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Michael O'Brien

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  • The Professor and the Madman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Zentaro says: "Great Book"
    "Enjoyed it"
    Overall

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. First and foremost, I am glad that I chose the abridged version. While I found the topic interesting (if only for the fact that I never really thought about it before), I don't think that I could have been drawn in as completely and consistently for a longer duration. Whether this stems from the topic itself or the fact that I have been listening to many unabridged works lately and just needed a break, I can't be sure. I can say that the book was well-narrated and kept a lively and interesting pace throughout.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, and the Unique Child who Became Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood.

    Michael O'Brien says: "Great!"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    As a more or less devout fan of David McCullough and futhermore having enjoyed "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris, this was a book that I bought with high expectations. As always , the author weaves a beautiful tale of Roosevelt's early life. Though I enjoyed the book overall, I felt that the beginning was a tad slow. (Details of family excursions, letters and relationships in those formative years one can argue as important, but by and large, I found them pretty dull.) The pace did pick up briskly, however, with Theodore's trip out west and after. Honestly, the reason I think that I didn't like this book as much as the ones by Morris probably stems from personal preference. I simply feel that it is more interesting to hear stories about people of power when they are actually wielding it. (Which is the key reason I found the latter portion of the book a great deal more compelling.) All said, it is a great book and a "must" for hardcore Theodore Roosevelt fans, but probably not as high a priority as the books by Morris for those of general interest in the man's life.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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