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Samuel S. Holmes

Montana | Member Since 2011

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (687)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "A Great Book About Our Greatest Architect!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power to be better than the print version?

    Yes. With Meacham still living, Herrman has all the guidance he might need, should he have varied from the author's intent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into Jefferson's life to better understand the forces which effected him.


    What does Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Author's intent.


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

    Awe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soft Target: Ray Cruz, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    New York Times best-selling author Stephen Hunter is back with another breakneck thriller, in which ex-Marine sniper, Ray Kruz, must outwit a group of murderous Somali terrorists who’ve laid siege to the Mall of America. Recently retired marine sergeant Ray Kruz has been talked into a mall trip by his fiancé, the beautiful Molly Chan. For Ray, Molly represents a way to reconnect with normal life, something his 20 years in the service and five tours in two combat zones have prevented.

    Shawn says: "Bubble Gum Basic"
    "It's Stephen Hunter So It's Got To Be Good!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Soft Target to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because of the enhanced entertainment value and ease of assimilation.


    What other book might you compare Soft Target to and why?

    The rest of the Stephen Hunter library and Tom Clancy's work because of the intensity of action.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    Gigante has a marvelous range of voice and emotion at his disposal; on several occasions I had to refresh my memory to ensure that he was the only performer on this recording.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. When the mother struck back at the gunman with her weighted purse. The build up and placement of that "moment" gave it the full force which Gigante exploited to its fullest advantage.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike many of Hunter's stories, this one lacks the level of complexity, the twists and turns I've come to expect since reading "Point of Impact". This was almost entirely "shoot 'em up" against a very simple plot. However, I got the distinct impression that friend Hunter is setting us up for another, much more complex story due to the open issues remaining at the end of the book. All I can say is, "Keep 'em comin'!!!"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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