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David McLure

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (848)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Really helps to figure out the US and the World"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes - this is a well balanced synopsis of the complex life of Thomas Jefferson, which helps to not only explain the Federalist - Anti-Federalist debates, but also paints a picture of the talented man who played a key role in nurturing and protecting the otherwise fragile Democratic Republic experiment which we and the rest of the world all take for granted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jefferson's love of his fellow man and his talent for keeping the peace through respect and empathy, extending to all walks of life, including even his slaves. Jefferson's early [failed] attempts to win support for emancipation, his relationship with his slave Sally Hemmings, who was also his dead wife's half sister - their children, all of whom eventually won their freedom - all add an interesting element to what might on the surface otherwise seem to be simply a shameful slave owning southern plantation story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I recall visualizing the scenes of the younger Jefferson, reciting prose and playing music with his older sister Jane, his failed attempts at love, followed by a classic life love, and more (don't want to say too much here). Jefferson's on again, off again relationships with his political rivals, and his eventual burying of the hatchett with John Adams resulting in a series of over a hundred letters in their old age.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not quite extreme. In classic Jeffersonian style, this book avoids too much extremeism and unnecessary drama - just like Jefferson lived his life.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more - I would like more details on Jefferson's life and the lives of those around him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1314)
    Story
    (1350)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Awesome story, but inaudible in sections"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I only hope that an update can be done to fix the missing sections!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln is of course, the focus, but this book alsop brings to life Lincoln's rivals and their families.


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

    Suzanne Toren is an excellent reader, bringing both power and poise to recreate historical events and attitudes.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish the editing job was better. I am 80% done and have already counted over 10 sections where the audio simply cuts to another section - losing who knows how much material. Sometimes in the middle of famous speechs too - I feel as though my historical knowledge still has gaps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Richard Gere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (14)

    No person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. But this has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists have access to powerful technologies, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions.

    Elizabeth says: "Please Listen to This Book"
    "Really gives World Peace a Chance!"
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    Would you listen to Toward a True Kinship of Faiths again? Why?

    I am currently on my second read of this important book; there is a lot of material contained in this book and there are a lot of exotic names concepts and places mentioned and it is too hard to remember them all in one reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing the life story of the Dalai Lama, as well as his diagnosis of the world's religious problems and I feel as though he offers a very rational, compassionate, and workable set of solutions towards solving the world's problems using existing religious institutions in a unified approach which could actually work.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Gere’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I must admit that hearing the Dalai Lama's life story narrated in first person by Richard Gere threw me for a loop after the first few sentences, but once I adjusted to hearing Richard's voice while picturing the Dalai Lama working with a translator, I was able to easily transcend the initial mind warp. Richard Gere has a very good reading voice and he is very easy to comprehend, so he does an excellent job.


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

    World Peace - not just a corny wish at a Beauty Pageant


    Any additional comments?

    This book has inspired me to do my part toward building world peace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Christian
    • Narrated By Brian Christian
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (189)

    The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can "think". Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Turing Test convenes a panel of judges who pose questions - ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to moral conundrums - to hidden contestants in an attempt to discern which is human and which is a computer.

    Roy says: "A Wedding of Computer Science and Philosophy"
    "Not at all what I expected. Better!"
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    Would you listen to The Most Human Human again? Why?

    Probably... someday. The book touches on many different areas - all of which go into what it is to be human - many areas where one's own humanity could be considered sorely lacking. I also hope and expect to read the sequel, as I expect that the Turing contest is only going to get more interesting as time goes on.


    What other book might you compare The Most Human Human to and why?

    Not sure. I will say that my very next audible.com purchase was "The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human" by Jonathon Gottschall. Narrated by Kris Koscheski.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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