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Anthony

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  • 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
    (1195)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1025)

    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.

    Jeremiah Duncan says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Good Book Weak Narration"
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most excellent biographies I have ever come across.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abraham Lincoln is definitely a leader whose kind we desperately need today.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Choosing a female to narrate a book which is 90% about men and quotations from them is as questionable as it would be to choose a male to read "Little Women".


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

    impossible


    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2589)
    Story
    (2600)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "helpful for sleeping"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Women who feel powerless and paranoid


    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    It was so bleak and unbelievable


    What three words best describe Claire Danes’s voice?

    somnolent, sad, monotone


    Any additional comments?

    I love Claire Danes' work in film, but this story was so morose, I'm surprised I stayed with it till the end. I kept hoping it would get better before my new monthly credits arrived. I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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