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  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    F. Elizabeth Hauser says: "Fascinating!"

    This story should be required reading for anyone who has more than a casual interest in history. In fact, even if your interest is only casual it should be read (or listened to).

    The author does an amazing job of researching the events leading up to and following Lincoln's assassination. He describes the details of the entire episode in such detail that it is hard to believe he was not there as an eyewitness.

    This is a book that I will listen to more than once.

    In many books you can get lost in the complexity of spurious details, but not this one. The level of detail and the narration are superb and compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yankee Years

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joe Torre, Tom Verducci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Joe Torre is the most successful and most respected baseball manager of the modern era, steering the Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series championships. When he left the team in 2007, it was front-page news around the country. Famously diplomatic during his tenure with the Yankees, Torre finally speaks out about what it was like building and managing the dynasty during those 12 glorious and tumultuous years.

    Lynn says: "Great listen"
    "Great listen"

    After all of the uproar over quotes that were erroneously attributed to Joe Torre I thought that I would listen to this book myself and decide.

    This is not a book that is written by Joe Torre. Rather, he is a major contributor. It is a story ABOUT the 12 years that he managed the Yankees. There are plenty of stories about the players and other Yankees. The sole source is not Torre. Many of the quotes are directly from the people involved.

    There are many fascinating sub-stories in this book. For example, the concept of the economics that drove the Moneyball craze are discussed. The teams that did well, and those that did not do well, are analyzed.

    There are some great lessons in the book about life taught by Torre. His principles on leadership, trust and honesty shine through in all that he did. The way that he uses his principles in dealing with players, owners, the press etc should be a pattern for all people in business and other phases of life.

    It is true that Alex Rodriguez does not come across in a favorable light. But the light is cast by Alex's actions and his own words. It is not done in a malicious manner.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryan Burrough
    • Narrated By John Helyar

    Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time, the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough's and John Helyer's account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 gives us not only a detailed look at financial operations at the highest levels but a richly textured social history of wealth in the twilight of the Reagan era.

    Cheimon says: "Great book, not so great audiobook"
    "A little too brief"

    I have read the full book at least three times. This was a good abridgment but not perfect. The personalities never really got developed completely and the stories that really demonstrated Ross Johnson's extravagance (the dog at the golf tournament) didn't make the cut. If you have read the book you will enjoy this version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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