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I knew little about Lyndon Johnson before reading this book, yet having lived through his presidency as a young boy, and being fascinated with this period in history I was drawn to this book. I came away knowing that Johnson was a shrewd politician, a manipulator of men, a lier and the perfect person to be vice president when John Kennedy was killed. This book covers the period of time up until his first state of the union address in January 1964 in great detail, but it's hardly ever boring.
His intuitive knowledge of how to keep the government running, his ability to keep the Kennedy men on and working for him, thus keep some communality in the government was brilliant, especially given the fact that most of those men regarded Johnson a “corn pone” He was not educated at an ivy league school, did not have the family linage of JFK, yet he had the working knowledge of how to get a bill through congress that Kennedy didn't have. He was able to get part of Kennedy's agenda passed at just the right time, and then continuing to move forward with his own agenda.
The story was good, Grover Gardner's narration was good, not great but I wanted to continue to listen till the end. I will be looking for the next book in the series.
I remember, as a kid in high school and entranced by airplanes, standing on the end of the runway at Ontario airport in southern California and seeing my first 747 land, man was that a big plain. If you have an interest in airplanes and aviation then 747 will be an interesting book. You learn incites into the process of the creation of a new aircraft and learn how the 747 has changed aviation. At first I though Boehmer's narration was going to be a bit dull but as it went along I found it was perfect for the book and Sutter's writing and personality. Over all, a good book.
Like another reviewer, I came across this book kind of on accident, I was looking for a new book to listen to with no real idea what I was looking for. I had seen Dan's book before, but didn't take time to look at it closely, thinking it was just another self help book, and lord knows, I have listened and read enough of these already. But this book was different. More then just a self help book it is a journey with Dan through his on air melt down and his discovery of meditation. It has me thinking about meditation and mindfulness, learning more about it, though not ready for that ten day retreat that he describes in the book.
At first I thought that Dan's (I talk about him like hes a good friend or something) narration was going to be somewhat grating, but I found it fun and energetic, I enjoyed it all the way through.
I saw this book on a Audible special, the story sounded unique and kind of an "oh wow" kind of idea so I bought it. My wife and I listened to it on a recent road trip. It was a fun listen. Noah Michael Levine was a good narrator and read the book with enough spirit to keep the story moving along as it was written. It did slow down toward the end, but over all it was good and has me looking for other books by Stephen Carpenter.
This was the second book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and it was as enjoyable to read as Killing Kennedy, but like Killing Kennedy, it was not about the Killing of Patton, but was a history of world WWII, little snips of history, and some of it has little to do with Patton, so if you are going into this thinking this will be a detailed look into Patton's death, it was not. But that being said, it was interesting and I like O'Reilly's narration. He reads as if he is just talking to you personally, and while it is not perfect narration, there is some hesitation at times, I think it makes it easy to listen to. All in all a good book.
This book turned out to be more about the Russian submarines and the US navy trailing them during the crisis then about the Crisis itself.. Lots of detail about life aboard those subs and you quickly find that those Russians were not in an enviable position. Terrible conditions with very little information from their Government about what was going on. But, these subs carried nuclear missiles and they could fire them with out an OK from Moscow if conditions were right. Grover Gardner was good for this book, he does his usual good narration. It was a good book, just not what I expected.
Even though I am a baseball fan and knew quite a bit about the history of the game, I knew little beyond the fact that Joe DiMaggio held the consecutive game hitting record of 56 games. When I saw the book, I thought it was a good time to read it, what it being baseball season and all.
It took me a little time to get "into" the book. At first I did not like Collin's narration, but as the book went along I began to enjoy it more and more and by the end, I thought it was perfect for the book and the subject.
The book goes not only the streak and baseball but also into DiMaggio as a person. Quite and reserved, he had a hard time with crowds. he loved being in the spotlight but didn't like what came with it.
There was a chapter about his first wife and how hard her life with DiMaggio was and that was probably the least interesting part of the book. it did give some incite into his personality, but it is the hitting streak where this book really goes into detail. Not only how hard it was to hit safely in 56 straight games, but how other great hitters, like Ted Williams, one of baseballs greatest hitters and who hit for a 406 batting average in 1941, (the year of the streak) never came close in his carrier.
The book also puts DiMaggio's accomplishment into modern perspective and has one chapter about Pete Rose, who hit safely in 44 games. The final epilogue talks about how statisticians have tried, over the years, to assess the probability of the streak. It's all fascinating listing for baseball fans.
This is a great audio book and a great story. At first, when I listened to the sample I thought the reading was going to be just OK, but the story line was interesting so I gave it a try, but as I listened to William Dufris narration I found it was perfect for the subject, not boring at all. and the characters became people you can identify with, you can put yourself into their place as things happened to them as they went through each rewind. I think we have always wondered what we would do differently with our life if we had the chance to go back and live it again, but what if we had to go back again and again. Great book and a great listen. On of my favorites.
I have been an avid reader and listener to motivational books for years and many have given me some good ideas. Some have even changed my way of thinking and to that end, my life. But non have given me a way to change, to really bury my old thought process like The Power. Love and gratitude is the answer to help move out those negative thoughts that creep into your mind. Rhonda Byrne's book The Secret sets down the Law of Attractions and delves into some of what The power does, but the power gave you a tool to make the Secret work. it's simple stuff, but we don't need to make this complicated. Great book and I will listen to this over and over again, as I have the Secret.
I am a die hard Los Angeles Dodger fan, having moved to LA in 1963, so I never experienced the dodgers in Brooklyn, but I knew the basic history of the team during that time. This book gives an in depth look at the players, managers and owners of the team. it was well written and detailed but it lacked a good narrator.
Raymond Todd did not bring excitement to the story, his voice was monotone. Even in times of great elation, or sadness, which the Brooklyn Dodgers were full of both, you could not tell it from his narration. If I was not a big Dodger fan I don't think I could have finished it.
This was a very good book, well written and well narrated. I am 58 and have read many books on the Kennedy Assassination over the years, most of them from the conspiracy point of view. This book follows the days events and delves very little into those theories. Even thought I know the story, I was riveted to it. George Newbern did a great job with the narration.
This book dose assume that Oswald acted alone, and if you are one who believes that he had help, the book may be a little harder to get through then it was for me. For years I had believed in a conspiracy, but over time I have come to believe, hard as it may seam, that Oswald acted alone.
Yes, the Dallas police messed up, the did not record their interviews with Oswald and they allowed Ruby into the basement. The body was taken from Dallas county to Washington DC, in spite of the fact it was not a federal crime. Oswald lived in Russia, went to the Russian embassy in Mexico City and was a very strange individual. Ruby did have some ties to organized crime. All those things, and what seam like hundreds of other problems, are true. They do leave a lot of room for speculation, but that all is is. Just speculation.
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