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Kevin

Beaverton, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Robert Middlekauff
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

    John says: "Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details"
    "Probably better in print"
    Overall

    I have no doubt that Mr. Middlekauff deserves the credit he's been given for this great historical account of the time span leading up to the American Revolution, through the Continental Congress. The book contains so many names, and facts, and descriptions of military battles, I would think written form would be better. I take nothing away from the narration, Mr. Fass is excellent. I found it very difficult to stay focused, and in parts, wish I could see maps to better understand the battles. I think an abidged version, pared down to the information better suited to audio, would be a good idea.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Wings: A Jack Dwyer Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By James Lewis
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jack Dwyer, ex-cop turned amateur actor, is delighted when his agent lands him a role in a local production of Long Day's Journey into Night. The real drama starts, however, when Michael Reeves - the play's angry, bullying director - is found murdered, and Dwyer's friend Stephen Wade, a sweet has-been of an actor, is charged with the crime. Dwyer knows that Wade has been set up. But who did it? And why?

    Kevin says: "Fun Eighties mystery"
    "Fun Eighties mystery"
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    Nice little story here of a Chicago ex-cop turned actor. Nostalgic 80's feel. Well read by James Lewis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1225)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Well researched"
    Overall

    This is the type of non-fiction book that I enjoy. It's written for the lay person, not requiring great scientific knowledge. But, it does provide much in the way of facts and research. The conclusion, that hard work and effective practice, is reached clearly and early in the book. The remainder is also of great value: what to do with that knowledge. Narration is excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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