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  • 3 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 188 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    From printer's apprentice to internationally famous scientist, inventor, statesman, legislator, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin led a most remarkable life. Seldom is history so well articulated by someone who was there.

    Oleg says: "Ben thru 1757"

    Franklin's autobiography is fascinating in many ways. It gives true insight into how he thought, as well as interesting tidbits about life in the 18th century American colonies. His methodical, analytical, yet practical approach to a well-rounded life could well be used as the source for the ultimate self-help book.

    Also, the book is read so well by the narrator that you'll forget that it's not actually Franklin himself doing the reading. You will have to pay attention, though, due to the use of 18th century words and idioms, but it is worth it.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Living History

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton

    You've probably heard clips from Senator Clinton's interview with Barbara Walters. But now you can listen to her full account of her years in the White House. Hillary Clinton vividly describes her pain over her husband's betrayal with Monica Lewinky saying that former President Bill Clinton lied to her about the relationship until the weekend before he admitted the nature of it to a grand jury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love It or Hate It"
    "Little Insight"

    After listening to "My Life" by Bill Clinton, I picked this book up. After all, if Hillary has continuing political aspirations, what better way to learn more about her than an autobiography? One would expect an auto-biographical work to reveal something about the psyche of the author, especially when read by the author herself. Unfortunately, this factual, emotionless narrative does little more than recount events, without diving any deeper. It's almost as if one of Hillary's staffers turned her datebook into prose, then changed the voice to the first person. This effect is magnified by Hillary's colorless reading of her own book. One does not get any sense of how Hillary's political beliefs developed, and what they are grounded in. Also, the Bill-worshipping gets a bit repetitive. It may well be that Hillary loves Bill as much as she says, but the frequency with which she mentions it leads one to believe that this book was written to assuage the public's doubt about the genuineness of their relationship. The same goes for her unfettered support of his policies. All of this said, it is still an interesting read and recounting of world events from the 1990's. It also reveals a lot about what she did after dropping out of the policy-making limelight and took on more "traditional" first-spouse duties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher

    Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur.

    Scott says: "Funny and true but also Annoying"
    "Few Nuggets"

    This "book" does not make the transition to audio very well, despite being read by the author. It is a bullet-point list of comments on various ills of our society. Bill does much better on TV or stand-up, but here he comes off sounding whiny and in some cases, needlessly offensive. I like Bill Maher, but not this audiobook. It did make me laugh, just not nearly enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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