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Robert

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  • Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.

    Karen says: "A MUST for the true Dodgers or Giants fan!!"
    "Great insight into a franchise rich with history."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The individual players perspectives on themselves and each other that brought the story to life. The franchise history of the Dodgers had so many interesting personalities prior to the cast of the boys of summer players. Names like Kirby Higbe, Van Lingo Mungo, and Leo Durocher all came to life for me during the book. Even names that I thought I knew were given a deeper look. I was not aware that Jackie Robinson did not get along with Walter O'Malley or manager Walter Alston or that Duke Snider was a sullen, perfectionist that was both adored and chided by the Dodgers fans.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for anyone who loves baseball history and likes it from the players perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Scott Miller
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    In 1901, as America tallied its gains from a period of unprecedented imperial expansion, an assassin's bullet shattered the nation's confidence. The shocking murder of President William McKinley threw into stark relief the emerging new world order of what would come to be known as the American Century.

    Nelson Alexander says: "An Ideal History Book for the Audio Format"
    "Great look back into 19th Century America."
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    What made the experience of listening to The President and the Assassin the most enjoyable?

    Learning about a period in history I was not as familiar with.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The President and the Assassin?

    The cause and consequence of the Spanish American War on the shaping of the United States as a world power as the 20th century began. Also the role that the anarchists played in society at the time and their influence on the labor unions that would become more prevalent in the 1920's and 1930's.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How William McKinley did not overact the sinking of the USS Main and his more global view of America's involvement not only in the battle in Cuba but our military involvement in the Pacific.


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

    It was sad to read about how the assassin who in so many ways was delusional and insignificant played such a vital role in shaping the history of the United States for the rest of the 20th century.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. Lincoln: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ronald C. White, Jr.
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

    Julieann says: "Insight into Lincoln"
    "Great Biography on a great man."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A. Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    Only listened to the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A. Lincoln?

    I enjoyed the background given between Lincoln and his generals during the civil war. Also Mr. White does a great job giving you insight into the Presidents reasoning and thought process and how he came to decisions.


    What does Bill Weideman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, the different voices used when quoting a subject in the book was done very well.


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

    Lincoln's letter to the parents of a young soldier who was killed early in the Civil War.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the long amount of time to listen to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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