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John

Laval, QC, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1345)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Last 2/3 of the book were GREAT!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and no. The first 12 - 13 hours were agony. There was little about Lincoln in these pages. Rather, it was all about the men who were to one day be in his cabinet: William Seward, Salmon Chase, Edward Bates, and Montgomery Blair - the histories of their families, where they grew up, their early childhoods, the various schools they attended, their childhood pastimes, their various courtships, their marriages, their early careers, triumphs, disappointments, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam. Little was written about Lincoln's early life because not very much is known. He didn't like to speak of it in any detail. Real details about him don't begin until he runs for office against Stephen Douglas.

    After, that VERY LONG painful part, the life and the struggles of his presidency are fascinating - including the politics surrounding his relationship with his cabinet and their relationships with each other.


    What other book might you compare Team of Rivals to and why?

    Theodore Rex (a biography of Theodore Roosevelt). Both are exhaustive, systematic treatments of these fascinating super-men's lives.


    What aspect of Suzanne Toren’s performance would you have changed?

    I will echo what another reviewer has said: why on earth have a WOMAN read a story that is almost exclusively about MEN?? It is truly ludicrous as she assumes a low, husky voice when reading the many quotations of the male characters. Also, 42 hours of this rather school-ma'rm-ish, severe voice is a trying experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Good Lord, no! Those first 12-13 hours were agonizing. Everyday, I swore I was going to rate the book with one star and get my Audible credits back!


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose for the true history buff, the first 12-13 hours could be somewhat interesting because it does show, in a long, round-about way, how the lives and characters of his cabinet influenced Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War. But still, if Lincoln is your main focus - as it was mine - those first 12 - 13 hours will require much stamina!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25476)
    Performance
    (19331)
    Story
    (19398)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "ENDLESS DRIVEL AND MEANDERING TRIPE"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some sort of plot would have been interesting. Not having 503,435 characters would have been less confusing. I got through half of the book because of the reviews .. I FORCED myself, saying, "I HAVE to like this!" I hated every bit of it. The chapters were little snippets of stories that were as boring and trivial as can be. I think we had to hear what shade of brown or blue or green or purple, etc., etc., most of the 503,435 characters had. God I hated this! (And if I have to hear about ONE MORE throat being cut....)


    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It certainly has put the fear of God into me! But then, not all fantasy writers could be this bad, no?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Maybe. The British accent is starting to wear thin.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ANGER that I was duped into trying it by all the reviews. I don't see how it is possible that people got through all that endless rubbish.


    Any additional comments?

    If you find the first few chapters boring, take heed! It doesn't get any better!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations for Peace of Mind: Relax and Appreciate Your Uniqueness

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Bernie S. Siegel
    • Narrated By Bernie S. Siegel
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Relax and appreciate your uniqueness! Learn how to rejoice in yourself with these positive meditations of peace, love, joy, and optimism.

    John says: "POOR RECORDING!!!"
    "POOR RECORDING!!!"
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    What disappointed you about Meditations for Peace of Mind?

    The recording was so bad, it was hard to make out many words. This was probably caused by WAY too much compression when making the cassette that this mp3 was made from.

    Audible! Ashamed of you that you would offer such a low quality recording!

    If you have access to the original recording, Audible, I have a friend who can make a perfect mp3 for you ... as could probably any sound engineer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernie S. Siegel’s performances?

    Only if I knew the audio quality was not so bad.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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