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Thomas

Chapel Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
    Overall
    (463)
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    (276)
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    (280)

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "propagada"
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    i am pretty liberal but this is typical one sided liberal viewpoint. It's like listening to a speech. I like that the author read it, but its pretty much the far left viewpoint without any attempt to provide a balanced opinion/view of the isues.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1424)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "long, great ending"
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    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    awful. had to listen on 2x speed. there are like 6 second pauses between sentences.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book with a great ending. I gave it 4 because i found it a little boring at some parts. Its a lot of the same story...lincoln magnanimity to his "rivals" and how he uses everyone effectively. It is good and gives you a better appreciation for Lincoln than i had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Brian says: "Incredible audio book"
    "Unbelievable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is by far the best book in the entire oxford history series, and i have listened to them all. Very fast paced, fluid, it reads like you are listening to a novel/story about the war. The writing is incredible, meticulously drawing attention to the ironies of circumstance and decisions that drove our history. An incredible quick read. The first 1/3 of the book is a great summary of the 1950s and the decisions that lead up to the war. The author paints a great picture of each of the actors on this stage. The battles are extremely well described in succinct enough fashion to keep the story moving without sacrificing detail. All I can say is this is sort of a book form of Ken Burns in that the individual stories are so moving and the story so fast moving that it reads like a novel, not like so many history books.


    Any additional comments?

    The bad news...the narration is awful. I listened to this on 2x speed on my iPod or this would have been unbearable. Even then there are like 3 second pauses sometimes between sentences. Fortunately, the reader is so slow that on 2x speed, it actually sounds pretty decent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (294)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "overall outstanding"
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    Where does What Hath God Wrought rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    well up there.


    Any additional comments?

    This was on my list to read for a long time given the excellent review, but thought I was not that interested in this period, however, this was an outstanding read. There were just a few sections that were a little slow, mostly to do with religious revivalism, however, overall this filled in so many knowledge gaps in a very interesting way. We think our world is changing to quickly, it is interesting to think that other generations felt very similarly about their own times. In addition, this really sets the stage for an understanding of the Civil war period and American history in general. One of the stronger sections of the Oxford Hisotry series. Well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Robert Middlekauff
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

    John says: "Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details"
    "overall good, not one of the truly best"
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    Any additional comments?

    Good addition to the oxford series, but one of the lesser components in my opinion. Parts were slow, and hard to follow many of the battles or descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (288)

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    "overall outstanding"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    fascinating for the most part


    Any additional comments?

    This was on my to read list for a long time given the excellent reviews but never thought i would be that interested in this period of history, but this is an outstanding (one of the best) additions to the Oxford History series. The author really brings this period in history to life and he filled in critical deficits in my understanding of american history. There were just a few sections, mostly to do with religious revivalism, that i thought were too long and rather boring, but for the most part really well written, interesting, and well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Larry J. Sabato
    • Narrated By Chris Kayser
    Overall
    (16)
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    (12)
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    (16)

    John F. Kennedy died half a century ago - yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato - himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency - explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors.

    Matthew says: "Strong Account of Kennedy Presidency and Death"
    "different take"
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    Any additional comments?

    i have downloaded a ton of kennedy books recently. This was interesting because it is not just about him but about the influence the kennedy presidency has had over the last 50 years. I thought it was very interesting although parts were a little superficial.
    the other issue i had is that i think he gives too much credit to conspiracy theories. about the middle ⅓ of the book is about the assassination. He basically goes through one theory after another saying there is nothing to support it (or even worse), but then always leaves the window open by saying but it has not been totally discounted. Well shouldn't it be on the proponent of the theory to provide some substantive evidence that this is plausible?? To say well there is no evidence that supports it but it could be true or some variant could be true gives the reader the wrong ideas.
    Oterhwise well worth the read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "really worthwhile"
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    Any additional comments?

    all i can say is the logic in this book is unassailable. extremely thorough, obviously opinionated and "one sided", but hard to argue against.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anita Moorjani
    • Narrated By Anita Moorjani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (508)

    In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

    Jeffrey says: "SImply Amazing"
    "worthwhile"
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    Any additional comments?

    Interesting...it certainly must be amazing to have had such an experience and the writing is good, but some of the chapters make me cringe. I did find the questions about religion very interesting and thought provoking (that the afterlife is essentially areligious). But this is a women who turned down any conventional medical treatment for a treatable disease, then received chemotherapy and was cured. The medically related topics made me cringe (as a physician).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (420)

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    CAT says: "Text book"
    "nothing new"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was going to have some insight on new research in the field. This is nothing new. most of the research was done decades ago and amount to the fact that with training in some circumstances, the brain can learn to do new things. This is not surprising. I guess i expected to much. I thought this was going to be about the brain's ability to regenerate itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4246)
    Performance
    (3666)
    Story
    (3642)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Interesting but not balanced"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Cain and/or Kathe Mazur?

    maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    some interesting insights


    Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not


    Any additional comments?

    Overall an interesting book but not really fair. it makes it sound like being extroverted is to have no substance and shallow. I appreciate some of the insight and parts of the book are really interesting, but this present all the "science" from one direction. As a fairly introverted person, i have to say it interesting how the perception of introverts is described and how society does seem to prize being extroverted, but that does not mean the introverted people are the only ones who have something of substance to offer. There was a chapter on how introverted people can become extroverted in certain areas that are passionate about that i thought was very interesting. Overall a good read, somewhat through provoking, but not a book that makes you think "I will think about this topic totally differently from now on.".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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