This title is an engaging introduction to the life of a fascinating political talent, John Kerry. It traces his upbringing, through his years at Yale, to his decision to volunteer to serve in the Navy during the Vietnam War. His tour of duty is well covered, covering both positive and negative aspects. The dualistic nature of Kerry's service is detailed: how he served in a patriotic manner, yet found the goals of the war to be questionable. The biography further covers Kerry's years in the Vietnam Veterans Against the War group, his testimony before Congress, and his early attempts at public office. After listening to this audiobook, I am convinced that Kerry is destined to be our next President.
This book is a classic that I enjoyed as a child, and again as an Audible book as an adult. This audiobook benefits from a tremendous narrator who maintains her narrative in character-specific voices. Its a remarkable story of two children, brother and sister, who escape their tedious Connecticut home life and run away to Manhattan to hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a child who grew up in Connecticut, this was the secret escape we all dreamed of! Highly recommended.
Being an avid baseball fan, as well as an avid reader, I've read all of the classics of baseball literature. This book ranks up there with Ted Williams' "My Turn at Bat" as one of the greatest works of baseball literature. I was fascinated with the excerpts published in the NY Times Magazine, and found the full text even more compelling.
As a baseball fan, and resident of the Bay Area, I've been fascinated with Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland A's. I've wondered how this small market team, with one of the smallest budgets in baseball, could manage to field one of the most competitive teams, year after year, in a world where market forces drive top market teams to drive up spending quicker than a global arms race. This audio book explains it.
The Oakland A's unique strategy of drafting players that fit a particular mold (i.e., either hitters with high on base percentage, or 'mature' college pitchers without blistering stuff), that other teams shun, is revealed in Moneyball.
I highly recommend this audio book to all serious baseball fans who want to understand the highly successful formula of the Oakland A's. Enjoy!
Senator Clinton's "Living History" offers a very revealing look into the life of our former, oftentimes enigmatic, First Lady. This autobiographical text reaches beyond the realm of political treatise, into the deeply personal aspects of this fascinating woman.
Narrated by the Senator herself, this audio book provides great insight into her life. By beginning with the evolution of her thought, from Young Republican and head of the 'Fabian' fan club at her high school, into a very driven and self posessed young woman. Her formative years at Wellesley are described with much care, and help us understand the formation of her character.
Her descriptions of meeting Bill Clinton, their courtship, and later move to Arkansas are fascinating, as well as their meteoric rise to the White House. Hillary Clinton's deep love for her daughter, Chelsea, is warmly expressed in the narrative.
I highly recommend this audio book. I listened over the course of a weekend, and could not turn it off. Enjoy!
A brilliant work of science fiction by Margaret Atwood. This story is a future vision based on the evolution of genetic sciences. It revolves around two childhood friends, Jimmy and Glenn, later "Snowman" and "Crake," and their mutual obsession with a beautiful Asian girl, named "Oryx." The character development is superb, particularly that of Jimmy/Snowman, and Oryx. Every word in this story is important; there are no wasted moments. This novel elevates the form of science fiction to a new level. I highly recommend this audiobook.
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