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Virden, MB Canada | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 180 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    Would you listen to A Thousand Lives again? Why?

    No. The subject is distressing.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tommy Bogue. The independent spirit that just can't be repressed, terrified or tortured away. Went on to become a positive leader.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The airstrip

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

    The murder of the children. I wanted to put my fist through the car window.

    Any additional comments?

    I had only seen a 1/2 hr documentary and heard the pop-culture derivations. I had long had an apetite for a deeper look at this descent into madness. This book is a meditation on the gradual corruption of trust to the furthest extreme. I am grateful for the narrator's approach, not trying to 'act' the voices and statements of Jones, but keeping a double narrative distance (female, and unemotive) from a terrible person and subject.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Ferling
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Award-winning author John Ferling is a leading authority on the American Revolution. His entertaining and enlightening histories have greatly improved our understanding of early America and the Founding Fathers. Now Ferling opens a window to the past and explores the contentious presidential election of 1800.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding work of interpretive history"
    "Great overview"
    What did you love best about Adams vs. Jefferson?

    Incredibly relevant. Watch the original political parties infight and disintegrate. A look into the internal struggles of the Federalists, though Ferling doesn't show the same depth of insight looking at the Republicans. See how a President must fight off enemies while holding off his allies' ambitions. Great elaboration of the Vice and Presidency years you may have seen in the John Adams miniseries

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adams vs. Jefferson?

    Adams' standing up to Hamilton's henchmen and seeking peace outside their purview. Did cost him the election, might have saved democracy in America. The politics got really nasty.

    Any additional comments?

    I reccomend Madison and Jefferson to anyone who wants a much more in-depth look at the subject matter with a better assessment of the Republican's manoeuvres. Wish it was on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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