If you're on this page, I doubt I need to sell you on Dr. Seuss's work. 'Green Eggs and Ham' is, of course, a classic. Jason Alexander's performance is brilliantly hammy, just as one would expect from somebody reading a kids' book aloud. He reads in distinct voices for Sam-I-Am and the hesitant diner, both perfectly Seussian. I also own the eleven-story "Cat in the Hat" collection, but this is the best Dr. Seuss reading I've heard yet.
I would and have. I originally bought the print version of this book for a Civil War class in college, but I held on to that book, replaced it when it was damaged, and now own the audiobook as well. It's a great read and I feel like I find something new each time.
The Oxford History of the United States is a great series in general. Getting away from that, I might compare it to "John Adams" by David McCollough, since it uses a story-telling structure to discuss complex topics in detail without being boring.
It's a bit more than a scene, but I think McPherson do a great job of covering the Mexican-American War, which is important because it introduces a lot of people and themes that become important in the Civil War.
It doesn't come until Part 2 (more on that below), but there's a short mention of two enemy armies camped on opposite sides of the river, singing and laughing with each other, knowing quite well what would happen at sunrise. Like the Christmas Truces of WWI, these really show the humanity of both sides' soldiers.
I have one minor qualm with this book, both related to the audiobook formatting rather than the writing or content. First, some of the chapter breaks are oddly placed. In general, each chapter in the print book is broken into two or three sections, and most of the audiobook chapters follow this pattern. However, there are some chapters that begin in the middle of a thought, e.g., "But the bluejackets soon got some rams of their own." This means that chapter breaks are not necessarily good stopping points. If you're listening in short shifts, such as during your commute, you may need to skip back a minute or two for context.
Also -- and this is a note for prospective buyers rather than a criticism -- although the book itself is a single volume, the audiobook is split in two. This volume covers up to Chapter 13 of the print version, which is roughly Fredricksburg (1862). Volume 2 goes from there to the war's end. Given the book's size, I think that's reasonable. However, I think it's important to note that the single-volume print version and the two-volume audio version are the same.
This book provides an excellent overview of business concepts and terminology. The book covers value chains, finance, process modeling, and other universal topics, so it's not at risk of dating itself. The author/narrator's delivery is smooth and easy to listen to, and the information is highly valuable to anybody working in a business environment. His explanations are very down to earth, so you don't really need anything beyond a high school vocabulary.
Though I agree with Kaufman's thesis that a degree is not the same thing as an education, I'm not sure what makes him the expert that he claims to be. Like David Bach or Timothy Ferriss, Kaufman's business is the book. He's not like Guy Kawasaki, who can reflect on his experience marketing the Macintosh in the 80's when people didn't know what a home computer was. Kaufman's experience, when you trim out the fluff, is two mid-management positions at a single company, which he couldn't have held for very long because he was only 28 when the book was published. However, since this is an introductory text, and consists mostly of theory, I don't consider that a major handicap. I'd just be a little wary of any specific advice he offered.
My only serious complaint is that the book takes forever to get going. The Introduction (track 2 of the audiobook) consists of the author describing his personal experience in detail, how he succeeded without an MBA, and why MBA programs are useless and expensive and out to get you. It runs for an hour and four minutes. That's about five times longer than it needs to be. Having been a brand manager, he should know that it's important to make an impression on the customer right away, before they get bored and change the channel.
This audiobook includes the full text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States as it currently stands. Winiarski's reading is clear and easy to understand, delivered as if he were reading the documents aloud in a town square.
Anybody in a position to read this review is likely familiar with the works of Dr. Seuss. Even the lesser-known titles are wonderful, with a wit and charm that shows no lack of respect for kids' intelligence. With that in mind, I'll focus on how these books fared in the journey to audiobook. It is unfortunate that the illustrations couldn't be included, as those are a big part of the storytelling, but that's normal for an audiobook. Most of the readings in this compilation are excellent. Lithgow's, Danson's, Cleese's, and the other readings are well delivered, with a good pace, rhythm, and volume for the job.
The one story that disappointed me was "The Cat in the Hat." Grammer, whom I would have expected to be an outstanding narrator, speeds through the lines in such a way that it's even hard for me, the adult, to keep track of where each line ends and the next begins. His second reading, of "The Cat in the Hat Returns," is much better in this respect, so I suspect it was a creative choice that I personally don't agree with.
To elaborate on the concerns about skipping to a particular book: as with any book here on Audible, this one is broken down into chapters. In this case, each chapter corresponds to a story. Unfortunately, the books are labeled with numbers, rather than titles. If you want to hear "Yertle the Turtle," you either need to know that "Yertle" is chapter six, or scan through the chapters until you find it. If I were going to put these on an iPod and hand it to a kid, I'd prefer that the chapters had titles. Still, these are mostly minor flaws, and I can easily overlook them, given the quality of the stories and the storytelling.
As others have stated, it could easily have been made into a TV episode. It's not a terribly ground-breaking story; the first two-thirds is the common "pleasure trip to the past uncovers a dark secret" plot. However, it's a very well-told story, so feels fresh, and the characters behave like you'd expect they would in the series; Rose's sassy charm and Ten's cleverness are readily apparent.
David Tennant's narration is top-notch, and comes very close to capturing the energy of a full-cast dramatization. His reading demonstrates both his experience as a voice actor and a thorough understanding of the show's other major characters.
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