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Jon Zemans

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  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    George says: "Superb!"
    "OUTSTANDING"
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    What made the experience of listening to Master of the Senate the most enjoyable?

    The learning from the story is priceless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master of the Senate?

    To learn about the "real LBJ" and some specifics about his relationship with RK. The "real LBJ" is beyond belief (almost).


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

    I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last part of this book is fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    You can not go wring with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (435)

    From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

    Megan says: "You'll never look at public shaming the same way"
    "Feedback loops reduce speed"
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    Parts of this book are laugh out loud funny. Would highly recommend. Did fall asleep a few times and had to listen to the ending twice. Best to listen while awake, as in long road trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennan Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George F. Kennan, Frank Costigliola (editor)
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A landmark collection, spanning 90 years of U.S. history, of the never-before-published diaries of George F. Kennan, America’s most famous diplomat. On a hot July afternoon in 1953, George F. Kennan descended the steps of the State Department building as a newly retired man. His career had been tumultuous: early postings in eastern Europe followed by Berlin in 1940-41 and Moscow in the last year of World War II. In 1946, the 42-year-old Kennan authored the "Long Telegram", a 5,500-word indictment of the Kremlin that became mandatory reading in Washington.

    Jean says: "a complex man"
    "So was this one ever hard"
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    Boring format. Droning voice. Some interesting details, but overall not so good. Not recommend what so ever. Spare yourself pain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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