Clinton is smart, and although I wasn't expecting a "scholarly" work I was expecting something more substantive from a Rhodes Scholar.
Those who are easily impressed with vast quantities of facts will enjoy this book. But the sense I have from listening to the book (and Bill Clinton is an excellent reader, by the way) is that he simply "Googled" his life and has given us the descriptions that one finds for every link on Google.
I know that Clinton jogged a lot, I know how often he jogged, I know how many miles he jogged, I know the exact jogging routes he took. What I didn't learn from this book is why he jogs, what jogging does for him, how jogging makes him feel, what he thinks about when jogging. Nor did I understand how he could jog every day during the first primary season and gain 30 pounds. It's this style I found disappointing. Full of facts, bereft of substance.
"My Life" gave me the sense that Bill Clinton has come gained an intimate understanding of who he is and how others' lives have impacted him and how he has impacted others' lives. I wish he had shared that intimate aspect of his life.
Obviously, this is slightly less than 2 hours in length, so it's not a book. This is a lecture about the Gospel of Thomas and Elaine Pagels spends considerable time after her talk answering many questions from the live audience.
If you have already read "Beyond Belief" then you may find that this lecture provides even more detailed insights from Elaine Pagels on the Gospel of Thomas and its relation to other gospels. If you haven't read "Beyond Belief" you might want to do so before downloading this lecture.
How is it possible for 3 reviews to be given for a 9 hour book that was released just one hour ago?
Even the printed edition was released just hours ago!
I've very skeptical of the reviews so far... makes me think that former Anne Rice fans are trying to undermine this newest book.
Giving false reviews is terribly misleading to others... I expect better of Audible.com members. Pity.
An excellent book!
Simon Winchester goes into great detail in the book, as he does in his other books. And, as the description indicates, this covers far more than the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
Winchester ensures that readers of this book understand the context in which the 1906 earthquake occurred by giving extraordinary detail on the history of earthquakes and our understanding of them, the history of San Francisco (up to 1906), and detailed look at the mechanics of the San Andreas Fault.
The Publisher's Summary above clearly shows this is more than just a look at one particular earthquake. The excerpt from Publishers Weekly also describes this as more than just about the 1906 earthquake. Based on those descriptions, and after listening to the book, I have to say that I got everything I expected... and more.
Simon Winchester is the narrator for his book and does an excellent job.
Zell's line, "U S Forces armed with what? Spitballs?", was a classic.
One may not agree with Zell's political agenda, but I can't help but think that his speech was the perfect response to John Kerry's waffling/nuanced positions that change as frequently as the tides.
Krista Tippett delivers an insightful and well-balanced look at a multitude of issues. Plus, her guests are outstanding.
Our NPR stations in Boston unfortunately don't carry this program, so it's quite handy to have a subscription.
This book ties-in so well with current events. Although the US attempt to create a democratic government in Iraq is not specifically covered, this book will definitely help clarify the challenges the US faces in attempting to create a "democratic Iraq". Of course, many other "current events" topics will come to mind as you listen to this fascinating book.
Excellent narrator... very interesting topics... I highly recommend this audio book.
For those who equate newspaper news with USA Today, you may wish to pass. However, if you find the articles in the printed edition of The WSJ "newsworthy" and you'd enjoy having a broad selection of those articles in a one-hour format, then you'll enjoy this subscription.
The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal is not a substitute for the paper, but it will help you catch up on select articles while commuting or running around town. No audio version of a newspaper with a length of only one hour will contain all of the articles of interest to you... but The Morning Read does an excellent job of picking a wide variety of articles that give one the gist of what's covered in the print edition.
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