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  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years in the U.S. Senate. At the heart of the book is its unprecedented revelation of how legislative power works in America, how the Senate works, and how Johnson, in his ascent to the presidency, mastered the Senate as no political leader before him had ever done. "There is something uniquely mesmerizing about the wily, combative Lyndon Johnson as portrayed by Caro," says Publishers Weekly.

    Shelly says: "Abridgement bad"
    "Master of the Senate"
    Overall

    I started this book thinking it might be moderately interesting. As I had read Caro's book on Robert Moses, I was expecting a well written book on a fairly dull topic. To my great surprise, the book was both extremely well written and as far from dull as any book could be. This book unquestionably deserves the highest possible rating. What a shame that Caro's follow up book on Johnson's years as president has not yet been published. I would also love to see the two earlier volumes converted to audio format as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    In Washington, a newly elected young president faces a test that will focus the national spotlight on abortion, parental consent, backroom politics, and the battle over one woman's nomination as chief justice of the Supreme Court. It's high-stakes drama as only Richard North Patterson can present it! Browse more Patterson.

    Vicki G says: "Future ability to bear children"
    "Tops My List"
    Overall

    Out of the more than 1,000 books which I have read over the past 20 - 30 years, I would rate this book as number one.

    Those reviews which state that they stopped reading this book because they disagreed with Patterson's politics remind me of the Catholic Church's response to Galileo and Copernicus. This book is inappropriate for closed minded people unwilling to consider the validity of other points of view which differ from their pre-conceived positions. Whether or not you find Patterson's positions persuasive, the presentation is spellbinding.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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