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Coulee

Scottsdale, Arizona | Member Since 2005

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  • 132 titles in library
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  • The Known World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (97)

    Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor, William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart.

    Rachel says: "wonderful and highly recommended"
    "Lost in the Wandering"
    Overall

    This novel winds its way through many lives. Too many. It is also hard to follow as it jumps forward and backward in time. The story line is interesting, but poorly developed in my judgement.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George Vecsey
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Best-selling author George Vecsey is an esteemed and award-winning sports journalist for the New York Times. In Baseball, he recounts the history of America's national pastime. Baseball has been around in various forms for thousands of years, but only within the last 200 years has it become an American institution. Growing from a sport played in open fields and big-city streets, baseball has seen its share of innovators and detractors, heroes and villains.

    says: "Disappointing"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Very good and entertaining review of the history of baseball

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (139)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Although Friedman gets too "political" in places, the vast majority of the book is simply excellent. It should be required reading so that everybody has a true understanding of our world economy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (207)

    Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "History repeats itself."
    "Interesting/Tedious"
    Overall

    Go for the abridged version. The unabridged is just too long. A lot of facinating detail. A lot of uninteresting detail. Rather dry but you'll learn a lot about how the allied powers divied up the world.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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