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  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1623)
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    (1112)
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    (1108)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Great book, avoid the audible download, read it"
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    If you could sum up Washington: A Life in three words, what would they be?

    Seamless, complete, wanting more


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington: A Life?

    too many to list


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I would have liked it better if he had announced every chapter so you can leave it off at he end of each chapter if you'd like. I never had any idea where I was leaving it off because it was chapter one, and then the next time the chapter was announced was Chapter 67. Ridiculous to set up an audio book in this manner.

    I thought Mr. Brick should have used more inflections in his voice. He does not sound American, and I thought the even tone was monotonous, and I often thought I had heard this section already because mr. Brick's inflections did not change. Audible should ask what did you like or dislike. AUDIBLE: You are too heavy handed in not wanting negative reviews. You are like a communist country where the individual is silenced or like a totalitarian regime not allowing dissent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I didn't want to listen to a 42-hour audio book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    AUDIBLE: You are too heavy handed in not wanting or willing to post negative reviews. You are like a communist country where the individual is silenced or like a totalitarian regime not allowing dissent. THIS IS AMERICA: GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH.

    The Audible download makes it impossible to know where you are in this 42-hour book. It is supposed to restart where you left off, and several times it didn't. So I missed certain portions. Audible does not state the beginning of each and every chapter, so if you stop, you have no idea where you are in the book. Do not download 42-hour books. Audible is best served by 10-12 hour books. This book was so well written that I now must read the book, which means the time I spent trying to listen to the book was wasted. Audible only prints the 5 star reviews, so no one will ever see this review.

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  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Harry Chase
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Available for the first time in audio, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the story of seven men - a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician - who merged at age 42 to become the youngest American President in history. This first volume of a planned trilogy won both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. The second, Theodore Rex, is also available from audible.com.

    Michael says: "One of the best books I've come across."
    "Teddy definitely a man worth trying to understand"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thought the book investigated some of the close relationships that were pivotal in Teddy's early life. The book ends before he becomes president, and I will have to find another book that examines his presidency. I was interested in how he came to be an outdoorsman and how he developed his views about public lands in the west. Certainly his views were unusual considering he was part of the wealthy elite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His childhood and relationships with women; his outdoor adventures in Maine and the west.


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