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Kenneth

ST PETERSBURG, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • James Madison and the Making of America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kevin R. C. Gutzman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    In James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seen - as "The Father of the Constitution” - to find a more complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today's United States.

    David says: "Not a traditional biography"
    "Surprisingly little about Madison"
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    What disappointed you about James Madison and the Making of America?

    The fact that there is very little in this book about James Madison. It's more a telling of the constitution from the Madisonian perspective. This book could have just as easily been a summary of Madison's policy perspectives in bullet form. The entire story of Madison's upbringing is basically one line: "Madison grew up in a wealthy family." That's it.


    What was most disappointing about Kevin R. C. Gutzman’s story?

    I don't know a thing about James Madison the man from reading this, and I'll have to find another source if I want to get any insight into the basis for his decision making.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    YEah


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from James Madison and the Making of America?

    I wouldn't have signed this book at all - or if I did, I would have changed the title to deemphasize the book's focus on Madison.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely painful to get through - I have two political science degrees and the Leviticus like nature of describing policy actions nearly caused me to fall asleep while driving down the road on at least a few occasions.

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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21084)
    Performance
    (19461)
    Story
    (19471)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Holy balls this was a fantastic book!"
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The last book I enjoyed this much was a "Choose Your Own Adventure" and I was seven. Most enjoyable book I've read in adulthood, by far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The autistic sounding flight planner.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I never have, but I would honestly seek out books he's narrated after this.


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

    A tale of survival, luck, and duct tape


    Any additional comments?

    Highly, highly recommend for science/aviation types.

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  • The Secrets of Happily Married Men: Eight Ways to Win Your Wife's Heart Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Scott Haltzman, Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Marriage and relationships are in crisis. The breakup and divorce rates remain incredibly high, despite all the couples therapy, afternoon talk shows, and other books in the marketplace, many of which describe men as abusive commitment-phobic creeps who'd better change fast or else. But this new book is totally different: a whole different way of looking at how to build a successful long-lasting relationship from a man's point of view.

    Kenneth says: "Some New Ideas, Some Old"
    "Some New Ideas, Some Old"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secrets of Happily Married Men the most enjoyable?

    Book was relevant in a general sense to most married men - some new ideas and ways of thinking about things, but much of what was written will be familiar to men who have been in relationship counseling beflre.


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

    The section that covers treating your marriage like a job was most interesting - an interesting and useful framework for men who are occupation driven. Least interesting was perhaps the slights at feminism in the first half of the book - perhaps a bit of a stretch, as was the criticism of marriage counselors.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good voice and tone - would have liked to have had some indication when the author was speaking in italics on behalf of an interviewee.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really - a few things made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    The author criticizes marital counseling, but then proceeds to make many of the same recommendations that you'll get in marriage counseling. The book has a few valuable nuggets, though - definitely worth a listen/read.

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