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Marc Cooper

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Bakersfield, CA | Listener Since 2006

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  • Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Adam Cohen
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history - the tense, feverish first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, when he and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government.

    R.S. says: "Important contribution"
    "Good history of the period."
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    What did you like best about Nothing to Fear? What did you like least?

    It was a good history of the 100 days period. However, sometimes the overall story got lost in backstory of some of the figures. It seemed like some of the cabinet members were covered a lot more than others, maybe those which interested the author most. But what it covers, it covers well.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story could have given more of Roosevelts personality not just certain of his cabinet members.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (668)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Great biography by a great author!"
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    What did you love best about The Passage of Power?

    Its masterful storytelling of the time in history it covers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How LBJ responded to the challenge of suddenly assuming power and needing to build a legislative record in so little time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gerd Gigerenzer
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (38)

    Gerd Gigerenzer is one of the researchers of behavioral intuition responsible for the science behind Malcolm Gladwell's bestseller Blink. Gladwell showed us how snap decisions often yield better results than careful analysis. Now, Gigerenzer explains why our intuition is such a powerful decision-making tool.

    Joshua Kim says: "My Gut Says You Should Read This Book"
    "Interesting new take on how decisions are made."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting to learn how our intuitions use simple rules to come to more accurate conclusions than if we overthink problems.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "Great True Story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Krakatoa to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so interesting to learn about the epic scale of this eruption.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (263)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Jeff says: "DROP JAW AMAZING!!"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    This is a great book. I have listened to many non-fiction titles on Audible and this is one of the most gripping.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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