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James

SMITHTON, MO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much."

    William says: "History tends to bore but I couldnt stop listening"
    "Franklin over the top in name Brands"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of Course. Dr. Brands, a gentleman and a scholar, has both the capacity to display information well, but orderly and enlightening. History, especially regarding someone like Franklin, is well emassed with information, but few people can bring someone to life as does Brands.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First American?

    I am in the process of listening so I have yet to hit upon an apex. My humor box is perforated regarding Franklin's portrayer of older and younger women looking alike below the waist. At this point I am somewhat amazed at Franklin's pre-revolutionary experience convincing the Brits they need not cast taxes upon the colonies. His connection to Malthus and Smith is now memorable as well. Franklin's intrellectual was well nigh pervasive and Dr. Brands present that phenomenon quite well.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I know of.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The portions on electricity were shocking!


    Any additional comments?

    I like Audible, since you are able to produce the best. Keep it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (637)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Insightful portrayal of Lyndon Johnson"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage of Power the most enjoyable?

    Caro presents the Johnson of history, the JOhnson who struggled with brash aggression coiupled with compliments for his colleagues and adversaries to be the most powerful person in the world. The reader can sense this dramatic stuggle through the text.


    What other book might you compare The Passage of Power to and why?

    The book on Johnson by Doris Kearns Goodwin.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    It is well done. Like JOhnson, he contorts his voice when speaking of other as if he were others.


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

    I've not finished the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and easily read while erudite in presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2600)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1617)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Exercise and healing for the whole body"
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    Would you listen to Spark again? Why?

    I might listen again, but one time thorugh gets the point. His hypothesis is convincing and well documented:paly Exercise is a primary factor in a majority of health issues.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new studies done relating exercise and health in neurology and other bodily entities. I appreciate the corelation between better physical education has trationally practiced with all its tawry play variations from ping pong to horse shoes and the current innovations related to healing exercise which keeps a constant heart rate needed to


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The work in the Naperville school district set the stage for the thesis and framed the background for the remainder of the work. If you can help teens develop exercise disciplines compares to who wins and loses the good is on the way long term.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It supported and built on a book by Dr. Paull Sehnert,


    Any additional comments?

    Not at this point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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