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mitchell

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, US | Member Since 2006

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  • The Modern Scholar: Fundamental Cases: The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles That Changed Our Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alan M. Dershowitz
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    It was Alexis de Tocqueville who, when he visited the new republic for the first time, said that America was a unique country when it comes to law. Every great issue eventually comes before the courts. With this in mind, esteemed professor and civil liberties lawyer Alan Dershowitz looks at history through the prism of the trial, which presents a snapshot of what's going on in a particular point in time of the nation's history.

    Amazon Customer says: "I'd rather be able to rate each section."
    "A thoroughly interesting and informative analysis"
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    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic insights provided.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    Worrying that there were not going to be more cases discussed.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Clear presentations, rate, content and selection of cases were presented by an expert without bias.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The legal eagle in action


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today. Only a writer of Richard Rhodes’s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent....

    Darryl says: "fascinating short bio"
    "Very informative"
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    If you could sum up Hedy's Folly in three words, what would they be?

    She surprised me


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personality of a fascinating lady is well presented.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    This was not the strongest part of the presentation


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Awe and admiration for such a smart lady, who finally gets her deserved recognition


    Any additional comments?

    Sterotypes are stripped away

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    In the years around 1870, the concept of building a great bridge to span the East River between the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the pyramids. Throughout the fourteen years of the bridge's construction, the odds against its successful completion seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives were lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project.

    Greg says: "Very Poorly Abridged"
    "well worth a listen"
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    If you could sum up The Great Bridge in three words, what would they be?

    Much to appreciate


    What other book might you compare The Great Bridge to and why?

    The canal builders by Julie Greene, as this too is an engineering triumph, but we found the Great Bridge more compelling


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Certainly not laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Its a wonder that this structure was built. It is a tribute to the workforce and a downer for the political aspects, which was not a surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (285)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "Interesting, violent"
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    Would you try another book from Robert K. Massie and/or Frederick Davidson?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophia, described in most detail; she is cunning and central to the history.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    The narrator was appropriate.


    Did Peter the Great inspire you to do anything?

    Turn off the ipod, as there were children in our car.


    Any additional comments?

    Very long and detailed, but that reflects the history.
    Could not concentrate on the road, listen and drive safely.
    Not a relaxing trip through history of Russia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (639)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "A thoroughly enjoyable listen and insight into LBJ"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An excellent insight into an important person in history and his relationship with the Kennedy's.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book is very long and we listen on long, long drives. Therefore I have time to do other things as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Insights into American political history: how the legislature works


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent follow-up to Master of the Senate.
    After listening to interview of the author by Charlie Rose, mt question is "Why was Ina, Robert's wife not a co-author?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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