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Stephan

West Linn, OR, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2474)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (518)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Pat Furrie says: "The only thing wrong with it..."
    "The next Lincoln?"
    Overall

    I found this book to be very exciting. Obama deals clearly and eloquently with many of the major issues affecting our sad country: health care, education, the economy, religion, values, the tragic state of black youth, the war in Iraq, etc. One thing that I admire about him is his humility and his honesty. He doesn't pretend to have all the answers and doesn't gloss over some of his own inner conflicts about the complexities of certain issues, e.g., free trade. He also seems to be a very down-to-earth person with practical rather than ideological views on the issues affecting our country. He is clearly a Democrat, but sees some of the good points made by conservatives and the the impractical thinking in some liberal ideas.

    It was wonderful to hear him reading the book; while not an actor, he seems to believe in what he has written and I found the book consistently interesting, never boring.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In the Moon of Red Ponies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    In In the Moon of Red Ponies, Billy Bob Holland discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and the bad guys are back and aching for revenge.

    Ann Weathersby says: "Billy Bob Moves to Montana"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had heard that Burke is an excellent writer but I was so disappointed with this book that I didn't finish it and will probably not read another one by him. I found the characters unconvncing, the writing pretentious.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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