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  • The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Matthew Bowman
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith’s early initiates was a twenty-three-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine.

    Joel says: "Balanced and informed"
    "Balanced and informed"
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    If you could sum up The Mormon People in three words, what would they be?

    I'm not Mormon, but 2012 witnessed such a barrage of all things Mormon (historical articles cropping up on blogs, but also the New Yorker, etc.) that I needed a broad overview of both Mormon history and theology. Bowman offers an appreciative, but serious approach to this nuanced religious tradition. The sometimes strange history left me feeling ambiguous about Mormonism's role in nineteenth and twentieth century American politics.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Audio Digest

    • NONE (51 mins)
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (169)

    Townsend says: "Nominee for worst performance by a narrator"
    "For me, better than WSJ"
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    What made the experience of listening to The New York Times Audio Digest the most enjoyable?

    I'm comparing this to the WSJ morning feed: the NYTimes subscription is, in my opinion, slightly more informative than the WSJ in its presentation of the articles. It seems made for readers who tend to peruse longer articles rather than simply skim headlines (though truncated, the narration breaks off about where I would leave off anyways, since I rarely read every single article). The WSJ feels analogous to NPR's news updates, though longer, while the NYTimes is simply delivering its top article content in audio format.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (353)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Introduction to Revolutionary Era"
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    What made the experience of listening to Alexander Hamilton the most enjoyable?

    Chernow provides ample context for appreciating the conversations and arguments that make up the legacy of Alexander Hamilton, most especially vis-a-vis George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. You'll come away singularly impressed by Hamilton's influence on American bureaucracy and ready to jump into other biographies of the founding fathers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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