President James Knox Polk, the man behind "Manifest Destiny" is finally being written about. Walter Borneman does a splendid job in putting down Polk's life story even though it does not have the military flash of a Jackson or a Grant. He does fill in the holes left by the only other Polk history to have come out in the last few years, James K. Polk: 1845-1849, as part of the American Presidents series. It was a very good general information book that was in need of a book like Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America. Read this book. It will go a long way in filling in some of your blanks in American History.
Frodo, Friends, Adventure Frodo and his cohorts combine their talents to follow in the path of good ole Bilbo Baggins, with the idea of returning the ring that Bilbo had brought back from his first adventure.
My most extreme reaction to the book was when I was consciously yelling at my MP-3 player to speed up and get on with the story. If I had never read this book the audible version would have been more meaningful to me. I knew what was coming as the friends marched along. I just wanted it to finish so I could get into more stories on "Orcs" and other fantastical beings. Instead of savoring the book as they unwound the story, I got over anxious to get to parts that I remembered well that I knew were up ahead.
If you are a Clancy fan then you would enjoy this book. In my reading, the use of the son as the main character, just doesn't come up to the thriller level that Clancy had under the Father. There is, however, enough of the old Clancy in the writing to make it a good way to spend some time.
The narration by Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent. A wee bit hokey on the accents at times but performance wise I do give it a 5 star rating.
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