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  • The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    In this lively and compelling biography, Harlow Giles Unger reveals the dominant political figure of a generation. A fierce fighter in four critical Revolutionary War battles and a courageous survivor of Valley Forge and a near-fatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, James Monroe (1751 - 1831) went on to become America's first full-time politician, dedicating his life to securing America's national and international durability.

    Robert Bartel says: "Readable, but more hero worship than history"
    "Skip it"
    Overall

    Not a very informative biography of Jame Monroe. It comes across as being written for a 7th or 8th grade student, with more rah-rah than information.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (202)

    From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

    Frank says: "A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator"
    "Check the facts, and a little biased."
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    I somewhat enjoyed this book, but the author is not unbiased. And the narrator conveys that also. I learned more about the turbulent times of the 1960s and early 1970s, but I will look for something less biased and more historically accurate-something more reliable. He doesn't always have his facts straight. One glaring example is that Chief Justice Warren, not Justice Black swore Nixon in in 1969. You learn in grammar school that he Chief Justice administers the oath of office.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candy Bombers

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrei Cherny
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Acclaimed author Andrei Cherny tells the gripping saga of a rag-tag band of Americans - with limited resources and little hope for success - keeping West Berliners alive in the face of Soviet tyranny, winning the hearts and minds of former enemies, and giving the world a shining example of fundamental goodness.

    Alex says: "Wonderful Story, Well-Read"
    "Excellent story of the airlift."
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    This book gives an excellent overview of the dividing of Berlin after WW2, and the events leading up to the airlift. It brings in the election of 1948 and the impacts upon it and describes the major characters involved, including President Truman and Secretary Forrestal, to Generals Lemay, Clay, and Tunner. You will learn about an American pilot with three handkerchiefs, some twine, and some candy and how an act of kindness set in motion the first Western victory of the Cold War.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "A classic done well!"
    Overall

    Controversial when published, but I enjoyed the book, and I can't imagine a better match of a narrator and book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noah Feldman
    • Narrated By Noah Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. Scorpions tells the story of four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.

    Charles M. Wyzanski says: "Narrated as admirably as it is written!"
    "Informative and entertaining"
    Overall

    A very informative book, with a very good narrator. I learned much about the four Justices in the book and it left me wanting to learn more about them and the time period. The behind the scenes politics of the Supreme Court then and the Justices' interactions with FDR and the New Deal were unique in history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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