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  • 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
    (273)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    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"
    "Master of the Senate in 3 Audible Acts"
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    If you could sum up Master of the Senate in three words, what would they be?

    Tour de force!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of the U.S. Senate that opens this volume.


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

    I don't think I have listened to another GG narration. But GG was a great choice for this vast undertaking. He's there for the duration and never gets in the way. A real pro.


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

    I think it would be the story of Leland Olds.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (545)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "Overwhelmed in the Aftermath of Catastrophe"
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    What made the experience of listening to Five Days at Memorial the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know very much about what happened in NOLA hospitals in the aftermath of Katrina. I had read and liked Zeitoun by Dave Eggers and thought this would be a good sequel. It delivered.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This book is a meditation about medical ethics in circumstances where patient needs exceed available medical resources. It raises essential questions that all medical professionals would do well to contemplate. I am not a medical professional but have recommended this book to MD friends of mine.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Dr. Anna Pou. Although favorite implies liking and the portrayal of Dr. Pou is not that. I thought Dr. Pou was the most interesting and complex character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction. But I had a lot of empathy mainly for the patients and their families but also for some of the medical professionals who chose to stay and provide care when others left NOLA as Katrina approached.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for general readers and an essential book for medical professionals. There are no easy answers to the questions raised. Hopefully, we can learn from what happened in NOLA hospitals after Katrina. Catastrophe training and preparation is feasible and necessary if hospitals are to better respond to crises in contexts including, but not limited to, natural disasters.

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  • Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Paul Hendrickson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    An award-winning historian and author, Paul Hendrickson here turns his attention to one of America’s most cherished literary icons, Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat, Pilar. On this vessel, Hemingway would entertain and travel, but it would also be the scene of some of his greatest tragedies.

    Sonoma says: "He manges to make Hemmingway boring"
    "A Hemingway biography for the 21st Century"
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    Would you listen to Hemingway's Boat again? Why?

    No. So many books. So little time.


    What other book might you compare Hemingway's Boat to and why?

    I don't know of a good comparison because it is such a novel contemporary approach. A lot has been written about EH and his story is well documented in many books. Hendrickson's approach is different and fresh. The most moving parts of Hemingway's Boat are those that focus not on EH, the ostensible subject, but on three rather unknown men and on how their lives were impacted, for better and for worse, by their association with the great writer.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Magnificent. Davis' pace is deliberate. Slower than most. It is crystal clear. I found it nuanced and not flat. A five star performance. I will look for other books performed by Davis.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It neither made me laugh out loud or cry. It is a very sad story, especially the penultimate chapter about Hemingway's son Gigi.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a biography of a deeply flawed man who was a great artist. EH lived an outsized macho life and was the kind of man that the "air guitarists" relish in taking down. His current literary reputation is still not fully recovered. He was a wonderful writer whose best work (and there is a lot of it) is among the very best that an American writer has ever produced. The blurbs suggest that this is a more sympathetic biography. I didn't find it particularly sympathetic. Nor did I find EH particularly likeable. I had intended to read only a portion of this book about Cuba and fishing in the 1930s. It is so well written and performed that I ended up listening to, reading and enjoying the entire book. Highly recommended.

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  • Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Wade Davis
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers’ epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather.

    Fiona says: "He wrote exquisite Eel-agies?"
    "Interesting Story told in Exhaustive (ing?) Detail"
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    What did you like best about Into the Silence? What did you like least?

    It is an interesting story. Survivors of WWI take on the challenge of Everest in the 1920s. The narrative, however, seemed to me buried in a wealth of detail concerning the three Mallory expeditions and also of the expeditions which preceded them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Silence?

    The most memorable take away for me was a theme, not a moment. A privileged Cambridge/Oxford generation of young Brits comes of age during WWI. Many are killed in the war. A few survive unspeakable horrors of the battlefield only to embrace a seemingly impossible challenge-the climbing of Mt. Everest. These are some very tough existentialists!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance pretty formal in a high society, afternoon tea, sort of way. Appropriate? Yes. However, I found it somewhat flat and uninspiring.


    Was Into the Silence worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't recommend it for the general listener. For those with a background and keen interest in mountaineering, Everest expeditions and even WWI, this is a very worthwhile book.


    Any additional comments?

    Reminded me of Moby Dick. Ahab=Mallory. MD=Everest. Just like in Moby Dick, the amount of detail challenges the reader and often stalls the narrative.

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  • 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
    (792)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (646)

    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"
    "What's the Presidency for?"
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    Would you listen to The Passage of Power again? Why?

    I will have to. There is only so much a reader can grasp on first reading. When you are in the hands of such a master, a replay is something to embrace. Hope there is a volume 5.


    What other book might you compare The Passage of Power to and why?

    The only books to compare this to is Carl Sandburg's books on Lincoln. Caro is a national treasure and these four books are his gift to America.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lying in bed at 2 AM with the lights out. GG's voice in the dark telling you the story of one of the most pivotal moments in American History, the assassination of an American President and LBJ's rise to the peak of political power. This is LBJ at his most admirable.


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

    What's the presidency for?


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  • Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: ""If You Do Everything, You'll Win""
    "LBJ and the New Politics"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This volume is the narrowest in scope of the four volumes. But it is not a lesser book. It focuses on the Texas Senate race between LBJ and Coke Stevenson in 1948. That may sound boring but it is far from that and resonates today. Caro is a master biographer and his portrait of Coke Stevenson is perhaps my favorite of the many portraits contained in any of the four volumes.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The penultimate chapter in which Coke Stevenson retires to his Texas ranch to live out the remainder of his life.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I think Grover Gardner was perfect for this project. He's not flashy but he is there for the distance. He's a great traveling companion who never annoys.


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

    The price of victory. The consolation of defeat.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "Harry Potter of American Political History"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liken it to "Harry Potter" in the very best sense. It grabs you and never lets go. Caro is the best. I know of no other serious biographer who writes this well and with this much narrative force. This is one of the two strongest books of the four volumes published to date. And all four of them are great. I congratulate Audible for finally getting around to releasing unabridged versions of volumes one and two, of which this is the first.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are so many things to like. If I had to pick one, I'd say it would have to be the bringing of electricity to the Texas hill country and what life was like there before and after rural electrification.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    In Caro's books LBJ comes across as Shakespearean and larger than life. Readers will find much to admire and despise in this portrait.


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

    The relationship between LBJ and his father. LBJ goes from doting son who idolized his father to an adolescent who came, throughout his life, to view his father as an idealistic dreamer and determined, for himself, to be otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are essential reading for anyone at all interested in American political history and the acquisition and use of political power by a deeply flawed man who was also a political genius

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