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Ed

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  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

    Keith Storrs says: "Great book to get to know Ike"
    "Outstanding for both the War years and Presidency!"
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    What did you love best about Eisenhower in War and Peace?

    The author gives the reader a complete picture at the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Her description of the young Eisenhower reads as an easy flowing narrative giving wonderful personal insights into Ike's life.

    The war years are written with attention to detail and gives great insight into the people that surrounded Ike in those years and the importance of these individuals. The author leaves you with the sense that you have actually spent time with this intriguing person.

    The Presidency of Eisenhower is presented in a balanced manner. Flaws and fortitude are brought to the reader and the author allows the reader to make their own decision as to Eisenhower's contributions.

    An outstanding book that I will be listening to more than once!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eisenhower and his relationship with Kay Summersby is explored in a balanced manner.


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

    Paul Hecht gives an outstanding performance as the narrator.


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

    Hell no. This is a meaty biography best served in smaller portions. Far too much to digest in one sitting. This a book you don't want to end!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
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    (608)
    Story
    (602)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "A Brilliant Picture of a Troubled Time"
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    Robert Caro gives a brilliantly detailed description of the time between the death of JFK and the 1964 election. He speaks to all the questions that the reader would have - how did Bobby Kennedy deal with LBJ becoming President? how did Johnson deal with the fact that suspicion was directed towards himself?

    I have not yet read any of the other books by Robert Caro about Lyndon Johnson's years in the Senate, but this did not detract from the power of this book. Feel free to enjoy this book before the others - it stands on its own.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    Overall
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    An Unfinished Life is the first authoritative single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Drawing upon firsthand sources, freshly unearthed documents, and never-before-opened archives, prizewinning historian Robert Dallek reveals more than we ever knew about Jack Kennedy forever changing the way we think about his life, his presidency, and his legacy.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Great Biography - Neccessarily Disappointing"
    "Kennedy Demythologized!"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Unfinished Life the most enjoyable?

    This biography does not contain any strong bias towards, or away from, the Kennedy mystique. Instead, Dallek writes the facts and lets the reader determine the level of appreciation, or non-appreciation, they have for JFK. The author also uses the most up-to-date information on the life of Kennedy and weaves it seamlessly into the existing facts. A wonderful book.


    What other book might you compare An Unfinished Life to and why?

    I draw a comparison to the book, "Eisenhower: In War and Peace" by Jean Edward Smith. Both books provide a wonderful narrative of the President from youth until death. Doing so without ever straying far from facts and balanced perspective. Both books are also highly enjoyable to listen (read) to - outstanding narration. Also, the books hold the readers interest in all facets of the Presidents' lives.


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

    Kennedy: Perseverance and Pain. ... I cannot believe that with all his health issues that Kennedy was able to preside over the nation in an effective manner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (274)
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    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "A Wonderful Drive!"
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    Where does Breakfast with Buddha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of Spirituality, this is the best book I've read - including audio and print books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of Otto as a skeptical person really reflects so much of the cynisim we see in the world today - it reflects myself. So, I related to Otto very well.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    The narrator does a brilliant job. His voice is always appropriate and lets the listener just sit back, relax and enjoy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments. I find a greater sense of appreciation weaving its way through my activities.


    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
    (1429)
    Performance
    (1198)
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    (1227)

    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.

    Jeremiah Duncan says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Absolutely Riveting!"
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a terrific book. The idea to see Lincoln through the eyes of his contemporaries is a great idea. It seems, to me, a fair and balanced book. The author portrays Lincoln, complete with faults, and his brilliance in a clear manner. It also brings to life those around Lincoln and in their lives and eventual grief, the book becomes a welcome addition to great books about this great leader!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William H. Seward from Auburn, NY. Lincoln's Secretary of State. The author weaves together a wonderful narrative of such a great man from the various sources available.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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