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Leon

Dunwoody, GA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction.

    Eric says: "Very Thorough"
    "Portal to the past"
    Overall

    Brands has written -- and Mayer ably narrated -- a wonderfully rich account of both the life of Andrew Jackson and the turbulent transition to "democracy" in the United States. Listening to Brands' words, 175 years after the facts, one can only marvel at how little the political culture has changed, but also at how much one man accomplished, despite his humble beginnings, and lifelong struggles with physical infirmities. Those who wring their hands over the "bitterness" and "divisiveness" of contemporary politics can take heart--it was easily as bad or worse in Jackson's era, as Brands details over issues ranging from slavery to the chartering of a central bank. Jackson's personal journey is an uplifting account of what one deeply-principled person can accomplish, even if some of the principles are considered by some to be flawed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The preceding novel in the George Smiley series (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) ended with the devastating unmasking of a double agent at the heart of the British Secret Service. Now, in The Honourable Schoolboy, George Smiley, who has assumed the unenviable job of restoring the health and reputation of his demoralized organization, goes on the offensive. He searches for a whisper, a hint, a clue that will lead him back to his opposite number: Karla, a Soviet officer in Moscow.

    Iain says: "A wonderful cold war thriller"
    "Fine story--horrible audio"
    Overall

    For those who like deep character development, this will be a fascinating listen. However, there is a constant voice-under in the background that is horribly distracting, and to considerable extent ruins the experience. I simply cannot understand how this was allowed to happen in the first place, and then not corrected prior to publication.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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