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Doug

Glenwood, IA, United States | Member Since 2006

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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
    (1030)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (878)

    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"
    "Wonderful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power the most enjoyable?

    An excellent historical biography that underscored the central theme--Jefferson as one masterful in marshaling and using power.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the intricate details that highlighted the biography as told through letters and anecdotes.


    Any additional comments?

    Herrman's craft in telling the story is exemplary--very easy to listen to and very entertaining!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (2950)
    Performance
    (2476)
    Story
    (2504)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "great story"
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    Where does The Cricket on the Hearth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A delightful story with a typical Dickens' twist. Dickens presents a good cast of characters who offer a tale of hope and perseverance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I especially liked the steady carrier.


    Any additional comments?

    I commend this book to those who could use a bit of 19th century hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Chris says: "An excellent clear history"
    "great but repeats"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book, with rich historical detail. I love how Caro sets the right context by offering numerous historical sketches in which to set the moments of Johnson's life. Gardner's reading is superb, warmly bringing the subject to life. However, this wonderful book and presentation are marred by the audio recording in which, on a regular basis (sometimes once a chapter), sentences are repeated. Overall, an excellent product!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A&P: A Short Story from The John Updike Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, John Updike
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (279)

    Updike's extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

    Teri says: "Found story very boring"
    "Not good story"
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    Though I liked Herrman's reading (as I always do), the story left much to be desired. It seemingly had no point other than a vacuous notion of one of the disappointments of youth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26272)
    Performance
    (20077)
    Story
    (20159)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Excellent!"
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    An excellent story! Engaging. Martin offers a stimulating method of narrative--having us see the events unfold through the eyes of the different characters. The reading is very good; however, it seemed as if the reader, at first, was out of breath often. This got better as the reading progressed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (101)

    Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

    A. Millard says: "Good Book, Poor Narration and Audio Quality"
    "Great reading, but ...."
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    This is a wonderful book, well researched by the renowned Stephen Ambrose. The reading or audio performance was outstanding--perfectly suited to the story--quiet, reflective, subtle. However, the content of the book was frequently redundant (as I have found in other Ambrose works) as the author repeats facts and points many times. I like Ambrose and his work--it is well researched and interesting. Moreover, Ambrose often makes salient observations that are historically significant in and of themselves. I just wish that he had written better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Violent Bear It Away

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Flannery O’ Connor
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    The orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle - that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

    Darwin8u says: "Biblical, American and Absolutely Brutal"
    "Superb!"
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    A great classic with much wisdom regarding passion, religious fervor, prejudice, racism, and other issues. Well read, also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (99)

    In this lively and compelling biography, Harlow Giles Unger reveals the dominant political figure of a generation. A fierce fighter in four critical Revolutionary War battles and a courageous survivor of Valley Forge and a near-fatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, James Monroe (1751 - 1831) went on to become America's first full-time politician, dedicating his life to securing America's national and international durability.

    Robert Bartel says: "Readable, but more hero worship than history"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Excellent telling of Monroe's story! The author offers great background material. The book is well read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In American Gospel (literally meaning the "good news about America"), New York Times best-selling author Jon Meacham sets the record straight on the history of religion in American public life. As Meacham shows, faith, meaning a belief in a higher power, and the sense that we are God's chosen, has always been at the heart of our national experience, from Jamestown to the Constitutional Convention to the Civil Rights Movement to September 11th.

    David I. Williams says: "Though Provoking"
    "Helpful!"
    Overall

    Meacham offers an excellent and accurate and balanced story of religion in America. He offers a true account of how the two forces of faith and politics danced with one another in the history of the nation. Thank God we have good historians like Meacham!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A. Lincoln: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ronald C. White, Jr.
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

    Julieann says: "Insight into Lincoln"
    "Good!"
    Overall

    A helpful retelling of the important forces and events in Lincoln's life. Artfully portrays Lincoln's true genius as a leader--more so that other biographers. A good reading, also. Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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