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Roy

Roy-in-Boise

BOISE, ID, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 23 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 272 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (406)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "History repeats itself?"
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    In reading The Guns of August one must ask questions about the world past and present. The fact that the Allies let Germany rise again so soon after "The Great War" is amazing. The Germans were horrendously aggressive in the first WW and every one knew it.
    As incomprehensible as the outcome of this history seems it should give us pause about the current situation today and the parallels developing in the 21st century.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (292)

    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "A Poli-Sci Classic"
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    Moses may have been one of the most powerful unelected politicians in American history. His career transcended generations of administrations on the local, state and federal level plus he facilitated the building of the UN Headquarters in NYC. Robert Caro provides a meticulous chronically of the life and times of a man who's influence not only changed the face of NY but of a nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (205)

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "Fast paced and compelling."
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    This is a solid history of the manhunt. Lots of details about the politics and the policies behind the operation. This is worth your time and at just 8+ hours maybe worth a double listen. You will be more informed for having read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galileo's New Universe: The Revolution in Our Understanding of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen P. Maran, Laurence A. Marschall
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    When Galileo looked to the sky with his perspicillum, or spyglass, roughly 400 years ago, he could not have fathomed the amount of change his astonishing findings a seemingly flat moon magically transformed into a dynamic, crater-filled orb and a large, black sky suddenly held millions of galaxies would have on civilizations.

    Roy says: "Old and new info."
    "Old and new info."
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    It's an OK read. I bought on a $5 sale and I am not let down. It is easy to understand and a healthy mix of information bot old and new. It's a nice book for kids 8 to 80.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (663)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "A dash of tarnish on Camalot"
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    LBJ like all Presidents had an ego. He also had self discipline and endured quite a bit of mishandling by the JFK administration. Politics being what it is most of learn at some point to be careful how we treat people and who's toes we step on as one day those toes may be connected to someone we work for.

    As much press as JFK has gotten through history it was LBJ in the end that really pushed the whole Civil Rights advances through Congress and changed history. One thing this story makes very clear is that RFK was a definite antagonists.

    For people reading this who lived through these times there is a fine line where current events become history. Robert Caro's book makes the transition and is a testament to the times. Five Stars!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Black Stump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    When Stanton Laird, American geologist, goes prospecting for the Topeka Exploration Company in the savage Australian outback, he finds something a good deal more precious than oil.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator"
    "NE Oregon to NW Australia ..."
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    The little town of Hazel, OR for those familiar with the North Western US is without a doubt La Grande with it's beautiful Blue Mountain vista's the Grande Ronde River which flows into the Snake and as Shute describes is located between Pendleton and Enterprise, Oregon.

    Shute has this area of NE Oregon during the mid 1950's wired right down to 2nd Ave and the Safeway supermarket. Having never been to Australia myself the lesson in this for me is to trust the author's descriptions of the Outback which are most likely great snapshots of that period in Western Queensland.

    This is an inquiring look into human values from the perspective of two different English speaking sub-cultures. We get a good look at an Australian Frontier mindset as well as a Puritanical post war American outlook on issues of personal responsibility and how quickly we sometimes judge others in our day-to-day lives. Ego-centrism and ethnocentrism give a solid framework by which to consider this plot and set of characters.

    A timeless book as relevant today in the 2010's as it was in the 1950's. The narration is done by a well spoken female and was easy to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Hiltzik
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    As breathtaking today as when it was completed, Hoover Dam ranks among America's greatest achievements. The story of its conception, design, and construction is the story of the United States at a unique moment in history: when facing both a global economic crisis and the implacable elements of nature, we prevailed.

    Roy says: "A Political Biography of the Dam"
    "FDR, Hoover and The New Deal ..."
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    Using the story of the Hoover Dam as a back drop this book chronicles the early 20th century and places a number of events leading up to and after construction in perspective.
    Hiltzik followed this book with a second volume titled "The New Deal" ... the two books fit together perfectly.
    Note: The Owyhee Dam & Reservoir is located west of Boise, Idaho but over the Oregon state-line in Eastern Oregon and not in Idaho. The text mistakenly places this project in Idaho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Wet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    An old man lies dying during the rainy season in the Queensland outback. And in the night, slipping in and out of an opium sleep that drifts him towards death, he draws his listener into a tale that opens onto incredible horizons.

    Kathy says: "Stay with this book; it's worth it!"
    "Shute is always good ..."
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    When listening to this one must realize that it is a story from another time and place. Delicately the author navigates his way through the race issues of Australia. Written in the early 1960's with an aviation background the story is narrated with a total command of the geography, culture and history of the Realm.
    Note: Everything Nevil Shute has written is good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    She was from the hills of Yorkshire, country born and bred. He was a city boy. By the stream where they fished they were two young people falling in love. Overhead, the bombers roared, threatening to blow their idyllic world, so young, so fresh, to smithereens.

    Stan says: "Historical romance set in WWII England."
    "A Nevil Shute renaissance ..."
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    From the length of Audible's catalog on Nevil Shute it appears that there is a full blown rediscovery of his mid 20th century list of works. Pastoral is a lovely book as is Round the Bend which inspired both Robert Pirsig and Richard Bach. These are British classics that tackle tough issues. It should come as no surprise that his work is beginning to pass the test-of-time. Just read, reflect and appreciate... No regrets.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Enemies: A History of the FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history. This is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

    a says: "Good book, just not for me"
    "Begin here ..."
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    I recommend this book wholly plus the history of the CIA by the same author. They build upon each other. American history is a complex subject these works help to conect the dots.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Zbigniew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable - to domestic and international decline and unregulated greed.

    Roy says: "Insightfull and imforming"
    "Insightfull and imforming"
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    This is an exercise in consequential thinking on a political and historical scale. Written by a man who's intellect has made the leap from the 20th to the 21st century with ease. Some of our leaders revel in the past while Dr. Brezezinski analyzes where America as a Superpower has been and considers the choices and outcomes ahead. The process flows with facts that help support the conjecture of the visions ... The narration is good and moves along at a nice pace.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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