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D. Bailey

Madronna, Seattle | Member Since 2011

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9523)
    Performance
    (8645)
    Story
    (8714)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Just what you'd expect"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you liked the other Dan Brown books, you'll be fine. Same formula. Pretty good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (351)

    Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001, marked the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Very, very good, but very, very long."
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    Where does The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is as good of biography as I've ever heard. I wish it wasn't the "Rise" of TR, but had kept going. I felt a sense of loss at the ending when he learned of his ascent to the presidency. Sort of like watching a great movie that's the second part of a trilogy. You just want the next one to start! So I picked up "Bully Pulpit" in hopes that it would act as a sequel, but a quite disappointed. Think Godfather 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Compared to "Bully Pulpit" by Kearns Goodwin, this book is ALIVE. The motivations are explored and provide context and an understanding that is lacking in other books that just relate events.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Though not over the top, the narrator did great voice work, especially for Teddy. I am TRYING to listen to "Bully Pulpit" by Kearns Goodwin, and it's just oh so tedious by comparison.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (718)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Wanted to judge for myself..."
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    What did you love best about Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War?

    An exceptionally honest, balanced, sober view of inside Washington at the highest levels. An extraordinary account from a strait shooter. I'm guessing his accounts will weigh heavily on history's verdict of the past 10 years of war. I very highly recommend that you give it a listen and make your mind up about his conclusions yourself. Don't let the media or politicians cherry pick quotes to make their own points. But why now? Guesses below...


    What three words best describe George Newbern and Robert M. Gates ’s voice?

    The narrator made listening less pleasurable than it could have been. I think he was chosen because he sounds sort of like Gates. Tolerable.


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

    I was extremely impressed with Gates. I've always been a fan and was surprised by the outcry and the non-contextual quotes. My reaction? Great book. Seemed very honest. But I'm left agreeing with Eric Holder: He should have waited to publish it until after Obama leaves office.


    Any additional comments?

    So why publish now? Three wild guesses: 1. He's sick and wants to get his story across while he can. As a self-professed terrible eater, smoker, and drinker, bombarded by stress, he must be pretty unhealthy. Purely speculation. 2. He is unabashedly supportive of Hillary. Although he calls everyone else by their last names, she, on the other hand, is always "Hillary". Just like her campaign wants it. Could he be setting up for a VP? Thus, distancing himself from Obama would be good politics. 3. There is no reason number three.

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