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Michael Gariepy

Tucson

Tucson, AZ USA | Member Since 2011

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  • George F. Kennan: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Lewis Gaddis
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hilgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.

    Amazon Customer says: "Kennan: a man who needs to be studied"
    "Eyes rolled back in my head and stayed there."
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    Would you try another book from John Lewis Gaddis and/or Malcolm Hilgartner?

    I don't know.


    What could John Lewis Gaddis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think it was just me. The slow, monotonous pace of the story/narrative could not be helped. This guy's life just wasn't that exciting or interesting. Yes. I bought it because I thought that period of history would be fascinating. But was it written in a way to keep my attention? No. At least not within the first two hours. I just gave up. I rarely give up on a book. Maybe I'm getting old or impatient but I just couldn't take it after two hours.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance/voice was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from George F. Kennan?

    The book might be mind-blowingly exciting and riveting immediately after the first two hours of listening - so take what I say with a grain of salt. The other reviewers seemed to think it was a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3720)
    Performance
    (2306)
    Story
    (2323)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "The Missing History"
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    What did you love best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    I love nothing better than getting insights into human history - especially when it's a history of such epic proportions that I, embarrassingly, knew so little about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was thoroughly enjoyable because of the careful research, the clear writing - and in this case the narration.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The writing is clear and rolls out well - no boring portions or needless pontifications. The reader's voice was simple and clear. A nice combination that allowed me to listen at 2x speed.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    As an amateur history buff I wasn't prepared for the huge readjustment of my historical world-view. It filled in huge gaps in my thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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