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Patrick

north Tonawanda, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Stalin: History in an Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits, it did not discriminate; no one was safe, no institution, no single town or village was immune. Yet, following his death in 1953, Stalin was deeply mourned. He had "received the country with a wooden plough, and left it with a nuclear missile shield." And no-one else, some claimed, could have led the Soviet Union to victory in the Second World War.

    Patrick says: "Fine for an Hour; Audible Cliff Notes"
    "Fine for an Hour; Audible Cliff Notes"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stalin: History in an Hour the most enjoyable?

    Good narration.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rupert Colley? Why or why not?

    Depends on the subject.


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

    No.


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

    Why Would We Make A Film of This?


    Any additional comments?

    A decent short history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the 20th century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years; his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised; and his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

    Patrick says: "Heavy Dose of History"
    "Heavy Dose of History"
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    If you could sum up Traitor to His Class in three words, what would they be?

    Not Brands' best.


    What other book might you compare Traitor to His Class to and why?

    Any of many history books. This is not my favorite HW Brands biography; I read his works on Andrew Jackson and Ben Franklin and found both much more compelling. This could be my affinity for older America, or the difference between reading and listening to a heavily detailed piece of history, but nevertheless I was never as excited for the next page of FDR as I was for the other two. It seems to me more of the predjudices and judgements of the modern man figure into Brands' analysis of the New Deal president, and figure in more favorably than they might another hundred years down the line.


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

    No, but this was good narration.


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

    No, I'd say this should be free to anyone that could.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to mammoth recordings of detailed history is not for the faint if heart, or ear. How much did I retain?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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