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Momo

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  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. J. Stiles
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

    john says: "Great! If you can get through it..."
    "History that reads like a great novel!"
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    Where does The First Tycoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high - probAbly number one for historical works


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The commodore of course. Rags to riches with cunning and a concern for integrity


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Strong, clear voice


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

    I knew I couldn't listen to it in one setting as it it long but I was always eager to return to it.The story and characters so engrossing , I never felt lost when I began again.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (218)

    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "Rambling after a charming beginning"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes but not real strongly - it the least well done of several books I've read by author


    Has The Cat's Table turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Michael Ondaatje’s performance did you like?

    Engaging way of reading


    Was The Cat's Table worth the listening time?

    On a scale of one to ten I would give it a six


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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