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Angry Squirrel

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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    (1569)
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    (1324)
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    (1360)

    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"
    "Fascinating behind-the-scenes insight"
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    The movie "Lincoln" doesn't compare to this book. Even though the movie was ostensibly based on 'Team of Rivals', the book is much more insightful and broader in its portrayal and analysis of Lincoln's "political genius." Kearns also captures the mindsets and motivations of Lincoln's rivals for the 1860 Republican nomination with incredible detail bringing the story to life. Excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emotional Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (357)

    Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities - emotional intelligence - that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.

    Stephanie says: "Good info, hard to listen sometimes"
    "Un-listenable"
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    This is possibly the worst narration I have ever heard. I read the book in print and wanted to listen to it in the car as a refresher. I saw some of the comments warning of poor narration, but thought, 'how bad can it really be'? Turns out... pretty horrible. I couldn't make it through the whole book. I think they recruited the guy who narrated all of those 1950's science filmstrips, except he keeps mispronouncing words. The book is great, but avoid the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan Beattie
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
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    (10)

    Alan Beattie has long been intrigued by the fates of different countries, economies, and societies-why some fail and some succeed. Here, he weaves together elements of economics, history, politics, and human stories, revealing that societies, economies, and countries usually make concrete choices that determine their destinies.

    Jerry says: "Excellent"
    "Horrible narration"
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    I enjoy behavioural economics and history genres so thought this would be a great book... was I mistaken. The narration was HORRIBLE. It sounds like a bad voice over from some 1970's filmstrip in high school science class. There's frequent awkward intonation and many mispronounced words (i.e. eschew is "ess - CHEW"). The content is dry, but, when your mind isn't wandering off due to the narration, there are some interesting chapters most notably on the spurious correlation of religion to successful economies. DO NOT mistake this book for Gladwell, or Arielly, or Dubner/Levitt; it is not as well written and not nearly as engaging.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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