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Neale

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  • The Radicalism of the American Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Grand in scope, rigorous in its arguments, and elegantly synthesizing 30 years of scholarship, Gordon S. Wood's Pulitzer Prize–winning book analyzes the social, political, and economic consequences of 1776. In The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Wood depicts not just a break with England, but the rejection of an entire way of life: of a society with feudal dependencies, a politics of patronage, and a world view in which people were divided between the nobility and "the Herd."

    Neale says: "The matter of class"
    "The matter of class"
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    What did you love best about The Radicalism of the American Revolution?

    This account of the revolution is fascinating for its focus on issues of class which were, on the one hand, much less distinct than those of England, and yet more distinct than we would recognize. It is a useful perspective for me as a history teacher.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    I prefer readers who don't call attention to themselves in the reading. This fits the bill


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David James Smith
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Nelson Mandela is well known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world’s elder statesman—the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent 27 years in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa. But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign....

    Neale says: "Some good details"
    "Some good details"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would suggest Long Walk first because it is Mandela's story, but then this if they are still curious because it includes some other points of view, especially the first marriage.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have described more context about South Africa


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I always find Audible books a little slow and wish there was a feature for 1.1 speed, not just 1.5.


    What else would you have wanted to know about David James Smith’s life?

    wrong question!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love an audible biography of Desmond Tutu.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Carlin
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After being released from prison and winning South Africa’s first free election, Nelson Mandela presided over a country still deeply divided by 50 years of apartheid. His plan was ambitious if not far-fetched: use the national rugby team, the Springboks—long an embodiment of white-supremacist rule—to embody and engage a new South Africa as they prepared to host the 1995 World Cup.

    Neale says: "More detail than the film"
    "More detail than the film"
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    Would you listen to Invictus again? Why?

    I loved the film Invictua and truly appreciated how the book filled in details beyond the film, but also reassured me that the basic story of the film was correct. The most valuable part was the description of the communication between Mandela and the radical Afrikaner groups that were threatening war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Invictus?

    Fascinating details about the final game -- namely that Mandela went into BOTH dressing rooms before the game, which seemed surprising. The author allows how showing up in a springbox Jersey in the All-Black dressing room may have thrown players off the game.


    What about Gideon Emery’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant with an effort to give different accent to different characters. Mandela's accent is just ok.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too much detail.


    Any additional comments?

    It's great when a book reinforces a good film rather than shows its faults. The book gives more balance to the players at lagre, less emphasis on the Matt Damon charcter Pinear, which is only fair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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