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Jack

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6302)
    Performance
    (5350)
    Story
    (5366)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "John Lee does a superb job."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version so I can not judge which is best but I suspect the Audible version is better since Lee did such a good job of narration.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ending was a little disappointing and did not lead into sequels to come.


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

    I have listened to several of John Lee's performances. I think this was one of the best. Story here was not one of Follett's best but Lee made it worth listening to.


    If you could take any character from Winter of the World out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to take the Russian Scientist out to dinner since according to the book she was a real knockout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1100)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Great Insight"
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    What did you love best about Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    I got to know this man who was one of the founders of the country in a much deeper way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jefferson


    What does Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Haven't read the book.


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

    The Mind of Jefferson


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (717)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    K. Cunningham says: "Why Good People Are Divided - Good for whom?"
    "Interesting Take on Human Motivation"
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    If you could sum up The Righteous Mind in three words, what would they be?

    The author explains his theory on what basic elements of the human mind motivate action.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He introduced a novel theory for human motivation.


    Any additional comments?

    Although there are many equally valid theories that address the reasons people act the way they do, the author's theory is certainly worth consideration.

    2 of 3 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
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1726)

    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"
    "Interesting historical drama"
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    What made the experience of listening to Team of Rivals the most enjoyable?

    The author made a good story out of what could have been a dry history lesson.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    Discriptions of the toll that events took on Lincoln.


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

    The narration by a mature woman led credability to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (731)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Good story but moves too slow."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This might be a better regular book than an Audible book. You can get into scan mode on a regular book but you can't do that with an Audible Book.


    Was Atlas Shrugged worth the listening time?

    An abridged verson of this book would probably be better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4706)
    Performance
    (3172)
    Story
    (3199)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A good history lesson."
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    What did you like best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World? What did you like least?

    Reading this certainly improved my knowledge about this important historical figure.I didn't realize that there were positive aspects to his rule.


    Would you recommend Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to history buffs.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Do you think Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe the subject was covered adequately so that there is no need for a follow-up book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the positive developments in civilization attributed to Genghis Khan I believe are overstated. After all the Romans and Greeks had a pretty organized society.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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