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Robert

Franklin, MA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2360)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1112)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Bryson does it again"
    Overall

    So now I know where "Barking Mad" comes from and why we "sleep tight". Mr. Bryson yet again digs deep and blends history, science, philosophy and psychology into this wonderful entertaining book on how we got to the point today on how we live. I am so glad that Bill reads how own book. His tone and articlulation provides the proper sense of irony when needed.

    Although some parts did make me squeamish (19th century surgery), I think it provides an excellent view of where our roots of “Home” comes from.

    Thanks for the research, and the story. My only regret is that I’ve finished it (and all his books) and will have to wait another few years for his next book.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • A Patriot's History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart, Michael Allen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (272)

    Since the liberal revolution of the '60s and '70s, American history books have been biased toward the negative. They overemphasize America's racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots. As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington, more on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II than on D-day or Iwo Jima. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history.

    P. Metz says: "About What You Would Expect"
    "The American History I did not learn in School"
    Overall

    This was my summer listening book. There are a lot of hours of relevant interesting perspective of the United States. It is the history I did not learn in school given the liberal biasing I was taught. This book had me in tears as it covered Sept 11th...This book made me proud to be an American. Biased, yes but we need this book to counter the other biased history books out there. Well spoken, well covered, well done!

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Have a Little Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (90)

    What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds - two men, two faiths, two communities - that will inspire readers everywhere.

    Dana says: "Fantastic Read!"
    "Life, Faith and people"
    Overall

    Truly great books are written from the heart with experience on he subject. Mitch Albom does both in this wonderfully written book. It is a heartfelt story of life, faith and people. It makes you think and if you don't have a tear in you eyes in the end, you weren't listening.

    Mr. Albom is the only person who could have narrated this story. It is done wonderfully. You can hear the passion and love in his voice.

    Best book I've listened to in years.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    It was a time when anything seemed possible, instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury, and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston.

    Celia says: "Very enlightening"
    "Excellent if you like history and business"
    Overall

    This book is excellent. As this book provides the color of the 1900 - 1920's in Boston, it provides an entertaining account of the flawed optimist Charles Ponzi rags to riches to rags story. Nicely written and well read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere, and he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In this touching and funny autobiography, he reveals the man behind his career, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

    William says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Now available on Priceline.com"
    Overall

    Thanks Bill for such an entertaining book. (After reading this book, I know you must be reading this review.) Thanks also for the many years of entertaining us from Twilight Zone to Priceline to Boston Legal.

    This book is a great story from the opening to the last word. It not only shortened my commute considerably but it brought me to work smiling. It is not a book about Star Trek but a book about life. A truly interesting life of someone who has seen the evolution of entertainment and has tried all channels to be creative. It is a great read and like the others who have posted so far a 5 out of 5.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Robert says: "Excellent Book"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I listened to this book back in 2004. It is excellent. Futuristic, semtimental, exciting. Touchs the heart especially if you have a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gore Vidal
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht, Gore Vidal
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    Volumes have been written about George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, but no previous work captures the intimate and vital details the way Inventing a Nation does. Vidal's consummate skill takes you into the minds and private rooms of these great men, illuminating their opinions of one another and their concerns about crafting a workable democracy.

    Qbook says: "Cynical But Good"
    "Reader Beware: Mixed with a political agenda"
    Overall

    I thought I was downloading an American history book. Had the author left out his current political opinions by using this book as a soap box to move his political agenda, the book would have been excellent.

    18 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • Plan of Attack

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

    Michael says: "Rorschach Test"
    "Excellent Listen"
    Overall

    Woodward does it again. Excellent book. Shows the great president George W really is: Hard decisions and focus.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Way Things Ought To Be

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Tackling the hottest topics of the times from Feminazis to Environmentalist Wackos, Rush Limbaugh is at his satirical best - the provocative conservative and the showman who is "documented to be almost always right 97.9% of the time" about The Way Things Ought To Be.

    Dennis E. Maciejewski says: "The second best political book I've ever read."
    "A little old but worth the read"
    Overall

    God bless Rush to give the alternate view in a positive way.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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