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Gregory M. Kreiger

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  • Coolidge

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

    Jean says: "Silent Cal"
    "EXCEPTIONAL BOOK"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am currently listening to John Adams.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This was my first audio book using Audible. Once I got the hang of everything, the performance was great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was shocked how little Coolidge was addressed in the years of American history classes I attended. This book gave context to many political arguments still existing today.


    Any additional comments?

    I probably would not have read this book because of its length. The audio format gave me the opportunity to enjoy a piece of history while painting the inside of my garage.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (417)

    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Arthur says: "Beginners start here! This is the one you want!"
    "Will Durant Revisited"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to individuals who wanted a good overview of the history of philosophy.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I initially read this book in a Introduction to Philosophy course some 35 year ago and just wanted a refresher on what was contained in this book. Needless to say, I forgot a lot, and maybe some sections of the book I never read. It was an enjoyable visit with a great American Professor of philosophy.


    If you could give The Story of Philosophy a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Ideas and thoughts never change


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (609)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    RealTruth says: "good start, book runs out of sustenace"
    "Interesting, but not magnetic."
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    If you could sum up Automate This in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, slow, boring


    Would you recommend Automate This to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends on their interests. If you are in to automation, you would probably find it interesting. However, it you dislike technology, you would not like the book.


    What aspect of Walter Dixon’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (800)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Trutly Moving"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of John Adams to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the written version of this book and thus cannot compare it with the audio version. However, the audio version allowed me to paint two rooms while enjoying a great book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Adams


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A book this size needs to be consumed in pieces.


    Any additional comments?

    History can best be understood through biographies of great men. This audio was an enjoyable look into the life of one of this countries founding fathers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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