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WILLIAM

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  • Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    In the 1890s, New York City was America’s financial, manufacturing, and entertainment capital, and also its preferred destination for sin, teeming with forty thousand prostitutes, glittery casinos, and all-night dives. Police cap­tains took hefty bribes to see nothing while reformers writhed in frustration. With cameos by Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and a horde of very angry cops, Island of Vice is an unforgettable snap­shot of turn-of-the-century New York in all its seedy glory and a brilliant miniature of one of America’s most colorful presidents.

    James says: "Interesting and informative"
    "Thought it would be better than it was."
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    I've always been fascinated with the life of T.R. But this book, although deep in facts, is a little boring. Not the author's fault. It's just a very boring period in the life of Teddy.
    He comes off sounding more like Rudolph Guilliani in his pre-9-11 years, then he does when he took on the big corporations and the Anti-trust battles at the turn of the century.
    Overall, kind of blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Loewen
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Sundown Towns examines thousands of all-white American towns that were - and still are, in some instances - racially exclusive by design.

    Joe says: "Powerful"
    "SHOCKING & DISGRACEFUL(not the book. The subject)"
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    This is not a blemish. Instead, this is an open wound in America and it doesn't seem to want
    to heal.
    It makes me angry to have to become aware of this at age 49. As a kid, I was always curious why my African-American friends all lived "North" or on "The other side of the train tracks". Now I know why. It angers and embarrasses me.
    Professor Loewen's book is a must read for all Americans-white or black.
    But mostly for white!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (670)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
    "THIS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A People's History of the United States the most enjoyable?

    THE PERFORMANCE WAS GREAT


    What did you like best about this story?

    UNKNOWN FACTS


    What about Jeff Zinn’s performance did you like?

    VERY MUCH


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

    I READ IT IN SCHOOL BUT WANTED TO LISTEN TO IT IN MY CAR


    Any additional comments?

    JUST INCREDIBLY POWERFUL

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Wolf Shenk
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

    Scott says: "Lincoln was depressed - who knew?"
    "You learn something new everyday!"
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    Absolutely great! Very important read for anybody who thinks they know everything
    about our greatest President and anybody who wishes to learn about mental illness.
    The book is told in sort of a lecture like presentation but then after a few minutes, you feel as if the writer( Mr. Shenk ) and the narrator (Mr. Davidson) are talking to YOU personally.
    I listened to this every day on my way to work and hated when I arrived there. Couldn't wait to head home, to get back into this wonderful book.
    Enjoy-
    Well recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1079)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Entertaining!"
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    Pretty good and very exciting...at times.
    Surprised Spielberg hasn't made this into a fill length film yet.
    Very enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1902)
    Story
    (1902)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "absolutely fascinating! Incredible!"
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    This is a incredible piece of American history in which Ms.Millard delivers with brilliancy.
    I never thought she would be able to top her "RIver of Doubt"( Teddy Roosevelt's journey down the Amazon River) but, she does here. This is an entertaining,sad,but all the time,interesting story of a forgotten President. Highly recommended if you love American history.
    Other than the shooting at the hands of Charles Guiteau and brutal treatment by his own doctors, the only thing sadder is how we as a nation, were robbed of James Garfield and how he could have offered so much to our nation. Thanks to Ms. Millard, our 20th president has now become a new hero of mine.
    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY!




















    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kate Clifford Larson
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassin's Accomplice tells the gripping, true story of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of its only female participant, the first woman ever to be executed by the federal government of the United States.

    Mary Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer, ran the boardinghouse in Washington where the conspirators, including her rebel son, John Surratt, met to plan the assassination.

    The depth of Surratt's complicity in the assassination of President Lincoln has been debated since the day she was arrested on April 17, 1865.

    Ed says: "It was just alright"
    "Assassin's Accomplice"
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    I feel as if I wasted several hours of my life listening to this boring text book-like story.
    The author brought nothing new to the table. Mrs Surratt is as guilty as the first book I ever read about her, yet somehow, this book was sold to me as some new important evidence to support
    her innocence. In short, weak and un-entertaining. I almost drove my car off a cliff numerous times listening to this book. I'd like my money back please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By A. J. Langguth
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    This dramatic account of the War of 1812 fills a surprising gap in the popular literature of the nation's formative years. It is this war, followed closely on the War of Independence, that established the young nation as a permanent power and proved its claim to Manifest Destiny.

    Tad says: "Fantastic narrative history"
    "Union 1812"
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    learned a few new things but overall, pretty boring. Fell asleep at the wheel several times.
    Andrew Jackson is a real creep. Why is he on the 20 Dollar bill?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (7029)
    Performance
    (5384)
    Story
    (5465)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Totally stupid and irresponsible"
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    really dumb, boring, and silly. It's shameful to even give this one star.
    I'd like the 7 hours of my life, that I wasted, returned to me.
    What's next? "Mother Theresa: Alien Prostitute"?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Booth

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Robertson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A powerful evocation of a dangerous, chaotic, and tragic time, Booth is the story of the most infamous assassination in our history, as well as a riveting portrait of an enigmatic figure who continues to haunt the American imagination. Narrated by the only surviving conspirator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, Booth tells the story of John Surratt, a young man who falls under the spell of the charismatic and captivating John Wilkes Booth.

    Virginia says: "The best Audible purchase I've made in 2 years"
    "Good but flawed."
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    Great narration by Mr Herrmann as always. Learned things in this book that I never knew.
    Sound quality was poor at times and the background music in some chapters was a little annoying.
    Other than that, very good.
    But...not as entertaining as "Manhunt"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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