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John

groton, MA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Thomas Jefferson and His Time Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dumas Malone
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The second of the six volumes of this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography tells the story of the eventful middle years in the life of Thomas Jefferson: his ministry to France in the years just before the French Revolution and during the early stages of that conflict; his service as secretary of state in President George Washington's first cabinet; the crucial period of his first differences with Alexander Hamilton; and the beginnings of his long struggle with the Federalists.

    John says: "Very Biased"
    "Very Biased"
    Overall

    Mr. Malone goes out of his way to paint Mr. Jefferson in a virtuous light, in spite of the duplicity and intrigue other, more contemporary authors have attributed to him. Mr. Hamilton's contribution to the nation's founding during "Jefferson's Time" is grossly understated as Mr. Malone used Hamilton's known rivalry with Jefferson to promote his champion at the expense of another, equally important founder. This makes for poor reading (listening) as once the bias is manifest, all other unique or "stand-alone" assertions by Mr. Malone lose a degree of credibility.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (298)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "This will be my last Steve Berry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Lincoln Myth better?

    A large part of the story involved Cotton and his long time love interest. The status of their relationship in this story was confusing from the beginning, but unequivocally adversarial at the end. Not an uncommon development in this genre to be sure. My problem, however, is that I have no idea why! Mr. Berry might fine tune his craft by reading some Nora Roberts, et.al.


    Has The Lincoln Myth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love the genre, even most of Mr. Berry's previous books. This one just didn't add up vis. character development.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Mr. Brick is the master of all!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to be disappointed by an otherwise favored author, but Mr. Berry has lost "favored author" status with me and I'm sorry for that.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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