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Fairfield, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 60 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Coolidge

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

    Jean says: "Silent Cal"
    "Best Researched Bio I Have Ever Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Coolidge to be better than the print version?

    Yes...for reading, it is better than print. However, Ms Shlaes' references are so voluminous at the end of her book that I would want that in print.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a toss up between Grace Coolidge, Calvin's wife and Andrew Mellon, who worked so long and so hard with Calvin on reducing the public debt and reducing taxes that perhaps he qualified as Cal's wife as

    Which character – as performed by Terence Aselford – was your favorite?

    I think his rendition of the dour John Coolidge (the father, not the son) was really well done.

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

    If I had the time, yes!

    Any additional comments?

    I was astounded as to the amount of material went into the research and development of this book! The end of the book is nearly a half an hour of Mr Aselford reading all of the extensive papers and volumes and people that were researched for this book. Ms. Shlaes is one of the first faculty I have encountered that has her subject coming out of her very pores...she is one hell of a passionate advocate for Coolidge and his principles. Amazing woman.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Inferno of Dante: Translated by Robert Pinsky

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dante Aligheri, Robert Pinsky (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall

    Dramatic, intense, and gripping, The Inferno of Dante is an astonishing masterpiece that no listener can afford to miss. Robert Pinsky, the distinguished American poet, preserves the burning clarity and universal relevance of this 13th-century literary masterpiece in a triumphant new translation for our times. Line by line, canto by canto, Robert Pinksy affirms The Inferno as a powerful living classic for today’s listeners.

    Bruce says: "Just the Inferno, Raw and Powerful"
    "Hard to visualize"

    I did my very best to try and visualize some of the scenes that Dante described. However I did have some issues trying to visualize the areas in the circle so I could not delineate them as well as I'm sure others can.

    I had no problem whatsoever in visualizing some of the hard things that were happening to the sinners.

    I found the ending kind of abrupt. You get to the center then boom he's out of there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Fagles (translator), Homer
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci

    Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance."

    Amazon Customer says: "Outstanding in every way"
    "Shocked & Moved"

    I had tried to read this book but was unable to really get into it. My professor explained that Homer's works were likely spoken originally so I tried the audiobook.

    I was moved and shocked at the depth I found in this epic poem. Great performance and thus particular translation was used in class. It's a great story!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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