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Wiregrass18

Wiregrass18

Alabama, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This Pulitzer Prize–winning history tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s.

    Ray says: "Good summary of a pivotal time."
    "An amazing achievement"
    Overall

    This is an impressive work of scholarship, ranging across many different facets of the Depression and World War II and doing it so well that it is easy to see why it won the Pulitzer. I learned so much about the roots of our own time that I want to order the hard copy and reread substantial sections to reflect more on what Kennedy has to say. And Tom Weiner's reading is perfect.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    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.

    Jean says: "A must read book for history buffs"
    "A Wonderful Biography"
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    This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Mr. Taliaferro has done justice to a man who was an eyewitness to and major player in some of the most important chapters of American history, as well as a figure of great character, wit, warmth, and ability. Hay himself was one of the most graceful and enjoyable writers in American public life, and Mr. Taliaferro's writing comes impressively close to matching that of his subject. I felt as though I was able to share part of John Hay's rich and full life and recommend this book about him with enthusiasm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Twain: Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Shelden
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Shelden illuminates Mark Twain’s twilight years in this brilliant account of the legendary author’s life. Drawing heavily on Twain’s own letters and journals, Mark Twain: Man in White recounts both Twain’s private family experiences and his larger-than-life public image.

    Tad Davis says: "Fantastic book"
    "A great look at Twain"
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    The book is well researched and beautifully written. The author has a deep understanding and appreciation of Twain. The story arc is a sad but rich one--the older Twain facing the prospect of his own death and trying to live out his remaining days as fully as he can. Twain's exuberance and irrepressible wit crash continually against the realities of illness, betrayals of trust, the death of friends, and the struggles of children. There is a great sense of humanity in the book that I found interesting and enriching, in addition to the insight it offers into the life of one America's most interesting men. The narration was close to perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9713)
    Performance
    (6327)
    Story
    (6352)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Could not make it to the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want a book with the heroine continually describing how seductive she is and how much her man loves her, this may be a good candidate. For me, the heavy-handed and self absorbed first-person narrative was so cloying and constant that what might have been an interesting historical saga became a painful chore. I could not finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (282)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "An Amazing Work of History"
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    This book is another outstanding contribution in the great Oxford series on American history. It takes a period that is normally treated only in passing and presents it with so much richness of story and insight that the narrative seems to overflow with life and meaning. From technological transformations, such as the telegraph, to a rich an compelling assessment of Andrew Jackson; from the fertile Second Great Awakening to war with Mexico; from Indian wars to early women's rights initiatives--this book is interesting in the stories it tells and impressive in its overall intellectual structure. One minor quibble is that the pace of narration seems sometimes to be too fast, not lingering quite long enough to let one point sink in before charging forward with the story. But the book provides a rich and rewarding insight into a formative era of American history, and I am about to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jung: A Very Short Introduction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anthony Stevens
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (43)

    Anthony Stevens argues that Jung's visionary powers and profound spirituality have helped many to find an alternative set of values to the arid materialism prevailing Western society.

    Edgar says: "Very nice - will not be disappointed"
    "A Jung Overview"
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    I am not a psychology professional, but I am interested in Jung and what I see as his rich and broad view of human life and how our minds work. This short book is an excellent overview of Jung's life, the essential ideas he espoused, and his comparative relationship to other psychological analysts of his time. It is well-written, easy to follow, and substantive. I plan to listen to it again after working through a few of Jung's own works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (236)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"; "It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"; so the novel begins and ends with some of Dicken's best-known words, and between the two is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

    K. Hicks says: "A Rediscovery of an Old Friend"
    "What a joy!"
    Overall

    Listening to Dickens with such wonderful narration by Martin Jarvis is a complete joy. I enjoyed it forty years ago and loved it again with this listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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