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  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (348)

    Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001, marked the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Very, very good, but very, very long."
    "Decent narrative but a hollow experience"
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    Interestingly written in terms of a story re: his life, but its unsatisfying. made it halfway through and found i didnt feel like i accomplished or learned anything by reading it--just a decent tale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knowledge and Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

    Doug says: "Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work"
    "Interesting in theory but dull in practice"
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    I generally like sowell's work even if it they all tend to move a bit slow for me as they are often geared to a very general reader.
    The main problem with this book is one of degree: that it spoon feeds. For anyone who is accustomed to thinking systematically, this book breaks down the bites way too small and hence becomes extra slow moving and by extension dull. I gave up less than one-third of the way through-knowing i couldn't take that many more hours. i will say that i enjoyed the introduction (written 15 years after the original book) more than what followed.

    again, he is a good writer, its an interesting topic, his stories and explanations are very clear, but he really belabors every little point in this book.an abridged audio book would NOT help, but i do feel he could have written this in half the text

    Dean is a solid narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Six Frigates

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

    Danny says: "Excellent"
    "Good Book although shaky first hour"
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    The first hour is a bit dull. Made worse by the narrator--who almost seems to be falling asleep during it. But the book picks up steam as does the narrator. One does grow a tiny bit tired of sea battle descriptions towards the end( not enough detail for a real military battle buff, fine for the general reader, but by the end you've heard too many)

    Good book but not a great book. Toll's later book, Pacific Crucible, of far higher caliber both in writing quality and in depth of vision/themes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Morris
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In the 30 years after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in world history. That is a well-known period in history, when titans like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan walked the earth. But as Charles R. Morris shows us, the platform for that spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century. By the 1820s, America was already the world's most productive manufacturer and the most intensely commercialized society in history.

    Jean says: "How our industries started"
    "Decent, but not as tight as some of Morris; work"
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    The real problem is the narrator--hes very hard to listen to, drones, nasally, etc--although obviously narrator voice, diction and style is where personal preference and taste count most.

    Book is interesting enough although its not really 100% as advertised-the first part is a conventional history of one small subsection of the war of 1812 and doesnt really get directly to the heart of his theme but rather only at an angle to it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    This is a major political biography of a great American president - who won a war, transformed the government, and doubled the size of the United States...in four years. When Polk was sworn in as the 11th president, what followed was one of the most consequential presidencies in history.

    Rik DeVoe says: "Polk: One of our most important Preidents"
    "Factual but...."
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    The narrator is just okay. The book is not up to Bornemans more recent work-. I gave up after less than halfway through because the book doesn't really give you any real depth or understanding, just A basic chronological treatment like a good extended encyclopedia article

    This period is covered much better in the oxford history of america.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
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    What did you love best about Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942?

    Detailed & layered but not detailed in terms of battlefield tales. Which means not for a battlefield history enthusiast but good for a general history enthusiast who is interested in the war in the pacific You get rich back story and background --it reminds me of listening to the robert caro biographies for more than one reason


    What other book might you compare Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 to and why?

    the Admirals..that was a good book..this is a superior book


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    i like gardner-i know some think he has a slight drone but i never find him dull and enjoy the gravelliness


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

    well..its too long for that


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Robert Middlekauff
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (179)

    The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

    John says: "Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details"
    "prolix"
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    What disappointed you about The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789?

    I only made it through the part 1 download then gave up. I had previously read one of the other books in the series (1815-1848) which was very good. This book gets lost in mindless detail, (e.g. too many names of british tax collectors and ministers in the 1860's, etc) and over frequent only semi-useful quotes. A handful of vignettes can flesh out a historical narrative. but this section of the book at least gets lost in these tiny details and loses the arc of the actual history.


    What three words best describe Robert Fass’s performance?

    Drones


    Any additional comments?

    read what hath god wrought isntead

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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