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Wendy Raffel

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  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (595)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "So Good It Blew My Mind"
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    Not historically a reader of, or particularly knowledgeable about, American history, I read an excerpt of this book that appeared in the New Yorker. It was riveting.

    And now I can say the rest of the story is equally so. This may be my favorite audio book yet, not to mention one of the best books of any genre I've encountered recently.It is almost incomprehensible that so detailed an account of such a short period of time (this volume focuses mainly on a period lasting a mere seven months) could be so deeply engrossing.

    While listening to it, everything else in my life became just time I was NOT spending listening. It blew my mind.

    Mr. Gardner, the narrator, gave a flawless, pitch-perfect performance.

    I feel better off for having experienced this book, and fully intend to devour everything else by Robert Caro that Audible has to offer.

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  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1191)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Riveting"
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    Where does Helter Skelter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. The story is compelling all the way through, no small feat for a book this length.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I knew only the barest facts of the Manson case and nothing about the trial. What I learned has left me with quite a bit to think about. There is depth to this story, thanks to Bugilosi's detailed recounting of every aspect of the events, both the killings, the trial and the lives of all involved. This is not a story I will ever forget.


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

    Scott Brick is, as usual, an outstanding narrator and adds to a great deal to the already strong material with his spot-on narrative, impeccable pronunciation and timing.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in the world around them.

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