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Larry

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  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Wolf Shenk
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

    Scott says: "Lincoln was depressed - who knew?"
    "A great read"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this examination of Lincoln's life. I have always been interested in the way Lincoln handled the huge stress and horrible tragedy in his life, and this book shed light on his early years that I had not heard about previously. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was a result of the gap that was put and attention neglected on the death of Lincoln's sons. It seems that those events were glazed over, and more detail was really expected on these events. The historical examination on the study of Lincoln at the end was an absolute delight as well as the ending interview. This is an absolutely wonderful read about the details of Lincoln's early life and how he dealt with tragedy in his life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "Good, but lacks details"
    Overall

    This is an excellent first read as an introductory into Hughes' life. I really enjoyed the close attention to detail of his early life and his relationship with his parents. The only reason this gets 4 stars is due to the skip of many of the details about Hughes' mental life. This book dealt only with facts collected for legitimate sources, and that was greatly appreciated. However the attention to his mental issues (specifically the details) seemed to be skipped over in many cases. I suppose this is difficult to write about, especially given Hughes' desire for isolation, but it would have been nice to hear a few tidbits of the first hand accounts of interactions with Hughes. There were small blurbs about such information scattered through the book (a good example would be his memo regarding the preparation of canned fruit), but much of this information was not given the attention most people would expect from first reading about Hughes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (4131)
    Performance
    (2328)
    Story
    (2362)

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "Getting better..."
    Overall

    Well I must say it is indeed getting a little better with this series. The last two editions in this series have been tragic disappointments with one pointless side plot after another. At least with this latest edition of the Wheel of Time, there seems to be a progression of the main story lines as well as some action that was sorely lacking in the last few books. I hope that the next few editions continue on this (hopefully) upward progression back to the original plot lines.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The French Revolution: 1789 - 1799

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leo Gershoy
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1789 a group of sober-minded, concerned citizens set in motion a series of events which were to end up leading to the deaths of thousands of perfectly innocent persons. How did this reasonable movement of level-headed civic leaders spin out of control? At a glance, the French Revolution appears a bewildering series of political factions sweeping in and out of power, massacre and counter-massacre, terror and guillotine, and one economic crisis following another.

    Larry says: "A good overview"
    "A good overview"
    Overall

    This presents a good overview of the revolution. However, I was really expecting some more details as to what type of men were running the revolution. This seamed more like a summary of all the events in chronological order. Yes it was informative in a way, but I finished the book feeling like I really wanted to know more about the men behind the revolution instead of the typical events that surrounded it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Napalm and Silly Putty

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    The thinking person's comic offers a hilarious new collection of razor-sharp observations. Carlin dives right in, asking tough questions and sharing philosophical musings, serving up an irresistible assortment of quips, probes, thrusts, and verbal ordeals in these unabridged excerpts. Browse more Carlin.

    Jennifer says: "Carlin is Past His Prime"
    "Funny, but not original"
    Overall

    Most of the stuff in this one has already been heard through many of his stand up routines, but it still remains funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Rant, Therefore I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dennis Miller
    • Narrated By Dennis Miller
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Comedy Album
    Once again there's good news for those of us who rage at the evening news, shake our heads at Washington's business-as-usual, or watch as politicians carom helplessly between political crises and sex scandals: Dennis Miller is back performing his fourth installment of hilarious observations, I Rant, Therefore I Am. More from Miller.

    zephyr451 says: "Too many rants..."
    "Original"
    Overall

    Dennis Miller has always tickled my funny bone. Regardless if you agree with his political or social positions, you have to laugh at the way he presents his unique brand of sarcasm. Some people simply don't get his humor, but he is truly one of the sarcasm comedy masters of our time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (2268)
    Story
    (2295)

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "A filler story"
    Overall

    This series is starting degrade. Most of the main plot lines are completely abandoned in this book. Many of the main characters are not even mentioned but in passing a handful of times. I am really hoping that the next installment of this series picks up because this must be the worst book in this series so far. Most of the new subplots in this installment of the series lead to dead ends. Many chapters that went nowhere left me feeling like I wanted my time back. I don't mind good details to help me visualize the scene, but when things are told from a slanted characters perceived opinion it is very difficult to know what is really going on. Especially when the character that Jordan describes the scene through is irrelevant to the rest of the story or even the scene.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas W. Lippman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Of the 1.3 billion people who today follow the Islamic faith, all are profoundly affected by the teachings of Muhammad and by Muslim traditions that have developed over the past thirteen hundred years. This comprehensive guide offers an informative and insightful introduction to Islam, both as a religion and as a political-economic force. This download has never been more timely!

    R. Bell says: "Could have been better"
    "A very good starting point"
    Overall

    This was a very well done introductory view of Islam. I loved the way this author showed the religion in a light that explained differences between traditional Christian and Jewish religions. It also gave some wonderful insight of the basic practices of the Islamic religion. I thought the explanations of the different points of view wonderful. I only give this audio book 4 stars due to the quality of the recording. The content of the book is well worth the listen/read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Book Nine of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (2156)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (723)

    In Book Nine from The Wheel of Time. Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhien, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Mat, who has been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to the Seanchan princess. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

    Dan says: "What are you thinking?"
    "More Of The Same"
    Overall

    This series is starting to drag on at this point. There seems to be no more action in these books. Most of them are filled with lots of political backbiting and scheming, but most of the action is left behind in this one. Perhaps the next one will pick up a little more steam. Still a good read in the series, but this one is a little lacking in the action department.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Philip Freeman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend: he drove the snakes out of Ireland; he triumphed over Druids and their super-natural powers; he used a shamrock to explain the Christian mystery of the Trinity. But his true story is more fascinating than the myths.

    Larry says: "A Wonderful Discription"
    "A Wonderful Discription"
    Overall

    I must say that few books on the lives of saints capture the wonderful story that is put together here in this book. The book takes all the events from Patrick?s life and puts them together in a single read. The accurate historical details don't give way to the unproven and fictional tales about this saint. The historical era is also very well captured in this book. You get a real grasp as to what the church was like at this time in history. This was a great read that gives an excellent introduction into this great saint's life.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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