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Robert

Chapel Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Morgan: American Financier

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jean Strouse
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (28)
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    (22)
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    (21)

    In Morgan, noted biographer Jean Strouse creates the first complete portrait of a man who defined American commerce and banking. Contemporaries described J. Pierpoint Morgan as “the financial Moses of the New World.” She shows J.Pierpoint Morgan in the full context of his childhood and health, travels and tastes, personal affairs and business relationships. And through Nelson Runger’s thoughtful narration, this accessible biography becomes a fascinating audio production.

    Robert says: "Surprisingly accessible, make the man human"
    "Surprisingly accessible, make the man human"
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    Would you listen to Morgan: American Financier again? Why?

    Yes, this reads like a novel. Interesting characters, covers his business career well without drowning reader in minutiae. Morgan comes across as very human and understandable.

    Great narration; have loved many of Nelson Runger's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Brilliant, reads like a novel"
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    What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading is lively, engergetic and engaging. He reads history like a novel. Very entertaining as are all his books.


    Any additional comments?

    Goodwin (as always) is an entertaining, yet fully informed historian. This book is as close to "un-put-downable" as a biography/history book is likely to get. Her abilty to grasp the interesting coupled with the important is equaled by few.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winston's War captures the full range of Churchills endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous, Hastings' Churchill comes brashly to life as never before.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "A Definitive History of Winston's War"
    "Insightful, fascinating, deeply researched"
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    Where does Winston's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in my personal top 10 history books. Hastings' writing is deeply researched but presented personally with his own interpretations.


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

    Yes, he's one of my favorite readers. His dialogue in other books is great. While he has less opportunity for dialogue in a narrative history, he makes the book come alive nevertheless.


    Any additional comments?

    A+ book and narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (476)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Magisterial biography"
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    Where does American Prometheus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great book; excellent personal portrait, long on legal, shorter than hoped on science; fleshes out a complex, complicated man and his times. One the best biographies I've read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (222)

    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"
    "Fascinating depiction"
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    Where does Eisenhower in War and Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Extremely revealing esp. to those of us who know only a little of this period of our history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lust for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Lust for Life is Irving Stone's biographical novel about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. Largely based on the letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, the novel details the artist's difficult life, as well as describing the origins of many of his famous paintings, such as The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, and others.

    Jean says: "Great story"
    "Interesting portrayal of complex man"
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    Would you try another book from Irving Stone and/or Steve West?

    I read "Agony and the Ecstasy" and loved it: more thorough, detailed, accesible and revealing of Michaelangelo's character, work and times. This, comparatively, is less so and thus a bit disappointing.

    Steve West is one of your 2 or 3 best narrators. I wish he did more "literary" books.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Indiscretion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Dubow
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award-winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry's writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

    Darwin8u says: "Henry James is probably not even bothering to roll"
    "Heart breaking yet uplifting. Beautifully plotted"
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    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Amazing ability to inhabit the voices and personalities of the various and diverse main characters: an uncommon accomplishment. Astonishing portrayal of Richard Burton.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5761)
    Performance
    (4986)
    Story
    (4980)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Touching, insightful, cleverly plotted"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?

    No, but this adds immeasurably to my understanding of the book, its' characters and plot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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