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Molly

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  • The Birth of Britain: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    The English-speaking peoples comprise perhaps the greatest number of human beings sharing a common language in the world today. These people also share a common heritage. For his four-volume work, Sir Winston Churchill took as his subject these great elements in world history. Volume 1 commences in 55BC, when Julius Caesar famously "turned his gaze upon Britain" and concludes with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

    Terryl says: "Birth of Britain"
    "Britain becomes a nation"
    Overall

    Churchill wrote an interesting history and made several hundred years of English kings and wars and castle intrigue cogent and arresting. I look forward to the subsequent volumes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (229)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "Stunning history book"
    Overall

    From the opening dedication to the final word of the narration, I found this book to be without equal as a history of a time period. It covers all aspects of American life from the close of the War of 1812 to the end of the Mexican War. Because of the scope of coverage, one learns of the religious, political, economic, and technological advances and other changes shaping the era.
    Howe dedicates the book to John Quincy Adams and I have a new admiration for him. I found it difficult to hold Jackson in esteem; the development of the Democratic Party I found saddening but certainly inevitable.
    I have listened to this book three times now and expect I'll do it again as each listening gives me new insight and appreciation for just how much our forefathers accomplished.
    I bought the book for my son as a gift and I do look forward to being able to discuss it with him.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Shea
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    On Sunday, December 7, 1862, two armies collided at an obscure Arkansas hamlet named Prairie Grove in a desperate battle that effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River. In Fields of Blood, historian William L. Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War.

    Richard Deardoff says: "Poorly narrated"
    "Indepth study of little known battle"
    Overall

    The battle of Prairie Grove won the Confederate state of Arkansas for the Union and and saved Missouri which was pivotal to Lincoln's war aims. The author does a masterful job of encompassing all the actions in northwest Arkansas and in Indian Territory. Union generals Blount and Curtis get good marks, Scofield flunks. Hindman as the Confederate commander does a creditible job but is handicapped by poor logistics and terrible weather.

    The narrator is difficult to listen to. His delivery is stilted and so many words are mispronounced. His southern dialect is talented, but I had a hard time listening to the Union officers as speaking with a southern drawl. Most obnoxious to the narration is the mispronounciation of Scofield who is called Shofield throughout.
    I do expect to revisit this battlefield soon and I will listen to the book again but the fault I found on the first listening is likely to be even more upsetting on the reprise.





    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James F. Simon
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    The clashes between President Abraham Lincoln and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney over slavery, secession, and Lincoln's constitutional war powers went to the heart of Lincoln's presidency. Lincoln and Taney's bitter disagreements began with Taney's Dred Scott opinion in 1857, when the chief justice declared that the Constitution did not grant the black man any rights that the white man was bound to honor.

    D. Littman says: "a rehash without much new"
    "Annoying mispronuciation"
    Overall

    As an American history buff, I am so disgruntled at the number of audio books available here with narrators who take no effort to correctly pronounce names and even words. Does not an editor check for the reading before uploading the book? Does not someone check facts? The author mistakes casualties numbers for battle deaths in several cases.

    I have heard about every civil war book on this site and some names are read consistently wrong. To have a narrator call General McClellan as McCleelan is egregious. I will admit that the Chief Justice's name is correctly pronounced throughout the book, thank goodness.

    The book had new information for me about the legal opinions and about Taney and offers more than I had previously known about Lincoln and his reactions to the Dred Scott opinion.

    May I suggest footnotes be included in the readings; they are missed.






    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Jeff Shaara, America's premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the 10 Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox. Shaara explores the history, the people, and the places that capture the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict.

    Xavier says: "Dry Civil war history 101"
    "Informative battle guide"
    Overall

    Shaara does a very good job of summarizing six battles of the Civil War with the focus on visiting the fields and seeing the terrain. If touring battlefields is one's desire, this book makes a great introduction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Cottage Chronicles: Civil War Letters of the Bryant-Stephens Families

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By various
    • Narrated By Christopher Walker
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (0)
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    (0)

    As fresh and poignant today as when they were written, these touching letters capture the heart of everyday life during the Civil War. Set both at home in Florida and on the front, the letters were written by two generations of families whose members included radical secessionists, moderates, and even a few Unionists.

    Molly says: "Stellar Civil War Memoirs"
    "Stellar Civil War Memoirs"
    Overall

    This is the finest collection of antebellum and Civil War correspondence I've ever encountered. The book is compelling and offers a detailed view of life in Florida for an extended family. Even with slaves, Winston's wife, Tivy, had an incredible workload.

    A skilled novelist would be severely taxed to create a plot that could surpass the complexities of the Stevens/Bryant families as revealed in the book.

    Having read hundreds of Civil War non-fiction works, my recommendation for this book is very high.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dead North: An Alaska Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Henry
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    With her cabin a pile of ashes and her lite in pieces, champion Alaskan "musher" Jessie Arnold has gratefully accepted a friend's proposal that she drive his motor home up from Idaho, along the Alaska Highway: a breathtaking, 2,000-mile-long route winding past hot springs, glaciers, and ice-blue lakes. But the idyllic trip takes a dark turn when a teenage hitchhiker brings terror aboard.

    Molly says: "Alaska RV adventure"
    "Alaska RV adventure"
    Overall

    Sue Henry has enlarged Jessie Arnold's world with an RV trip from Idaho to her home in a brand new Winnebago motorhome. On the trip Jessie meets with retired fellow RV traveler, Maxie McNabb and her daschund, Stretch. There is suspense and mystery enough to keep one listening until the very end.

    As an RVer myself, I found the story so compelling a travelogue, I am beginning to plan my own Alaska RV adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Founding Fathers on Leadership: Classic Teamwork in Changing Times

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Donald T. Phillips
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    If you aspire to lead, whether in business or your community, this book is just what you need. Leadership authority Donald T. Phillips offers a uniquely inspiring approach. He presents real-life scenarios from the American Revolution to illustrate how to overcome the toughest odds and achieve success. As you learn the strategies that worked for our founding fathers, you will share in the very principles that founded America.

    Molly says: "Business Primer"
    "Business Primer"
    Overall

    In an interesting and compelling format, the author has woven a history of the American Revolution with principles of leadership. The leadership maxims used are quotations from various founders. George Washington is most frequently quoted and the author's esteem for this giant in American History is apparent. I found this book enjoyable and will again listen to the book to better glean the timeless gems of wisdom.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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