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Eric James Johnson

Michigan, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (397)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Awesome story, wonderful presentation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Lion to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print edition, but Davidson's narration is wonderful-- totally enjoyable. It takes a couple chapters to appreciate all his 'impersonations' (e.g. female characters), but as the story progresses, you will appreciate the variety it brings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Churchill is an amazing character-- I expected that, but the author does a wonderful of job of setting the environment, and providing just enough background and detail for other important characters (e.g. his mother, General Kitchener, et cetera).


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    His intonations / impersonations of characters, and of course, Churchill! Brilliant!


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

    Yes, but it is too long for that. Plus, you don't want it to be over too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a long listen. Be patient. Allow the author and narrator to draw you in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (681)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "So sad that it ended"
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    Would you listen to Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power again? Why?

    Absolutely... I re-listened to many passages multiple times to be certain I caught all the detail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An attentive listener can develop a very personal relationship with TJ.


    What does Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The patience to savor the words of TJ... allow TJ's conception of human liberty to blossom in the mind of the listener.


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

    It is hard to imagine a film doing justice to this material.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4250)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1485)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Shawn says: "Great Book"
    "Awesome"
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    Would you listen to 1776 again? Why?

    Yes... I did... it's a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1776?

    The Hessian attack on Fort Lee.


    What does David McCullough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mmmm... hard to say, since I haven't read the book. But DM has a good voice, good intonation and pronunciation... maturity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many great moments... but the observations and recollections of average soldiers are great: recalling how cold they were, or how prosperous American cities seemed to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Pay attention to hints of why seemingly wealthy Americans like Washington, Jefferson, Adams et al would risk everything-- literally everything-- in the Revolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitler: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Alan Robertson
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.

    Christopher says: "An Excellent Read"
    "A chore I leave unfinished"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I cannot recommend this. What was one of the most dramatic, and controversial episodes of history is boring, negative, and tedious in this tome. In addition to a generally flat reading of text, the presentation is also marred by mispronounced German words, and at best secondary pronunciation of some English words. Perhaps if the story were better, these would be memorable eccentricities. Instead, they are distractions.Too many (hundreds ?) names are recited without further reference or development of who that person was, whence he came, why he is there, et cetera. The reader may as well have been reading the phone book. Dreadful.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know... My previous selections have been wonderful experiences. I hated for them to end, and was so eager to have another. This thing makes me entertain the notion of never again listening to another audio book.


    What aspect of Alan Robertson’s performance would you have changed?

    Pronunciation, and intonation. But the text is the real culprit.


    Was Hitler worth the listening time?

    No. We all know Hitler was a bad guy.. yeah, yeah, yeah. No new meaningful information is presented in this material... just additional, boring minutiae of calendars and guest lists. In contrast to Winston Churchill, and Thomas Jefferson, perhaps Hitler left behind too little information about himself. The book lacks an even-handed(!) examination of the ideas, and Zeitgeist that made the Third Reich possible. Hitler had a lot of support, and not just in Germany. What were the ideas that had broad international support? Instead we hear, as on the nightly TV news, that Hitler was a bad guy who thought only bad, and unjust thoughts. And, outside of a few 'close friends' whom we also know from public school history, nobody thought or believed such things. So simplistic-- 60 hours of it! Ugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Life is too short to waste your time on this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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