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John M Daly

Nevada City, CA, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "Great Book - Boring Reader"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Barack Obama to be better than the print version?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Maraniss’s performances?

    NO. This reader was very boring in his delivery. I would have really enjoyed this book and got it for a long road trip. But the reader was so boring I had to stop listening. Now I will read the book instead.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Marra
    • Narrated By Colette Whitaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

    Ryan says: "A bleak, beautiful debut"
    "Difficult Listen"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a difficult book to follow with the many changes of time in the story. It might be easier to follow if you were actually reading it and could flip back and get clear on where and what was happening.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was interesting to learn a lot more than I know about the two Chechan Wars. But it was also a depressing book and some days I was just not up to listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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