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LAWRENCE, KS, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 398 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "More Than A Sports Story"
    Would you listen to The Boys in the Boat again? Why?

    It is a great story and documents American life in the Depression and Germany's rising power.

    What did you like best about this story?

    In the midst of world events of great magnitude, is a wonderful story of grit and human determination, well illustrated by the book's focus on one rower, his abandoning family and his remarkable will.

    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    He makes every story he does important and enjoyable.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story about America during a critical time. Everyone who has a relative who lived through the depression, will learn and grow from reading/listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Susan Orlean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "He believed the dog was immortal." So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and, over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow.

    Sandra L. Hackett says: "Hire a narrator!"
    "Too Much is Too Much"
    What disappointed you about Rin Tin Tin?

    There is way too much in here about the author and the people who breed Rin Tin Tin descendants.. To me it is like watching a TV show about hoarders. These people are obsessive, but that does not make them interesting.

    What could Susan Orlean have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If the author had been told to write the story with half the pages, the book surely would have been three times better. Information about the dogs that were in Hollywood was relevant and relatively important. I do not care why the author became obseessive about Rin Tin Tin - enough.

    Any additional comments?

    I only finsihed the book because we were discussing it at our book club, but it was painful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material. Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

    ltlrags says: "More fiction-like than a novel"
    "Author's Research Is Amazingly Detailed"

    The author uses first person dialogue to make this book more interesting than what it probably otherwise would be. At the end of the book is an interview with the author who admited that he often best-guessed what the characters probably said under the circumstances. The interview is worth listening to before you read the book. I was torn between being interested in what was said vs, "how would he know they said that?"

    The book has lots of financial information that CPA's might better understand. Yet, the book is very "readable" and generally very understandable. The author points to corporate culture as being a large culprit for the failures. He should take that premise and apply it to other situations for another book.

    Give him high credit for the immense amount of research and little personal judgment he applied to the indivdual characters - the reader is free to form his or her own conclusions with lots of evidence. My conclusions varied with the characters and their knowledge and/or ignorance.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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