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Richard

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  • 1920: The Year of Six Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Pietrusza
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (85)

    The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents--Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt--jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America.

    D. Littman says: "A fascinating view into the US at the end of WWI"
    "What a great Book!"
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    Would you listen to 1920 again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again. There are a lot of details here. That may scare some people off, but I thought it made the story that much richer. I loved the snarly quotes that the folks made about each other. Politicians haven't really changed much. The background material about each man was great--stuff I never knew about how they related to each other before they came to prominence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess my favorite guy of the six was Calvin Coolidge. He was unflappable, and had nothing to hide. He knew what he wanted to do and did it. And he had great quips too!


    Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Paul Boehmer before, but I enjoyed his narration. I have another book upcoming that he narrates.


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

    It wasn't a particularly moving book, I don't think it was intended so. It was fast paced and full of fascinating people, most of whom were slightly shady, each with an angle and a goal--personal gain. If there was one moment that did make its mark on me was Coolidge's description of how difficult it was for him to meet new people. He described how he always found himself "back at that big kitchen door" not really wanting to push it open to meet new people. I could relate to this. I admire him for accomplishing all he did.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed this book. I have also read 1960 by the same author. Also a fine story with similar style and fascinating tidbits!

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  • Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Taylor Branch
    • Narrated By Joe Morton, C.C.H. Pounder
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Pillar of Fire, the second volume of his America in the King Years trilogy, Taylor Branch portrays the civil rights era at its zenith. The first volume, Parting the Waters, won the Pulitzer Prize for history. It is a monumental chronicle of a movement that stirred the Southern black churches to challenge the national conscience during the Eisenhower and Kennedy years.

    Richard says: "A moving story that needs to be heard."
    "A moving story that needs to be heard."
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    I enjoyed this story very much. Much to pass on to my students. They need to know. Looking forward to the third book of the trilogy. joe Morton and CCH Pounder were magnificent readers. Their voices carried the pathos and the triumphs. Amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Taylor Branch
    • Narrated By Joe Morton, CCH Pounder
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    This audio adaptation focuses primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the key moments that defined his rise to the forefront of the civil rights movement. From Rosa Parks' monumental arrest in Montgomery to King's imprisonment in Birmingham and his triumphant march on Washington, Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness.

    Darcy says: "Amazing account of King & Civil Rights Movement"
    "Eloquent and Riveting"
    Overall

    This book was fascinating! I learned details of events only mentioned or never mentioned in history books. Detailed it was, but it never lagged. I can't wait to listen to the next volume of Branch's work. I am a history teacher of mostly white students in South Carolina. This book will greatly enhance my teaching of the Civil Rights Movement. For that I am most grateful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Everything Changed

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jeff Greenfield
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Here is a tour de force of American politics from one of journalism's most acclaimed commentators. History turns on a dime. A missed meeting, a different choice of words, and the outcome changes dramatically. Nowhere is this truer than in American politics, and in three dramatic narratives based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting with journalists and key participants, and Jeff Greenfield's own knowledge of the principal players, he shows just how extraordinary those changes would have been.

    Sara says: "The Power of Random Chance"
    "Great Read!"
    Overall

    This book is well researched, well written, and fascinating! I was amazed at the connections I made to actual history when listening to alternate scenarios. I highly recommend this audiobook. I look forward to listening to others by Jeff Greenfield.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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