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David

Now in Colbert, Washington

Montesano, WA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. J. Dionne
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Our Divided Political Heart will be the must-listen book of the 2012 election campaign. Offering an incisive analysis of how hyper-individualism is poisoning the nation's political atmosphere, E. J. Dionne Jr., argues that Americans can't agree on who we are because we can't agree on who we've been, or what it is, philosophically and spiritually, that makes us Americans.

    Jamie Britton Blanck says: "Good points and lots of good information"
    "Great read, not so great listen"
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    Would you listen to Our Divided Political Heart again? Why?

    Yes. E.J. Dione presents a reasoned and knowledgeable analysis of the American Political scene that makes great sense in light of the wide-ranging grasp he presents of the forces contributing to the current divide. Unfortunately, after hearing the author often on televised interviews, I found Michael Kramer's narration disappointing, often monotonous, and frequently unable to keep me from falling asleep while listening. Perhaps the author's schedule prevented him from narrating his own work, but the narrator failed to share the author's passion for his work .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Likely F.D.R., as I gained new appreciation for his political skills from this listen.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Kramer?

    Not likely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (347)

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "A Bit Over-rated"
    Overall

    I usually select more serious stuff, and it did take a while to get into this listen, which got off to a confusing and slow start. Despite the reader's skills being highly praised, his soft but deep voice could not be heard while driving my Outback on smooth roads even at full volume from my Creative Zen's FM modulator through the car stereo. Nevertheless, by the end, I was into this one, and the characters came alive!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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