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Robert

Binghamton, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jack Hurst
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In this detailed and fascinating account of the legend of the "Wizard of the Saddle," we see a man whose strengths and flaws were both of towering proportions, a man possessed of physical valor perhaps unprecedented among his countrymen. And, ironically, Forrest - the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - was a man whose social attitudes may well have changed farther in the direction of racial enlightenment over the span of his lifetime than those of most American historical figures.

    Justin Swihart says: "Dry but Thorough"
    "Even better if abridged"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Forest was a VERY interesting character. The book was well written, but much of the detail could (should) have been pared down to about half of this size. Still, it was a very interesting listen and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, the "Oskar Schindler of Africa", refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than 12,000 members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes.

    Lori J. Rosendahl says: "Not An Ordinary Memoir"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to An Ordinary Man the most enjoyable?

    Powerful story, extremely well read (you can easily picture the reader as the author).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Demonstrates the impact that just one individual can have when standing against a powerful tide.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter. Monty Python was just around the corner. This volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys (Jones and Gilliam), and Eric Idle came together and changed the face of British comedy. But this is but only part of Palin's story.

    Douglas says: "A great romp."
    "Hoping for more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    As a HUGE Python fan, the stories were of moderate interest, but there wasn't a lot of humor here. I have already read some of the histories of the "Pythons", so others may fine this a bit more informative than I did. Out of almost 5 hours of material, there were about 10 minutes of laughs - a few minutes on SNL were a riot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Through historical newspaper accounts and the personal letters of soldiers, the events leading up to the battle and the battle itself are stunningly recreated. You will enter the mind of Robert E. Lee as he makes the fateful decision to cross the Potomac River and take the offensive. You will feel the frustration of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to convince George McClellan to fight. And you will stand side-by-side with foot soldiers as the peaceful Maryland countryside explodes.

    Aaron says: "Far beyond the scope of the battle"
    "disappointing"
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    What would have made Crossroads to Freedom better?

    Focus on the subject!! If you were a novice to the Civil War, than this would be a good place to learn of the build up to this battle. To someone who already knows the basics and wants to know more about the Battle of Antietam, much more time should be spent on the Maryland campaign. This doesn't even get to 2nd Bull Run until more than halfway through the book, leaving only about 2 hours for Maryland!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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