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  • The Audacity to Win

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Plouffe
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The story of the most important political campaign in modern times, by the man who went through it side by side with President Obama.

    Susan says: "Fascinating book; don't care for the narration"
    "community organizing textbook"
    Overall

    The minute the election was over I started looking for this book. It was obvious this campaign was forging a new path in national politics, and as a grassroots organizer I wanted to know all about it. I found Plouffe's detailed descriptions of strategies fascinating. I am most interested by the campaign's focus on the PROCESS by which things were done, and how successful this tactic was in general. Empowering local organizers and listening to "troops on the ground" is a key grassroots technique, and it is very difficult for professional organizers to yield that much power. The next time I teach community organizing this book will be part of the curriculum!

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  • Golden Earrings

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Catalina, grand-daughter of Spanish refugees, is a disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Little gets inthe way of her career until the visit of an otherworldly being, who leaves her a mysterious pair of golden earrings. Given a quest, Catalina realises she must explore her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and ‘La Rusa’, a young Andalusian flamenco star. La Rusa died in exile in Paris in 1952, her death ruled as suicide. But as Catalina begins to discover, there were those in the community, who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead.

    Paddington says: "Fabulous story"
    "painfully poor Spanish pronunciation"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Golden Earrings to be better than the print version?

    I wish I had read instead of listening. The painfully bad Spanish pronunciation, especially of the names of some primary characters, was a constant irritant to the listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rich and interesting story that unfolds beautifully.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    Not if she had to pronounce Spanish words!


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