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John

Love detailed history written in as unbiased a manner as is possible. My passion has always been American History but I also enjoy world history.

Fort Myers, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (400)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "Great Voices"
    Overall

    The reader makes this an excellent book. His ability to sound like Churchill, change his voice for ladies, sing a song, etc. are entertaining. The story is interesting and well presented. Very even balanced on a very controversial person.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1008)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Doris Kearns Goodwin tops Team of Rivals"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Bully Pulpit again? Why?

    Yes, good blend of story about William Howard Taft whom I knew nothing before along with a solid description of Teddy Roosevelt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unknown story of the friendship and cooperation between Taft and Roosevelt.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He just made it an easy listen. Very professionally done.


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

    Yes, it was not boring in any phase.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be made into a movie and would fare better than Lincoln.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. N. Wilson
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    The longest reigning British monarch and female sovereign in history, Queen Victoria was a figure of profound paradox who has mystified historians for over a century. Now in this magisterial biography, A.N. Wilson rebukes the conventional wisdom about her life - that she was merely a "funny little woman in a bonnet" who did next to nothing - to show she was in fact intensely involved in state affairs despite a public façade of inaction.

    Alexis says: "This book has old and new info"
    "Victoria Discovered"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Victoria to be better than the print version?

    Never read a book about Victoria.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the author did a fair and balanced job of presenting the life and character of Queen Victoria and Albert. I never knew anything about them previously. It seems she could be a very dull subject but the author made it a good read.


    What about Clive Chafer’s performance did you like?

    Very well done with his voice and acents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Victoria - Life and Times not so conservative as you might think.


    Any additional comments?

    Fair and balanced story of a historically significant person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (387)

    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kindle Customer says: "Enthralled!"
    "Excellent Qualtiy Teaching"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The doctor teaching this course is an excellent presenter. He makes this course so interesting and easy to follow. I will re-listen again to gain a better understanding of his techniques. Even you are just a patient, you would benefit from listening to this course.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Medical School for Everyone?

    Most of the 25 odd cases were interesting. No particular favorite.


    What does Professor Roy Benaroch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and rhythm are perfect for this course and maybe any book he would read. He makes you feel like you are in the emergency department or clinic with him as he discusses the case.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was enjoying the mystery in each diagnosis and he presents many possibilities for one. Then narrows it down by good understanding of the patient, test methods and above all listening to the patients story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good course for anyone since at one time or another we are all going to doctors for the diagnosis of our sickness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (232)

    The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

    Tim says: "No Stone Unturned"
    "Interesting and informing history of the canal"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Path Between the Seas to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the print version so it is not possible to compare. The audio edition is well done.


    What other book might you compare The Path Between the Seas to and why?

    None in particular.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO.


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

    Yes, but I space it out to increase my enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    I never realized how significant the canal was and the number of people killed is unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By T. D. Allman
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Over its long history, Florida has been many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; "god's waiting room". With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but today is our fourth most populous state, with 19 million. The site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st century America.

    NYNM says: "Excellent, well rounded"
    "Worst History read ever."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Finding Florida?

    The author seems to have a desire to make himself appear an expert on all that is wrong in writings by others. Very repetitive themes that have little to do with Florida history. I wanted to learn something about the state and now what was wrong with written histories. Very negative writing on all subjects mentioned. Easier to do this I think rather than to do real history and make it interesting.
    This person seems like a preacher rather than a historian. I couldn't stand anymore and stopped half way throught his ravings one subjects. How could anyone rate this more than a minus 3 stars.\?


    What could T. D. Allman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Researched and presented a history of Florida as the title says.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Patrick Cronin’s performances?

    Not sure. His reading and the authors poor work leave me cold.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Finding Florida?

    There was little to salvage from this whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    A true historian can make this an interesting story but it would only be about 2 or 3 hours long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Schiff
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    In The Real Crash, New York Times best-selling author Peter D. Schiff argues that America is enjoying a government-inflated bubble, one that reality will explode... with disastrous consequences for the economy and for each of us. Schiff demonstrates how the infusion of billions of dollars of stimulus money has only dug a deeper hole: The United States government simply spends too much and does not collect enough money to pay its debts, and in the end, Americans from all walks of life will face a crushing consequence.

    John says: "Important Book with Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "Podium for Peter Schiff mixed with some ideas"
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    What disappointed you about The Real Crash?

    Biased presentation of factual things really insulted my intelligence.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Peter Schiff material.


    What didn’t you like about Oliver Wyman’s performance?

    It was acceptable


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed that I did not get information that was promised in the promo.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed to waste my money on this.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (756)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
    "Very Biased towards his cause"
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    What would have made A People's History of the United States better?

    I didn't realize how biased a "History of the US" could be until I listened to this book. I will delete from my library. Very sad that people write such trash.


    What could Howard Zinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell things in a balanced and unbiased manner.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Zinn?

    He did a good job in the reading. No complaint.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Basically disappointed because I actually thought I had purchased a history book not a sermon that never tells both sides of a story. He only sticks to his warped believe that capitalism is bad and communism is great. Facts of the world refute this but it does not bother him.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell people that buy this that it is an old communist man justifying his life's belief. America is a terrible place to live.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13036)
    Performance
    (11246)
    Story
    (11226)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Absolutely the best written book about anyone"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    I couldn't put it down. Well balanced, no punches left out and the story of a unique person of our time. A must read, even if you don't care for Steve Jobs.


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    None so far.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Asshole genius makes critics respect what he did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22547)
    Performance
    (16979)
    Story
    (17037)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Great story and well written"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    The descriptions of events was like a well painted picture. This is an old story which many people either never knew about or did not find it interesting. Laura has made it interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The treatment and description of the 45 days on a raft were made realistic.


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

    I liked the reader and found the voice and pronunciation to my liking.


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

    Descriptions of the prison camp made me have a deeper respect for men captured and able to survive Japanese treatment. It is sad that the Japanese choose not to recognize the cruelty of their miltary in the period before August 1945.


    Any additional comments?

    All men in Japanese hands would have been killed if the Allies had tried to invade Japan. One more justification of Hiroshima as a life saver for Japanese and allied soldiers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (403)

    Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.

    Scott says: "A Fascinating Story of Eichmann's Capture"
    "Eichman Hunt"
    Overall

    This seems to have been written for a movie rather than good reading. Too stretched out when
    not necessary. Could have been a good story in half the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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