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Bulldogscm

Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?

Burlington, Vermont, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama (POLITICO Inside Election 2012)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Glenn Thrush, Jonathan Martin
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The fourth and final installment in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012 series once again provides an unprecedented minute-by-minute account of the race for the presidency. The End of the Line follows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as their campaign teams go all-in to win in the critical final weeks of the 2012 election.

    Bulldogscm says: "Short, Sweet and Informative"
    "Short, Sweet and Informative"
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama (POLITICO Inside Election 2012) the most enjoyable?

    This was just a fun read to listen to. Very short and sweet (maybe too short) but I liked how the story was narrated and I felt like I was being told something confidential. It was just something fun to listen to after the election was complete.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How I felt like I was a "fly on the wall."


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

    The campaign staff


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

    The end when all hell was breaking loose.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.

    Jean says: "The inside story"
    "Engrossing and Fun"
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    When Jon Allen writes something like this, I certainly will pick it up and read it. Both Allen and Parnes have written an engrossing, fun and provocative look of Hillary Clinton and the very foundation of Hillaryland. The book dives into not just her incredible evolution of candidate to stateswoman but also the evolution of her operation and her views. I supported Hillary in 2008 and this book cemented my view in her ability to lead, to evolve, to be transformational and a leader not just here in America but across the globe.

    In addition, this book does provide some juicy tidbits and red meat for political junkies. I came to dislike the operation that Hillary had in 2008 and appreciated the book diving into what "Hillary 2.0" would look like. It also takes an honest look at her record as Secretary of State.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well performed and gave a frank, honest and astute look at Hillary Clinton. I would recommend this book to any political junkie or informed voter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (456)

    Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

    Tony says: "Game Change 2.0"
    "Far More in the Weeds"
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    I previously read Dan Balz's book on the same subject but found Double Down to be much more researched and took you into the backrooms and dealings of each of the campaigns. I felt that this book allowed us to get a better idea of not just the candidates but also the players in each campaign and outside of the campaign. There were some very funny moments and some human moments, as well. Robert Fass speaks well.

    If you want more juicy details, I would go with this book over Balz's book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (424)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Funny, Juicy and Interesting"
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    After reading Leibovich's book, I came away with a pretty different view of Washington. I dislike it even more. However, this was just a fun book to listen to. Barrett is a gifted story teller and I had several instances of out loud laughter at some of the antics of the people that run our country right now from the lobbyists to the Beltway Club to the White House. This covers it all and doesn't spare anyone. There is some overlap here with Game Change and Collision 2012 but only towards the end. There is significant emphasis on the journalism crowd as well as Hill staffers and the "wanna-be's" of Washington.

    However, it's just fun. It was somewhat slow for me to get into but I became more interested in the middle of the book. The piece on Harry Reid was very insightful but would have wanted more on Hillary and Obama.

    Regardless, it was fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Balz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Four years ago, a bright young presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a theme of hope and change, and made history. Today, he finds himself in another bitter, divisive presidential race but without the buzzwords. Instead, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, a controversial healthcare bill, a decade-long war, and a stagnant economy.

    Bulldogscm says: "Well Written and Well Read"
    "Well Written and Well Read"
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    I eagerly pursued this book. It was able to shine light into several corners of the campaign that I didn't know about and helped bring a lot of pieces together. I think that if you want to have a solid executive overview of the campaign and how it all went down -- this is what you want to read.

    However, if you want to read about all the pettiness and the muckraking -- I would recommend you read Game Change, which is what I am going to read next. That covers more about the personal relationships and dynamics of the race. This was a fun read but I am finding Game Change to be more entertaining and fun.

    Kafer reads well and has a great voice. Balz has written a solid and definitive addition for the campaign war books which belong on any political junkie's bookshelf or, in this case, audio library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kim Ghattas
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she set out to repair America's image around the world - and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton in The Secretary.

    Melinda says: "Never got to the heart..."
    "Was Looking for Something Different"
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    I truly wanted to like this book. Kate Reading did a great job performing the text but the text itself was fairly poor. I felt that this book focused more on Ghattas than about Clinton.I was looking for something more about Clinton's focus on policy and her relationship(s) within the State Department, the White House and across the world. Instead, I felt that the book was more about Ghettas and her experiences and Clinton was more of a backdrop and convenient cover to promote herself by using her close proximity to Clinton as a BBC Reporter. Towards the end of the audiobook, I was really looking for it to end.

    If Ghattas focused more on the actual foreign policy and on Clinton herself then I would have enjoyed this audiobook much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Olympia Snowe
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    An outspoken centrist, Senator Snowe stunned Washington in 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth term and offered a sharp rebuke to the Senate, citing the dispiriting gridlock and polarization. After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federal levels for 40 years, including 18 years in the U.S. Senate, she explained that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore. In this timely call to action, she explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise.

    Bulldogscm says: "Sharp, Witty & Plain-Spoken"
    "Sharp, Witty & Plain-Spoken"
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    The narrator provided a very strong and simple tone in her reading. Moreover, the text was very compelling listening. Snowe writes candidly about what is truly wrong in Washington and goes to great lengths to highlight those issues. The narrator does a great job underlining key points and getting the overall point across that Snowe is conveying.

    Olympia Snowe (one of my favorite Senators) is one of the last, true bipartisan leaders in the Congress. She hits the nail on the head on numerous issues and offers concrete solutions to problems that the Congress is facing.

    Snowe pulls no punches and points out the flaws and fallacies of the Senate; the lack of cooperation and what the reasons behind that lack of cooperation are tied to. She's plain spoken and Pam Ward (the narrator) does a bang up job telling the story which is as much about Snowe's own adventures in public service than ideas on fixing Congress.

    It's a great listen with great stories and some funny foibles, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1159)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Creepy...Well Spoken & Authentic"
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    Would you listen to The Historian again? Why?

    I would listen to it again on a car ride. It is very engrossing and very interesting to read. I was a history major in college so I really eat this stuff up. If you love medieval history and how it blends with literature -- you will enjoy this.

    Because the book is told from "different perspectives," it also adds a different yet memorable quality to it. Listening to this as well as the very popular Dracula audiobook featuring Simon Vance and Tim Curry is a good coupling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Historian?

    The end was very memorable and seemed to give the perception that the story still has more telling.

    However, I loved hearing the backstory of Professor Rossi and his times in Istanbul and at University. That was pretty creepy and memorable.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very good elocution. I especially liked the Rossi character.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Historian and why?

    I really liked Turgat, the Turkish professor and expert on Shakespear who joins the quest. Very memorable character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1353)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Learned to Love Lincoln Again..."
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was something that I truly looked forward to everyday. It was superbly narrated with a clear sound quality. Ironically, I completed the book on Lincoln's birthday. Wonderfully narrated and crystal clear.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator takes time to differentiate the different historical characters "voices" so you know who is talking at all times. I also liked how it was unabridged. I prefer my books to be complete.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    William Stanton, the Secretary of War under Lincoln. She was able to capture the gruff and amazing character of this man that I knew very little about.


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

    They already made a film about this book and it was fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book would be ideal for long car rides, commutes to work or going to the gym.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2395)
    Performance
    (2188)
    Story
    (2214)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Truly Creppy and Superbly Acted"
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    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Individual actors portray the characters and read from their respective character excerpts -- providing a rich and colorful storyline.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    Jonathan Harker's Diary -- the beginning of the book captures you.


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

    A rich and colorful language and deeply well read


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

    He's Coming...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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