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Julie Marie Totsch

Julie Totsch

Racine, WI | Member Since 2011

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  • The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1371)

    When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Satisfying Conclusion--For Now"
    "Great Ending to the Series"
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    I would recommend the entire series to anyone. The three books are amazing and this one offers a satisfying ending. Katherine Kellgren is a wonderful narrator. I think in this book she outshined Kevin Free. The narration of both kept the pace up.

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  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (685)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Lyndon Johnson's Fair Shake"
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    I purchased this book because, truth be told, I didn't know anything about Johnson beyond that he succeeded Kennedy and escalated the War in Vietnam. This book describes his being chosen as Vice President, the election and the transition after the Kennedy assassination.

    The book shows Johnson as he was - all his flaws are shown, as well as his gifts. President Johnson wasn't perfect, but he was the best man for the job. Since the sixties, his triumphs have been overlooked and his flaws have been highlighted.

    If you want a well balanced and magnificent look at the 36th President, this book is where you will find it. I cannot wait for the next volume in Caro's series on Johnson.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1806)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "A Story You Probably Haven't Heard"
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    I didn't know anything about the second assassinated President in our nation's brief history. Garfield hadn't wanted to be President. When he was shot on July 2, 1881; he was only four months into his term. He lived eleven long weeks during which he was subjected to unsound medical tests and procedures that, most likely, killed him.
    I listed to this book on my long drive to and from work. The book fascinated me and I found myself yelling in disgust at the horrible procedures they put Garfield through. The narrator, Paul Micheal, has a voice that keeps you on the edge of your feet. Candice Millard's writing is top notch. Her research shows in the facts presented. You have a real feel as if this happened last week instead of more than 100 years ago.

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