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Clayton Bosler

Clay

Redondo Beach CA USA | Listener Since 2009

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  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (264)

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    "Terrific History!"
    Overall

    This book will undoubtedly give you a new perspective on how America became America. Beautiful history addressing so many aspects of who we are, and how we got to be this way. This is a tremendously readable and interesting history, and should be required reading for anyone who wants to engage in political, social or economic policy debates in America as we know her today.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (372)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Outstanding! Must read book!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Command and Control to be better than the print version?

    No. It is just the version that I had time to "read".


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This is a really well written and compelling story about one of the most important, but under-appreciated issues of our time. By setting the whole story against the back drop of the Damascus Accident, Schlosser turns the story of command and control of nuclear weapons into a real page turner! I've spent most of my life involved in one way or another with these issues, and I believe that Schlosser nails it, and points to the flaws that persist to this day, and threaten our very existence. Highly recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isabella: The She-Wolf of France

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (108)

    Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

    Wallen says: "Excellent"
    "Fascinating piece of history!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good book, and is read brilliantly by Ms Lecat. I was hoping for a book as good as Katherine, and this one didn't quite make that mark, primarily because Ms Weir spent a bit too much time on some of the more mundane descriptions than I felt was warranted. Nonetheless, she certainly wrote a compelling book that provides ample argument for revisiting the harsh historical judgment so often associated with Isabella. Enjoy diving into this stormy period of English history!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (513)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "Magnifique!"
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    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    It's such a wonderful insight into the people, the times, the motivations underlying the French Revolution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bitter-sweet ending...


    Any additional comments?

    Just another fabulous, can't recommend it enough offering from Dickens on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3717)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2321)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Amazing Story!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    Forget everything you thought you knew about Genghis Khan and the Mongols. This book, based on the amazing opening up of Mongolia post USSR is a real eye-opener. I think everyone who loves books, history and emerging information will love this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (445)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "Brutally Honest, Uncompromisingly compassionate"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This is a powerful book that will stir, disturb and ultimately reset your perspective on humanity


    What did you like best about this story?

    The deep compassion for the flawed, but lovable humans that represent us all.


    What about John Benjamin Hickey’s performance did you like?

    Compassionate, smoothly delivered, well timed


    If you could take any character from In One Person out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Grandpa!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (557)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "What a beautiful book!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Les Miserables in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, encouraging, enthralling


    What other book might you compare Les Miserables to and why?

    War and Peace -- such tremendous characters, facing such human issues...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book for every lover of literature. One of my favorite books, ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Expectations: The United States 1945-1974

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James T. Patterson
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (38)

    Grand Expectations, the 10th volume of the peerless Oxford History of the United States, weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate.

    Thomas says: "fast moving history"
    "Great read, on a little explored time in US Histor"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Grand Expectations again? Why?

    There's so much in this book that helps understand the arc of US history! I was quite impressed with the excellent writing and solid performance of this book. Highly recommended!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    What can the United States do to help realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East? Stephen Kinzer offers a surprising answer in this paradigm-shifting book. Two countries in the region, he argues, are America's logical partners in the 21st century: Turkey and Iran.

    Will says: "Essential World History"
    "Hugely important work!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a tremendously well presented argument for a truly fundamental reset in American Policy. As a retired USAF officer who spent a tour in Turkey, and worked with Iranians before the Ayatollah, I absolutely agree with recommendations. American's have so very much more in common with the Persians and the Turks -- so much more to gain, so much more moral standing to be had -- with this "Reset." I hope the senior policy thinkers, movers and shakers all read this book, and go get to know the Turks and Persians. The world will be a better place for it.


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

    The reminder that 15 or 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faust

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Auriol Smith, Derek Jacobi, and others
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

    Ki says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Beautiful performance!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Faust the most enjoyable?

    The beautiful performance!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the way to really enjoy Faust! Beautifully performed, with a full tapestry of voices and sounds. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2526)
    Performance
    (2004)
    Story
    (1990)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Great Book, Great Performance"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to be better than the print version?

    Elijah does a great job with the variety of dialects that Mark Twain represents in Huck Finn. His lively, articulate narrative is a delight!


    What did you like best about this story?

    What a rollicking adventure, with a wonderful moral theme.


    Which character ??? as performed by Elijah Wood ??? was your favorite?

    They're all great, but the moment when Jim tells the story of striking his daughter is heart-wrenching. So, Jim it is!


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

    Above, plus the delights of the observations of the futility, but rich fun of it all at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book - fun to revisit as a mature adult...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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