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K. Jones

Lenexajones

Lenexa, KS United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (731)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Doris is Back to Form"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love history, you will love this book. It is majestic in the way it tells the story of two extraordinary men and the world in which they lived.


    What other book might you compare The Bully Pulpit to and why?

    It reminded me of the Kennedys and Fitzgeralds because of the historical context provided


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Great as usual


    Any additional comments?

    One of Doris' best

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

    Jean says: "A complex man"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wilson to be better than the print version?

    Sometimes bio's can get a bit boring or tedious when reading a print version. This audio version made it come to life and made "plowing through" the dryer parts more enjoyable


    What other book might you compare Wilson to and why?

    I would compare it to Truman


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    Really fine job. Not intrusive at all


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I knew very little about Pres. Wilson and came away with tremendous insight and really appreciated the historical context of what his life's work was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (465)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "Pure Inspiration"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Fighting Chance?

    I knew very little about Elizabeth Warren before this book. I came away from it feeling very grateful that she has chosen to lend her talents to public service.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth - she really was quite a character


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

    Her passion for life and her belief in what she is doing is making a difference


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Really entertaining. I have recommended it to numerous people.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural Woman: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carole King
    • Narrated By Carole King
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing listeners into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful number-one album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife, and present-day activist.

    Marie says: "Hearing it is even better than reading it!"
    "Very enjoyable Look into an Artist's Life"
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    Where does A Natural Woman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of memoirs, it ranks fairly highly. Carole gives us enough info to let me know what makes her tick.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Natural Woman?

    The best part was her early years learning that she could write a song.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her writing of Natural Woman for Aretha


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

    It would be the first line of Tapestry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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