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COARSEGOLD, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 3 reviews
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  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons From a Controversial Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Medved
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael Medved is an orthodox Jew whose popular radio show is a favorite with evangelical Christians. As a nationally syndicated movie reviewer he made headlines with a controversial book titled Hollywood vs. America. He is a fervent and committed conservative who once worked 18-hour days in Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign. And he counts among his friends both Rush Limbaugh and Hillary Clinton. He is a unique man, with a unique story to tell.

    Christopher says: "One man's quirky journey through life"
    "One man's quirky journey through life"

    Though not a big fan of his radio show, (I listen less than once every couple of months), this story of his journey thus far was endlessly fasinating. For the political junkie like me, to hear his impressions of the many people who crossed his path earlier in life was surprising. People you would expect him to savage, he had nothing but nice things to say. The twists and turns of his life and the lessons he offers from them I found both compelling and touching.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    F. Elizabeth Hauser says: "Fascinating!"
    "Narrative Brings It to Life"

    I just finished listening to the book and I could not stop listening to it. The narrative was compelling and I walked away feeling as if I had learned a great deal about the assassination and the assassin. I am not a Hsitory of Civil War person, but this piqued my interest. Though many questions were answered, new ones about the time period were raised for me. I definitely want to read more about this time period. Though the narrators voice was a bit quirky, the book was terrific.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines

    In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

    Douglas says: "suffers from abridgement"
    "So that's why I have always loved Franklin"

    I have loved Benjamin Franklin since I was a young child. But as a young hispanic boy growing up in the barrio, I never understood the connection. This book explained to the adult me why Franklin's life and contributions were so instrumental to the country's founding, as well as why I had such an immediate connection to his life. The wit and wisdom of Benjamin Frankling has always resonnated with me and now I understand why.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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