Tour de force!
The history of the U.S. Senate that opens this volume.
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.
I think it would be the story of Leland Olds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. So many books. So little time.
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.
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.
It neither made me laugh out loud or cry. It is a very sad story, especially the penultimate chapter about Hemingway's son Gigi.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the presidency for?
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.
The penultimate chapter in which Coke Stevenson retires to his Texas ranch to live out the remainder of his life.
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.
The price of victory. The consolation of defeat.
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.
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.
In Caro's books LBJ comes across as Shakespearean and larger than life. Readers will find much to admire and despise in this portrait.
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.
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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