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Ethan

Rabbi, Tour Guide, Lover of History, knowledge and wisdom.

Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joel L. Kraemer
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The first definitive biography of Moses Maimonides, one of the most influential intellects in all of human history, illuminates his life as a philosopher, physician, and lawgiver. Recalling such bestsellers as David McCullough's John Adams and Walter Isaacson's Einstein, Maimonides is a biography on a grand scale, brilliantly explicating one man's life against the background of his time.

    Ethan says: "Great book. Distracting pronunciation errors."
    "Great book. Distracting pronunciation errors."
    Overall

    The book is a well researched, interesting listen for anyone interested in the life of this great sage. Unfortunately, for anyone familiar with Hebrew, you will notice constant mispronunciations of almost every single Hebrew word in the audiobook.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (296)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "Great Book, not such a great read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As is the first volume, this follow up is an incredibly broad and deep exploration of not just Churchill, but of British politics in the 1930s in the lead-up to WWII. It manages to include mountains of information, but keep them fascinating by attaching them to the person of Winston Churchill.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of Britain in the 1930s is a stark lesson to those who would appease evil in our own day. The parallels are clear to anyone who follows current events, without the author ever having to make the connection for you.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Brown?

    Frederick Davidson did a masterful job on the first volume. I was deeply disappointed by Brown's reading of Churchill and many other characters.


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

    The march of folly, and a glimmer of hope.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite a mind-numbing introduction (for one who just finished the first volume), once the meat of the book is reached the reader is carried deep into the life of one of the 20th centuries most fascinating and important personalities. This is one of the deepest and most detailed biographies I've ever read, and the anecdotes about Churchill and those around him manage to add zest to even the dryest figures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wordy Shipmates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

    Mari says: "Vowell Nailed It Again"
    "Great History, Heavy Handed Political Diatribe"
    Overall

    Sarah Vowell is an exquisite story-teller, who brings the characters to life with vivid descriptions and keeps the reader interested with her comical wit. If 'The Wordy Shipmates' was only that, I would have given it five stars instead of three. Unfortunately Vowell frames history with glib, partisan conservative bashing, offhandedly condemning the slaughter of Pequod (Native American tribe) women and children by vengeful New Englanders in the same breath as the US entry into both world wars, Korea and Iraq. The author--and the reader--would have been better served if Vowell had limited herself to history and made her political points with facts rather than partisan diatribes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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