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Ira

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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  • 8 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 205 titles in library
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  • King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    In the late 1890s, Edmund Dene Morel, a young British shipping company agent, noticed something strange about the cargoes of his company's ships as they arrived from and departed for the Congo. Incoming ships were crammed with valuable ivory and rubber. Outbound ships carried little more than soldiers and firearms. Correctly concluding that only slave labor could account for these cargoes, Morel almost singlehandedly made this slave-labor regime the premier human rights story in the world.

    Edith says: "Fascinating"
    "Great history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very interesting, little known and important story beautifully told with great characters and narrative development.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (139)

    World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain's leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper.

    Tad Davis says: "A story of personalities"
    "A history of silence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent history of the few in England who objected to fighting a war in France but too few for a great narrative. Some interesting characters and tales but thin. Still, informative and well written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (68)

    This dramatic sequel to Jeff Shaara's best selling Rise to Rebellion continues his chronicle of the key characters of the American Revolution and animates some of the most compelling scenes in America's history: Washington's harrowing winter at Valley Forge, Benedict Arnold's tragic downfall, and the fiercely-fought battles at Trenton, Brandywine Creek, and Yorktown.

    Lee says: "engrossing..."
    "Fun and enlightening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great character development; puts you in their minds to see events as they saw them at the time. Sure, it is fiction but it doesn't feel like it. Well written and well researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    E. Pearson says: "A Rigorous Gift"
    "Beautifully paced"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Clear, balanced with strong narrative flow and character development. Asks the important questions and presents many possible answers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    "Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very dry. No narrative flow or character development. I gave up after 2 chapters. For an excellent book in this series, try Battle Cry of Freedom.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (391)

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

    Marcelaine says: "I laughed and cried, what a great listen!"
    "Beautiful"
    Overall

    Interesting story that also provides great insight into the current president. He is an excellent reader and mimic. Great fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Rasenberger
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    The U.S.-backed military invasion of Cuba in 1961 remains one of the most ill-fated blunders in American history, with echoes of the event reverberating even today. Despite the Kennedy administration’s initial public insistence that the United States had nothing to do with the invasion, it soon became clear that the complex operation had been planned and approved by the best and brightest minds at the highest reaches of Washington, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and President John F. Kennedy himself.

    Amazon Customer says: "US Government Perspective"
    "Excellent history"
    Overall

    Well written, balanced account that details the events and reveals the thinking, blindspots and character of the decision makers. An easy listen that never drags.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mao Zedong

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan Spence
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Born in rural China in 1893, Mao Zedong led his country through "a long-drawn-out adventure in upheaval". In the process he became one of the monumental figures of the 20th century. He died in 1976, just as China was entering detente with the U.S.

    Karen says: "Excellent analysis"
    "Not up to standards"
    Overall

    Jonathon Spence is a brilliant historian. This book is a poor effort. There is no analysis or exploration of character.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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