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Bill

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  • Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950 - 1980

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charles Murray
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    Overall
    (18)
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    (13)
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    (14)

    Beginning in the 1950s, America entered a period of unprecedented social reform. This remarkable book demonstrates how the social programs of the 1960s and ’70s had the unintended and perverse effect of slowing and even reversing earlier progress in reducing poverty, crime, ignorance, and discrimination. Using widely understood and accepted data, it conclusively demonstrates that the amalgam of reforms from 1965 to 1970 actually made matters worse.

    Tim Garber says: "Interesting material poorly read"
    "A real eye-popper"
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    What did you love best about Losing Ground?

    What a great book. I enjoyed the pace of the narration, not too fast or slow, understandable. About the book: Having lived through the events depicted, I found myself feeling as though I was tied down, watching a small child crawl slowly to the edge of a cliff, helpless to save him. I'm now listening to his book "Coming Apart".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike's White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships.

    Catherine says: "skip part 1"
    "Great Book"
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    If you could sum up Ike's Bluff in three words, what would they be?

    Great book on understanding Eisenhower's presidency. Brought back a lot of 1950's memories. You'll enjoy it. Well narrated.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Good book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book. Recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the beginning of the Space Race.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Joseph M. Dolan says: "Excellent Book about Little Known History"
    "Really good book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Had my college history books been this good I'd have stayed in school longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Report from Nuremberg: The International War Crimes Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Harold Burson
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Richard McGonagle, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Audible brings to life through dramatic performance the 1945-1946 radio broadcast reports covering the greatest courtroom drama of the 20th century - the Nuremberg trials. The original broadcasts have been lost forever, but the verbatim text - written by Harold Burson, founding chairman of one of the world’s leading public relations firms, Burson Marsteller, who at the time was a reporter for the Armed Forces Network - has been newly interpreted by an ensemble of some of our fine actors.

    Peter says: "Now there was radio!"
    "Disappointed. OK book but short on detail."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not much depth of information about the trials or defendants. Interesting but I didn't learn much.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    C. Kelley says: "The forgotten one"
    "One of the best..."
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    Where does Alexander Hamilton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I've ever listened to. Great narration, couldn't stop listening. Now I know why his face in on our money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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