphone, or hearing every voice when multiple people are talking at once. At first, I wasn't sure I liked it, but found it added to the experience. James also did a great job of distinguishing the characters without making any of them sound cartoonish. And he performed the characters with accents very well.
[SPOILER] I prefer stories in which I'm not certain of the outcome and the protagonist is more flawed. In these, we know that our handsome hero will always win the contest, always do the right thing, and save the day. I'm sure there are other people who prefer the safety of knowing there will be a happy ending. If you're one, this is for you.
Another thing that was only slightly confusing, was that some of the stories are in first person and some are in third person, but they all have the same protagonist. Sticking to one or the other would've served it better, I think. But it was a minor thing, and I adjusted with each new story.
No, this is my first time listening to James Oliva. I don't see any other titles on Audible by him, but I would be happy to listen to others if they exist.
The hero, Aaron Pierce, is the lead character and the most memorable because he's the central figure.
This is a book where men are referred to as "fellows" and going for a drink means having a soda. It's perfectly fine writing, and it contains some adventure and some criminal goings-on, which keep it moving, as well as and some PG romance. All in all, it's a decent book, just not really my thing, and it's made better by the narration.
- Uriens J.
Exciting, Delightful, Refresing
At the Very Top
I liked Sasha. She was a strong woman with a good sense of right and wrong.
This book contains 7 short stories based around various sports. Their suitable for ages high school and above. My favorite story was Sky Dancer, and my favorite scene was toward the end of the Hot Air Balloon race.
Life with Compassion and Challenge
I like that this book is suitable for the whole family. The stories are all exciting and realistic and provide excellent life lessons.