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Charles Of New York

Charles

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  • This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century, Volume 2, 1919-1939

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Christopher Lee
    • Narrated By Anna Massey, Robert Powell
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Volume 2, covering the years 1919-1939, looks at a Britain ravaged by war and at the mercy of millions of striking workers. It also takes in the lighter side of life in the 1920s and 30s, including the first loaf of bread going on sale and the glory days of Fred Perry.

    Charles Of New York says: "A Spectuacular Series, Brilliantly Portrayed"
    "A Spectuacular Series, Brilliantly Portrayed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to the entire series:

    For me, British History was a jumble of technicolor MGM Movies, scattered on a screen without reason, more nonesense. This whole series sequentially showed dramatic British history in form, near Shakspean. The interplay of the brilliant readers kept a fresh, fascinating pace gripping, ever changing. Never has an Audible narration held me captured in such awe. I also discovered how much of our American foundation is based on the trial and error, blood and drama of centruries of British history, kings and queens comings and goings, a history of good examples, bad examples, examples enough to be used by the US Founding Fothers for the founding our country. Thank you Brisitish History. Every American should listen to this and learn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrators. I sensed they treasured their history and took what could be just another narration and lifted it up to emotinal heights. I had no royal favorites, the all seemed to be the same, petty and wonderful, power users, using people to die for their royal greedy needs.


    What about Anna Massey and Robert Powell ’s performance did you like?

    They were wonderful, brilliant, kept up a pace that sped the narration fresh through the entire series. Their superb talent was one of the quality gifts I admired throughout listening to the entire series, start to finish. They cared from someplace deep down, cared to make their history more than just another narration, but a proud, warts and all, truth about the historic characters they narrated. I felt they deeply enjoyed the sound of the writing too. If there is an Academy Award for Audible narration, it should be given to these performances.


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

    Yes. I felt emotional awe, deeper gratitude for what laws British history has given us. I did amuse at the petty humanness of the aritistocrats and how the country stood up to wrongs or just let them slide. I sensed of anger at how religion's power caused such human despair.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best of the best, an example of deep brilliance. Thank you Audible, I would be a lesser person without your taking me to these newer mental heights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: Rush Limbaugh

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Profile of the controversial radio talk show host who became an icon for his devoted conservative following.

    Charles Of New York says: "Unsurprising"
    "Unsurprising"
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    What disappointed you about Biography?

    It was more an encyclopedia than a flesh and blood biography. Too tame. But revealing in its background coloring of Rush and his caree. No depth at all, though.


    Has Biography turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It commercial pace.


    Any additional comments?

    Too slick, TV smooth, not even trying to be literate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt: The Rivalry That Divided America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James P. Duffy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Was aviation pioneer and popular American hero Charles A. Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite? Or was he the target of a vicious personal vendetta by President Roosevelt? In Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt, author James Duffy tackles these questions head-on, by examining the conflicting personalities, aspirations, and actions of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Charles A. Lindbergh.

    Alan says: "Revisionist history"
    "Worst thing I ever heard"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it were erased.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    J. D Salanger biography.


    What didn???t you like about Tom Weiner???s performance?

    How could he participate in this poison.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. It made me aware of the visceral hatred people had and still have for FDR.


    Any additional comments?

    FDR's Social Security, and its orphans and widows' financial support, and later social plans, lifted our widow-oprhaned family out of the orphanage and poor house, saved us, lifted us into education worlds denied to so many millions before us. So I am sore at this stupid, prejudiced book. I could not get through 25% of it with its constant one note acid theme of trying to make FDR the great Satin. There was no balance, no humanity no intellegence of anything human about this messy book. Only neurotic, twisted FDR haters could love it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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