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For any American History buff, it is a must, A superb description of Marbury v Madison, the issues surrounding the same, and the personages involved. John Marshall towers in early American history, and I hardly knew him at at all. Long enough to learn something from, but short enough not to bog down, Well read. Get it.
I learned a significant amount about early 20th century world history, and just how asinine human behavior can be. Almost too much information, but still am very glad I listened.
All you ever need to know about human behavior, from starvation to hubris, is described so well and so intimately, that I defy you not to enjoy this book. One of my five all time favorite novels.
I love a good historical novel, and Doctorow is my favorite in this genre. Ragtime and The March both illustrate periods in American history that are much easier to feel and understand through his eyes. The reader was superb.
Listening to Alex Rodriguez after 60 Minutes was over last pm made me remember this book all over again. Hubris and arrogance team to ruin a smart, uber talented man. I argued with my running partners for years about Armstrong and doping. This book makes the best case for the same that will ever be made. It is detailed and well told.
I have read and listened to Stephen King for 40 years. He is to me, along with John Irving, one of the authors whose work will be read 100 years from now. I had wondered about Dan Torrance for years...this novel makes him come alive all over again in a wonderful and redemptive way. Abra is his best new character in many, many years. Read and/ or listen to this novel. You will NOT be disappointed.
I have read and listened to King for years but somehow Hearts in Atlantis had escaped me. I listened almost straight through mesmerized by both the story and the incredible vocal performance by William Hurt. Mr. King I enjoyed, but I have never so completely enjoyed listening to anyone read a story like I did listening to Mr. Hurt. Please listen...it was one of the most enjoyable experiences with a book that I have had in sometime. To me, it is the definitive story of coming of age in the time of America in Vietnam...I know it may not be the most popular thought, but no author is as skilled at exposing the vagaries of the human heart as Mr. King is...thanks to Audible for this rare treat, and incredible pleasure,
It is amazing how your view of history is shaped by the writers of books of history written from only a single perspective. Mr. Weatherford educated me in a thoughtful and entertaining way about the greatness of the Mongol civilization, and how different my perspective is now of the development of the Western World. Great men shape history, and Genghis and Kublai Khan certainly did that. Listen to the book. You will be enlightened.
I finished this listen just before Clancy's death. His passing took me back 30 years to The Hunt for Red October. What set him apart as an author was the depth of his research, and his respect for his reader, and his country. He will be missed. I thought Threat Vector the best I had listened to in the last decade. Listen. You will not be disappointed. The future of modern warfare could not be made clearer.
No one teaches me more about what I feel I should know something about and do not than Mr.McCullough. From Adams to the rest of the Founding Fathers to Truman, I have been educated and entertained at every turn. This superb telling of a period and place in history that I simply was uninformed of is yet another example of a master at work. I was especially grateful to learn of the influence of Parisian medicine on the development of modern western medicine. Someone called him the American Herodotus. I simply would call him the consummate story teller and teacher. He loves his subject matter, and he loves his readers, and it always shows. I am grateful to Audible for allowing me access to so much that would be difficult for me to sit and read.
I feel truly blessed to have discovered the pleasure and wonder that is listening to Irving's novels. Perhaps no other author that I have listened to, save Dickens, who I believe Irving would wish to be compared to historically, weaves tales of human irony the way it really happens in human's lives. I view his presentation of Owen, and Johnny's love and respect for him, as one of the best developments of male friendship and love that I have ever listened to in fiction. Owens sense of predestination, foreshadowed the entire book, was still surprising to me in the way it occurred. His life, to me, is the way God uses us to help each other. If Irving is an atheist, he describes faith in God pretty well anyway. Read or listen to the book. As soon as I finish the review, I will buy the next one. You should too.
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