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Donald E. Campbell

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  • 32 reviews
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  • 127 titles in library
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  • Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Herbert Donald
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    Overall
    (93)
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    (79)
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    (78)

    In the best-selling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

    Michael says: "Dry and Technical but Excellent"
    "Very well written political biography"
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    This is an excellent book. It is a political biography that takes you through Lincoln's political career. I thought the author had a very unique way of approaching the subject -- by putting the reader (for the most part) in the position of Lincoln as he was making decisions -- making it clear what Lincoln would have known at various points instead of incorporating a historical view onto events. The political aspect of this cannot be over-emphasized. This is not a book on military strategy.

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  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (580)

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "I didn't enjoy it"
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    I really did not enjoy this book. I have a rule that I listen all the way through every book that I get -- and I was glad this one was over. His ultimate premise -- that science is great and everything that cannot be proven by the scientific method is a trick of the mind and cannot be trusted -- is all well and good, but the book could have been half as long and make the same point. There was a whole section on the history of science that seemed forced in toward the end of the book and didn't seem to contribute at all to the thesis. In fact, there was a number of times throughout the book that I was left thinking: so what's the point? Why is this discussion here? In short, it may just be my "believing brain" --- but I believe that I should have passed on this one.

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  • God: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Miles
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
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    What sort of "person" is God? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world's greatest book--as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and abiguities of a Hamlet? In this "brilliant, audacious book" (Chicago Tribune), a former Jesuit marshalls a vast array of learning and knowledge of the Hebrew Bible to illuminate God--and man--with a sense of discovery and wonder.

    David says: "Awesome, Stunning book"
    "makes you think"
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    If you have any interest in the Old Testament, this is worth a listen. He approaches God as a literary figure. In other words, he takes the old testament book by book and looks at God as a character (why would he say this in Genesis but then this later). Whether you consider yourself religious or not it is worth a read. The cross-references the author points out really makes you think. Why is God like he is in Genesis but different in form and action later in the Old Testament. I really enjoyed the approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kingdom: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (261)
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    (263)

    From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times best-selling author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the 9th and 10th centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

    Stephen says: "Great Historical Fiction!"
    "do yourself a favor and listen"
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    Let me just say that this is one of the best (if not the best) historical fiction books I have listened to. If you have any interest in British history, Vikings, or heck if you just like a good listen-- do yourself a favor and get this book. I finished it in 2 days -- an unheard of feat for me. I immediately got the second book in the series and I am having to hold myself back from listening to it. The narrator is awesome, the writing is wonderful -- well developed characters that you learn to care about. You feel like you are living it right along with the characters.

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  • 1920: The Year of Six Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Pietrusza
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (71)
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    (73)

    The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents--Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt--jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America.

    D. Littman says: "A fascinating view into the US at the end of WWI"
    "interesting details about time I knew little about"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a very well researched and well put-together history of the 1920 election -- although really the book gives more history that than to set the context before and after the election. Anyone interested in American presidential history should listen to it. So many of these important figures have been lost to time that it is good to hear their contributions described. One event that really had resonance to me in the current environment was the claim that Harding had "black blood" as a disqualification. I couldn't help thinking that this was the 1920 equivalent to the birther movement today. I seemed very similar to me. Worth the listen

    Oh and one other thing. The narrator really grated on my nerves for the first couple of chapters. If you have the same impression hang in there -- I don't know if he got better or I just adjusted but after a while he falls into a nice rhythm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (188)
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    (195)

    From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

    Frank says: "A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator"
    "Very interesting and informative"
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    I grew up post-Nixon and so it is difficult for me to imagine what that time frame was like. I think the author did an excellent job of telling the story in a way that you can feel the angst from both sides of the "Nixonland" political divided, because in a large part that is exactly what Nixonland is -- a state of mind. To have the reader really feel what it is like to be a liberal with an unsatisfied agenda who turns radical; a moderate who believes that everyone should be treated equal but can't understand why these groups have to resort to violence to get it (and correspondingly pushing these folks to a more conservative "law and order" bent); and the conservatives -- intent on "winning" in Vietnam and imposing law and order at home. And all the while -- Nixon is looming and manipulating the entire scene. It really does seem surreal.

    My one criticism is really more of a "pull on superman's cape" type of critique. When the author is describing a scene where police/conservative forces are acting -- and where the public sees the law and order (or disorder), there is a tendency in the writing to take the reader out of that moment and say something like "and the police really didn't have any fear of that" or "the police had no evidence they were just busting heads." The psychology of these events is so important that it would have been helpful if he had listed the misdeeds that were discovered later in a footnote or at the end of the chapter.

    Overall, though I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Lionheart

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sharon Kay Penman
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (174)

    From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

    jerelyn says: "Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!"
    "Well written historical fiction"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written and easy to follow. I'm looking forward to the sequel. I have to admit that I did find the constant fighting a little tedious, but what is an author of historical fiction to do???? No complaints at all about the book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (968)
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    (966)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "vaguely interesting...but not for me"
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    I found this book boring. It just never gave me any points to keep me interested. He discusses in great detail about how grammar is different in English than other languages. That in and of itself would be interesting, but the underlying points of the book (which seemed to be addressing what to me seemed to be "in the weeds" disputes in the field of linguistics) really left me saying "so what?" Maybe I'm being to critical, but I have a rule that I listen to every book I purchase through to the end, and this one was hard to make it through. Maybe someone versed in linguistics would find it interesting, but I would think few lay readers would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fer-De-Lance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (143)

    When someone makes a present of a fer-de-lance - the dreaded snake - to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he's close to solving two apparently unrelated murders. As for Wolfe, he's playing snake charmer in a case more deadly than a cobra and whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer with poison in his heart.

    ShySusan says: "One of the best crime series of all time."
    "Street Smart Mystery"
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    Two initial points. First, this is the first Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe novel that I have listened to. Second, the narrator is awesome. He sounds exactly how you would expect Goodwin/Wolfe to sound. I thought the story line was fine. I really liked the unexpected comedic turn of phrase or description that Stout sticks in every now and then. It really made the story come to life. You definitely get to know the characters. I'm looking forward to the next book. If I have a criticism it is that the book at times gets bogged down. I listened to it on a long trip and at one point I just had to turn it off and sit in silence. I needed the break. Don't let that deter you from giving it a listen though. It is well written and the narrator really is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    An American heiress newly arrived in Europe, Isabel does not look to a man to furnish her with destiny; instead, she desires, with grace and courage, to find it herself. Two eligible suitors approach her and are refused. She then becomes utterly captivated by the languid charms of Gilbert Osmond.

    Rebecca says: "Nary a good marriage to be found..."
    "Classic..but a little slow for me"
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    I have to say I feel completely unqualified to criticize this book. But as they say "haters gonna hate" -- so I do want to point out a couple of things I just did not like about this book. But before that, the good stuff. The writing flows very nicely and I thought it got better as it went along. You feel like you are listening to something that you could never write yourself, which provides an aura of getting your money's worth and appreciating someone who is great at what they do. And now for my two major criticisms. First, I cannot stand the ending. It's fiction. Real life is obscure and ambiguous, but fiction should not be. Give me some closure for pete's sake! Second, at times the writing really gets bogged down and takes itself too seriously. I love Dickens who writes a thousand pages and every descriptive phrase -- just as long and detailed as James -- seems to have more life to it. That having been said, as I mention above, some of this falls away in the second half of the book and it moves along nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3934)
    Performance
    (3551)
    Story
    (3576)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Needs to be updated post 9/11"
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    I remember the first time I read this book -- it was in the mid-1990s. It was at the time of the rise of the Religious Right. And let me say -- I really though this could happen. It was scary. This time through, after 9/11, I was a little less impressed. It's not that I do not believe that a religious oligarchy could not gain power in the US, but the way it happened in this book was a little forced. It just seemed to happen too quickly and the response was too one-sided (fundamentalist). I know that Atwood had to do this to have a character straddling the old life and the new, but the timing seemed forced. If she were rewriting it today, I wonder if she would incorporate a slower more evolutionary move toward a society that no one recognizes today. For example, Supreme Court opinions that give more and more rights to corporations, the growing income inequality gap, the dysfunctional legislative system, and the use of technology to monitor citizens. All of these lead to a society that is very different from what exists today. I can't help but wonder how Atwood's Gilead would look with these current features taken into account.

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