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  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "Speaking truth to power and the cost."
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    If you could sum up Rather Outspoken in three words, what would they be?

    Wake up call!!


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Rather is rooted in the great age of journalism, He crossed swords with powerful corporate and governmental interests in his attempt to get at the truth during the G W Bush administration, and he paid a heavy price. This is a great story. Rather is a great man and a great American.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "A Very Bad Book"
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    Would you try another book from J. R. Moehringer and/or Dylan Baker?

    I will never try another book from this author or from this narrator.


    What could J. R. Moehringer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story is jerky and implausible. The characters are cardboard cutouts, uninteresting, unattractive and often disgusting - but not in a good way. To me, gratuitous cruelty is unforgivable, and this book has gratuitous cruelty in spades. I finally stopped reading at the slaughter house scene during the cheering as they watched the slitting of the animals' throats.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Extremely insensitive to any subtleties in the material. Overly and inappropriately dramatic.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm amazed that this book found a publisher.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mimi Alford
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    In the summer of 1962, 19-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived by train in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. The Kennedy Administration had reinvigorated the capital and the country - and Mimi was eager to contribute. For a young woman from a privileged but sheltered upbringing, the job was the chance of a lifetime. Mimi made an impression on Kennedy's inner circle and, after just three days at the White House, she was presented to the President himself....

    faye says: "Disturbing"
    "Turning on a light into a Camelot secret"
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    What did you love best about Once Upon a Secret?

    It was honest, frank and occasionally shocking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Once Upon a Secret?

    There was a particularly salacious incident in the White House swimming pool.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Denaker – was your favorite?

    It was a personal historical narrative - no characters, except the author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.I took time off to think about some aspects before going back to read more.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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