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george d. calkins

i am a mediator/private judge. i have two grown children and four grand children. i read biography, history, detective fiction and suspense books in great numbers. i have listened to 1,500 books here on audible.

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  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (540)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "brings the fraternity to life"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Presidents Club the most enjoyable?

    the many anecdotes and insights re presidential relationships kept me from stopping until i was finished with book


    What other book might you compare The Presidents Club to and why?

    the books about washington,adams and jefferson, interacting


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the work of Hoover with Peron and the grain deal for eastern europe.


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

    it sometimes brought me joy that these personages could let politics and prior disagreements go and work together for the common good and for their growing friendshipas


    Any additional comments?

    it was well read

    6 of 9 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
    (780)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (634)

    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"
    "captivating study of LBJ and RFK"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Passage of Power to be better than the print version?

    audio is very good. have not read print


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passage of Power?

    the segments as to RFK personality.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    he is the only reader who could do this book. the equal of his work on "Truman"


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

    impossible, although good on a long drive to Mmmoth fromLA.


    Any additional comments?

    solid addition to his earlier books on LBJ

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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