Sarah Vowell writes beautifully. This book is fun, funny AND informative. Her journey through presidential history is filled with things no teacher ever told me and her reading enhances the story. Vowell's politics are evident throughout the book but also proof that people of all political persuasions can love this country. The material is interesting and filled with obscure facts that help keep it from being just another dry history book. I highly recommend this book.
In the introduction, Brooke Shields tells us that this is an unvarnished portrayal of her mother and the story of their complex mother/daughter relationship. There is some truth to that, but there is also some part of the story and relationship left untold and other parts are re-varnished. Telling the story without any analysis is pointless. Why did Brooke's mother drink? Why did she use people? Why didn't Teri Shields ever actually get a job and support herself instead of sponging off boyfriends, husbands and her daughter? And how did Brooke come out of all this on the other side of all this relatively intact? I have no more idea now than before I read the book.
Neil Patrick Harris has had an interesting life and has a great story to tell. He tells it well in this book, but all that is overshadowed at times by the "choose your own autobiography" plot device. I don't really care what the irrelevant and ridiculous alternate scenario is- Neil's story is enough to keep me interested on it's own. The "you" pronoun and silly alternates are distracting. Neil is a great reader and obviously knows his own story well enough to perform it well. If you overlook the plot interruptions and focus on the real story, this book is worth a listen.
The story is pitiful and thought provoling. It is astounding to learn that so many people were so ill-prepared, especially in a reigon where storms are a common event. People in the hospital were over-worked, under-fed and essentially trying to simply survive in sweltering heat with no information and no hope. This book makes the listener feel their frustration and despair.
A (small) criticism: if the readers can't pronounce the words, have her look them up before recording the book. It's a book about a hospital, for goodness sake, so the medical words are important to the story. But there is absolutely NO reason why someone who is paid to read can't pronounce the word "deco"!
Overall, an exceptional book. It should be sub-titled "How NOT to Handle a Tough Situation".
Oh that voice! Jack Perkins could read a cookbook and make it sound enthralling. I enjyed the too brief vignettes about his career and the experience of leaving it for a much different life. I do understand that part of his reason, and a large part of his life, revolved around his faith, but at times the book felt like Mr Perkins was trying to convince and convert me. The book was interesting, but then seemed to come to an abrupt end and left me wanting more.
The book is interesting, especially for those of us who were ther. It is unfortunate that the reader detracts so much from the story. Her simpleton lilting voice (which unfortunately lilts in the wrong places) is bad enough, but her awkward attempt to voice characters is painful. If you are interested in this book, spare yourself and buy the written or e-book.
This book does an excellent job of reviewing the attempted assassination of President Reagan from a historical point of view. The author adds details and context from the perspective of 30 years later. A few of the medical details are off, but not enough so to alter the story. The only drawback- the story isn't an objective look at Reagan. If all you know about the former president is what you learn from this book, you would think that Mr. Reagan and Nancy were perfect and never made a mis-step. I am supporter, and even I don't buy their wonderfulness in this book. When it comes to the assassination attempt though, Mr. Wilbur does a great job of documenting the roles of all involved and providing details that weren't common knowledge before.
This book was FASCINATING. The author posits a very credible theory about the true cause of FDR's death that makes more sense then the "he had heart disease and his doctors ignored it" that I have read in several other books.
The story is well told, and the medical events and terminolgy are written at a level that is very understable for a lay person. I highly recommend this book to any history or FDR buff.
This book is fabulous!! Laura Moriarty somehow beautifully and plausibly wrote a book about two very different women coming from very different era's amd both main characters stand out. The story is interesting with some unexpected turns, and is very well written.
To highlight all of this, Elizabeth McGovern's reading is a delight. She acts the story with emotion, accents and timing. There couldn't have been a better choice to be both Cora and Loise.
Reading the reviews on Audible, I am convinced that either some listeners heard an entirely different book or they listened to this with such preconceived opinions that there is no way they can hear the facts.
CBS was targeted by the right for reporting information the right didn't want the public to know. Mary Mapes and Dan Rather paid the price, while their bosses at CBS knuckled under and either moved up or took the money and ran. Shame on them.
Mapes had no way of knowing that people she talked with to verify information would also knuckle under and lie when the story was broadcast. I guess she learned the hard way that power talks and principles walk. She does admit in the book to placing faith in memos that couldn't be 100% verified because they were copies. That error in judgment opened the door to wild and wildly untrue attacks. The diversion caused by these attacks on the memos successfully diverted people from the REAL story that was supported by fact after fact and witness after witness- George W Bush didn't fulfill his obligation and lied about it.
Mapes tells a compelling story of the truth, the cover-up, the exposure of the truth and the price she and a handful of others paid. Her account of life inside the storm and the fallout is absorbing. Dan Rather's book "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News" makes an excellent companion read.
Mr. Rather has had a very interesting career; he has covered a lot of news in a lot of places. This book recounts some of those experiences (good and bad).
His experiences as a journalist make him uniquely qualified to set the record straight about the event that ended his career at CBS. Mr. Rather lays out, in detail, the story and the story behind the story. He very astutely points out that the real story of George W Bush's military service (and the lies that surround it) got lost in the smokescreen Bush operatives initiated about the documents. If the facts aren't in your favor, divert people's attention with garbage! If anyone has any doubt about the influence of political parties and people in power on a free press, this book and the attack ads in the current presidential campaign will erase those doubts.
Hearing the story in Mr. Rather's own voice also adds interest to the story.
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