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DAVID

Salem, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (784)

    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"
    "Empty Lives"
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    If you want a breezy recanting of the opinions of shallow people--this is it. I'm used to McCullough doing bio's in depth on people of substance--Truman, Adams, etc. If you want a study in how shallow and trivial the literary and arts crowd can be by comparison to people of real world accomplishments...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • From Kansas Wheat Fields to Alaska Tundra: A Mennonite Family Finds Home

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Naomi Gaede-Penner
    • Narrated By Shawna Windom
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    What is the prescription for finding home in Alaska? Take one young Mennonite girl and transplant her from the flatland prairies of Kansas. Give her village potlatches, school in a Quonset hut, the fragrance of wood smoke, Native friends, a doctor for a father who creates hunting tales and medical adventures with a bush plane, a mother who makes the tastiest moose roasts and has the grit to be a homesteader, and throw in a batch of siblings.

    DAVID says: "real life drama"
    "real life drama"
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    There may be too much detail in places but the story is a real one and exactly as the author proposed to write it. This pioneer story is especially interesting becaue of the perspective of the child. Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prisoner of Conscience: One Man's Crusade for Global Human and Religious Rights

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Frank Wolf, Anne Morse
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    What's a congressman from Virginia doing in places where bullets fly and babies starve? Thirty years ago, Frank Wolf was elected to the U.S. Congress to address local transportation issues. Fueled by a faith that made him believe he could do something about it, the congressman grew to champion human and religious rights around the world---from cracking down on gang-related crimes in the U.S. to relieving suffering from war, AIDS, and famine in places like Darfur, China, and Bosnia.

    Robert says: "Depends on What you Want"
    "Real politics of conscience"
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    Well read, well written, and inspiring. Not to mention a challenging story of a congressman with a conscience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

    DAVID says: "Not Really Sketches"
    "Not Really Sketches"
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    This book would be more honestly titled "Walter Isaacson's political opinions about everything". There are sketches in the book but only as context for Walter to opine about current events and how he would have done things had he been king of the world. You won't be surprised to learn that he thinks George Bush is really evil and Obama might be the Messiah. Maybe that is the intended slant for sales purposes. Well read, however.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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