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Cathy O'Connor

United States | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 135 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.

    Cathleen says: "Better than Three Cups of Tea"

    Greg Mortenson deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. He has done more to advance the cause of women in underdeveloped countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan than any other person. The fact that the U.S. military listens to him and requires those serving in the region to read his books is testament to Greg's wisdom and experience. I recommend this book to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    Where does The Civil War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks high in the Civil War audiobooks I've listened to.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Civil War?

    Shelby Foote includes many humorous moments in the narrative that add depth and humanity to the appalling carnage that was the U.S. Civil War. Soldiers enduring unimaginable conditions often saw humor in the worst of it.

    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gardner has a certain wry tone that fits the telling of a book written about the the Civil War.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Get to know the Civil War as never before!

    Any additional comments?

    My depth of knowledge of the Civil War has been enhanced by listening to Foote's excellent narrative. Probably not for those who don't have a basic knowledge of the war, however. Being familiar with the major characters and general flow of the war is very helpful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Michael Beck

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again - this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

    Dianna says: "Not a Book to be Kept in the Attic"
    "An Interesting Insight"

    Horwitz's exploration into the world of current and past confederates is an interesting one. The modern day Southern Rebel is fascinating. Tony's experiences with the Civil War reenactors stay in my mind. Some of the scarier characters also make an impression. Any fan of American history will enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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