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Ira S. Saposnik

Mdattyphd

Wisconsin

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  • Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    In Chris Matthews’ extraordinary biography, we see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.

    Dolf says: "Superb Research & Writing / Mediocre Narration"
    "tells it like it is"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. new information presented very well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero?

    His poor treatment of his wife..while I can see his aspirations and growth away so that a second Cuban Missile Crisis never happened, he never got it right at home, and home is the foundation of the family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His big wins in WI and WV where Jackie is virtually ignored.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. Nothing funny about brains on a trunk of a car.


    Any additional comments?

    Good stories about the WW2 JFK. He DID do these things, he did not have to.
    His book While England Slept had it right.
    Profiles in Courage whether he or Francis Bacon wrote it, gets it right, also.
    As a physician, I cannot see that he would have lived out a second term.
    I think he knew he had limited time. Using Marilyn Monroe for some of it was just bad for his family, not for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stan Tatkin
    • Narrated By Stan Tatkin
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    "Understand your brain, improve your relationships." That's what Stan Tatkin has learned from his leading-edge work as a researcher and couples therapist. In this complete audio learning program, he merges current insights from neurobiology and attachment theory to help us shift out of conflict and into deeper and more loving connections. Listeners first learn to identify attachment styles - the patterns of intimacy that begin in our earliest years - both in ourselves and in those around us.

    Mona says: "A must read (and reread for the rest of your life!"
    "bad recommendation"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    made by a woman I spoke with for 4 hours on the phone and never again, no reason given
    she said mistake, I say mistake to get this.
    By the way no bad words exchanged..none.
    It did not have any real information on what to do...i.e..look at the result


    Has Your Brain on Love turned you off from other books in this genre?

    probably


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stan Tatkin?

    Tatkin was fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it wasn't awful. I listened to it so we would have a new topic of discussion


    Any additional comments?

    dont take advice on books from women you dont know....I figure it goes for men as well

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss It Good-bye: The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Moody
    • Narrated By John Moody
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    In 1960, an upstart Pittsburgh Pirates team beat the highly favored New York Yankees in the World Series. Given the power of a Yankee roster that included Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, that improbably victory did more than give long-suffering Pirates fans something to cheer about; it put Pittsburgh on the map. Though John Moody was only six years old during that magical baseball season, he was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh team. The star pitcher for the Pirates and John's first hero was Vernon Law - an unsophisticated Idaho country boy, widely known as The Deacon, a friendly nickname derived from his strict Mormon upbringing.

    Ira S. Saposnik says: "vernon law pitcher"
    "vernon law pitcher"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, told a lot about how baseball was in the late 50's and 60's I remember Mr. Law quite well


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Law was a quality man and a quality player both

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FDR and the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Allan J. Lichtman, Richard Breitman
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    In an extensive examination of this impassioned debate, Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman find that the president was neither savior nor bystander. In FDR and the Jews, they draw upon many new primary sources to offer an intriguing portrait of a consummate politician - compassionate but also pragmatic - struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions.

    Ira S. Saposnik says: "excellent study"
    "excellent study"
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    Would you listen to FDR and the Jews again? Why?

    a topic we discussed frequently at home. Explains well why the government acted as it did
    This was a very isolationist country and we were not interested in getting involved


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Dean R. Owen, Helen Thomas (foreword)
    • Narrated By Arnell Powell, Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
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    (3)

    As the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination draws near, the events of that fateful day will undoubtedly be on the minds of many throughout the world. Here Dean Owen curates a fascinating collection of interviews and thought-provoking commentaries from notable men and women connected to that notorious Friday afternoon. Those who worked closely with the president, civil rights leaders, celebrities, prominent journalists, and political allies are among the nearly one hundred voices asked to share their reflections on the significance of that day and the legacy left behind by John F. Kennedy.

    Ira S. Saposnik says: "where was I that day?"
    "where was I that day?"
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    Would you try another book from Dean R. Owen and Helen Thomas (foreword) and/or the narrators?

    mostly you will not care where these people were or what they thought especially if, like me, you actually remember it


    Has November 22, 1963 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not at all


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not at all


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from November 22, 1963?

    most of it, pamphlet


    Any additional comments?

    no, thats pretty hard on a book already

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Lives of the Civil War: What Your Teachers Never Told you About the War Between the States

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Cormac O'Brien
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    Secret Lives of the Civil War features irreverent and uncensored profiles of men and women from the Union and the Confederacy - complete with hundreds of little-known and downright bizarre facts. For example, you’ll discover that: Mary Todd Lincoln claimed to receive valuable military strategies from ghosts in the spirit world and that Jefferson Davis once imported camels for soldiers stationed in the American southwest.

    Ira S. Saposnik says: "no secrets here"
    "no secrets here"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    a new reader to the topic


    Has Secret Lives of the Civil War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    information was not "secret" Not even odd, a book for a beginner


    What aspect of Allen O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?

    adequate


    Any additional comments?

    if you have read Foote, McPherson or Catton you wont like this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 50 years, you're aware of the many hypotheses that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not done by one man. Whether you've listened to one or a dozen of the audiobooks on this topic, there's no way to fully grasp the depth of this conspiracy. For the first time ever, New York Times best-selling authors Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell have teamed up with some of the most respected and influential assassination researchers to put together the ultimate compendium that covers every angle - from the plot to the murder - of JFK.

    Sean M Cook says: "Truth has been out there, this consolidates the tr"
    "surprisingly good"
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    What made the experience of listening to They Killed Our President the most enjoyable?

    sometimes we forget Mr. Ventura has a side of intellectual presentation. He shows it off well


    What did you like best about this story?

    many examples were new and made sense


    Which character – as performed by Jason Culp – was your favorite?

    Oswald..a difficult character to capture There is no way a 24 yr old kid has this much intelligence and keeps his cool so well unless he knows his back is covered


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

    yes it was


    Any additional comments?

    yes, a new take on an old topic well worth it

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Investigation: A Former Federal Investigator Reveals the Conspiracy to Kill JFK

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gaeton Fonzi
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (13)

    Thomas says: "Utmost Respect for Mr.Gaeton Fonzi"
    "very slow not anything new"
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    What was most disappointing about Gaeton Fonzi’s story?

    nothing new, there are lots of books on this topic


    What three words best describe Noah Michael Levine’s voice?

    adequate


    Could you see The Last Investigation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    only for an insomnia channel


    Any additional comments?

    buy a different one

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3779)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3381)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Bill and Martin are a great team"
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    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    amazing comprehension


    What other book might you compare Killing Lincoln to and why?

    Blood on the Moon, more detailed about the conspirators, Mr. O'Reilly and Dr. Dugard capture the battles of the Civil War as well as Shelby Foote


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle for the long bridge over the Appomattox River ..ferocity with just hours to go..there is always a point in a war when one side must know the cause is lost. Lee knew this in Petersburg, making the losses of end of 1864 and 1865 a tragic waste


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

    Absolutely. Had the pleasure of meeting Bill in person, a history teacher himself, he makes it interesting on any level


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad Mr. O'Reilly is into straight history now, although I enjoyed all of his books. The next one on JFK if done like this will be great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Money, and Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Barr McClellan
    • Narrated By Barr McClellan
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy has been shrouded in secrecy and deceit, leading most Americans to doubt the veracity of the Warren Commission's findings. Now, after forty years, Barr McClellan exposes the secret, high-level conspiracy in Texas that led to Kennedy's death and L.B.J.'s succession as President.

    Karen says: "An Informative, Intriguing...Excrutiating listen"
    "Much better than I was led to think"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood, Money, and Power to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I find the author to be quite creditable about delivery and accent. It is very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood, Money, and Power?

    That LBJ was as bad as he was. My grandfather told me this when I was 9..(I am 59 now with a PhD in history) I am amazed at this man.


    What about Barr McClellan???s performance did you like?

    He knows the subject very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The treachery of LBJ, that he would actually kill people?


    Any additional comments?

    I like this very much

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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