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Sara

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  • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Goodman
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day - and heading in the opposite direction by train - was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days.

    Susan Gardner Bowers says: "Who knew?"
    "Love the story - Unsung heroines"
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    If you could sum up Eighty Days in three words, what would they be?

    Adventurous. Informative, Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nellie Bly - Reminds me of myself but with more gutts.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathe Mazur?

    Yes


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

    When she met with Jules Verne in France


    Any additional comments?

    Good Read!

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (810)

    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.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Excellent way to tell each man's story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bully Pulpit to be better than the print version?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    Using the contrast in their respective personalities to tell the story of each man. Also, the considerable research into their lives and excerpts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scene in particular, just the relationships revealed, not only between TR and Taft, but the role their wives played in their lives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2792)
    Performance
    (2460)
    Story
    (2474)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "Can't relate. Seemed kind of fluffly."
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    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I like her earnestness and humility and willingness to speak up about her experience. But I couldn't help but feel she was lucky too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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