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BangkokThailand | Member Since 2006

  • 6 reviews
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  • 135 titles in library
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  • FDR

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman

    One of today's premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life.

    Thomas says: "wow-"
    "Go for the abridged version"

    The author definitely did a remarkable research on this biography, but the result is too heavy to digest. Except for a few parts of the book (mostly after the start of WWII), I did not feel engaged with FDR. I felt like I was reading a boring bureaucratic memo.

    I can't help constrasting this biography with "Truman", by David Macullough, whose historical research is just as good as Jean Edward Smith's - and it's far better to listen/read.

    The narrator did a good job, though.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrious Dead: Napoleon, Typhus, and the Dream of World Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times best-selling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world.

    Joshua Kim says: "Captivating"
    "A very interesting book"

    Overall, I think this book tells more about the history of Napoleon's invasion of Russia than about the science of typhus itself, but it's a very interesting book. I can't help comparing it to "The Great Influenza" by John Barry, which masterly describes the historical context and the science of the 1918 flu pandemic. "The Illustrious Dead" is more a book about History than about science (or the history of medicine and the treatment of typhus), but I enjoyed the book and its narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William J. Bernstein
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In A Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein tells the extraordinary story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. He transports listeners from ancient sailing ships that brought the silk trade from China to Rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly in spices in the 16th.

    Mark says: "Very interesting and Germane to Today's World"
    "Great book, poor narrator"

    This is an excellent book. I woud compare it to "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson, in the sense that it has a very widespread subject (international trade), but manages to keep it intetesting and on topic.
    Unfortunately the narrator is totally detached from the story. He reads the book like a memo. I managed to ignore that and still enjoy the book, but others may prefer the printed version.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    F. Elizabeth Hauser says: "Fascinating!"
    "Fun to listen, great narrator"

    Very good story. The author made a good research on the topic and kept the story very fluid.
    The narrator is excellent - he has a good voice and is very engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Chatterton, Richie Kohler, Brad Matsen
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva

    Why did Titanic sink as quickly as it did? Two of the greatest wreck divers in the world, the heroes of Shadow Divers, solve the mystery of history's greatest wreck. Titanic's Last Secrets peers into the lives of scientists, financiers, adventurers, and industrialists to bring listeners a thrilling and revelatory work of history and contemporary adventure.

    Jonas says: "Not much diving but interesting story"
    "Titanic account sandwiched by Shadow Divers"

    If you're looking for another adventure with the "Shadow Divers", be warned that a good chunk of this book is actually an account of the facts surrounding the Titanic.
    This having been said, the whole account about the tragedy is also very interesting and deserves five stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Brilliant book"

    This is a spectacular book. The author did a fantastic job in bringing together adventure, history and a little bit of science, with a very good narrative and great character development. In fact, it would make a terrific "Indiana Jones-style" movie.

    As a Brazilian, I have always admired Candido Rondon as a true hero, and this book only confirmed my admiration. Even in Brazil very few people know much about the Rondon-Roosevelt expedition. Contrary to my initial assumptions, I learned that Roosevelt's trip to Brazil was not a mere "celebrity safari", but a real scientific expedition with scientific added value. The "River of Doubt" (now called River Roosevelt) in the Amazon basin was uncharted until 1914 and it is as big as the Rhine.

    The narrator also did a great job - he clearly made the effort of researching the correct prounciation of the names in Portuguese.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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