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Mark

Lodi, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (328)

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "A propagandist work - not for the level headed"
    Overall

    Painfully slogged through this one. The political bias presented is unbearable. A brief mention and skipping over of Joseph Kennedy's criminal self interests during wartime while wasting dozens of minutes bemoaning the evil right protesting implementation of the nation's social security program, one where most of the protests of the right highlighted in the book have been proven unfortunately correct and in fact underestimated the ultimate corruption and failure of the system. Save your money, here's my summary. Left good. Right bad. Objectivity out the window. Want a good matter of fact read on WWII? Try the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Just the facts ma'am.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1115)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "A Yogi Berra who actually makes sense!"
    Overall

    If you have a good sense of humor and appreciate quirky insights, you will certainly love this book. I haven't laughed this hard for years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson and His Time, Volume 1: The Virginian

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dumas Malone
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    This is the first volume of distinguished historian Dumas Malone's Pulitzer Prize-winning six-volume work on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson. Based on a myriad of sources, it covers Jefferson's ancestry, youth, education, and legal career; his marriage and the building of Monticello; the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Notes on Virginia; his rich, fruitful legislative career; his highly controversial governorship; and his early services to the development of the West.

    Robert says: "thoroughly satisfying"
    "A good listen - Narrator and story fine for most"
    Overall

    I like others almost did not purchase this book due to comments about the narrator and storyline. A good lesson not to listen to others. Having consumed around 40 historical audiobooks this year alone, I found the narrator very able and in about the top 1/3 of the narrators to whom I have listened. I don't know how others perceive the comments left here but the argument appears to stem from scholarly disagreement. I learned long ago not to embroil myself with the pedantic battles of academia. The information is detailed but in no way boring if you are a fan of history. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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