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Geoffrey

Ulster Park, NY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gerard Koeppel
    • Narrated By Dennis Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Conceived in the early 1800s and completed in 1825, the Erie Canal was the boldest and biggest American engineering project of its century, with enduring political, social, and economic effects. It was the Erie Canal that first opened up the West to American enterprise and imagination, bringing vast riches and a far-reaching vision to a rapidly expanding nation.In this compelling narrative, author Gerard Koeppel tells the complete, sweeping story of the creation of the canal.

    Geoffrey says: "Perhaps the Hardcopy would be better"
    "Perhaps the Hardcopy would be better"
    Overall

    The book as written by Gerard Koeppel is excellent. I am a history buff who has lived 2 score in upstate New York, and as a 10 year old kid I learned most of NY geography from navigation charts more than a few times going up and down the NYS Barge Canal System. Although may only be to those ears are used to the idiosyncratic pronunciations of the Algonquin, Iroquois, Dutch, and German vocabulary that form the bulk of the names in the New York Gazetteer, I really wish they had found a narrator indigenous to area, at the very least someone who knows how to properly pronounce the word "CANAL !" We use a hard "C" and either emphasize each syllable equally or the first stronger Can as in Can-ale, and not "Gun-nail" with a hard "G"

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Ageless City: 1947 to 1963

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Deaver Brown
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
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    America was the undisputed world power in 1947, just after the War, and New York was the center, and the center of everything from the arts, business, culture, and just living. The ambitious came here to get their start and it was the age of the New Yorker, at its finest. By 1963, marked by the Kennedy Assassination, that power drifted away with the Dodgers and Giants to California and Fortune 500 companies to Texas and elsewhere. But in this period, New York was the City of Ageless Grace.

    T. A. Cramer says: "Not worth the $1.95"
    "Too lightly covered"
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    Wrong format for the topic. Nothing covered in any form of adequate depth, In other words not worth the nickel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Ingrassia
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (98)
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    (80)
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    (77)

    America was made manifest by its cars. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66 and Jack Kerouac, America's history is a vehicular history-an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.

    Geoffrey says: "My Best listen in a while"
    "My Best listen in a while"
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    I'm a car nut and a compulsive reader, growing up I jad subscriptions to Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Road & Track, Car and Driver and Motorcyclist fo good measure. I owned 2 '67 Goats. a '69 Mach 1, various Volkswagens, even a Corvair, although, mine had a 300hp '70
    Camaro engine sitting where the back seat once resided. Even though I usually think I know this subject thoroughly, I learned a lot from this book. Well written with surpisingly few technical mistakes (and I might be wrong about those, who knows it might be possible)
    He provideds in depth knowledge and analysis of the motivations for the vehcles and their legacies on our world I cannot recommend this book enough to any person wh has an interest in this subject, and maybe a little grease under their fingernails

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 1812: The Navy's War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George C. Daughan
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (227)
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    (194)
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    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

    K. Winters says: "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
    "Excellent and exciting account of the subject"
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    My only kvetch Perry didn't wait for high tide to float his boats over the bar (There are no tides on the Great Lakes) other than that, an excitng and compelling account on an often overlooked part of American history

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Shapiro
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (97)
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    For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language?

    Geoffrey says: "Somewhat Surprised and very pleased"
    "Somewhat Surprised and very pleased"
    Overall

    I was really interested in the Shakespeare Authorship controversy and was looking fowarard to finding out more about William Devere. This book presents a very thorough and balanced position that gave me a lot to consider that the question is far from the black and white case that I once thought it was. The narrator is absolutely the best I have ever heard (imho)on an audio book, I would pay money to listen to her reading the telephone directory

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Gallo Be Thy Name: The Inside Story of How One Family Rose to Dominate the U.S. Wine Market

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jerome Tuccille
    • Narrated By Grainger Hines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (6)
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    (2)
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    Gallo Be Thy Name is the portrait of an American dynasty that rose from poverty in the early 1900s to become the most successful wine company in the world through toil, cunning, and crime. From selling ³Dago Red² to Al Capone during Prohibition to conquering America¹s wine market, and from the Great Depression to the roiling farm labor movements of the 60s and 70s, the Gallos rode the turbulent currents of history to triumph, with iconic brothers Ernest and Julio steering the ship.

    Geoffrey says: "There are some issues but a good story"
    "There are some issues but a good story"
    Overall

    I agree with the other reviewer that the mispronounciations which become more frequent towards the end of the book are extremely jarring. They almost make me want to find a hardcopy to see if there were misprints in the book.I actually liked the timbre of the narration, the voice sounds similar to Hal Linden in his "Barney Miller" era, whch made it worse somehow. Salami, is not pronounced Salome'
    I was very keeen on learning the story and it doesn't disappoint there, I found it to be an exciting and dramatic saga. Maybe they should do a better job of prooflistening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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