I learned so much about Wilson as a man and president. It was such a great story and helped frame that period of time in US history. It was well-written and edited (something I notice more when I listen to a book than when I read one).
This is my first book narrated by Bobb.
Wilson--Man and President
No, but only because I have so much to listen to I do not have the time to listen to anything twice
Engaging--his voice has character, which I like
It is a long book, but I found that I wanted to listen to large parts of it at a time because it was so good
No--it was so boring I could not make it all the way through
Not totally--I did listen to the latest book about LSD and it was a bit better--it engaged me like this book did not
Claire Booth Luce, his second wife--I had heard her name in various contexts, but had no idea of her or her relationship with Henry
He is, in my opinion, the best performer of audiobooks. Everything he does with characters is great, and his voice itself has character.
I was just totally fascinated by Luce and his story and the history going on during his life.
yes, fun and interesting-great characters
I found this book while listening to a book about the Koch brothers, as one of them got caught up in this mystery
There were a lot of characters and his caricatures were great.
Frustrating because of how stupid people were because they wanted to protect what they "knew".
Yes--It was fun, interesting, and engaging. For someone who enjoys wine but don't know that much about it, this book was a real treat and taught me a few things. I will never look at a "wine wall" the same way again.
The same as the book title--I really liked the reference to "two buck chuck"
I don't listen to books more than once because I have so many new ones to listen to.
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy--an in-depth look at these men in their times.
Both were self-made men who had a tremendous impact on society and those around them.
It was a compelling listen.
No, but I was surprised by two things. First, the extent to which Zsa Zsa Gabor, as Hilton's ex-wife, stayed in his life until his death. Second, how his heirs (including Paris and her siblings) got so rich in spite of Conrad Hilton's insistence that his fortune be left to charity. He believed strongly that everyone should earn their own fortune.
I thought this might be a gossipy-type book, but it was well- researched and written. I was fascinated by the life and story of Conrad Hilton and his family.
It was a fascinating story, told from the first person perspective.
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers--another insider story, but more about the industry than the individual
Almost anyone! I understand why someone who writes a book about his own life would like to read it, but his narration really detracted from the book. I almost stopped listening, although he did a bit better by the end. He was flat and boring.
Steven Hoye or Sean Runnette would have been great.
Not really, I just felt bad for those around him who were hurt by his actions.
Probably not--I do not listen to books again (because I have so many new ones to read!)
It was a thrilling book. I wanted to listen to the entire book in one sitting because I wanted to know what happened (even though I knew the story). It really was written like a spy novel.
It was not so much a scene as a theme that was compelling. The idea that Philby was "one of them" in background and status and therefore was treated with kid gloves which allowed him to continue to commit treason even after he was brought back into MI6 because he was "cleared". And that even when they knew he was guilty, because of who he was, he somehow deserved a lighter punishment than others who were not as bad as he was.
The epilogue by the author John LeCarre, who had been in MI5 for a period--he met with Elliot (Philby's close friend and MI6 colleague) when they were both older. Elliot's continuing nonchalance about what he allowed to happen, and his recollection of how much he enjoyed being with Philby (Elliot's loose lips when they were drinking allowed Philby to know many secrets) was amazing. It was frustrating to see how the good old boy's club allowed so many to lose their lives.
The author told the story from his perspective as creative director for George Magazine. He talked about what he knew best--how the covers were chosen, designed, and shot. It was a fascinating way to weave in what he knew about JFK Jr (and his wife Carolyn).
The author--after I read the book I went back to follow up on how his career has unfolded after he left George.
Family, money, power
William, one of the twins--he had 5 children with 4 women, and 3 wives. He had serious issues with his brothers and it seemed to taint his entire life. I wanted to know more about what was going on inside his head.
No extreme reaction except that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
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