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Sarah Sidell

Mesa, AZ | Member Since 2012

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  • Being George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (434)

    If you think you know George Washington, think again. This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers—yet changed the world forever. It's a story about a man whose life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: Bullet holes through his clothing. Horses shot out from under him. Unimaginable hardship. Disease. Heroism. Spies and double-agents. And, of course, the unmistakable hand of Divine Providence that guided it all.

    Dell says: "My hero has been brought back. Thanks Glenn."
    "Glenn Beck being George"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Being George Washington to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked George Washington (obviously) but I also like Thomas Jefferson.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed hearing about some of the battle scenes he went through with his troops.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone wanting more details then the basic info on all of the founding fathers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Harold Holzer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett, Traber Burns, Robin Field, and others
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    In July 1883, just a few days after the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at the Century magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor. The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversation by offering “a series of papers on some of the great battles of the war, to be written by officers in command on both sides.”

    jeffrey says: "The war as seen by the men who were there."
    "Great personal histories"
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    If you could sum up Hearts Touched by Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, riveting, interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have been following Robert E. Lee's history a little more. Although he/or his writings are not in this book, it was interesting to hear other people's versions of him and his actions.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Most of the readers voices are very enjoyable although there is one of them I don't enjoy as much. I am not familiar with his name either.


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

    There are several places in the book that are touching, but for the most part it is basic history covered.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Brian says: "Incredible audio book"
    "Very good history."
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    What did you love best about Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1?

    I enjoyed all the different perspectives in this book. Listening to Northern and Southern soldiers both and their observations (sometimes on the same battles).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure if I had a favorite but U.S. Grant was prolific in his writings.


    What aspect of Jonathan Davis’s performance would you have changed?

    I enjoyed most of the readers and their inflections, there was one reader I didn't really enjoy the voice or cadence of, but overall it was good.


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

    Nothing outstanding to sway me either way in particular. I was moved by the scenes of the surrender at Appomattox though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee: As Recorded by His Son, Captain Robert E. Lee

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert E. Lee
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This book fleshes out the man and reveals the workings of a great military mind and a warm, understanding, and generous human being. It shows all the facets of the general during the war; at the conclusion, when he was an outspoken proponent of a reasonable peace which would allow the South to rejoin the Union; and after the war, when he served as president of Washington College.

    Sarah Sidell says: "A very good read."
    "A very good read."
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    What did you love best about Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee?

    I enjoyed hearing the closeness General Lee had with his family. The personal touches of reading his actual letters was an enjoyable way to learn the mans personality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    General Lee obviously was my favorite, but after that probably his sons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of them was how he responded to the loss of his fellow general and friend, General Stonewall Jackson.


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

    I was really moved by his very earnest faith and how he wasn't afraid to show it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    On Secret Service is the story of a war within a war on various levels: the North versus the South, the Union's Pinkerton Detective Agency versus the Confederacy's agent provocateurs, and youthful idealism versus youthful lust. It chronicles the lives and times of four young Americans, from the war's early tremors in January 1861 through its bloody conclusion: Lincoln's assassination and John Wilkes Booth's murder in May 1865.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Great Deal!!"
    "Very good read"
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    What did you love best about On Secret Service?

    I enjoyed all the twists to the story but still keeping real life history intertwined.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure which agent I enjoyed best. My least is Pinkerton though.


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

    I enjoy the readers voice, nice and smooth, enjoyable to listen to for long periods.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Possibly


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrew Napolitano
    • Narrated By Scott Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    A harsh and revealing political exposé of two beloved presidents. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how Teddy Roosevelt, a bully, and Woodrow Wilson, a constitutional scholar, each pushed aside the Constitution’s restrictions on the federal government and used it as an instrument to redistribute wealth, regulate personal behavior, and enrich the government. Theodore and Woodrow exposes two of our nation’s most beloved presidents and how they helped speed the Progressive cause on its merry way.

    Joseph D. Klotz says: "The Case Against Theodore and Woodrow..."
    "A very enlightening history lesson."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time was very well spent. A good history lesson most people are not fully aware of.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I enjoyed the comparisons made between the two Presidents.


    What about Scott Moore’s performance did you like?

    Scott has an easy voice to listen to as well as good cadence to his voice.


    Did Theodore and Woodrow inspire you to do anything?

    Pay more attention to what is really being done by people in office as opposed to what they say.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4938)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2606)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Hitchhiker's Guide"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    I would say it is as good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy the humor.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    I thought Mr. Fry did fine on his performance.


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

    no, not really. Not a "moving" book. I do really enjoy the British humor and that is why I listened to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10058)
    Performance
    (6132)
    Story
    (6163)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Fascinating story of strength"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    I enjoyed hearing all the details whether good or bad about WWII and this mans life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The turn around after surviving POW camp and finding God.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Herrmann has a nice enjoyable voice to listen too. Knowing his voice ahead of time made it an easy choice to purchase this book.


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

    There were several.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (479)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Too difficult to listen too."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story just didn't seem to flow and was very difficult to listen too.


    Has The Killer Angels turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it has not turned me off to Civil War history and other stories, but it was like making my way through a swamp. Too hard to slog through, I lost interest very early on.


    Was The Killer Angels worth the listening time?

    No, I gave up early on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brion McClanahan
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Here to rescue the reputations of our Founding Fathers from the plague of modern political correctness is The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers. Author and Professor Brion McClanahan shows how patriots like Franklin, Madison, and Hamilton laid the foundations of American civil liberty and had a better understanding of the problems facing us today than our current Congress.

    A User says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Politically Incorrect/founding fathers."
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    Would you listen to The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again. If for no other reason just to "rehash" all the information contained.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the mix of professional/personal lives in it and I also enjoyed the vast number of historical facts I didn't learn in school.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his voice and inflections, very easy to listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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