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  • George F. Kennan: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Lewis Gaddis
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hilgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.

    Amazon Customer says: "Kennan: a man who needs to be studied"
    "Good if you're serious about foreign affairs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a serious scholarly book. If you're in the mood for 40 hours of intellectual rigor this is an excellent book


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is v good except when he does awful English accents and awful imitations of women

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (274)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "Good but not scintillating history of an importan"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    He tends to go over the same topic too many times. It's fine to learn about utopian communities but I didn't need to hear about 10 of them with only minor differences


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Walker Howe? Why or why not?

    No too tedious


    Could you see What Hath God Wrought being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good analysys but often difficult to follow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much."

    William says: "History tends to bore but I couldnt stop listening"
    "Good not Great"
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    Would you try another book from H. W. Brands and/or Nelson Runger?

    There are much better biographies of Franklin. Gordon Woods is much more insightful, though more complex and Bruce Thompson's Stanford Podcasts (free) are way better. Having said this Brands is workmanlike. which means you get lots of detail not great insights and it is a bit plodding. I listen to it wehn i am walking to work or gardening as it is not intellectually taxing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Franklin is a fascinating person so even a so so biography holds interest. Unfortunately Brands feels the need to list way too many details. it is not well edited and drags on and on


    Did Nelson Runger do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mr. Runger mispronounced many of the Frenchwords- for ex ne plus ultra and Aix . and once referred to poor Richards Almanac as"Poor Robin's Almanac."


    Do you think The First American needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no it is too long already


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    In this major and wholly original contribution to military history, John Keegan reverses the usual convention of writing about war in terms of generals and nations in conflict, which tends to leave the common soldier as cipher. Instead, he focuses on what a set battle is like for the man in the thick of it.

    Ryan says: "Worthwhile for history buffs"
    "Very British very dull"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book requires a person who is obsessed by detail and cares deeply about small distinction. Maybe it is better read than heard


    What was most disappointing about John Keegan’s story?

    Dull, detailed and verbose


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

    The author is very very smart but listen was a chore


    Any additional comments?

    Probably better as a book to read than hear

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4318)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1816)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "As a wall street person I loved it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Short to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Short?

    No comment don't know


    Which character – as performed by Jesse Boggs – was your favorite?

    No comment don't know


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

    Inwalk two hours a day and was sad when it was over


    Any additional comments?

    V v fine bookk

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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