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Grayslake, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 131 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Lee Adams

    In Grace and Power, New York Times best-selling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and poiltical drama of the 20th century's most storied presidency.

    R. Jones says: "More detail than I wanted"
    "Pleasantly surprised!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Grace and Power to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I consider myself a JFK aficionado. So when I saw this book available on audible, I decided to pick it up. Rather than being just a rehash on the same old stories we know about JFK, the author really delves in into what made JFK tick. We are constantly reminded how flawed and careless he was in his personal life, considering he was the President of the United States. We know now that no public figure could get away with his behavior today. But in spite of all that, he was a great president when you consider all the challenges he faced during his administration.

    The author puts the reader in every scene as if we were there, from the moment the book opens, moving through the 1960 election, the inauguration, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the Vienna Summit with Khrushchev, the Berlin Wall crisis, Civil Rights, the Cuban missile crisis, his assassination and the aftermath. She does a masterful job in presenting every scene with clarity and from the various perspectives of the individuals involved, be it Jackie Kennedy, Dave Powers, LBJ, etc.

    What does Lee Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She set just the right tone that at first when I downloaded the audiobook, I thought it would take me forever to get through it. Instead, I listened to it in less time than I expected during my routine commute time.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Real JFK

    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I'd recommend it to anyone who is a JFK fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    Taranthis says: "Great"
    "Somewhat disappointed"

    I was really looking forward to this audiobook since it is the one WWII book from the man himself, Winston Churchill. My main complaint is that WC spends most of the time explaining away why the British government (except him) failed to stop Hitler from violating the non-agression pacts that were signed by Chamberlain. Sounds to me like a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking! I feel he shares some of the responsibility as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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