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Patrick

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  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "I enjoyed this pleasant, quirky book."
    Overall

    The quirky, pleasurable and endearing hero of Martin's new novella raised first my eyebrows and then my affection. By making the reader the confidant of an obsessive/compulsive savant as he journeys his convoluted but oddly ordered world, the author slowly wins the reader over, walking them from mildly shocked and amused eavesdropper to cheerleader. Quite enjoyable.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (581)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    Cynthia says: "Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good"
    "Doris Kearns Goodwin Does It Again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Bully Pulpit in three words, what would they be?

    The Power of Connection


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I could not pick a favorite. The author painted each so fully and lovingly, with strength and foibles, that to pick one would be an injustice to her craft.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He conveyed the emotion and social content that was the central theme which wove together these lives and made this more than a history.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reconciliation of Taft and Roosevelt.


    Any additional comments?

    Doris Kearns Goodwin has a truly unique gift for weaving a tapestry of the connections and interactions of historic and political figures. She portrays how their networks of support, their rivalries and their weaknesses buoy them and drag them down. The human depth and character development she unfolds make her histories a joy to read.

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