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Terri

Jefferson City, MO, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (529)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Team of Rivals"
    Overall

    I was interested in the subject matter and have always had respect for the author, but I did not expect the book to be so very good!! Any armchair historial or Civil War buff would do well to listen to this book as it gives a unique picture of Lincoln. The telling of well known stories was fresh and I was surprised to actually learn a thing or two along the way. Very happy with the purchase and would recommend to all.

    45 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gabor Boritt
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    The literature of the Gettysburg Address tends to fall into one of two extremes. At one end are those books that maintain that Lincoln wrote his speech hastily, even on a scrap of paper on the train en route from Washington to Gettysburg. In this version, Lincoln delivered his remarks to an uncomprehending public, which applauded politely, failing to appreciate his genius. Many of the books that argued this point of view are out of print today, but the myths and legends live on.

    D. Littman says: "add this to your Lincoln bookshelf"
    "Fantastic!!!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get an understanding of our nation, then and now. The author does a wonderful job of putting the reader in Gettysburg in 1863. Understanding what the people of that town, and the nation, were thinking and feeling is essential when trying to understand how the address was initially received. And how was it received? We may never really know, but after having listened to this book my views of Lincoln and his relevance today has been reaffirmed!!! Thank you!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Herbert Donald
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This fully rounded biography of America's 16th President is the product of Donald's half-century of study of Lincoln and his times. In preparing it, Donald has drawn more extensively than any previous writer on Lincoln's personal papers and those of his contemporaries, and he has taken full advantage of the voluminous newly discovered records of Lincoln's legal practice.

    Terri says: "Overall good book"
    "Overall good book"
    Overall

    The book is very good. I have read a lot about Lincoln and the Civil War and I felt that I got a better understanding of the man from this book. With so many books out there about him, it is a treat when a book comes along that tells the same tales, but from a fresh perspective. Someone who hasn't read a lot about the man would do well to listen to this book as it may be the only one they ever need.

    I also liked the narrator's voice and thought the pace was good. The more I listen to audio books the more I realize the best book can be ruined by a bad narrator, so I will add that I was at times maddingly distracted by the narrators very loud swallows, breathes, etc. Hasn't Recorded Books figured out a way to edit out these annoying sounds? Sorry if that sounds petty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1872)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Fantastic!!!"
    Overall

    I was one of those people who said this book had too much hype for it's own good; then found, to my surprise, that it is worth the hype and then some! I thought the book was fantastic and I enjoyed the voices of both of the narrators. If you are even remotely interested in this book download it immediately!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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