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Robert R Mowrer

Eugene, OR United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (824)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Entertaining listen--excellent story"
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    What did you love best about Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    The story of the Jefferson--a very interesting person, politician and more


    What other book might you compare Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power to and why?

    The story of Thomas Jefferson and the writing of Meacham compare to the best fiction I have read. The story of Jefferson is as interesting as the best fiction. I have not read another non-fiction that can compare to Thomas Jefferson


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be required reading for high school US history students.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (374)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Entertain History Lesson on the first 12 years!"
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    What did you love best about Alexander Hamilton?

    The depth of history covered. Not only was Hamilton painted completely and richly but other famous and not so famous people of the time were well developed. This comparison and contrast of many characters defined the complex Alexander Hamilton. A full and rich history that left the reader to decide not only about the contributions of early Americans, but also their character. The many letters and other first person contributions helped define not only Hamilton but also his friends and foes. Chernow's rich vocabulary and style made the story easy and enjoyable to read. Reads like a novel. Hamilton is defined by what he did, who he was and the words and actions of those who loved and hated him. A rich history of the founding our our country in which Hamilton established himself as one of the fathers of our country.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Brick was the narrator more than a performer. His style was well suited to the rich and complex story told by Chernow.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Chernow would have refrained form concluding form the copious research he presented. It was easy for the reader to form opinions from form the presentation. Hamilton was a brilliant, visionary man who did great things. A strong character of many positive traits but not absent of negative traits. In the back and forth of Jefferson and Hamilton, (and other stories) it was not necessary for the author to conclude for the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of the Ancient Maya: 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John S. Henderson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.

    Jim says: "Not for the layman"
    "A dull college lecture"
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    Would you try another book from John S. Henderson and/or Nadia May?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Author delivered a thesis for a professional audience. I needed a story for person interested in history. Also needed a map to "see" the Myan world


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. A delivery to a professional audience. Dull.


    Did The World of the Ancient Maya inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    First audio book I was disappointed in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of China

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hilda Hookham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Trying to squeeze an entire history of Chinese civilization into a brief, one volume account is a formidable task, but one that has succeeded brilliantly here. Hilda Hookham has provided us with a concise story that, while not getting too entangled with personalities and cultural issues, manages to navigate the swirling passage of events that comprise over 3,000 years of Chinese political history.

    Kimberly says: "Audible Can Do Better Than This"
    "A disappointing listen."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hookham spent more time on over dramatic language and facts and skimped on important contrasts between dynasties. Old names for cities were used with no connection to names used today making it difficult for reader to place location. No effort was made to provide reader an understanding of China's geography and changing boundaries. I think author spent more time on style than on clear writing.I wish Hookham had reported on each dynasty using the same elements and not bothered with the rambling quotes she used.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hilda Hookham again?

    NO.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    No. As with the book, performance was over dramatic. Griffiin's over dramatic, echo chamber enhanced presentation during direct quotations was more distracting than useful.


    Do you think A History of China needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only by a writer more interested in the reader than their ego.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Columbus: The Four Voyages

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurence Bergreen
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (39)

    From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer. Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history.

    David says: "Does exactly what you want"
    "Too Much Drama"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Facts of Columbus's adventures important to understanding of history.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laurence Bergreen? Why or why not?

    Not likely. Bergreen spent too many words reporting Columbus's moods, thoughts, motives. Would like a less dramatic presentation


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tim Jerome?

    Would depend on title and author. Jerome also dramatic in emphasizing Bergreen's dramatic words.


    Do you think Columbus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think Bergreen did summarize what the records have to say about Columbus


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1368)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Wild, wild Philly"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kindness Goes Unpunished to be better than the print version?

    Narrator George Guidell's voice painted an image of Walt and Bear that went beyond the author's words. Wish I had listened to my first Walt Longmier mystery.


    What other book might you compare Kindness Goes Unpunished to and why?

    Perhaps Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee books are close. Both have characters that use economy of words with abundance of meaning. I think Johnson does a better job of developing complex and interesting characters who are tremendous people but not perfect.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Bear. Guidall's voice created an image of a interesting and complex worrier that onl words did not convey.


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

    For the last half of the book, I found excuses to listen to the book and being away from people.


    Any additional comments?

    Since Kindness have lester to Moccasins and started Dark Horse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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