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  • John Adams

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (504)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. 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. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!

    Thomas says: "fantastic"
    "I wish I got the full version"
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    I was not a fan of John Adams before reading this book. I've read biographies of Hamilton, Franklin, Jefferson, and Washington - and felt that Adams was an unlikable, boring character. But to my surprise, parts of this book had me balling my eyes out and by the time I finished it my opinion of JA did a complete 180. Together with Hamilton, he is now my favorite founding father. I learned much in this book that I did not know - for example, that JA tried to pass legislation in MA protecting religious freedom, that he was fiercely opposed to slavery and didn't buy into prevalent eugenics-type theories like Jefferson and others, that although he was ineffective in France (which I learned from reading Franklin's biography), he was ultimately right in his assessment that the war could only be won with naval assistance from France. I thought this audiobook was fascinating, and I regret getting this abridged version. I got the abridged version because I got the impression that JA was tedious, uptight, and boring - after reading this book I feel he was anything but!

    2 of 2 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
    (3486)
    Performance
    (3092)
    Story
    (3070)

    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 little book but not a masterpiece"
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    What other book might you compare Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power to and why?

    I've been spoiled by Ron Chernow, David McCullough, and Jean Edward Smith when it comes to biographies - although the author of this book did not set out to write a definitive life and times for Jefferson, I couldn't help but wish for a more detailed account. Nevertheless I would highly recommend this book to anyone - there was not a dull moment and I did learn a lot about Jefferson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FDR

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (473)

    One of today's premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life.

    Thomas says: "wow-"
    "Excellent read with only a tiny complaint"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of FDR?

    I loved learning about FDR's relationship with Stalin and Churchill during WW2. The last 10 hours of the book were some of the most interesting history I've ever read. The author describes a particular conference in Teheran that had me laughing out load at times.

    Churchill: England is getting pinker.
    Stalin: It is a sign of good health.
    Churchill: I drink to the proletarian masses.
    Stalin: I drink to the conservative party.
    Churchill: I believe that god is on our side. At least I have done my best to make him a faithful ally.
    Stalin: And the devil is on my side. Everyone knows that the devil is a communist, and God, no doubt, is a good conservative.


    What about Marc Cashman’s performance did you like?

    I listened at 1.5 speed and found the narrator's voice pleasant and engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    I only have one complaint: the biography ended very abruptly with FDR's death. Nothing about his funeral (I wanted to know which world leaders attended, etc), nothing about Eleanor's reaction, or their children's reactions. Also, nothing about FDR's enduring legacy. And not even a sentence about the end of the war. I also expected to hear more about the 22nd amendment, since FDR's 4 elections and 3 terms in office are so extraordinary in US history.

    Other than these missing pieces, I thought this biography was nearly perfect. I literally enjoyed every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10845)
    Performance
    (9446)
    Story
    (9430)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    David says: "Superb in so many ways"
    "Highly recommended, but do not read on plane"
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    While I enjoyed this book a lot, and think that the story itself and the way in which the author tells it are both fascinating - I would like to warn my fellow listeners to NOT take this book on a very long plane ride. I was crossing the Atlantic with this book as my main source of entertainment, and the parts of the story in which the author describes in depth the monotony, boredom, and stagnation of being trapped on an island or ice pack and being cramped in tiny tents/boats made the reality of my (admittedly mild) situation much worse. I am a long-legged person who is always cold, and reading this book while trapped in the economy seating of an over-airconditioned plane made me hyper-aware of how cold and cramped I felt. The author repeatedly describes how the seconds, minutes, hours, and days seemed to pass excruciatingly slowly for the poor crew of the Endurance, and this did not make my 10+ hour plane ride "fly by". Nevertheless, it was a wonderful read that I will be recommending to my friends! Just not on an airplane!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2913)

    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    Cathi says: "Good book, not crazy about the narrator"
    "The narration is too slow"
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    I had to listen on 1.5 speed, which sounded a bit awkward. I wish the narrator spoke faster and more naturally

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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