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Michelle

Brookline, MA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 1812

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Nevin
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The war of 1812 would either make America a global power sweeping all the way to the Pacific or break it into small pieces bound to mighty England. It was a second revolution of sorts to prove to the British that America had to be taken seriously. The principal players in this drama were James and Dolley Madison and Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Their courage and determination would shape America's destiny.

    Thomas says: "Couldn't stand the narrator"
    "Cheap romance masquerading as history"
    Overall

    This could have potentially been an interesting and informative book but instead it reads like a history book written by Danielle Steel. What little history you can get through the discussions of "bulging pants" and characters erections is fairly good and interesting. The War of 1812 is an interesting bit of history to read about - but choose something else besides this ridiculous book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Brian says: "Incredible audio book"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    Thorough summary of this era in history written in a captivating way that is easy to listen to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    E. Pearson says: "A Rigorous Gift"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    Thorough and complete summary of this era in history.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A. Lincoln: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ronald C. White, Jr.
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

    Julieann says: "Insight into Lincoln"
    "Thorough biography"
    Overall

    Very well written and narrated story of A. Lincoln's life from birth to assassination.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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