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Adan Gonzales

Member Since 2018

  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 80 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2018

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    Cathi says: "Good book, not crazy about the narrator"
    "Great Book! Annoying Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has never heard another narrator before, or someone who is so interested in the life of Benjamin Franklin that they are willing to put up with the narrator's annoying "impersonations."

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life?

    Walter Isaacson is on par with the greatest biographers of all time, of course that is just my humble opinion. The entire plot of the book is memorable. There are things that at points you wonder, why do I need to know this minute detail, but then it comes up a few minutes later and you realize why Mr. Isaacson inserted such a detail.

    What didn’t you like about Nelson Runger’s performance?

    Runger has a habit of trying too hard to sound like the person who he is portraying. For example, if he is narrating a letter by Mrs. Franklin, he will use a very shrill voice to try to imitate her, which is very annoying since he already has a very shrill voice himself. Then when he is narrating a letter by one of the Mathers or a proprietor or a member of parliament, he deepens his voice and begins to sound more like a cartoon character. By him doing this, it takes away from the book and the pleasure of listening to such a great story. If you have listened to a narration by Edward Hermann, then you will be disappointed by this narrator. Sorry to be blunt.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Benjamin Franklin was in the "Cockpit;" oh to be a fly on one of those walls and to have been able to witness his silent protest.

    Any additional comments?

    I believe Walter Isaacson to be one of the greatest biographers, but I think anyone who listens to this particular audiobook will agree that Mr. Runger is nowhere near the caliber of narrator for such a great book. If Mr. Isaacson had done anything less than a stupendous job with this book, I would have given up listening to Mr. Runger before Benjamin Franklin ran away from his brother's shop.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bernie Sanders
    • Narrated By Bernie Sanders, Mark Ruffalo

    When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a "fringe" campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment. By the time Sanders' campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong.

    B.Arbuckle says: "Such an important book!"
    "Interesting Hindsight"

    I think it will be important reading before 2020.

    The narration is great. Bernie reads the first and last chapters of the book. Mark ruffalo reads the rest. Both do a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz
    • Narrated By James Macpherson, Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After an astonishing career - first in Scotland and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club - Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest soccer coach of all time will analyze the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and life to generate long-term transformational success.

    Leslie Greenwood says: "Get in his head"
    "Very interesting if you are interested in The Gaffer"

    I hoped that this book would be about leadership and not as much about Fergie's story as a manager. I listened to his autobiography and honestly, despite enjoying this book, didn't see much difference between this book and it.
    If you have read or listened to the autobiography, you won't miss much in skipping this one. It is a good listen but you won't get much out of it if you've already gotten his autobiography. He does make some comparisons to business leadership and football management but they are more like "by the way" types of comparisons.
    I am not disappointed by this book though. I am a huge admirer of Sir Alex Ferguson and am always interested in learning about him and Manchester United. I just wish there had been more to learn.
    The narration is great except for the epilogue. I gave up listening to it after about 30 minutes, especially since it seemed to only be summarizing what was mentioned in the book. That narrator had a very dry way of speaking.
    All in all, not disappointed but not raving about it either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Great Book Narrated Greatly!"
    If you could sum up Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Cannot oversell it!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    From start to finish one is entranced by Jefferson's ability to maneuver and see things play out before they actually occur.

    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham – was your favorite?

    Jefferson of course.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mind of Machiavelli, Heart of David

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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