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  • The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: Part 1: The Early Years, West Point, Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States and commander of the Union forces in the Civil War, tells the story of his life in his own words. In this opening volume, Grant covers his early years, including his time at the U.S. military academy at West Point and his service during the Mexican War under Zachary Taylor. Grant wrote his memoirs in order to rescue his family from debt and they were published as he lay dying of throat cancer. Today, they are an American classic.

    Robert W. Gillespie says: "U.S Grant: A Man of Intelligence and Dignity"
    "U.S Grant: A Man of Intelligence and Dignity"
    Overall

    The memoirs (all three parts) increased my respect for Grant, who emerges in his memoirs as a man of exceptional honesty, intelligence, and genuine concern for his fellow humans. It makes me feel good about my country to learn how much Grant despised slavery while he always shows respect where respect is due, even for his opponents. As for the reading, it was well done, but somehow I missed the tone of Grant's own voice. I guess I would like an Illinois voice (being a fellow Illinoisian) or even a Mark Twain voice rather than the very cultivated voice of this reader.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David K. Shipler
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices of Jews and Arabs that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism. Focusing on the diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler examines the process of indoctrination that begins in schools; he discusses the far ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism, attitudes about the Holocaust, and much more.

    Ann says: "more a psychology than a history"
    "'Arab and Jew' Needs a Good Editor"
    Overall

    While I appreciate the importance of the topic, 27 hours of almost undigested and poorly organized material tend to bury the subject in a landslide of accounts of misundertandings and misdeeds through the years of this seemingly eternal struggle. The book also seemed to be never ending (the fallacy of imitative form?) Both my husband and I, though very interested in the subject, gave up after Part I. The audio version also suffers from a narrator who seems to be disinterested in the material he is reading, perhaps understandable considering the great length of the work.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Laura Hillenbrand beautifully renders this breathtaking saga of one horse's journey from also-ran to national luminary. Seabiscuit: An American Legend is an inspiring tale of unlikely heroes, a classic story of three embattled individuals overcoming the odds in the Great Depression.

    Andrew says: "Abridged = Awful"
    "Seabiscuit the book was a"
    Overall

    Frankly I enjoyed the movie (seen after I listened to the book) more; how many races can one hear described in detail without losing interest? For once, I think an abridged version would have been an improvement for listeners, if not readers. jg

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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