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Jeffrey L. Gingold

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (845)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Better than any history course in school"
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    Where does Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top. The Rise & Fall of the 3rd Reich still ranks at the top of history books I've listened to so far. This is a very strong contender.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    Handling of Jefferson's Inconsistency in dealing with slavery.


    What about Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham ’s performance did you like?

    He was easy to listen to. However,after listening to Meacham's delivery of the afterward, I found myself thinking that it would have be great if he narrated the book himself.


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

    No, other than feeling that I had learned a lot, much of it explains many of the political divisions that characterize politics today, and things look pretty tame now compared to Jefferson's era..


    Any additional comments?

    Meacham's coverage of this character and the period taught more than any history course I had in school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David O. Stewart
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    A spellbinding storyteller, historian David O. Stewart traces the canny and charismatic Aaron Burr from the threshold of the presidency in 1800 to his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Stewart recounts Burr’s efforts to carve out an empire, taking listeners across the American West as the renegade vice president schemes with foreign ambassadors, the U.S. general-in-chief, and future presidents.

    Lynda Rands says: "Very good, given lack of source material."
    "America's Apocalypse Now"
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    Would you listen to American Emperor again? Why?

    Maybe. It was very engaging, although it would take a lot for me to listen to any book more than once --- there are too many other books out there to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Burr is clearly the most riveting character, although "favorite" is probably not the best term for him under all the circumstances disclosed.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Garman – was your favorite?

    Same as above.


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

    The descriptions of Burr's trials including the background on other key players such as John Marshall were very enlightening. The background on what led to the duel with Hamilton and why Hamilton approached it the way he did was also very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrific book, wild story, should be a major motion picture! Everyone knows that Burr shot Hamilton, but the details about the 1800 election, the treason and related trials, the time in Europe, all of this was very compelling and not the stuff I recall getting in school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    One of the nation’s most respected historians and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, H.W. Brands has the rare gift of investing historical narrative with unmatched verve and insight. The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr sheds light on the life of the third vice president of the United States, a man who is perhaps best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

    Jeffrey L. Gingold says: "Too much talk and not enough action"
    "Too much talk and not enough action"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would appeal to someone who is primarily interested in the letters between Burr and his daughter.


    Would you be willing to try another book from H. W. Brands? Why or why not?

    Probably not. He relied too much on direct quotes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was a decent reading; the content was the main problem.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr?

    The second half of the book was much more engaging because it incorporated the content of letters into a cohesive narrative, rather than depending almost entirely on lengthy quotes from letters --- which characterized the first half of the book. So, I would edit the first half to match the second half.


    Any additional comments?

    Burr's story itself is quite compelling and was handled much better elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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