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Jim

Pflugerville, Tx, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (546)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    Cynthia says: "Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good"
    "Expected good and was better"
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    Doris Kearns Goodwin once again demonstrates her ability to show how history impacts our lives today. I was fascinated to learn the nature of the Progressive legislation that was being proposed by Roosevelt and Taft and how we as a nation still struggle with balance on these issues.
    She is fair in showing both strengths and weaknesses in Roosevelt, Taft and the journalists of that day. As in Team of Rivals, the reader (listener) could see how Roosevelt grew as a leader, learning that persuasion and timing are as essential to the art of leading, as ideas.
    You can also see the essential role that the news media played in the political changes that were so necessary at that time in our history.
    For anyone interested in, or studying American history, this is a must read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (615)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    LeRoy Reynolds says: "Great audio book AFTER the first 2.5 hours"
    "Great story, better than expected listen"
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    I was really very pleased with this audio. I had read several negative reviews based on the reader, but knew it was a great story and decided to go for it anyway. I will admit that Mr. Case started out slow at the beginning, until the Erasmus lands there is not really very much going on of interest other some very basic background about the main character. Once the story gets going, his characterizations were very well done and I could often tell who was speaking just by his characterization. Given the number of characters involved in the story, I consider that quite an accomplishment. Definitely worth 2 credits to me. Great insights into the way the Japanese think and view the outside world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (747)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Excellent listen"
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    George Guidall made this long story a very easy listen. The unabridged version has a lot of background information that is not essential to the story line, but gives the listener a good feeling for the time period in which it was written. An unabridged version might be better for some people, but you would miss out on a lot of French history and culture in the process. Hugo has a very interesting insights on the French revolution and what followed in the next 50 years that would be missed in an abridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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