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William

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  • All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Taliaferro
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist’s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro’s brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place. John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War.

    IRP says: "Great Historical Biography- Well Read"
    "Interesting view of the way things were (done)"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up All the Great Prizes in three words, what would they be?

    This is a good description of a pretty remarkable man. But it is the person inter-twinings that make it fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    However, the third download is damaged. I will never finish it because every time I pause my iPhone5 (iOS7.0.2), doing something else for any length of time and go back to listen, I watch that little marker always (and I do mean always) slowly slide back to about 4 minutes from the beginning. Very disappointing. If iPhones supported Whisper Sync, I would have said this Whisper had Sunk. Shame because the 3rd volume was the most interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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