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David

Denver, CO, United States

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  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (112)

    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

    D. Littman says: "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"
    "Scholarly with many tables"
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    What would have made This Time Is Different better?

    Less of an introduction; there seemed to be two chapters defining the terms of what the authors would present.


    What was most disappointing about Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff ’s story?

    Perhaps most disappointing were the amount of tables referenced, much of this information was largely lost on the audio audience.


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

    The reader had a pleasant tone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The overall information was appreciated, but it took much patience to get that. I started a road trip with this book loaded so I felt compelled to listen, but the early stages had me wanting to slit wrists with impatience. Stop defining terms and get to the facts!


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this as an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (974)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (830)

    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"
    "A somewhat sympathetic treatment and very thorough"
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    Where does Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranked in the top quarter of my audio books this year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't recall a variety of voices in this performance, Thomas was the focus.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham – was your favorite?

    I came for the knowledge of Jefferson and felt I received a great deal of that here.


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

    Perhaps undeserving of the reverence heretofore granted this founding father.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, combined with a recent article in "Smithsonian," has dethroned this former hero of mine. Jefferson is revealed as a duplicitious schemer, rabid partisan and bigot. His performance as president seems lackluster, with his crowning achievement, the Lousiana Purchase, having fallen in his lap.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James Madison and the Making of America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kevin R. C. Gutzman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (41)

    In James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seen - as "The Father of the Constitution” - to find a more complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today's United States.

    David says: "Not a traditional biography"
    "Not a traditional biography"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book with caveats as parts are quite slow going.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin R. C. Gutzman? Why or why not?

    Sure, with careful attention to others' comments about the nature of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    James Madison is the only one who stood out.


    Was James Madison and the Making of America worth the listening time?

    Yes, for a different perspective on the law-making processes of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    With all the detailed accounts of the 'ayes' and 'nays' in the law-making process, it is challenging at times to stay engaged.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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