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  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (351)

    Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

    Edith says: "Fascinating"
    "Bad narration - I couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    Sooooooo sloooooow. Disappointing, because the story was interesting, but I finally had enough and quit listening.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Karen says: "Best of British Political Soap Opera"
    "Great narration of the life of a great man"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Churchill to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, so I cannot compare the two.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whitfield's Churchill accent was spot on (at least for my American ear). I also liked the unique perspective that Roy Jenkins is able to add - unusual that a very talented historian and writer can write a biography on a world famous figure with whom he simultaneously served in public office and who also held similar high office as his subject.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Whitfield – was your favorite?

    FDR, just because it was interesting to hear someone with a British accent try to do an American accent - he was pretty believable.


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

    The audiobook is g*d-awfully long. I plodded along for several months (typically listening during long walks), but at times it felt more like homework than entertainment. As an American, I sometimes found it hard to understand all the details of the British Parliament and British electoral process, but I never felt completely over my head.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read very little about Churchill previously and I'm very glad I made it through the audiobook. The narration is fantastic (different accents for different characters); without the strength of the narration, my rating would have been lower.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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