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Michael

Livonia, MI, United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • Ethan Allen: His Life and Times

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Willard Sterne Randall
    • Narrated By Mark Whitten
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The long-awaited biography of the frontier Founding Father whose heroic actions and neglected writings inspired an entire generation, from Paine to Madison. On May 10, 1775, in the storm-tossed hours after midnight, Ethan Allen, the Revolutionary firebrand, was poised for attack. With only two boatloads of his scraggly band of Vermont volunteers having made it across the wind-whipped waters of Lake Champlain, he was waiting for the rest of his Green Mountain boys to arrive....

    Michael says: "There were parts that were really good."
    "There were parts that were really good."
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. I wanted to listen to it because I am interest in Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen played a big part in his story, but that's about all I knew about him. It turned out that he had a very interesting life and was a big part of the revolution.


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

    I found the section when Ethan Allen was taken prisoner by the British to be very hard to stop listening to. My wife even got caught up in it and she very rarely gets involved in my history reading. It was the best part of the book by far for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I had two problems with the book. (1) It could have just been my file, but I noticed that the booked skipped back a few seconds a lot so I had to hear the same sentence again and again until it fixed itself. (2) The story took a long time to get started for me. The author spent a lot of time going over the background of Vermont and his ancestors. It may be interesting to others, but it wasn't for me, but I am glad I stuck with the slow beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael O'Brien
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Early in 1815, Louisa Catherine Adams and her young son left St. Petersburg in a heavy Russian carriage and set out on a difficult journey to meet her husband, John Quincy Adams, in Paris. She traveled through the snows of eastern Europe, down the Baltic coast to Prussia, across the battlefields of Germany, and into a France that was then experiencing the tumultuous events of Napoleon's return from Elba.

    Michael says: "Interesting Book on Mrs. Adams"
    "Interesting Book on Mrs. Adams"
    Overall

    I listened to this book after listening to a book on John Q. Adams to get more information on his wife. I found the first part of this audio book hard to listen to. The first part deals too much for me on the people in Russia and Germany, which I'm not very educated on. The second half was much more interesting becasue it dealt with Louisa and JQA. Not so much on her journey from St. Petersburg to Paris,France but it was interesting to hear her story of their marriage and their children.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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