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Ann T. O'toole


Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 80 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Chris Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They were the political odd couple - the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who "couldn't be more different or more the same." For six years, Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Reagan and Speaker of the House O’Neill. Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice.

    Brad says: "Great Story!"
    "A GRIPPER From Start to Finish!"
    Where does Tip and the Gipper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I couldn't wait to get this book the first time I heard it was being published. The day it was released, I downloaded it and started listening. It did not disappoint, in fact ~ It was a shear delight. This will remain at the TOP of My Listening List ... for a long time to come. I am sure I will listen to it again.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The behind the curtain stories that revealed the real people at work, at play and just being human. Real Life is so much more interesting than fiction!

    Which character – as performed by Chris Matthews – was your favorite?

    Tip was my favorite. The Gipper was somehow surprisingly dynamic. I thought Chris came in a solid third as an interesting character.

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

    I wanted to but I had to "give-up-the-ghost" and go to bed. It took about 3 days to finish and I was sad when I reached the end.

    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who lived the times, remembers the people and wants to refresh their memory as to the events that happened ~ with the insight that can only come first-hand ~ as only Chris Matthews can reveal ~ from behind the curtain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Narrated By James Carville, Mary Matalin

    For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

    Jean says: "A Look at a power couple"
    "PEACE IS Among Us! I LOVED This BOOK!"
    Where does Love & War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is One of MY Favorite and MOST Enjoyed books. I downloaded five at one time and this was the one I picked to listen to First ~ and I Loved Every Moment of It! I don't know how many time we have watched these two on TV and wondered out loud to each other ~ "HOW Do They Stay Married? I BET There is WAR Going On At Their House! I'd Love to be a Fly On The Wall ~ About Now!' ... etc. Yes, Mary, You Answered Our Questions ~ Asked or just Wondered. I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans was just ~ 90 miles away. We use to drive to Swegiman's (can't remember how to spell that) on Sunday afternoons to shop. So, Everything about New Orleans you shared ~ was familiar. I was even home, for the first time after Katrina, just a year ago (March 2013) for a family reunion. Every Word James utters (just the sound of his voice with that unmistakable accent)~ takes me Back ~ Home!

    I am a Die-Hard-Yellow-Dog-Democrat (and have been Grateful for James' point-of-view) more times than I can count ... which made Your Views, Mary, hard-to-swallow, to say the least. But, this book ~ This Book has Changed Me ... I Love You, Now. I found in your Animal Loving Heart ~ a Fellow Human Being who has the proper respect and appreciation for the 'Little Persons' in 'dogie suits' ... and yes, even in 'cat suits' and really think ~ Everyone Should Think of them That Way! So, We are Kindred Spirits there. I was grateful to listen to your experiences in the Bush White House, even though I still agree with James POV on their policies. It made the time we all lived threw more human, somehow. ( No One is immune from being judgmental nor wrong head ... sometimes.)

    Thank You Both for the Gift of This Book! I Hope Others will Enjoy It As Much as I Have.

    What other book might you compare Love & War to and why?

    None. It's in a Class of It's Own.

    What about James Carville and Mary Matalin ’s performance did you like?

    James' accent ... Mary's wordsmith writing and insight. James' point of view! And, the way they both ~ upon occasion chocked up ~ on the words they were saying.

    Any additional comments?

    I Hope they read this. I Hope they Live Long and Happily. I Hope they write that Next Book. And, I'd love to meet them ~ when I visit New Orleans again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Compass: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Edward M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this historic memoir, the late Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. For the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time - civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland - and the cause of his life: improved health care for all Americans

    Mark says: "A Walk through the 20th Century"
    "Memories of a Life Time ..."
    What did you love best about True Compass?

    What impressed me most were the memories that came flooding back as I listened to the retelling of his life time. I couldn't help but be impressed with "the presence of the moment", as he rewound time and I began to relive so many of the times that we had shared from our different points of view. I had often wondered what he had thought ~ about this or that ~ then. Listening, the moments returned, greeted as if familiar forgotten friends, with an unexpected, "Oh yea...", tumbling from my lips. I had forgotten, I had wondered about that. The answers to those long ago questions brought mixtures of responses all the way from ~ just what I had thought - to unexpected surprises of things I never knew, things no one but he - could have known, each with still the sweetness of spending time becoming reacquainted with a long ago friend. If you are 'of an age' to remember the times that recorded his entrance on life's stage, you are likely to share some of the same experiences, regardless of your political persuasion.And regardless of when your time-line crosses his, there are things to learn ~ about being human. About surviving disasters. While being awed by an iron-will that refuses to give up hope, that persists to become a force of nature in-and-of-itself, that is a Life Fully and Well - Lived!

    What other book might you compare True Compass to and why?

    There must be, but I can't think of one.

    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    The reading of this book ~ served as the voice of Ted Kennedy ~ well. I felt that Ted, was grateful upon hearing it in heaven.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this book again. While it renewed the loss of his passing, it also refreshed my faith in the possibility living within the human spirit, which always seemed to me, to be the message, those happy band of brothers, strove to demonstrate, to engender and to lead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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