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Alan

Berkley, MI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Course of Human Events

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    On May 15, 2003, David McCullough presented "The Course of Human Events" as The 2003 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, DC. The Jefferson Lecture is a tribute to McCullough's lifetime investigation of history.

    Alan says: "A Pitch for History"
    "A Pitch for History"
    Overall

    Everyone, school-age people in particular, should hear this short but superb talk by one of America's greatest historians. David McCullough, as anyone familiar with his work knows, creates what amount to wayback machines that plop us right into the events that made America. He portrays participants so vividly that they soon begin to seem like our old personal acquaintances.

    In this recording McCullough tells how he got hooked on history, why history is so important to an understanding of our world... and why it's so much fun.

    He points out here and in his book 1776 what isn't understood widely enough -- and this is why every American should hear this program -- that America's war for independence was an absurdly long shot, almost certain to fail. Yet thousands bet their lives and fortunes to go up against the world's only superpower -- and incredibly, after hardship and loss that is difficult for present-day Americans to imagine, they eventually won.

    I just wish I'd been exposed to history by someone as inspirational as McCullough when I was fourteen.

    49 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Dombey and Son, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Although not as widely known as some of his other works, Dombey and Son is nevertheless one of the greatest novels by Charles Dickens. It was published in installments between 1847 and 1848, when Dickens was at the height of his powers, and it marks a transition into a more mature style from his early period of success.

    Thomas says: "A great way to spend 13 hours!"
    "Just Right"
    Overall

    Classic Dickens, very well read by Charlton Griffin, who really manages to bring characters to life. Whether he gets Dickensian British accents just right or not doesn't seems to be as important as his success in portraying the story's eccentric characters with humor and expressiveness.

    Thumbs up for the musical transitions at chapters.

    Double thumbs up for electronic section breaks that actually correspond to chapters. Thank you! This is one of the few titles from Audible that has them.

    I strongly recommend all three volumes of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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