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  • The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Randall E. Stross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    At the height of his fame Thomas Alva Edison was hailed as “the Napoleon of invention” and blazed in the public imagination as a virtual demigod. Newspapers proclaimed his genius in glowing personal profiles and quipped that “the doctor has been called” because the great man “has not invented anything since breakfast.” But Edison's greatest invention may have been his own celebrity.

    Richard Daniel says: "Fast paced account of Edison"
    "interesting, but could have been better"
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    Would you try another book from Randall E. Stross and/or Grover Gardner?

    maybe depends on topic of book


    What did you like best about this story?

    it tried to tell the story about Edison


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    just ok


    What else would you have wanted to know about Randall E. Stross’s life?

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

    some books should not be made into audio books

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paterno

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joe Posnanski
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Joe Posnanski's biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach's personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno's life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno's legendary career.

    John says: "Sobering"
    "not the whole story"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Paterno the most enjoyable?

    the man himself Paterno


    What did you like best about this story?

    the history of Paterno


    What three words best describe Joe Mantegna’s voice?

    a regular voice, not a dramatic read. took away from the story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the beginning


    Any additional comments?

    the read was to dramatic. took away from the storyI wish the author covered more about the end. Which is still ongoing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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