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  • Grant Comes East

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    It is July 10, 1863, and Baltimore is in the hands of the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Robert E. Lee. Shattered remnants of the Army of the Potomac have fallen back into Washington, digging in, preparing to make a desperate stand. Six days earlier, General Ulysses S. Grant and his army of 60,000 had taken Vicksburg. The last telegram out of Washington before the rebels cut the line changed all that.

    Jim says: "Great Story!!!"
    "Did not realize it did not follow actual events."
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    What would have made Grant Comes East better?

    Following the actual historic events, but that is just me?..... I just thought it was a factual accounting of real events with made up dialogue to the authors delight but it is really just total fiction. Hope others don't think this is real history. I have read too many history books and that makes me cringe to hear it altered this way guess I will stay away from this type of book but obviously many enjoy it immensely. Sorry!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know


    Which character – as performed by Boyd Gaines – was your favorite?

    none


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    just not my cup of tea, gave it a shot because of Newt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood, to his heroics in battle, to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically rescued him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man told with great courage.

    Robert says: "What makes a great commander?? Read this book"
    "Grant really was an exceptional human being!"
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    Would you listen to Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant again? Why?

    Yes. I now do believe after reading several books about Grant that it can be said that he his one of the top 5 most important men in US History maybe top 3 behind Washington, Lincoln then Grant. He was a bulldog but a soft spoken humble man as well. How does one blend both of those traits to the success that he did. He was so patient and truly brilliant and it shows through his writing. I believe the hand of God was with him and Lincoln. He was a man of fate and circumstance and he must have had incredible notes to have such detail of events so many years before and to have written much of this in the twilight of his life while sick. A truly remarkable man and what a brutal war the like the world has never seen. I highly recommend that everyone should read this book by one of the greatest Americans ever to walk this earth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How well it is put together and well written.


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

    I am not sure. It is not the voice I would have put to Grant. I would like to have had a deeper more powerful voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am in awe that we can be in the mind of such a man and the fact that it was written and unaltered from so long ago. I am truly stunned at Grant's insight in being able to say that he knew that even those that fought for the South and their offspring would one day come to wonder why they fought for a cause that would keep men oppressed as slaves. Those who say the war was not over slavery should read this book. Grant and Lincoln both hated slavery and it is clear it is the main reason for Grant to be able to win the war to end slavery. I am so sad that so much blood had to be spilled and on our own soil.


    Any additional comments?

    Those who fought in the Civil War especially the common soldier should be given immense respect and awe. So many of their lives were expended so carelessly and brutally but the cause was so great and Thank You to Lincoln and Grant and all the Union Soldiers for fighting such a cause. Let's not forget our past history so we don't repeat the mistakes and give the homage to the veterans of all wars. My lineage has soldiers on both sides as it goes through Arkansas and Missouri during those times but the south was clearly on the wrong side of history for this event. God Bless America!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3380)
    Performance
    (2506)
    Story
    (2503)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Ridiculous Foul Language"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Remove the gratuitous language! What is the point of that! How does it help the story! It is abhorrent! I don't believe any officer could speak like that on the police radio and therefore causes the story to lose credibility. It is such a distraction. Even if they talk that way in real life how does it make the story better? It does not. I won't buy another one and I will return the book on that basis alone! My question again is WHY?


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    Language, don't lower yourself to read it out loud.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cold Dish?

    Cut the Language


    Any additional comments?

    Cut the Language

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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