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Persia

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  • Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
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    (112)
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    A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

    Jean says: "A complex man"
    "An inspiring narrative, an insipid narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wilson to be better than the print version?

    I would, if it was narrated by a different narrator.


    What other book might you compare Wilson to and why?

    Insofar as it is a biography of an American President, I compare this book to John Adams by David McCullough, Thomas Jefferson by John Meacham, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Founding Rivals by Chris De Rose.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Bobb?

    George Guidall, Simon Prebble, Chrisotpher Hurt, Suzanne Toren, Edward Hermann, Nelson Runger, or George Wilson.


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

    I have to think about this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the narration is dull, monotone, and tedious, the biography is well-written and wonderful. It is a must-read for anyone even mildly interested in the United State's presidential history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Autopilot: The Art & Science of Doing Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Andrew Smart
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    Andrew Smart wants you to sit and do nothing much more often - and he has the science to explain why. At every turn we’re pushed to do more, faster, and more efficiently: That drumbeat resounds throughout our wage-slave society. Multitasking is not only a virtue, it’s a necessity. But Andrew Smart argues that slackers may have the last laugh. The latest neuroscience shows that the “culture of effectiveness” is not only ineffective, it can be harmful to your well-being.

    B. Auten says: "Not worth it."
    "An antidote for the slaving nostroms"
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    This is not a shock-jock produced antithesis to the currently prevailing success-in-business models.
    Scientifically reasoned, this work seeks to reintroduce to the lay person of slave-mentality the condition of the mind that conduces creativity, self-identity, and mindfulness, while exposing the social nostroms that have hitherto led us to subordination of our minds to prescribed algorythms aimed at production of ever-increasing number of identical widgets for maximization of "shareholders' profits."

    Ever wondered why time flies by much faster in proportion to the fun we are having?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (1015)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "A spectacular story, an accomplished narrator"
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    Perfect intonations, varied tempo, and a soothing voice. Incredible story, too, a favorite of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Walter Stahr
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
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    (24)

    From one of our most acclaimed new biographers - the first full life of the leader of Lincoln’s "team of rivals" to appear in more than 40 years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the 19th century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U.S. senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincoln’s closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.

    Jean says: "an intriguing man"
    "This book is best read and listend simultaneously."
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    A must read for anyone with the slightest interest in the American history and politics, or in the lives of those who have positively changed the course of bistory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (184)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "Great story, great narrator"
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    This memorable story of strangely familiar people has no climax, no drama, but is fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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