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Captain Awesome

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  • Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Korda
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times best-selling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly 20 years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man

    Jean says: "A brilliant Man"
    "The whole is less than the sum of its parts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader should've familiarized himself with local pronunciations of towns, but otherwise enjoyable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's an interesting subject, and the story is reasonably well told.


    Any additional comments?

    The author seems to have a higher opinion of his writing skill than his talent warrants. It comes across as informative, but as if it were written by a precocious sophomore. The author takes certain liberties with his assertions from time to time, and clearly bungles his facts once or twice. The book would serve as a nice, if somewhat overwrought introduction to Robert E. Lee, but it produces no new scholarship or substance on the topic.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (834)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "McCullough is great, as always"
    Overall

    I only got this book because of the author, and he did not fail to deliver. An excellent read that depicts the a fascinating array of subjects not covered in your typical histories. Another wonderful work by America's greatest living historian.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Randy Shilts
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Upon its first publication 20 years ago, And The Band Played On was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international best seller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.

    sarah says: "Excellent Journalism"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    This is one of the best works of social commentary of the 20th century. What "the jungle" did for the meat packing industry, this book should have done for epidemiology. The audiobook flows nicely, bringing Shilts' prose to life. A must read!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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