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Bruce

Gresham, OR, USA

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  • John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    John Paul Jones is more than a great sea story. Jones is a character for the ages. John Adams called him the "most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy." The renewed interest in the Founding Fathers reminds us of the great men who made this country, but John Paul Jones teaches us that it took fighters as well as thinkers, men driven by dreams of personal glory as well as high-minded principle to break free of the past and start a new world. Jones' spirit was classically American.

    Bruce says: "Swashbuckler or Saviour"
    "Swashbuckler or Saviour"
    Overall

    I enjoy reading history, both non-fiction and historical novels. While I am not in a position to question the accuracy of the biography presented by Evan Thomas, I believe he has taken on the task well and shown many sides of the life and times of John Paul Jones. JPJ is one of those characters in our past whom we tend to remember only by the few sounds bites which become imfamous. The rest being mostly captured in our vague imaginations. This book helped immensely to put the father of the American navy into perspective for me. Even more so by the outstanding narrations which were intoned with fluent and believable accents and personalities. I enjoyed the read, a bit long towards the end, but recommended to anyone who enjoys historical biographies.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (410)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "I'm Hooked"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first book so much I downloaded this one, and I wasn't disappointed! Patrick O'Brian not only continued on a great story line, but improved on it in this episode with great humor. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to the rest of the episodes. The only downside being that I haven't found the complete set listed on Audible... are they going to torture us, or keep us coming back?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murdering Mr. Lincoln: A New Detection of the 19th Century's Most Famous Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Higham
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Drawing from letters, diaries, previously unstudied records of official hearings, railway timetables, and obscure shipping manifests, Higham has woven a spellbinding account of intrigue. He proves conclusively that high-level figures, including those in government and trade, were involved in the murder plot, and not John Wilkes Booth alone.

    Bruce says: "Information Overload"
    "Information Overload"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoy history and historical novels. The extent of the research and explanation of the plot are to be commended, but therein also lies the downfall of this book. I forced myself to read 60-70% of the story, but was so overwhelmed with details of names, places, dates and interwoven facts that I could not possibly keep up with who was connected with whom, or what. Admittedly this was a very complex conspiracy and the author has obviously put a lot into telling it accurately. If you enjoy this type of book, give it a go and hopefully you'll digest and enjoy it better than I.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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