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  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht

    Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

    Keith Storrs says: "Great book to get to know Ike"
    Where does Eisenhower in War and Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere in the middle.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Jean Edward Smith? Why or why not?

    yes. I thought it was well written, and had a fairly good pace.

    Have you listened to any of Paul Hecht’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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

    He was smarter than you thought.

    Any additional comments?

    The only serious criticism I have is that the author keeps saying that Ike was smart, or did things in a skillful manner, but rarely explains what those things were or how Ike did it. We are told that Ike worked really hard, sometimes driving himself to exhaustion. Just what was he doing in all those long hours?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"

    I suppose it might be better in paper form, where you can skip around to find whatever nuggets of information are useful to you. But as an audio book it's just pointless.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Platt
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.

    Adam says: "InTOLerable Reader"
    "InTOLerable Reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was fascinating. An interesting description of a little known (in the west) period of chinese history.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Lin?

    Almost anyone, I think. Ms. Lin puts a heavy, portentous emphasis on almost every other word. It's intolerable, and it makes the book pretty much unlistenable. The READING DESTROYS all PLEASURE in the BOOK. You get the point.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brendan Vaughan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger. Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water. In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: "What would MacGyver do?" they ask.

    David says: "Enjoyable, but not MacGyveresque"
    "A sham in every way"

    The book is a bunch of "real world" stories. Some show moderately innovative thinking. In others the solutions are so mundane it's hard to believe anyone thought they were worth writing about. In any case, none of them involve the quick thinking, innovative, found- objects approach that characterized the TV character. Macgyver wouldn't do any of these things. Don't waste your time on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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