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Larry Newell

Fort Worth, TX, US | Listener Since 2008

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  • American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

    DAVID says: "Not Really Sketches"
    "A Better Title: Isaacson's Opinions"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was doomed from the start.


    What was most disappointing about Walter Isaacson’s story?

    Title was very misleading.


    What aspect of Cotter Smith’s performance would you have changed?

    The material he had to read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Too few to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the Jobs bio, but Sketches was a waste.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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